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December 2004: Last summer we drove to San Diego to pick up a clock from Barb's mother's house. Barb's mother gave us the clock. It is a true "grandfather clock" because it was purchased by Barb's grandfather, Alfred Daniel LaMotte, sometime around 1915 to 1920. We just had its movements cleaned and adjusted by Bob at ClockWise Inc in Albany, Oregon. Bob said this Herschede Floor clock was built in Germany around 1885 to 1890. It has an 8-day cable driven time and strike movement. Because it dates to roughly when our home was built, it feels right at home.

Top: How the living room looked in June 2003 when we first toured the home.

Middle: Barb has arranged wedding photos commemorating major family events. We've painted the wall and installed a corbel in the archway.

Bottom: Barb purchased a tapestry to hang over the fireplace.

Top: How the living room looked in June 2003 when we first toured the home.

May 2004: Barb found a super vanity at CostCo, so we pulled out the old unit and installed the new one. Granite top, nice hardwoods ... straight from China. Finally, Barb found and put up a super stained-glass-window decal at Home Depot as her on-going war against miniblinds.

March 2004: The spinning wheel (described below) has arrived. It took a while to figure out how to set it up, and we needed to buy cords, hooks, and apply oil. After that set up was done, Barb began spinning. She says it works great.

March 2004: After tackling the downstairs windows in December and January (see below), Barb turned her attention to the upstairs windows. Once again, the fabrics came from eBay, and Barb sewed all the drapes from scratch.

February 2004: An eBay purchase ...


It comes from the Sibiu area, Hermannstadt under Austro-Hungarian Empire. A beautiful spinning wheel from the late 1800.

This is an amazingly hand painted Saxony style spinning wheel featuring traditional Transylvanian patterns. A vibrant amalgam of foliage, flowers and seeds. The “Tree of Life” pattern is an ode to the renewal, the beauty of Life and revival of nature that has origins up to ancient pageant rites, frequently used in Magyar (Hungarian) works. These kinds of patterns were commonly seen on embroideries.

The wood is in very good condition regarding its age. The spinning wheel has been carefully restored. The paints have been patiently brought back to their lively original colors and patterns. The paints restoration dictated over one week full time work. An old pigment method has been used to replicate original color. The spinning wheel is COMPLETE (notice the beautiful bell distaff) and fully FUNCTIONAL. You can spin with it, not just moving parts. The construction is solid and stable. No wobbles. Wood screw at tension system- works nice. Used for wool and hemp.


January 2004: Barb has worked her magic in the living room.
January 2004: On eBay we purchased a complete, 10 volume set of the Americanized Encyclopedia Britannica, published by The Werner Company, Chicago, 1894.  Each octavo volume is  bound in 3/4 leather over pebbled cloth. This set really explains what was known about the world when the Allen House was constructed.
December 2003: Barb found a craft store that was going out of business and picked up this decorative trim cheap. It looks better at night when you can see all the lights.

Above: December 2003: Barb sewed new drapes from scratch. The fabric came from Fabrem, an eBay store (contact -- highly recommended.

Below: December 2004: We went to our timberland in Pedee to cut a live Christmas tree. We selected an 11-foot segment from a 20-foot tree. While it doesn't look as bushy as the commercial trees, I'm quite fond of it.

December 2003: Another window treatment in the parlor.
November 2003: An eBay picture that was sufficiently attractive to cause us to buy these trunks.
November 2003: Here is what the boxes look like after arriving in our front parlor.
November 2003: Barb placed the two smallest boxes on the piano.
November 2003: We've only been here a couple of months, but Barb has already made the place feel quite homey.
October 2003: An eBay purchase from a lady living in Tualatin, Oregon. They had been in her family since when grandmother lived in Carthage, Missouri.
October 2003: A writing desk arrived from eBay and went into the downstairs study.
October 2003: We purchased this hutch on eBay from a dealer named Mike in Washington with a heavy English accent. When we went to pick it up, we found his barn filled with literally hundreds of antiques shipped over from England. His son buys the pieces and fills shipping containers full to the brim. Mike receives four containers a year. Transportation for each container is roughly $3700, door to door. He sells about $150,000 of antiques, almost all through eBay.
October 2003: We also bought this piece from Mike. It seemed to go well with the kitchen hutch.
October 2003: Dave's grandmother, Orma Sullivan, bought this cabinet. The china also came from the family.
October 2003: Orma Sullivan's vanity. Orma was a wonderful, kind person, and Dave can almost see her sitting at the vanity.
October 2003: Yet another eBay purchase ... this time from a lady who lived in a beautifully restored historic house in NW Portland. Our kitty just had to try it out.


The Allen-House.Com and websites are maintained by Dave and Barbara Sullivan who live in the N. H. Allen House at 208 6th Avenue SE, Albany, Oregon. Our home phone is 541-924-5983.