Tuesday, July 25, 2017  

Honoring the Past


Glenda and Ed Lindsey moved to Williamsburg in 2008 after living in France, Italy and Pakistan. After traveling throughout the world, they decided that Williamsburg would be where they would retire. Their home reflects many unique architectural features and interesting collections from their adventures overseas.
The home was built by the Burruss family in 1966. Mr. Burruss especially enjoyed searching for unique architectural materials to use in his home. A dear friend, and well known florist of his time, Claude Jones assisted in finding items and furnishings. As you enter the home, the square brick pavers on the front portico continue into the entrance foyer. The pavers were salvaged from a demolished building at the College of William and Mary. An unusual cast iron rail on the stair case was found at Carivati’s in Richmond. So many of these unique features attracted the Lindsey’s to this home, as it was not another cookie-cutter house.
The formal living room is graced by a French carved marble fireplace surround with cast iron insert, the Lindsey’s purchased in Paris. It was stored for many years, and they thought of selling it before they found just the right place for it in this home.
Unique masks from Africa and Italy are seen throughout the living spaces. A travel chest of shesham wood and an iron table were both custom made for them in Islamabad. The table features a handsome copper and brass compass from a Yugoslavian ship. Beautiful rugs from Pakistan, Iran and Turkey are found throughout the home.
The deep red walls of the dining room showcase beautifully detailed Venetian masks and pottery from Deruta, Italy and Sicily. An original demi-john from Italy holds hundreds of wine corks. Two handsome chests were custom made for them in Pakistan, while a Russian brass samovar rests regally as if the chest were made just to hold it.
The recently renovated eat-in kitchen continues an incredible display of Italian, French and Persian pottery. Paris street signs add a fun touch to one wall including Rue Sarah for their daughter. The cabinetry was done by local Williamsburg craftsmen. And, a beautiful showcase wall of cabinets highlight the vast pottery collection including a trio of the famous Deruta rooster pitchers. The workhorse of the kitchen features a handsome Wolf range. During renovation hard wood floors were continued into the kitchen replacing the dated vinyl flooring used in the sixties. The attention to detail is obvious throughout. An amazing back porch with Douglas fir floors spans the entire rear of the house and allows one to enjoy the beautiful ravine and woods with meandering paths.
The first floor family room is bright with natural light and has been transformed from its previous state of dark bookcases and dark wood over the fireplace. The Lindsey’s knew the panels above the fireplace came from old doors from Eastern State Hospital. But, because they were so dark from fireplace smoke, Glenda decided to hand sand them back to their original patina. Her hard work paid off! Since there was never a mantel over the fireplace, Glenda moved to the internet and found the perfect piece to blend the old with the new. The fireplace is flanked by two Aborigine musical instruments and a boomerang. The Lindsey’s have taken a well- loved and conceived home and restored it for their family to enjoy with young grandchildren and family nearby. They have proven once again, in the spirit of Williamsburg, that good homes deserve good stewards for future generations.
The second floor was shown during the Williamsburg Garden Club tour. Highlights include an elegant Master Bedroom en-suite., with a beautifully appointed bathroom. The adjoining study features numerous ceremonial and wedding hats from Pakistan, Indonesia and Bali, along with a fez and Russian tanker hat. The homeowner’s collection of canes and antique cigar postcards are also on display. Two other bedrooms and bath are beautifully decorated and include a Tree of Life pattern rug from Pakistan. The window treatments and bed dressings enhance the home and reflect the taste of the homeowners.
The lower level, also on the tour, includes another en-suite bedroom and a large family gathering space. The fireplace mantel and surround are carved mahogany. This great room opens up to the outside with a patio below the upper level porch, and to enjoy the back yard.