The Interior

In case you missed Gleason‘s spectacular post yesterday, this is Part 2 of a three part peek into the home of Stephen Ramsey, an antique collector living in his beautiful home in rural Virgina. Be sure to read to the bottom – there’s a sweet surprise that awaits you.

PART II-The Interior


In the “shop room” there are many treasures to be found.

I am dying to have my own secretary. This one is from Lynchburg, Virginia and dates around 1810-20.

The Mongolian spice cabinet dates back to 1800. It was made to sit on top of a table and store spices and herbs.



The bedroom is so cozy. I can imagine evenings spent curled up by the fire, reading before bed.

The painting was found in Charleston, South Carolina at John Pope Antiques. It dates back to the 1700’s in Italy. You can date it by the ships in the harbor. The moody blues and grays in the painting balance the room perfectly.



The dining room is begging for a dinner party with friends, fire roaring, candles lit, wine flowing, and plenty of food, company and laughter. The painted floor really completes the room.

The painting over the fireplace was done during the Victorian period. Stephen discovered it in Raleigh, North Carolina. He says the woman seems to be scolding her dog. I love how the vibrant red in her dress really allows the painting to pop off the white wall.

The sideboard was made in Georgia out of southern yellow pine and dates back to 1830-1840. I have requested that Stephen put a permanent hold on it until I win the lottery so I can take it home to enjoy!




What an ingenious idea to use sheets of copper as the shower wall. Being inside keeps the patina from changing as rapidly as it would outside.



The kitchen holds the most amazing collections of all. I have enjoyed sitting by the fire chatting with Stephen and taking in every inch.

I asked Stephen what this cannon ball was used for, he laughed and immediately corrected me-it is a chandelier weight that was used to lower chandeliers to light the candles. How ingenious is that!

The painting, found in Charlottesville, Virginia, dates back to 1939. A woman painted it to hang in her oil-executive husband’s office. She thought he was running around on her so she did this to deter the women in the office. I am wondering if it is a self-portrait. Either way, I admire her determination to fight for her man.

The brass shoe trivet is from 1790-1800 and was used as an iron stand. I can’t get over the boot detail used as the legs for the trivet.

The iron “egg” hanging from the beam was used as a gate weight.

What a unique key collection. Can you guess what the longest one was used for?

It is a piecrust crimper/cutter from 1800. How cool is that?

I actually thought this was a porthole of sorts, but it was a clock. What a great shape!

This is an old recipe book that contains the most phenomenal cake Stephen makes – King Carl XII Almond Cake (Recipe provided at the bottom of this post.) I have yet to make it but am waiting for a good rainy Sunday!



The sun porch has the perfect bits to enjoy in all of that sunlight.

Recipe courtesy of Stephen Ramsey

Images via Gypsy Lady Designs

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