While this isn't one of our recent sales, it is certainly one of our most interesting! This is the Schmidt-Burnham log house, the oldest log house in Cook County. Built in the 1830's, the house was moved in the early 1900's from Indian Hill to Tower Road (think horses and logs) by the indomitable artist and author Anita Willets Burnham. The log house was eventually bequeathed to the Winnetka Historical Society, who orchestrated the awe-inspiring move (think extra wide load) to its new home on Willow Road. The Schmidt-Burnham log house now sits proudly in a native meadow adjacent to Crow Island School. The Historical Society has done an amazing job of restoring the house and offering visitors an in-depth glimpse into the history of this important piece of Winnetka's past. Check out their website for more information on the history of the house. When we entered the house we discovered a veritable time capsule filled with everything you might hope to find in a log house: a spinning wheel, chair/table, rope bed, dough box, antique trunks, books, baskets, flow blue china, pewter & copper, antique glass, 19th c. dresses & accessories, wooden bowls and tons of antique artifacts. The Burnhams were accomplished artists who taught art classes in the house, so there were lots of student paintings (many from the 30's-40's) as well as art supplies. This wonderful sale is one of our favorite memories! We're going to try to get some photos of the sale off of our "vintage" floppy discs (the sale was in the early 2000s) so we can share them with you. More to come...
Saturday - Sunday 10-4. Numbers 9:30 Sat. Wilmette - 910 Romona Rd. Wonderfully eclectic sale of interior designer Susan Kroeger. Gracious home is overflowing with wonderful finds! Impressive painted bombe cabinet bureau, Kittinger Regency-style leather-top desk, antique French daybed, Eisenhower sofa, great wing chair, lounge chair, white slip-covered sofa, antique French folding bistro table & rustic tilt-top wine tasting table, fun oversize log chairs, carved French armchair & ottoman, 19th c inlaid chest, pr. faux bois armchairs, pine chest & table, French counter stools, rustic carved bench, occasional tables, Ikea lucite chairs, antique French chairs, several great mirrors, French tall case clock & French marble clock garniture, paintings & prints & sculptures, carved classical-style torso, many wonderful lamps & sconces, French bronze candelabra & chenets, very fine decorative accessories, antique boxes on stands, many beautiful sets of stemware including St. Louis, Alex Banks and antique etched, sets of Wedgwood “Ulander”, Royal Doulton, Royal Worcester and Aynsley china, antique French tub & milk jugs, Restoration Hardware “Carmel” patio furniture, garden armillary, garden artifacts & planters, books. A beautiful sale! Please Note: Due to the volume of fragile items in this sale, we will be limiting the number of people in the home at a time. There may be a wait.