Sunday, November 21, 2021

Another Village Home With a Story

Our Houses Mirror Ourselves and Tell Our Story

Jacqui’s story begins in 1952 in Germany where she was born.  Her dad was an American soldier from Brooklyn, who had been stationed in Germany for several years before meeting his future bride.  Jacqui’s mom was from Berlin and was working in the base PX in Frankfurt.  How they met is another interesting story in itself.  The family returned to Queens, NY in 1953.

In 1973, Jacqui began working for the German Airlines, Lufthansa.  In 1977 she transferred from New York to Alaska where she continued with the company until her move to DFW in 1989.  She lived in Dallas to be near her mother while continuing her long career with Lufthansa.  She retired in 2014 and moved to The Village at Prestonwood in 2017.  She so happens to be our adjoining neighbor.

Jacqui’s home is in many ways like reading a story book because so many items in her home have history.  As she took me from room to room, there were such interesting stories to tell.  Stories make people linger and feel a connection to the story teller.

Complimentary to her sweet personality and soft-spoken demeanor, she decorated with a color palette of seaside hues, creamy neutrals and a pop of red.  The creamy yellow leather sofa and chairs introduce the color palette and the art work, the theme.

Jacqui's home is an Abby floorplan which means she has an open plan with two bedrooms and baths and a sunroom.  She said it could not be more perfect for her current lifestyle.

Jacqui's stories begin to show themselves through treasured art work and memorabilia.  Let me show you as she showed me.

In the Master Bedroom, we find an overlapping of loves, interests, and experiences.

Jacqui took advantage of this large wall to add a stencil to further tell her story of a love for birds and to bring the outside in. More on that later.

This is the resident scaredy cat who retreated the minute I arrived. 

Dear family members are never far away from her thoughts and memories.
The color palette continues into the dining area with the colors of this abstract painting, which I do love, and the palm branch pattern of the rug.
The guest room is set up for visiting friends with it's own private bath.  This room also has it's own theme - Alaska.
Jacqui loved her years spent in Anchorage and proudly displays many of her mementos that tell that part of her story.

The picture above was painted by John Van Zyle, declared "Alaska's Artist," and is a combination of Anchorage with Mt McKinley added to the background.  Jacqui explained that this mountain range exists in this location only in the mind and paintings of the artist.  Interesting!
Displayed on these shelves and on the walls are treasured items that are a constant reminder of her time in beautiful, frigid Alaska.

Continuing the Alaska theme in her artwork are two prints by Byron Birdsall, who was also an Alaskan artist. He was known as one of Alaska's most renowned watercolorists. 

Jacqui was delighted to share the story about this print.  Friends of hers were house-sitting for the artist and she was often invited over.  She loved this watercolor but was disappointed to learn it was no longer available.  Once Mr. Birdsall learned of her interest, he found one last print and gave it to her.  They both obviously share a love for Alaska as well as cats.
The sunroom carries out the theme of one of Jacqui's greatest loves - birding.
She tells the story that at the age of 60 she began enjoying the watching and learning about birds.  She has an extensive library of bird books and is so knowledgeable.  The highlight of her year is going to the "Biggest Week in American Birding" Festival held in May in Northwest Ohio, near Lake Erie.  Her 90+ year old dad lives near there so she loves combining a visit with him at the same time.

This needlepoint was done by a very close friend who is now deceased and holds a very special place in Jacqui's heart.
I told her this one reminds me of the noisy and nosey crows that love our trees and flower bed.  They are so common here in Texas, and don't seem to be bothered by us homosapiens  one bit.

Thank you Jacqui for allowing us into the story you so lovingly tell in your home.

Elizabeth "Libby" Day
Elizabeth "Libby" Day

Hello, My name is Libby. I enjoy reading good books, painting, blogging, spending time with friends and whatever my "Heart" leads me to do. Welcome to Beauty Without Within.

1 comment:

  1. What a lovely home!! Love the background that you gave on all the paintings! I hope that you and your beautiful family have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Libby.


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