This room, designed by famed architect Scollard Maas (of the firm William Pereira Architects) is not a great big room! The ceiling is reclaimed wood from a barn, which Scollard had installed on the ceiling, a very hip thing to do in the 50's! The lamps were made custom from architectural elements from Greece. The spectacular silver centerpiece was made by Allan Adler. Channing Peake, Allan's dear friend, did some of the artwork, although it cannot be seen in this pic. Black chairs were designed by Maas, as well, and now sit in my living room.
But what is important? The hundreds of days that we spent sitting on those sofa's, running around those chairs, nibbling on the nuts Grandma always had filling up the silver dishes, drinking 7up from Grandpa's special black and white glasses (the 3 left are on my shelf now) that HE filled with gin (ick)! The Thanksgivings', Christmas', Easters', High Tea's, Baby Showers, Graduations, Engagement Party's (Mine was there! Where else would it be?), Wedding Showers are what I feel when I look at these pictures. What I feel? Yes, feel!
In these pictures of Grandparent's home I "feel" all of these memories. This is what "home" is vs. the "house" you might see. Just like hearing an old song on the radio you almost feel like you have been imported to a different time.
It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start.
At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done.
We will be judged by "I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in."
Hungry not only for bread - but hungry for love. Naked not only for clothing - but naked of human dignity and respect. Homeless not only for want of a home of bricks - but homeless because of rejection.
Home and all that it represents...God's "Inspired Design"