Imagine living in the places and time periods depicted in museums
When I visit museums with reconstructions of period rooms and when I tour restored homes and palaces, I often imagine what it would be like to live in that place and time.
Imagine the fun entertaining at Beaulieu Palace House in England’s New Forest in Victorian times
I can picture myself in a long gown being served a several course dinner at Dalnavert, Winnipeg home of the Macdonald family from 1895 – 1929.
But I suspect my fate, had I been around in the late 1800s, would have put me working in the kitchen.
Although I still prefer the conveniences of my modern kitchen, the Dalnavert kitchen might be easier to work in than an O’odham kitchen, shown here as a replica in Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden
Bedroom at Dalnavert
Sometimes I imagine the space transformed to modern times. Wouldn’t this atrium Mrs. Macdonald used to entertain afternoon women visitors make a wonderful office?
Small spaces work well in the past and in the present. The walls of Gabrielle-Roy House in Winnipeg’s St. Boniface area are painted colours authentic to what would have been in the house during the early 1900s. The colour scheme would work in contemporary decor.
Former plantation on the Caribbean island of Nevis. Imagine breakfast on the verandah or sitting out in the evening watching the sunset and being serenaded by tree frogs.
Contrast life at the plantation great house with the chattel houses of slave families.
Period room at the St. Boniface Museum illustrating life in the Red River Settlement in the early 1900s. The bed doesn’t look very comfortable – I prefer my current bedroom.
But the dining room is inviting
Parlor at Scottsdale Historical Museum in Scottsdale, Arizona. Looks like an area for proper, straight-backed conversation, not kick-back lounging.
I can picture myself living in this spacious Modernisme apartment in Antoni Gaudi’s Casa Mila in Barcelona.
What museum room or restored residence do you imagine yourself living in?