Thursday, April 01, 2010

The hidden room.

Are you ready for a huge dose of brown?
Snoring boring beige?
If not, look away now.

You've been warned.

This is our living room and dining room.

I have to say that normally it's not quite this drab.
I use lots of neutrals, but change out the accessories frequently.
But right now the house is up for sale so I've paired down everything to be as neutral as possible.

But the point of this isn't to overwhelm you with brownness.

See that mirror on the far wall? It has sconces on either side of it.
The doorway to the left is the kitchen.
A few months ago The Man and I were looking for a way to expand our kitchen.
As we were looking and discussing and exploring, we realized that there was a space behind that mirror.
A random space that's been walled in.

On the other side of the wall are stairs that lead to the basement.
From the stairs you can see that it used to be a room or closet or cubby or something!

Why would someone close up a space in a house?
What's in that space?
The Man was sure it was gold bars.
I was convinced it was bodies.

I mentioned it on twitter and facebook and the responses exploded!
I had no idea people would be so curious.

That was several months ago and I still get at least one comment or email a day asking about our hidden room.

But guess what?
Since we bought the farm, we don't need to expand our kitchen anymore.

And we're never going to open the hidden room.
You'll just have to live in suspense!

By the way, our house was built in 1926.

What do you think is in there?
Jimmy Hoffa?

p.s. This is not an April Fool's joke! It's for real.


Wendy said...

You're not very nice. WE NEED TO KNOW!

Beki - TheRustedChain said...

Ha! I knew the first response would be from you. :)

Jen said...

Oh man! How can you sell the house and not know? that would drive me crazy!

P.S. I really like your living room and dining room! I would buy it, I'm sold. It looks great!

The Double Dipped Life said...

Your furniture and room is gorgeous! How do you have nice stuff like that with kids?

You HAVE to open the room!! Even just a small circle that you can peek into, and then re-plaster... why pass up the chance of gold bars?

Elizabeth @ My Life, Such as it is... said...

I say it hids a still. Those were moonshine years although I'm not sure Kansas was a hotbed of anti-Prohibitionists.

Lindsay Thomas said...

I'm going with the gold bars. Punch a hole in that wall and check it out! Can you live with NEVER knowing?

Unknown said...

This better be an april fool's joke :)

Anonymous said...

Love your room. I have been looking everywhere for some chairs like yours in the dining room. Where did you get them?


Angela Mills said...

ohhh freaky! I would probably vacillate between rare books, flapper clothing, antiques and a fabulous old diary and bodies.

I wouldn't be able to sleep!

gina said...

Well, thanks for that. Could have gone on without now needing to know. How's the packing coming along? I hope this isn't a photo from today, lol.

merlin said...

I typed a response earlier today, hit publish, and nothing has maybe that secret room holds vanished blogger comments!

Now, what I originally tried to post was that given the age of your home and that it existed during the depression, a time known for folks hiding money in walls, I fully expect there to be cash in that space, whether paper, coins or gold.

Maybe not knowing allows you to forever dream about the possibility rather than dealing with the reality of dusty bones or absolutely nothing. Dreaming is fun, but wouldn't sacks or coffee cans of cash be even better.....

Vicki said...

You are cruel...can't you please expand your might make your house sell faster! LOl

Love the Decor! said...

Maybe it was an area that housed the cook stove? That would seem common to homes from that era.
Can you do a search of the original blue prints of the home and see if it shows up... I am dying to know!!

Beki - TheRustedChain said...

Our furniture is actually 10 years old, stained, and out of style. But I'm waiting to buy new couches until my kids are neater. :)

The dining room chairs (and table) were inherited from The Man's grandmother. I actually hate the chairs because they're very uncomfortable and tip backwards easily. I'm on the hunt for new ones. Looooove the table though!

Unknown said...

Oh, Beki!
That's mean!!

Vanessa said...

oooohh that's just cold Beki.. cold.. he he. I am sure you have plenty more to do than rip open a wall in the midst of selling! Vanessa :)

Julie Harward said...

Hummm, I think a darling little mouse family lives there..let them live! LOL Come say hi :D

Vicki said...

I think it is a speakeasy with an old antique bar full of art deco can you stand not knowing?

Unknown said...

Hmmm I don't know but it would drive me nuts....

Jenni said...

I know someone in Wichita (off South Broadway) who has an old house. They discovered a hidden room when they realized the interior floorplan didn't jive with the exterior footprint of the house. The hidden room had been used to hide liquor during Prohibition and some of the bottles were still in there. My husband's grandfather's uncle had a house in the same general part of town that was used to sell alcohol during Prohibition. According to family stories, they had a hidden room and some sort of hidden drive up window rigged.

Melanie @ Whimsical Creations said...

Need to know...!

Christina said...

That is a little cruel, you know! I don't think I'll be able to sleep tonight. I'm going with gold bars!

Martha said...

I don't live in suspense very well... I always love the thanks so much for this:)

But on another note...isn't that interesting...maybe it will have you wondering for years to come too...but I'm thinking it may not be that important since you will have a beautiful farmhouse

Unknown said...

NO WAY! I'd HAVE to know before I sold it. How cool!! I love a good mystery!!

Tracy @ Crème de la Gems said...

Oh my gosh! I don't know if I would be able to contain my curiosity, lol! You could call the local news or college film making team and have them film as you go in!! ;)

How fun ;)