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A Stitch In Time

Aug 9, 2012 - 02:31 PM
A Stitch In Time

Photography by Christine Conard Schultz

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Its 1810 exterior is of the Federal period, but step inside and you’ll find much of the historical décor and architectural details reminiscent of Colonial and Victorian eras, thanks to the inspired touch of owners Pat and Kelly Kline.

Maybe an eclectic mix for some, but the heavy influence of those periods reflects a deep appreciation for the couple’s day-to-day work in the family-owned and -operated business Family Heirloom Weavers in Red Lion, Pa.

One of the last surviving U.S. textile mills, the small business reproduces original designs from the 18th and 19th centuries, many of them for the country’s presidential homes, museums, churches and locations in Colonial Williamsburg.

“We wanted to keep historical appointments and showcase different time periods during our home’s existence,” says Pat Kline. “The home is perfect for Kelly to showcase her historical-based decorating talents.”

IT’S CURTAINS FOR YOU... when you enter the Kline’s “Moroccan Revival” parlor, a doctor’s waiting room in the 1950s. Here, the mix of Turkish-inspired pieces and eclectic pieces – often referred to as “exotica” and very much the look of Victorian era décor – is highlighted by a tented ceiling in golden fabric. The Klines keep an authentic approach, using oriental carpets and other items of Far East design.

In talking about the dichotomy of interior and exterior, Kline notes that it produces a definite reaction among visitors. “It’s always fun for us to watch [expressions upon entering]...people think they would be seeing Federal period furnishings. But this is our lifestyle.”

On many weekends, Pat and Kelly find themselves at one of the numerous antiques dealers they’ve acquainted themselves with in and around the mid- state searching for new pieces to add to their home. One of their recent acquisitions was a colorful Edison phonograph with a mint-condition, red floral-themed horn – a popular item in many parlors just after the turn of the last century.

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