Dawn Buckworth's Home, Called Leftovers, Is One of The Historic Houses of Odessa: A Community of Homes Preserved by H. Rodney Sharp
Here’s what happens when you respect tradition yet embrace innovation.
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Keeping it Real
Buckworth beamed when she saw the vintage lantern that illuminates the foyer. She embraced the textured plaster on the interior walls, finished in authentic 18th-century fashion. She admired the antique Delft tiles imported from Holland that surround the fireplace in the expansive parlor.
“But the kitchen counter had to go,” she says.
And it did. Out went weary laminate and in came blue-and-white tiles edged in wood. Buckworth also put in wide pine planks on the floor.
She decided to make do with the metal cabinets that were installed when the house was built, painting them the Wedgwood blue she came to love during frequent trips to Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia.
Mrs. Buckworth remembers Sharp as being most interested in the authentic areas of old homes, before the amenities of modern life put their stamp on blueprints.
“Mr. Sharp didn’t care about kitchens and bathrooms,” she says. “But if the plaster on the walls wasn’t just as it should be, he would have it taken out and done it over again.”
At Leftovers, Buckworth strives for authenticity, removing the wiring in the brass chandelier in her dining room and replacing the bulbs with candles. The built-in cupboard with butterfly shelves and raised paneling on the fireplace wall are the real deal, salvaged from a house built in the 18th century.
The cherry dining table was a gift from a much loved late aunt, Miriam Douglas, who also was a teacher. (The original receipt is neatly stored in the sideboard.) The silver tea service was a gift from Buckworth’s father to her mother, given the year she was born. The mirror with the elaborate mahogany frame was made by Ronald W. Starnes, a celebrated local cabinetmaker, and passed on by his family after his death.
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