Afternoon Sun at Croft House

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The driving motivation was to create a box to capture the beautiful and intense afternoon light as it floods into an English library. I wanted the room to look out onto a spring garden, have the book shelves stuffed full of old classic leather covered books and a time-honored leather covered writing table. Also, because most of my prior rooms have been very masculine in tone, I wanted to push for a more feminine look featuring lots of flowers and classic English wallpaper, etc. As you can observe, I was only marginally effective with my feminine efforts. I could not resist placing a cigar in the ashtray, carved birds on the bookshelves, and the Dalmatian coach dog.  

The painting reproduced in miniature in the back room of the box is of Florence Croft, my grandmother, posing in her tennis dress. It was painted by well known Chicago artist, Louis Betts, in 1914.

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