House at Moss Mountain

The visit to Moss Mountain near Little Rock included a house tour as well as all the gardens and animal pens.

mossmkkThe group is gathering to hear the introduction to the tour and how it will all unfold.  With 80 attending, 40 go inside the house at a time.

The house has three stories and a basement, where media equipment is kept and the editing is done for his shows.

Notice that the entry door is on the left side of the house.  Also, there is a bumped out room to the left of the house and one to the right side.

Built in the Greek Revival style that was popular in the US during the 1800’s, a pedimented or triangular gable can be seen at the top of the side of the house. Other characteristics include the symmetrical overall shape and the columns on the front porch.

livingareaaaA wide hallway runs to the back of the house with two large living areas on the right.  At the back of the house is a large screened porch that stretches across the width of the house.

livingareaffJust as we entered the door, to the left is a small area that gives the first clue to P. Allen Smith‘s interests.  He is obviously a collector of colonial style pictures and artifacts.

livingareaWith 40 people in the house, my pictures will definitely include people.  The front living room has a rather formal feel.

True to the Greek Revival style, no crown molding is used.

livingareahThe three small pedestal tables between the couches are interesting, but no history was given.  Many sofas and chairs are slip covered.

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livingarea44Tucked under the window is an antique tea caddy.  Because tea was a valued commodity, it was kept in a locked container.  The lady of the house carried the key and unlocked it when needed.

livingarea222Pictures and books are everywhere. The apple picture is one of Allen’s.  He painted other similar pieces of fruit.

livingareabbIn the corner is a pear painting from that series.

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livingarea1Looking from the living room into a more casual area that I would call a den, note the thickness of the wall.  The heating and cooling return ducts are above the doorway.  On either side are storage closets.  Clever.

livingarea555In the more casual living space.

livingarea66On the right is a glimpse of the screened porch.

livingareaccThe picture on the left shows Allen with Presidents Clinton and Bush.  On the right, he’s with Prince Charles and someone I don’t recognize.

livingarea5The kitchen is in the room on the right side of the house.  This kitchen is different than the one used on his cooking shows on HGTV.  So I’m guessing that kitchen is in one of the buildings behind the main house.

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livingarea7Fresh flowers in vases scattered around the house.

livingarea8The screened porch has a fantastic view.  Several zinc covered tables are placed around the property, including outside, indicate either that he likes them a lot or that zinc is very sturdy and long lasting.  Maybe it is both.

livingarea9These plantation style shutters block out the west sun.

livingareagI didn’t count the number of dining tables in the house, but there are at least three.

livingareabAt the far left side of the porch is this small sofa.  It is set back into a nook that protects it from the weather.

livingareaeWalking back out into the main hallway.

livingareadOn the left side of the house is a studio.  This part is storage for vases and other decorating items.

livingareacBeyond that, under the staircase is a small guest bathroom.

livingarea33Across from the staircase.  The living space is spacious and contains many items of interest.  It seemed to reflect a man with many interests and talents.

This is just the first floor.  Another post will feature upstairs.

“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.”  George Moore

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