Here is a quote
from Burt Jaffe, who owned the house from 1970 (or so) thru 1986 about
the kitchen ...
I believe that we remodeled it about
1975, so it has lasted for 28 years. We spent a lot of time deciding where
we wanted the kitchen. One choice was to use the sun room facing the garden
as a kitchen/eating area, and to use the space that is now the kitchen as a
playroom for the children. Obviously, we didn't make that choice.
We did take down a stone wall that originally separated the kitchen from an
entrance room. By so doing, we enlarged the kitchen. We loved the
tiled table and wall, and we are so glad you loved it also. Burt
Marian explained the House Naming thusly:
I named our home.
I am Italian American from East Boston I lived in small apartments with
a large family while growing up. My step grandfather was Swedish, (Karl
Olson) a sailor, a merchant marine...and I grew up putting my hair in
two long braids, reading Pippi Longstocking books and wearing Bastaad
clogs, which I wear to this day.
My husband bought our large, unattached nine room home with lots of
rambling gardens. I named our home, Villa Villekulla , in honor of Pippi's
Langstrump's home because Pippi could do anything she wanted. So after
living most of my life in apartments, I felt free for the first time
to run around chase our many pets, play music loudly and paint the rooms
any color I wanted etc. Finally, I didn't have any grownups to tell
me what to do. It's great fun.
So, I let the neighbor's children roller skate around our first floor
and my nephews were always allowed to ride there scooters in the house.
JB has the same spirit and he has built in many secret hide-away keeps
through the house. The braids are gone but the spirit of Pippi lives.