Villa Villekulla

Here is a quotefrom Burt Jaffe, who owned the house from 1970 (or so) thru 1986 aboutthe 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 witha large family while growing up. My step grandfather was Swedish, (KarlOlson) a sailor, a merchant marine...and I grew up putting my hair intwo long braids, reading Pippi Longstocking books and wearing Bastaadclogs, which I wear to this day.

My husband bought our large, unattached nine room home with lots oframbling gardens. I named our home, Villa Villekulla , in honor of Pippi'sLangstrump's home because Pippi could do anything she wanted. So afterliving most of my life in apartments, I felt free for the first timeto run around chase our many pets, play music loudly and paint the roomsany color I wanted etc. Finally, I didn't have any grownups to tellme what to do. It's great fun.

So, I let the neighbor's children roller skate around our first floorand 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 keepsthrough the house. The braids are gone but the spirit of Pippi lives.

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