MARSHA’S DEDICATION TO PERIOD-ACCURATE FURNISHINGS WAS THE PERFECT OPPORTUNITY TO INDULGE HER LOVE FOR HISTORICAL CHAIRS.
“I’m so in love with Gothic chairs,” Marsha says. “Most of the ones in my house are American Gothic chairs from the 1850s—i have a Gothic chair in nearly every room of the inn.”
While each of the intricate pieces stands out in its own way, one piece takes the cake for many visitors: an elegant 1700s English chair in the parlor. “I found it at a junk shop in Ownesboro,” Marsha says. “It had the original horsehair, but the seat was in such bad shape I had to essentially glue the whole thing back together.”
Marsha frequents local shops like Jo Ley Antiques, as well as online sites like Everything But the House (ebth.com), to find her treasures. But sometimes they come by more unconventional methods. “Once, one of my regular guests went to France, and brought me back an imported French Gothic chair,” she says.
When she does run out of room for new pieces in the house, Marsha has a built-in backup plan. “I have three kids that have benefited from my overflow,” she says, “because when something goes in, something must come out!”