146 Spanish Street – Owners: Linda & Don Meadows

The home at 146 Spanish Street is owned by Linda and Don Meadows. The Meadows own the Creeky Cupboard gift shop in Sutter Creek, a great inspiration for their home’s charm.

The Meadows bought the home in 2005. Originally built in the 1800s,  the home was almost completely rebuilt in 1997 by previous owner Sharon Lundgren, who also added a second story. The present home is a modified Victorian with three bedrooms, two baths and approximately 1,650 square feet. For the Meadows, who moved from a seven-acre, 2,700 square foot home, this was practically tiny house living.

A focal point of the home’s exterior is the front dormer window. The window has a star that lights at night. Positioning the star in the window, apparently is quite a feat. The front porch also has unique hand painted windows suspended from the porch ceiling. These welcoming features invite one inside.

The front entry opens to a foyer with the main living area on the right and a guest bedroom on the left.  The guest bedroom also has an en suite bathroom, with white bead board walls and a pretty blue and white flowered porcelain sink. Tucked away behind a closet door is the laundry room. In the bedroom, a cross-stitch wall hanging catches your eye. It was made by Linda for her daughter’s 10th wedding anniversary.

The main living area is an open design of parlor, living room and dining room, each space flowing into the next.  The flooring is oak throughout, recycled from an old dance studio in Ione. The decor is vintage with touches of whimsy.  For example, pictures on the walls are by artist Scott Gustafson and depict nursery rhymes.

A stairway leads to the upper floor and a loft area. The loft provides an intimate sitting room, and a spot to display antique quilts and conversation pieces, such as an antique wall telephone.  Nearby is the master bedroom, with a high beamed cathedral ceiling, making the room light-filled and airy. The bed has a brass headboard, in keeping with a quilt on the bed and lace curtains on the windows. Notice the large photo of the Meadows’ golden retrievers, Thelma and Louise, and other artwork in the room, that make the room a happy place to rest. The master bath has a claw foot tub, an old-fashioned commode with overhead chain-pull tank, and a lovely hand-painted sink.

Next door is the third bedroom, which is also the room for Linda to store the many handmade baby afghans for her project “Afghans for Angels”. Visit her website afghansforangelscalifornia.com to see the wonderful service this project gives. Linda said she always welcomes helping volunteers.

Back downstairs, is the recently remodeled kitchen. Phil Longacre did the design and cabinetry. Dan Schoen (retired) did the construction.  The kitchen floor is maple and the white cabinets are bead board, with black granite countertops. Accessories, such as the Tiffany-style pendant lights, give the modern kitchen a vintage feel.

The kitchen opens to the outdoor patio area.  The patio is on three levels and is surrounded by impressive stacked rock walls, designed and erected by a local craftsman.  The yard was regraded into three tiers with a covered patio at the top tier. The curved rock walls define and support the three levels. At the side is a garage/storage building. This is the perfect party venue, or perhaps a relaxing spot to unwind from a long day, or Home Tour.