For the first few years, there was no proper central heating. Mr. Pendleton said he bought a furnace, but “just couldn’t bring myself to cut the necessary holes in the floor for the heating ducts.”
He said that he finally got over his reluctance once their daughter, Quinn Elizabeth (pun intended), was born in 1985, feeling “a familial obligation to keep her from freezing to death.”
The kitchen has its original stone sink and the Sears Caloric Ultramatic 1950s vintage gas oven that was there when they moved in. It “cooks like a dream,” Ms. Quinn said. She is a little apologetic about the new refrigerator and explains that it would never have been purchased if their daughter had not insisted on it when she was a teenager.
Now 23 and a dancer with Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Ms. Pendleton said in her defense that the original refrigerator “was so old that the entire back was covered with an ice chunk which resembled a glacier.”
Recently, when she was home on vacation, she tactfully suggested that perhaps the time had come to remove the “ragged” wallpaper and paint the hall and stairway
— a much tougher sell.