Dora Drain (Henderson) Kaley was a lifelong friend of Willa Cather’s. Dora’s Room is painted a beautiful soft evergreen and has a queen-sized, brushed nickel sleigh bed outfitted with a comfy mattress, a down duvet and lots of pillows. Above the bed is a colored-glass, half-circle attic window that was incorporated into the room by raising the ceiling during the renovations. This cozy bedroom has a flat-screen TV, Oriental carpets on the restored wooden floors, a walk-in closet with its original hooks, a camphor-lined chest from Singapore, a Victorian bureau of drawers, an elaborate antique Venetian mirror, a Victorian side chair, a ceiling fan, streaming music that you can adjust to your preferred volume, and an original painting by Grant Reynard, one of Nebraska’s most famous artists.
The bathroom for Dora’s Room is located on the main floor of the house, and can be accessed either via the back stairway or the main staircase. Robes for use during your stay are located in the closet. The back stairway’s hand railing is attached to the wall by inverse copies of a design element found on the bargeboards under the eaves of the house.
The bathroom on the main floor of the house has a heated basket-weave marble floor from Ann Sacks Tile & Stone in New York, fixtures are from Kohler’s Bancroft historical collection, and a wall-mounted, oscillating Matthews fan. This sunny room has a leaded glass window above the white marble tile walls surrounding the deep bathtub – which can also be used as a shower. There is also a hand-made, two-tiered stand beside the pedestal sink which houses a blow dryer, shower gel and shampoo, and gives you extra space for your toiletries – in addition to the triple-mirrored wall cabinet.