|Bringing Back Holleywood||
For the hexagonal turret, we found an octagonal fixture, thanks to Evan Blum who curates thousands of vintage artifacts at Demolition Depot.
The Glenwood stove will be relocated to the breakfast room and replaced with a 6 burner DCS. Bill is building out the wall to accommodate a larger appliance. The neatly stacked planks are reclaimed wood that Rob has milled and will use to build kitchen cabinets.
West-facing window added to the breakfast room will make KP duty easier by providing the dishwasher with a lake view. Silhouetted against old, wavy glass panes is vintage soap-holder faucet from The Old School Plumber.
Rooms on the first floor are scraped and prepped and plasticized and papered to ready them for plastering starting tomorrow.
When John Rudd and his wife Jinny moved to Holleywood full-time in 1972, they redecorated. John did much of the painting and wallpapering himself. This vestige of Parisien-inspired wallpaper in the butler's pantry will remain until the plasterers come.
By the back kitchen stairs, a new safety rail has been crafted to code, meaning slats spaced too narrowly for little heads to fit through.
So many bathrooms to tile! We're using white(ish) subway tiles on walls, set in a brick pattern, and hexagonal floor tiles for clean, classic look. Below, Bill the Tile Master passes on secrets of the trade to his son, also named Bill, before he leaves for college.
Holleywood's third floor is almost ready for habitation! Walls and ceilings have been repaired and plastered, trim has been painted (Lance matched the original gray) and floors have been hand-scraped and tung-oiled to bring out the beauty of 159 year old wood. Hard to believe these are the same water-stained, peeling rooms that were so off-putting a year ago.
Painters Jason and Charlie prepare walls in first floor den, getting ready for return of the plasterers next week.
For hauling vintage medicine chests from Demolition Depot.
who we are
We are a couple of Upper West Siders from NYC who never set out to buy an old mansion in Connecticut. But the moment we walked through its massive front door, we were smitten. The info on this site is earnestly cobbled from a variety of sources, including the web. Please let us know if we've gotten something wrong, or if there's a story about Holleywood you'd like to share.