|Bringing Back Holleywood||
Lance Middlebrook is a decorative artist who spent days at the house, formulating colors to match what we found beneath years of wallpaper. His shade for the hallway we dubbed "Holleywood Green". It's a glaze that must be carefully layered and results in a breathtaking depth to the walls, showing traces of texture.
One of the fun things about restoring an old house is seeing progress anew through the eyes of old friends who marvel at how far things have come since they visited last year.
We found an 18th century spinning wheel, complete with bobbin, at Lou's Relics. Perfect sculpture to fill stairwell niche en route to third floor.
The cabinets are vintage wood, to make it look like they've always been there. The crown is designed to echo cabinetry in the butler's pantry. The subway tiles are vintage stock, but can't be older than 1904 when the first NYC subway was built.
We inaugurate the turret with mint juleps and a toast to new neighbors: Janet and David Offensend, Jim Charlton and Barbara Binswanger.
Debate continues about what to do with the front hall fresco. The plasterers repaired the wall where they had to, but left as much of it untouched as they could, without us having to worry about the wall falling down. Some of us want to keep it (I'm in that camp), some of us don't (Donald.) Restoring it would be quite an investment of both time and money. One option is simply to leave the wall as is. We decide to put off a decision until the floors are done. Procrastination is one of my favorite solutions to problems!
is demonstrated by cool elegance of original fixture in second floor hall bath and what looks like a bug light in ceiling.
Many of the doors still have skeleton keys labeled in Mr. Rudd's careful penmanship.
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.