|Bringing Back Holleywood||
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.
Rob is making good progress on cabinets of Douglas fir he milled on site. Tile splash in the kitchen doesn't cut off where the stove will be, it extends all the way down to the floor. Tiles aren't repro, they are original subway tiles, another gem acquired from Demolition Depot. Vintage subway tiles have a special gleam from a glaze that can't be achieved today. Why? It's illegal. Original glaze was made using arsenic. Bon appetit!
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.
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.