|Bringing Back Holleywood||
I bought two 18th century books from England and Chris Brennan figured out how to turn them into wallpaper. One was an antique atlas, The 1873 Royal Atlas of Modern Geography, the other was Randolph Caldecott's Graphic Pictures, a compendium of illustrated stories from the same era. Both acquired thanks to the dandy internet which put me into contact with a rare bookseller in London, David Hulse. There were enough color plates to paper both powder rooms on the first floor. The best john reading material EVER!
In the old china closet, where we found remnants of the original handpainted ceiling, we discover another patch of faux marble wall that matches the treatment uncovered on a wall in the hallway. We'll preserve the patch in the hallway with a plate of plexi.
Meeting today with contractor and designer to discuss placement of kitchen appliances and choices for tile and bathroom fixtures. The designer, Chris Brennan, is especially taken with a patch of faux marble beneath paint in the center hallway. She imagines the walls were faux finished after someone made the Grand Tour and, impressed by marble walls in Italy, decided to import the fashion to this Italianate home.
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.