|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!
One idea for the walls of the powder rooms downstairs is to make wallpaper out of illustrated pages torn from atlases and cultural catalogs published in the 1850s. Here, Chris Brennan grids possible groupings of pages on the newly scraped floor of the den.
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.
We are saving bits of wallpaper from each of the rooms and will create a display chronicling historical decoration.
Here, above the marble fireplace in the living room, is penciled "Painted and repapered July 1972- J.K. Rudd & Alec Kloman." Imagine wallpapering in the heat of mid-summer, without air conditioning. The seller's father was stalwart indeed.
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.