July 22, 2009

More Discoveries

Each of the thirty-seven thousand windows in the row house are covered with window treatments left by the previous owners. The typical window starts with a simple (maybe functioning) roller shade, which is then topped by yards of gauzy lace, which is then finished with a thick 1970's fabric curtain. Because our aesthetic is.....different, we removed drapes and, in the process, made more discoveries.

Remember that Scene in the movie The Color Purple? After Celie and Shug discover Nettie's correspondence, Mister demands a shave. And Celie sharpens the shaving blade on a long leather strop. Back. And forth. And back. And forth.
The message is clear: Celie is tempted to cut Mister's throat.

I found this old leather strop hanging behind the curtains in the upstairs bathroom, kind of dangling in the breeze. Kind of....creepy.

We also discovered some stained glass in the bay windows, both upstairs and down. They were previously hidden from view by the copious window treatments.

There is one more discovery that is SO weird and SO wonderful, it deserves it's very own blog entry. I am taking some time to consider how best to present our new-found treasure.


  1. Great job! We are restoring a Holyoke rowhouse on Linden St. Good to see others bringing these hidden gems back.

  2. AnonymousJuly 28, 2009

    The discoveries are so fun! I've found a few odd things in my place (prob could find more in the eaves but I'm a little scared to crawl all the way in). One of my faves is a small vintage fire extinguisher, about the size of a soda can, with the coolest graphics. In my old house in Holyoke I found an old bill from Whiting COAL from the 30s.


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