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… just looking at the exterior of THIS home, featured recently in the New York Times – here’s the one _I_ wouldn’t mind inhabiting:


Writer Elaine Louie‘s article is accompanied by nineteen photos – though most of them treat objects found within this Stockton, New Jersey home. How I wish they had included more interior shots of whole rooms. Although antiques are lovely, and antique-hunters will be glad to see the ‘from where,’ ‘how purchased’ and ‘prices,’ the rooms of this place would have been more meaningful!

The exterior shot shows the balance exhibited by this facade. How inventive to included ONE brown door. It really propels you up the walkway and to the “front” door. As do the twin – very big, very bold – lamps. Can almost see the candles flicker in them, from this distance.

What melts my heart, though, is the stone work. There is a town in the southern part of our state that is quite famous for its stone buildings: CHESTER DEPOT, Vermont. On the National Historic Register!

So, I was already predisposed to enjoy the looks of this property.

The owners – John and Judy Hobday – date the house to 1810. Hear the clop of hooves…? The swish of skirts, and the click of boots on the walk…?


Even their “outbuilding” has great character — something of that wistful “enchanted cottage” look, especially with the creeping vine.





simon pearce handblown lamp

And, inside, a Simon Pearce Handblown Lamp – One of the main Simon Pearce sites being located in Windsor, Vermont (in the southern part of our state).

Spring and Summer is a time of year that MANY municipalities encourage owners of historic or unusual houses to open their doors for viewing. I cannot say that this home is open for visitors, but I did run across a listing – another New York Times article entitled (appropriately!) Gawkers, Welcome. Tickets prices run the gamut of not-bad to pricey – but their list encompasses the whole country. How could it not start off in the Metro area, but it does then meander up to New England (brief stop in Vermont), down to the south, and over towards the west.

I encourage readers of The Inside Scoop at CellularWindowShades to “show & tell” about YOUR dream place. It may be a locality – it may be an architectural style. You can include a photo, or a link – but especially, tell the story of “why you love it”. Give us something to add to our Pinterest boards, for instance What’s Your Style? or Favorite Places & Spaces.



Fabulous article on Design Sponge’s managing editor, Amy Azzarito. (Design*Sponge has LONG been on the CellularWindowShades blogroll.) Who knew there was a “girl” living a life I’d envy — one filled with books, and influential people who appreciated her worth. Wonderful to read that her tenure at Apartment Therapy  (another CWS blogroll fav) came via a writing contest: the prize – producing five posts a week (at $11 each).

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I may disagree with sorting books via color (by general topic, surely…), but the Times article — written by Penelope Green –, will introduce you to Amy Azzarito the woman, telling fans about various aspects of her past and present.  Azzarito’s home sounds wonderful (you’ll even learn its current rent!), and you’ll enjoy the accompanying photos.

Can’t end this post without mention of Amy Azzarito’s new bookPast and Present (from Steward, Tabori & Chang). Wonder what COLOR its jacket is (oh, horror at the thought that she may discard dust jackets!) and where will it reside on her ‘color-coded’ bookshelves? (if you click on Amazon link, you’ll see the book is BLUE!)

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Houzz-fans will love that the photos tell the who-what-where-why of some of Azzarito’s furnishings: a newly-reupholstered velvet couch (above); the wood cabinet purchased for $35 (ten years ago); the bits of DIY around the place; love-love-love the eBay Nepalese handles!

Pinterest-fans might “like” the one photo I pinned.

BTW, her bathroom is in SERIOUS need of a Top Down Bottom Up shade…. Call me (877-966-3678), Amy!

The big news today from the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy:

David Wright House

The deal closed 20 December 2012 on the purchase of the “David Wright” House!

When developers threatened to demolish the property for their building schemes, proponents had already moved to save the house from the wrecking ball. See our earlier post about the battle for the Wright House. News sources will be celebrating as word gets out.

wright1The New York Times has already pipped most other sources to the post. Oh, to have been a fly on the wall during some of those City Council Meetings…

We at – former art students who’ve studied architecture – are cheering the great news (and booing the villains…, who claim not to have known who Wright was).

Phoenix should be happy that some un-disclosed philanthropist stepped forward to save a piece of American history that could never be recovered, once lost.

A miracle, perhaps? In this mercurial atmosphere, it makes a pleasant change. The Conservancy will be seeking help with renovations, once the property is transferred to an “Arizona not-for-profit organization”. Learn more at SAVE WRIGHT.ORG.

Every once in a while I check out The New York Times; today’s website carries this story on its front page. Truly sitting here with my mouth agape, in astonishment, I pass it along to readers of The Inside Scoop at

Owners since JUNE, John Hoffman and Steve Sells had plans — not for the house but for the land. The twosome purchased the Frank Lloyd Wright property with an eye to “splitting the lot”. According to The New York Times, “their plan was to build two luxury homes and make a killing. ‘The dirt alone,’ in the heart of the Arcadia neighborhood and in the shadows of Phoenix’s picturesque Camelback Mountain, ‘would be worth $1.2 to 1.4 million,’ Mr. Sells said.”

Hoffman and Sells paid $1.8 million for the property – which, the paper stresses, was $1 million less than Wright’s granddaughter sold the property for (date of that previous sale is not mentioned).

“They {Hoffman and Sells} felt the approval to divide the lot implied permission to demolish the house, which Wright had built for his son and daughter-in-law, David and Gladys…” A red plaque, signed by Wright, can be found near the front door:

At one point, in August, Sells and Hoffman HAD their demolition permit! By the end of September the city invalidated it, after Preservationists moved to protect the house, asking that it be given landmark status. “Mr. Sells, 50, a technology entrepreneur, said he had no idea of its significance, or of the difference ‘between Frank Lloyd Wright and the Wright brothers’.”

Preservationists have a tough job ahead: Arizona’s landmark status only applies for three years. If the house – which is back on the market – doesn’t find a buyer, Sells is quoted as saying that he’ll wait the three years, “‘Then I’m going to knock it down to recoup my losses.'”

Here’s some brief descriptions of the house – which, unless Federal Historic Preservationists get involved, may not grace the landscape much longer:

Priced at $2,379,000 (heaven forbid there’s no profit in five-months of ownership and a little oil dabbed on the woodwork), the Wright house features four-bedrooms (and four baths); it’s made of galvanized steel and concrete. Built in 1952, there are wood cabinets, shelves, sofas – all designed by Wright:

Join the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s online campaign
to save and protect the David Wright House.

click on photo to go to the Foundation.

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There was a time when I was looking for a couch for my mother. I remember visited the local Ashley Furniture store. MY! What Big Beds You Have! (The couches were a normal size, however.)

As I’ve mentioned, I’ve a post-WWII cape; there are sloping roof-lines to take into consideration in the two upstairs bedrooms. Large canopy beds, for instance, need not apply…

So it was with great interest that I found in the last issue of the New York Times an article fit for the “supersize-it” era we seem to be living in. Oh, the houses ARE getting smaller again, but it seems the furniture is not. Read along with me. “Relax. There’s plenty of Room” was written by Steven Kurutz.

In this day of citizen disaffection with politics and politicians – and aren’t we in for more, as 2012 progresses – The New York Times ran in Sunday’s Home and Garden Style section an article on the homes of presidential candidates. They title it,

Get an inside look at the home, their sense of “style and taste”, and “What your Candidates may be really like” by reading the article.

In his lastest MARKET READY column in The New York Times, Tim McKeough answers the reader question:

Q: — “We have cheap temporary blinds. Is it worth investing in better window coverings before selling?”

Jennifer Ferland, a real estate agent, tellingly suggests: “‘[I]t’s funny the little things that can steer buyers away from feeling comfortable in a home.’ … If your blinds are lackluster, ‘You should absolutely invest in new window shades,’ she said. Adding upgraded window coverings would help it show better.”

Celerie Kemble, an interior designer, adds: “‘But it’s an investment… To elevate a space, you obviously need to pick something that’s a step up….'”

One customer who purchased from a few months ago was going through this same dilemma. In a tough housing market, this seller knew that new cellular shades not only gave her an additional selling point, she also gained the benefit of living in the house with the shades!

Better than my friend who put in hardwood flooring — which she had LONG wanted — then moved out of the house and let the realtor do his business.

Rather than checking out the box places the article suggests (The Shade Store, Smith & Noble, Janovic, Pottery Barn), check out our selection of fabrics, lift options and blind style combinations at!

Only yesterday morning I was talking with a gentleman in Randolph, Vermont, who said, “If I had realized was in Vermont I’d have ordered long ago.” Yep, each shade in an order is individually produced and hand-assembled, right here in our Williston, Vermont, home. And our blinds cost less than you might think, especially with our current 20% off sale (until 2 January 2012).

Mr. McKeough’s September column is discussed here in Market Ready?

When I read the following paragraph I just has to pass the “thoughts” along to readers of The Inside Scoop at

The title of the post is, What Your Blinds Say About You.

In describing “Honeycomb Shades” — which is an alternate name for Cellular Blinds or Cellular Shades — the writer recognizes that the Cellular Shades offers “a softer silhouette”, but the comment that they offer a “whisper of good taste and suggest a sophisticated aesthetic preference” made me think about the homes we love to see our shades in.

Looking at the New York Times Home and Garden section, there was a story on a British Bed & Breakfast — one reputed to have “inspired” Shakespeare and his A Midsummer Night’s Dream. But the online story had no photographs! You know, then, that I just had to seek out the B&B for myself.

Can’t you just picture yourself here? Can’t you feel the blazing heat of the fire? Can’t you feel the comfort of the two settees? Don’t you want to walk to the window and peer through those leaded-glass panes?

Here, they have paired a roman shade with heavy drapes. A customer of ours — Barb in Colorado — has done something similar by combining romans (at the top) with Top Down Bottom Up Cellular Shades:

When you have beautiful homes and beautiful views there is never any reason to hide it — not after you’ve discovered Beautiful Window Treatments!

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