This is called a clerestory window. It's sole function is to admit light. It was buried under horrifying 1970's paneling, five layers of wallpaper, plaster, and something resembling chicken wire. I knew it was there because it was visible from outside.
Younger Son had just turned eighteen when we bought this house, and suddenly he was filled with decorating ideas. This was unexpected to say the least. He decided that the living room should be red, because it is warm and the room is the heart of the house. I was resistant, but Younger Son persisted, going with me to the paint store to get chips, to see how the color would look with the leather couch. The shade needed to be warm, with yellow undertones, not blue. He convinced me, and we chose Benjamin Moore Spanish Red. It complements the leather, and brings out the texture of the horsehair plaster walls. YS wasn't finished. He had a plan.
"Now," he said, "We need a big, Baptist church ceiling fan." "Um... okay."
Who was this kid?
He called his friends, whom he was supposed to meet, and said he'd be late because he was going to Lowe's to help his mother choose a ceiling fan. This seemed to be cool with teen age boys. We found the perfect fan for YS's design ( gotta call it that!) for a British Raj gentleman's club. At the time, we had batik curtains, a rattan lounge chair, and a dhurrie on the floor. It all came together, and Younger Son is unfazed by his new talent. Maybe it was there all along and he never had occasion to use it. Now I consult him before doing anything to the house!
For another time: the story of the demolition of the living room and Wm. the Brit's installation of the ceiling fan! For now, some good times in the Red Room!
I grew up on the Jersey shore and now live in this PA city of lovely architecture. I have worked as a teacher, a copy-writer, a waitress, and a sculptor's model, and I have three amazing grown children. I've always been very visual: I love to work with color and texture. Our home and garden are my canvasses, and I especially love the Arts and Crafts period, heirloom roses, and California pottery.