Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A BLUE CHANDELIER CRYSTAL, AGAIN

This post was separated by it's technically challenged author so I'm going to drag you through the house again, I hope you don't mind. We are starting at the front door,  through the living room and dining room, into the kitchen and out the back door. I wrote about the first owners and how happy I thought they were, well the second owners I'm not so sure. We bought the house from an elderly women who lived here once with her husband and children when they bought in the early sixties, when the threat of a freeway dropped the price of real estate to a record low. The Santa Monica freeway was going to connect with the Hollywood freeway cutting right through the neighborhood, luckily it was stopped saving this area of Hollywood from a dismal future. I mention the elderly women unhappiness because of the condition of the house, all the windows had bars or nailed shut, water damage had created huge holes in ceiling  and on the walls and a rat infested garage. There was no garden or even any evidence of ever being one. I was told by the neighbors that her children had money, so it's a big mystery why and how, she lived like she did. I do know she didn't want to move and that her children pressured her to sell. After moving she returned twice. She was sweet, with her cane, walking around, gazing at the changes we made, not saying much. I was told she died one year later. In the garage I found a few photos, a blue chandelier crystal, a shovel, and many rats. The blue crystal is hanging with the others, in the living room on a chandelier, and that's where it will stay.

9 comments:

Angie said...

HA! Your cracking me up! It does take a little time to figure out this blog thing!! I'm still horrible! ;) Don't mind going through the tour again. Your house is amazing and I LOVE the history of the blue crystals. Most people wouldn't appreciate them. I'm going to post about some corbels that I got from my neighbors yard sale. Complete with an old photo showing right where they were on the house. I couldn't believe how easy it was for her to part with them?! Especially since it was a home her family had once owned.

Suzanne said...

I loved your story. I can just picture it unfolding in my mind's eye. Thanks. I feel it's such a treat to read true stories like that. I'm glad you kept the crystal.

Mr. Bluehaunt said...

I always have a gremlin in my blog...currently it is pixelating photos....
The story is lovely. We have 2 decorative plates on our patio with cartoony people and the names of the original owners...I am a little afraid to move them...

My Yellow House said...

Interesting story - I wonder what she was thinking as she walked through the house...I bet she loved what you have done to it.
I love that you are keeping the blue crystals and giving them such prominence ~
I love hearing about your fabulous house. :)
Sarh

AuroraSuzette said...

Blogging. The computer. I am with you there, baby, except...your blog is fantastic, and already light years ahead of mine. Really. Now. I am uncertain. Is the previous post your house? If so, I am coming to visit. Really. You like color! Me too! I'll need a place to stay if I ever get to the Rose Bowl flea market!

Vintage Christine said...

The blog isn't my problem, it's my darn computer that I think is about to blow up! Your home reminds me of when I lived in LA with my sister and we'd often walk around the neighborhoods (we didn't have a CAR!) and look at the little bungalows and huge mansions. I also really liked all the deco apartment buildings--sister even lived in one in the penthouse with two friends. It was great to visit her then! Your home is truly lovely and I can tell it makes you happy, even though it has a rather sad history.

Stephen said...

Kevin, Kevin, Kevin...
I love, love, love your house. Thanks for the tour & the back story. You are one of my most favorite bloggers. You & your house are equal parts sophistictaed & silly. I like that in a man.

Have a swell vacation.

S

Mlle Paradis said...

Hi Kevin - Stopping by to say hi and so nice to have you over at Passage Paradise. I'm totally with you as far as doing something to show that there is more to L.A. than "the industry". I drove down my hill this morning and I heard myself saying ONCE AGAIN - "I SO LOVE IT HERE!".

Meaning all of it, including your little glints of turquoise with the browns and greens (inside and out) and the popsicle stick man! I was going to post on him too but you beat me to it. That's o.k.

Anyway, I'll be back! Have a great weekend!

Michael Guy said...

Lurve the 'blue crystal' karma. It's a good thing...to keep it.

Again, thanks for sharing the details of your home! :)