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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Decorating Dilemma

When we bought our house and moved in the first weekend of October, 2006, one of the few interesting things that we found in the attic (other than a lot of dust, a number of old rolls of insulation and an old broken table) was a set of three leaded glass window panels.

This is one of them. It's turned on it's side here; you can see on the left side there are hooks. Normally, a brass chain would be attached to the hooks so that the panel could be hung inside a window frame from another set of hooks.


They are really quite pretty; the etched flower in the middle oval is actually sort of raised. The diamond shaped pieces and the corner square pieces are beveled. I'm not sure of the age of these pieces or where they came from. They are actually too big for the windows in the house ( all three pieces are 36" wide, the windows are 33" wide), so we suspect that someone who lived here or owned the house in the past purchased these panels with the intent of hanging them in the parlour windows. Whether they knew beforehand these were too big is questionable. Some holes in the window moldings of the three windows in the bay seem to confirm that they did hang them. We're not sure,however, how they would have been hung, since they are too wide. Usually these are supposed to be mounted within the window frame, hanging from hooks or a short brass chain. If we were to use these, we'd have to mount them on brackets on the outside of the window frame. I was all for trying to find some way to use them, since they are so pretty, but Erik argues that hanging them that way would look, in his words....kinda dumb. :-)
He probably has a point.

I also finally bought some more lace sheers to match this one for the other windows in the formal parlour. These will be the 'backdrop' for the main window treatments we want to do in here, although we haven't decided exactly whether we will have them custom made or whether I might try to sew them myself.

I love these sheers. So pretty!


This is the bay in the formal parlour; there are actually three windows; the big one in the middle obviously would be wide enough to hang one of those glass panels the way it's supposed to be hung.

 So I'm faced with a dilemma; A) hang one of the glass panels in the big middle window and leave the other two in the attic. B) Not use any of them and sell them.  C) Try to hang all three of them, even though Erik is opposed to it and thinks it will look bad (which he might be right).  D) Find some other use for the panels. (I've already checked the widths of all the other windows in the house and they are all the same width, so I can't use them as window panels.)
What do you think?? Suggestions or ideas would be welcome!



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6 comments:

Nancy said...

Is each leaded window wider than each glass panel of the bay? Perhaps you could suspend one from the header of the window? Are there other bays where you could hang the others? I have seen these hung over a fireplace, with a piece of lace behind to help showcase the leaded design without detracting from it. Another possibility is hanging them vertically within each section of the bay.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I've also seen them hanging long-wise like you are showing in the picture. You might hang one the regular way in the big window and then the other two long-wise in the side windows. Pretty windows. I have 2 that I've had forever and am trying to find a place for them also. Hugs, Marty

Rebecca said...

Is there a way you could suspend them between rooms in a high ceiling room to use as a divider-I seen this done and it looks really neat-beautiful windows!

Marigene said...

Love the lace panels. I would hang one in the large bay window and sell the other two.

Heather said...

I would probably hang onto them. You never know, you may discover a better use for them down the road.

Love the lace panels. I used them in my bedroom, and they really add a prettiness to the room.

Pam said...

I was thinking along the lines of Marty. Putting new hangers on them and hanging them long-wise. Or maybe just one in each of the side windows of the bay and none in the middle? They are awefully pretty though.