Archive for the Historical Information Category

Don’t Side-Eye Your Eyebrow Window!

Don’t Side-Eye Your Eyebrow Window!

We admit, the eyebrow window is seen as a bit of a curiosity in modern housing. Found primarily in late 19th-centruy Queen Anne homes or early 20th-century Craftsman bungalows, the eyebrow window fell out of favor in the mid-to-late 20th century. What makes a window an eyebrow

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Famous Filming Locations in Pender County, N.C.

Famous Filming Locations in Pender County, N.C.

Though it’s marginally less famous, Pender County (home to Burgaw, Hampstead, and Topsail Beach) is just as scenic as some of its more famous contemporaries, like New Hanover County or Brunswick County. In fact, you’ll recognize its landscape from a wide variety of films and television shows.

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Historic Home Design in Southport, N.C.

Historic Home Design in Southport, N.C.

Southport, NC is the quaintest of Carolina coastal cities. You’ll recognize it from a number of famous films: A Walk to Remember, Safe Haven, and I Know What You Did Last Summer, among others. It’s quintessential southern Americana at its finest, directly across the bay from Bald

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A Brief History of Shutters

A Brief History of Shutters

A perfect touch to a classic home, shutters can add historic beauty and grace to your windows. But did you know that the use of shutters in the home goes back over 500 years, to the Tudor Era of Elizabethan England?  In this post, we look at the

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Famous Windows in Literature

We’ve explored the “starring” role of window coverings in the cinema, but let’s not forget literature! Window and curtain imagery, including blinds, drapes, and shades can be found in fiction, from classic tales to contemporary masterpieces. They are powerful symbols, meaning different things in different stories. If

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The World’s Most Expensive Window Coverings

When it comes to window coverings, the options are nearly endless. While it can be easy to find quality curtains, shades, and blinds on any budget, some people prefer to spend inordinate amounts on extravagant luxuries. Below are a few examples of outrageous curtains, many which cost

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Curtains and Window Coverings in Children’s Literature

We’ve explored the “starring” role of window coverings in literature and cinema, but there’s a certain magic to the stories we read as children. Windows and curtains play a special role in stories for kids, becoming everything from the punchline to a classic joke, to a symbol

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The History of Plantation Shutters

Visitors to Wilmington, NC often marvel at the beautiful architecture of our historic downtown and the many elegant homes with large windows, iron gates, and gracious porches. One quintessential feature of these homes is the lovely plantation shutters that grace their windows and still inspire custom home

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The History of Roman Shades

One of the simplest and oldest types of window treatments is the Roman shade, a flat shade that can be raised or lowered with a cord. While the body of a Roman shade is usually flat and smooth, the ends of the shade can stack in a

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The History of the Venetian Blind

James Strickland started Strickland’s Blinds, Shades & Shutters as a wooden Venetian blind manufacturer in 1942, but the history of Venetian blinds are thought to date all the way back to Persia and possibly even ancient Egypt.   It is believed that the early Venetians, who were

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