Posts Tagged ‘mailbox’

Renovation Uncovers Vintage Wallpaper

November 22, 2022
I love all things vintage , particularly the early 1900’s – 1940’s . So it was a thrill and an honor to help decorate this 1926 home in the Woodland Heights neighborhood of Houston .
The homeowners revere their new abode , too, and carefully maintained the character of the home during the renovation, while still adding updates that facilitate life in a modern world .
They also preserved many of the original features , and created a sort of ” shrine ” near the back door.
This framed wallpaper sample is one of those.
I love these old papers, and have a growing collection of my own.
Back in the day, the ship-lapped walls were covered with cheesecloth – like fabric , which was tacked to the wood . The wallpaper was pasted and then applied over that.
You can see some of that fabric peeking out at at the top of this sample .
Just about every room had a border running around the top, below the ceiling , as seen in this example.
This was stylish through many decades , so it’s difficult to tell what era this particular paper is from. To me, this looks like the 1950’s – but it could be as early as the 1920’s .
Borders were still popular into the 1990’s , but wider. I’ve hung bunches of them!
This ” history wall ” also included keys , mailbox parts , invoices written in fountain pen , hinges , and other cool old memorabilia .

A Welcome Note to Find on My Windshield

April 14, 2017

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Today I was working in a powder room in Fleetwood (far west Houston) and went out to get something out of my van and spied a note stuck to my windshield. Oh no, I thought, another mail carried p!ssed off because I’m blocking the mailbox.

But – No! It was the homeowner next door, who had seen my truck, and who was wanting wallpaper in her own powder room.

It pays to have your business name & info on your vehicle!

I Got Chewed Out By the Mailman Today

December 12, 2015

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I found this note on my window today. The thing is, I know the routine, plus the homeowner had asked me to not block the mailbox. So I thought I had parked far enough back so he could get to the box. For me, this meant I could reach my side doors easily, but I had to walk through grass and mud to access my rear doors.

I live in the heart of the city, and our mail carriers WALK their route, carrying letters up to mailboxes on people’s front porches. But in the suburbs, mailboxes are out near the curb, and all the mail carrier has to do is drive along with his window down and slip mail into the boxes, without ever leaving the comfort of his vehicle.

Chicken-and-egg question: Who has priority? The home repair tech, who is back and forth to his truck many times a day, but only for a day or two? Or the U.S. mail carrier, who has a lot of mailboxes to stuff, day after day?

I have to admit – this is a very polite note. My client thought it might have come from the neighborhood security patrol, rather than from the postal employee.