This house stopped me in my tracks when I was photographing homes in Owego, New York, last year. Why? It is a lovely brick American Foursquare house but not particularly exceptional. What stopped me was the sprung roller window shades that are dark green on the exterior side!
I have been looking for roller shades that are dark green on the exterior side for years and have been unable to find them. No matter the interior color, they all are white on the exterior. I knocked on the door of this house to ask where they’d found them, but unfortunately, no one was home. Dark green is the traditional color for these shades and, to my mind, looks far more appropriate than white on a historic house.
The 80-year-old shades in my house are failing and need to be replaced, so if anyone knows a source for sprung roller shades with dark green on both sides, please let me know!
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