From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Shutters on the Windows

And What I Think About It...



We all have our little pet peeves, and one of Isaac's is that he doesn't like fake window shutters. Some people may call them "decorative" shutters, but Isaac is not one to mince words. Shutters are either real or fake to him.

Most of all, Isaac detests picture windows, six or eight feet wide or even wider, with a 1-foot-wide fake shutter on each side. "It's so obvious that they're fake," he moans.

It's amazing how many houses have blatantly fake shutters. Just in Christian County, KY, there must be 50,000 windows with decorative "shutters" that wouldn't cover half the window (if they closed, which they don't.)

Nice windowI have to agree with Isaac. Functional shutters are best. If the shutters aren't going to be functional, at least match the size of the shutter to the size of the window opening. Better yet, use a little imagination and make your house unique instead of just another fake-shuttered clone.

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3 comments:

Collagemama said...

Amen! When I am in charge of the world, fake shutters will be illegal, along with all railroad tie landscaping.

Genevieve said...

Personally, railroad ties don't bother me that much, but I am really tired of the obligatory autumn display of straw bales with pumpkins, gourds and mums. Could you make them illegal too?

Collagemama said...

As queen of the world I can make all straw bales illegal, especially the ones with the straw spray-painted gold!

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