Friday, May 22, 2015

What Hangs in the Window

My son's third grade rendering of the Charles Bridge in Prague

We just had our windows cleaned, which was more than overdue after a lapse of a few years. This is a major undertaking and takes the crew a few hours. We are on the third floor and our windows are double hung and from the 1920s, so the window washers have to heave out storm windows and climb up ladders. For me it meant clearing not only the space in front of the windows, but also the windows themselves, and it made me look more closely at what we have hanging in our windows. Why does it hang there? And why the hell does no one dust it?

Dirty windows

Clean windows

One reason I drag my feet for undertaking chores like this exactly all that comes with it. Because once I take the stuff down, I better dust it, right? Clearly I'm not dusting it otherwise. In any case, this undertaking gave me fresh and now sparkling appreciation for our window decorations.

A poster that used to hang in my corporate office

A winter porcelain plate my dad bought as a part of four-seasons collection; sadly he passed away before the next season's edition was issued.

I've featured this crystal before; it is a gift from an old friend I am no longer friends with.

Glass orbs bought at our local 57th Street Art Fair

Cleaning, finally!

Star of David on a string with smaller Stars of David, bought in Jerusalem

Chamsa in the kitchen window, a gift from my sister-in-law who bought it at the Jewish Museum in Berlin.

It occurs to me, now that I've put this together, that even my window decorations reflect the ingredients of our lives, relationships to people, often poignant, and to places.

So this begs the question, dear readers: What hangs in your windows?


  1. The chamsa looks quite visually appealing in particular!

    I have nothing hanging in my windows, actually, at least at present.

    1. Glad you like the chamsa, William. I can't quite believe your windows are unadorned. Clearly it's such a habit for me!

  2. Other than the ubiquitous plants on window sills, we have very few things permanently on the windows.,, a crystal prism suspended from a nylon wire, along with a suction cup dangling a barely recognizable stained glass pug in the kitchen, a 4 inch gazing orb in the family room. But the temporary things are much more treasured -- children's drawings, now 20 to 30 years old, are lovingly taped to windows and doors, displaying our daughter's then-interpretation of spring and winter holidays or Halloween or whatever the heck THAT one is. We do it because it connects us with her childhood. We are as proud of those aspects of decoration as we are of the wreaths and store-bought ornaments for each holiday that grace the hearth, the doors, the shelves, the piano top. She just rolls her eyes when she comes over and sees them. I tell her wait til her own (maybe one day) kids start creating treasures and we'll see just how quickly she relegates them to a scrap book!

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. steelersandstartrek, I'd say the children's drawings in your windows are pretty permanent! Children's works of art are definitely among the most precious things we can own. Thanks for your long and lovely comment.

  3. Love the view from your windows when it is NOT winter! I have some tissue paper faux stained glass artwork from Ruby & Neal in a couple of windows, otherwise not much! My windows are not quite the showpieces yours are :)

    1. Steph, indeed, isn't it nice to see green out the windows! I love how those of us with kids tend to have their art work in our windows.

  4. She just rolls her eyes when she comes over and sees them. I tell her wait til her own (maybe one day) kids start creating treasures and we'll see just how quickly she relegates them to a scrap book!
    Thank you.