The North Pole is cold. So cold that Santa had taken to wearing his signature red suit with furred white cuffs at all times, even while eating dinner and reading by the fire. He needed to find the best way to insulate his windows from the cold. When Indow learned this, we had to ask: how can we help?
Santa told us, “I’ve always loved my historic home but I’ve gotten to where I can’t stand the drafts. When those North Pole winds blow, the window panes rattle and sometimes the pages of my book flutter, flutter. And Mrs. Claus can’t concentrate on her Sudoku. The elves have offered to make us new windows with their magical mechanical abilities, but we like the unique character of our original ones.” They needed the best way to insulate windows!
If you didn’t already know this, the Claus’s home was built in 1902 by the elfin architect Ona Krisren. Back then, eclectic architecture was all the rage – and just the thing for Santa who wanted to incorporate architectural elements he’d seen zigzagging his sleigh around the world.
And he knew it would look good in the storybooks.
So the front hall with its rough-hewn rustic rafters reflects the Tudor English Revival style of the exterior. The reception room to the left has a large arched door with delicate metal work of Moroccan influence while the one to the right is more French Empire with its curved plaster ceilings. The library is Gothic with dark wood and intricate detailing.
Those who don’t know better might call the house hodgepodge but the Clauses think it’s perfect. Except for the drafty windows. All single-pane with that awesome wavy glass that’s not machine made. So good for snowflake watching, which is a favorite pastime.
“No, No, No,” Santa said in his gentle Ho, Ho, Ho voice when the elves suggested new windows.
When Indow offered to handcraft him laser-measured inserts that would seal out the drafts to make his eclectic North Pole dwelling comfortable while preserving his original windows, he was tickled pink and did a little jig. Santa now hangs his suit on the coat rack when he comes inside, and is warm enough to lounge about in his lederhosen. “These ARE the best way to insulate windows. Ho ho ho!”
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