A friend of mine has a lovely home on the water in Maryland. My favorite room in the house is the guest room; it is painted a very pale, very soft sea glass green (Donald Kaufman paints). The colors in the room are so soothing. Above the bed is an antique transom from A. Tyner Antiques, a wonderful antique store here in Atlanta that specializes in Swedish antiques.
A. Tyner usually has a dozen antique transoms for sale, but for some reason they are not listed on the inventory of the website. These transoms are beautifully carved, and are often painted some sort of muted shade of Swedish blue or green. Sometimes they are antique white. You can see a fine example of one of their transoms in the picture below, on the right, leaning on top of the chest:
A transom is defined as a horizontal dividing bar of stone or wood above a window, or between a door and a window. It is usually rectangular shaped.
In the 18th century, the style of transom that became increasingly popular was the fanlight. The fanlight enabled the size of the door to be reduced, but still allowed a source of light for the front hall.
This is from an Atlanta real estate listing. There is a neighborhood in Atlanta with very grand one level homes on 1-2 acre lots. Most of the original homes have doors with elaborate fan windows. Some people renovate the homes, but many of them are getting torn down in favor of larger homes.
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