A Continuing Niche


  1. Mary Garner-Mitchell on April 7, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Oh, Ross! You are so right. The wood now ties beautifully to the amber in the windows! What a transformation.

  2. Dan Goodall-Williams on April 7, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    Love! So jealous this isn’t my house.

  3. Beverley on April 7, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    It’s lovely. I think you have no choice but to do the entire house this way, even the staircase…

  4. Sandra Lee on April 7, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Gosh— that is so beautiful!

  5. Cindi M on April 7, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    Fabulous! It’s like you turned on a light. I love the niche and the telephone closet. You have really brought this niche back to life.

  6. Cindy Belanger on April 7, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Your hard work is paying off, it’s just beautiful.

  7. Suzanne on April 7, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    Gorgeous! It’s an almost guilty pleasure I feel in my delight in the fruits of all YOUR hard work! We get to stand back with you and admire and it didn’t cost us hours of smelly, messy and finicky labour.

    • Ross on April 7, 2018 at 10:51 pm

      Hi, Suzanne!

      When I look at the images I forget all the work and have the same reaction as you do!

      I think: Wow! That looks great!

  8. jenine ireland on April 7, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    I have wondered if you were going to do something with the radiators? I think they could be painted to either accent or blend in with the rooms. Stark white, while maybe period authentic, is fairly ugly. I’m not a period purist, so my first thought is gold, or antique bronze look, or at the least brown to blend in with the background trim. What are your thoughts?

    • Ross on April 7, 2018 at 10:49 pm

      Hi, Jenine!

      Rest assured, white was NOT a color for 1890s radiators!

      The radiators in the Cross House were, I think, painted in a two-tone gold finish. I plan to recreate this.

      • Annette on April 8, 2018 at 1:25 am

        Oh fabulous. That will look truely amazing.

      • Kim on April 8, 2018 at 9:31 am

        Oh, thank goodness! Even a bare metal would make the radiators more comfortable in their surroundings. The white is just disturbing.
        Gold tones are a wonderful idea. Another choice might be aluminium paint – aluminium became very fashionable in the 1890s.

  9. jenine ireland on April 7, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    Wonderful! Most of the radiators seem to have some detailing to them, so a little creative painting could make beautiful.

  10. Annette on April 8, 2018 at 1:27 am

    My god I adore those stained glass windows. It must be like being inside a jewel box. I just stare at them in awe.

    • Mike on April 8, 2018 at 10:45 am

      Me too, Annette! I only have one in my house; an old house nearby was razed recently and I begged the owner to let me remove the three stained glass windows, offered him a lot of $$, but he refused and they were destroyed along with everything else…

      • Scott on April 8, 2018 at 12:17 pm

        Why, why, WHY are people like that? NO, you may NOT save/buy that…. I want it DESTROYED!!!!…. UGH! It is sickening! SMH!

        • Mike on April 9, 2018 at 11:56 am

          It was exactly the way you described, Scott. The attorney who bought the house 20 years ago had let the house sit empty and run down to the point that they city condemned it. I was told that the elderly attorney who had lived in the house had humiliated the younger one in court once, and buying the older one’s family home and destroying it somehow made the younger one feel that he had taken his revenge. Sad…there was also a lot of wood trim, and even tho it had been painted, someone could have salvaged it and made it beautiful again.

          • RobynMe on April 9, 2018 at 12:41 pm

            So, how would you categorize that, Transference of Pettiness?

            Humanity is so depressing sometimes. Then again, does an attorney actually count as human? I could *almost* comprehend if someone related wanted the windows. I might have risked just taking them anyway, or paying/bribing the demo crew.

            THIS is exactly why we love Ross. Not only for saving beautiful craftsmanship, but also sharing it with all of us.

  11. Jenine on April 8, 2018 at 8:11 am

    I was thinking antique gold, with highlights on the pattern. Antique brass would also look nice.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will NEVER be made public or shared, and you may use a screen name if you wish.