A Red Suggestion

In a previous post, Meike wrote in, curious to know what the berries in the picture rail vine would look like…red. Well, I was also then curious, and today painted them red (click on image to enlarge). And I rather like the effect. It brought a bit more 3-dimension to the vine. Thank you, Meike!




  1. Sandra Lee on June 5, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    How interesting! I like the 3 dimensional look & adds another element– I especially liked it nearest the stained glass.

  2. Eric U. on June 5, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    You have top-notch followers, Ross! I LOVE the red berries!

  3. Vicki F on June 5, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    I too like the red berries. They should really pop when that red sofa moves in!

    • Ross on June 5, 2017 at 10:16 pm

      You’re right!

  4. Mike on June 5, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    I hope that this helps settle the love-hate relationship you have going on with this picture rail! 😉 It just looks right…

  5. Barb Sanford on June 5, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    Wow. This looks amazing.

  6. Gabi on June 6, 2017 at 7:18 am

    I’ve been putting this off, but I really don’t like any of it. I’m a white wall girl myself and all these colors and different patterns confuse me. But I love the windows and wood!!

    • Ross on June 6, 2017 at 10:45 am

      I also love white rooms, and that is normally my default color choice.

      But with something like the Cross House, I think white kinda kills the beauty of the stained-glass and wood trim.

  7. Meike B. on June 6, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Well, ah, sorry, but I suggested blue… blueberries…

    I think it looks better with the red berries, but I’m not shure if I would prefer the leaves in that chartreuse-green … maybe with the edges of the leaves being blueish.

    I think I’m a bit more in natural colors.

    • Ross on June 6, 2017 at 10:43 am

      My oops!

  8. JET Texas on June 6, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    If you need some color, try orange. It is opposit the blue, and since your color palate is light, try a darker shade, like burnt orange. Maybe in some throw pillows or objects de art.

  9. aB on June 6, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Um… er… (insert clearing of throat sound here) I’m a middle child and used to being overlooked… but I suggested a pop of red, or cranberry or something, and you explained the sofa was wine. I like the berries. Now… just one more kernel of thought… something… not sure what or how… but a tiny bit of that same red up near the oculus? Maybe a velvet cover sort of scrunched onto the shaft of the light fixture? (Maybe too much, maybe too Victorian?) Or perhaps a row of tiny dots around the oculus? Something… just a little something to keep my eyes bouncing up and around. Ya know?

    • Ross on June 6, 2017 at 10:10 pm

      I am also a middle child!

      And I will be doing one more thing to the oculus. Please stand by…

  10. NonaK on June 7, 2017 at 10:21 am

    The little berries match the red circles in the stained glass also. 🙂

  11. Katie on June 7, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    I’m going to concur with Gabi above… I’ve been feeling like it’s just much too… MUCH. My eye doesn’t know where to land. Not gonna lie, I’ve felt for a while that it looked like a teenage girl’s room and now I feel like the picture rail is a Christmas decoration. I think you have FABULOUS ideas but putting ALL of your fabulous ideas in one room is just a little shocking to the senses. I get that you’re trying to accentuate the glass but I think that by going this far, you’re doing the exact opposite of what you mean to and all the BRIGHT COLORS! and PATTERN! and PICTURE RAIL! is swallowing up the beauty of the exact thing you’re trying to feature.

    THAT BEING SAID… I’ve also been telling myself “It’s Ross’ house, not everyone likes the same things!” but if you would give some consideration to maybe using more neutral colors in another room, I think you’d be surprised at how amazing your glass will look when THEY are the focal point.

    • Libby Parsons on April 23, 2020 at 9:40 pm

      I agree that everything is a bit too much. I especially don’t like the lightening bolts around the light, very distracting!

      • Ross on April 23, 2020 at 10:02 pm

        Hi, Libby!

        Lighting bolts were a common theme in the 1890s. That was my inspiration!

  12. californianinkansas on June 7, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    I love the red berries!

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