A Visitor…Bearing Gifts!

Yesterday, Blair stopped by the Cross House for a tour.


Blair and his wife, Beth, live in this beauty in Saint Joseph, MO. But, Beth got a great job offer in Ohio, so they are selling up!


Blair came…bearing gifts! F A B U L O U S gifts! He brought five lengths of never-installed gesso gilt picture rail!


Before buying the Cross House I would have been but marginally interested in old picture rail. But today? Oh my. TREASURES BEYOND COMPARE!


Just exquisite. There is not enough to do a room, but there is one length I can use in the stairhall niche!!!!!!!!


And to triple the wonderment, Blair also gifted the house with a speaking tube mouthpiece!!!!!!!! I was gobsmacked! I did manage to acquire four mouthpieces (all I need) but one is a marine mouthpiece so not quite right. Thus, Blair’s amazing gift will complete the set required! Thank you, Blair and Beth!!!!!!!!


I briefly met Beth and Blair last summer at the house, but they did not have time for a tour. But Blair said he could not leave the area without a tour! Sadly, Beth could not join us as she is already working at her new job in Ohio.

As Blair and I ran around the house like kids in a candy store, he made a incredible discovery. Incredible!

Stay tuned….




  1. Annette on May 20, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    How lovely. I look forward to seeing the picture rail in the niche and a mouthpiece for the speaking tube, wow how cool is that. Well done Blair.

  2. Sandra Lee on May 20, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    The picture rail is so lovely! A mouthpiece too! How wonderful!

  3. Cindy Belanger on May 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    Elegant picture rails. They are perfect for the niche.

  4. Derek J Walvoord on May 21, 2018 at 9:13 am

    Very nice! We all have our hoards of old house bits – it will certainly be useful someday. . . It is really great to share! Well done Blair!

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