Before. After.


The parlor of the Cross House, 1999.


When Bob and Debbi Rodak purchased the house in 1999, the house retained all its motel-era bathrooms.

In the parlor, the pair of sliding doors which had originally opened into the library now opened into a blue and pink 1950 bathroom. Actually, only one sliding door opened. The other was nailed shut.

Wanna see the 2017 view?


The parlor once again opens into the library. The not-quite-done library.





  1. Stewart McLean on December 11, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    You really do rock. I love the way you engage us in different aspects of each part of the renovation. Your ability to see things that you have shown us before anew and communicate to us the joy it gives you also gives me joy. I am regularly grateful for your blog. Thank you for each and every post.

    • Ross on December 11, 2017 at 7:43 pm


      You make me blush! Stop! Stop!

      (No, do go on!)

      • Stewart McLean on December 11, 2017 at 8:04 pm

        If you read what I just said on your previous post, you might stop blushing. on the other hand there is another compliment in there if you look for it. I firmly believe that you have what it takes to find what is valuable in my criticism and simply ignore what you might find negative in it. You do rock.

  2. john feuchtenberger on December 11, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    I keep trying to make the odd horned ornament over the “before” door a bucranium, but it isn’t, quite. Was it still there when you took possession?

    • Stewart McLean on December 12, 2017 at 10:57 am

      I must say, John, that you sent me to the internet to find out what a bucranium is. Here is a link to my search for those who are also curious.

      • Grandmere Louise on December 12, 2017 at 3:06 pm

        “used to fill the metopes between the triglyphs of the frieze of Doric temples” Well why didn’t you say so to begin with? That explains everything.

        Thank heavens for pictures.

  3. A.Lynne on December 11, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    What is that hanging out over the door in the ‘before’ picture?

    • Ross on December 11, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      It’s an optical illusion.

      You are seeing the bottom of a glass chandelier shade, and its finial.

  4. A.Lynne on December 11, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    I must admit, I’ve had my doubts a few times…. but Ross, you do have an amazing eye, and you have managed to put together one of the most strange, yet completely wonderful rooms I have ever seen in my life. I want to curl up on that couch and sit back and admire every detail for a few hours. Stewart is right… You rock Ross.

    • Ross on December 11, 2017 at 9:53 pm

      You make me laugh!

      The parlor decor IS strange!

      I often walk in and think: WHAT did I do?????????

      But I love it.

      However, it’s not wholly finished yet. In about a year I think I will have it just…perfect.

  5. Sandra Lee on December 12, 2017 at 12:47 am

    The parlor decor IS quite eclectic—modern elements within an 1890’s room—& kinda strange…..

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