The Cross House
I am trying to figure out what the “winter project” should be.
This is when I hibernate inside the house during the cold months and finish a room.
In 2016 this was the library.
In 2017 this was the parlor.
Now, I am divided between two spaces.
Should I finish the stairhall/niche/foyer?
Or the dining room?
What I might do is partially finish the stairhall/niche/foyer (meaning: get all the holes and missing plaster repaired, and the whole primed), and totally finish the dining room.
While all this is being debated, visions of decoration are dancing in my head involving the dining room.
Dancing visions involving aubergine and hot pink.
Oh, oh dear.
The walls would be aubergine. But, PK suggested a richer effect than I did in the parlor. So, the first coat would be a pale pink, then a hot pink would be rubbed over this, and then aubergine rubbed on as the final coat. Each coat would be cut with 80% clear glazing, so the colors would be transparent.
Yes, I appreciate that what I just wrote makes NO sense! So…ah…in short, the walls would, in the end, be aubergine but with a lot of depth. I might like this so much that I will be forced to redo the walls in the parlor using the same technique. Damn. Damn!
Over this would be randomly-placed laurel-wreath stencils in hot pink. But even these would be mottled and with depth.
The frieze background would be hot pink. But this would also have translucent depth. Over this would be the acanthus scroll stencil. Ditto with depth.
The ceiling would be a VERY pale pink. And with some sort of yet-to-be-determined pattern.
A major goal is to recreate a 1890s decorative scheme: Pattern on the walls, a patterned frieze, and a pattern on the ceiling. I did this in the parlor and am thrilled with the results.
Well, all this is the current plan.
NOTE: I reserve the right to wholly change my mind!