I’m Dreaming of a…Green Christmas!

I have done numerous posts about the steady erosion of the Home Depot kitchen in the carriage house, and the process of revealing the many layers of history regarding kitchens long lost.

There were fragments and whispers of the original 1921 kitchen.

There were bits and pieces of the circa-1950 kitchen.

And there was the…EEEEEEK!!!!!!!…Home Depot kitchen.

In my quest to create a new kitchen for the carriage house, but one which complements the 1921 conversion of the 1894 structure (I know, a complicated history!), my decades of experience as an architectural designer will be sorely tested.

I am still uncertain how it will all turn out, but do know that green will be a theme.






This is sorta kinda maybe what the 1921 kitchen in the carriage house looked like, when the structure was converted into a house. I love the sink.



But I want the sink in green. Green!!!!! Santa, are you listening? Amazingly, I almost, almost found one.



The green sink will go so well with the upper cabinets I plan to use.



All of which will also look most excellent with the Marmoleum I plan to use for the counters. This is a linoleum-like product, and period-correct for 1920s kitchen look.



And green glass pulls for the dreaded Home Depot lower cabinets, which I will paint.


So, you can appreciate the why of the green, right? Even though I am conveniently and willfully ignoring that green sinks only became available in the 1930s. White was the standard in the 1920s.

Anyway, yesterday I arrived at the Cross House. As is my usual pattern upon arrival, I opened the solid double front doors, revealing the glittering beveled-glass inner doors. This lets people know that the house is, well, active; that something is going on; and that people are coming and going. And the beveled-glass doors are so pretty, too. They are the kind of doors one is simply compelled to show off.

Just as I turned to go back inside, something captured my special attention.

A box. A small box. Sitting on the oak outer threshold.



I do not use the Cross House as my mailing address, so a box on the threshold was unexpected. Inside was a card from a reader of this blog. We have never met. But they sent me a gift.



Lynn wrote that she came across this salt/pepper set, and the green made her think of the carriage house kitchen. She thought I might like them. How sweet!


I was touched by this, and will certainly use the set.

What a lovely, unexpected gesture.

Thank you, Lynn. And may your Christmas be merry!

Happy holidays to all!


  1. Lynn on December 27, 2015 at 10:03 am

    You are so welcome Ross! I was hoping you liked them. I really wish they were truly vintage, but when I saw them they said “Ross” to me. I hope you had a very Merry Christmas! Keep posting your progress. I really enjoy reading all about the Cross House. You are an inspiration and I hope one day I can restore my “Cross House”.

    • Ross on December 28, 2015 at 7:23 pm

      You are very sweet! Thank you!!!!!

  2. Matt on December 27, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Make sure that have lots of Jadeite for that kitchen too. I have actually been buying a piece or two of it here and there in the one day anticipation to place in an old kitchen.

    • Ross on December 28, 2015 at 7:23 pm

      Yes! I will write into the lease that the tenant can ONLY have Jadeite Fire King dishes!

  3. Brandy Mulvaine on December 28, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Hey Ross, not sure if this is helpful or if it’s faux pas, but what about getting a white apron sink re-enameled green?

    Here are two links, this one has info on the process.

    And this one is for the company itself.

    Hopefully I still have magic fingers???? and those links work!

    • Ross on December 28, 2015 at 7:19 pm

      Hi Brandy!

      I did check out such a process, and Iearned that it is not ideal for a kitchen sink, as the new finish will not last with so much use.


  4. meg@sparrowhaunt.com on January 25, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Not sure if I still had your current e-mail, but if not, a remarkably cheap green sink, just in case you wanted one badly enough to drive to Pittsburgh.

    • Ross on January 25, 2016 at 4:50 pm


      You are a peach! I did get your email, and I did reply.

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