My Corners Are Guarded!

The custom-made wood corner guards are now installed in the parlor! North side.


South side.


I did a finish on them which closely matches the 1894 faux bois finish on the trim!


The guards exactly match other such guards in the house. Thanks, Dr. Doug!

This small improvement delights me. I added the two bump-outs in 2014 to support a new steel beam in the ceiling and the guards help make this minor change look, well, right.



  1. Harlan Simpson on September 29, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    They look good.

  2. Seth Hoffman on September 29, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    Classy! It’s a small, but significant touch. Plain plaster/drywall corners on bump-outs or openings always look out of place to me in old houses, since they so rarely were built that way. The ones that really stand out are when people open up walls between rooms (e.g. living/dining room), and just use corner bead on the openings, with no wood casing or detail. It just emphasizes it was a recent hack. Your use of the corner guards avoids this, especially since your ceiling is still flush through this area (thanks to your painstaking work tucking that beam up into the ceiling).

    It looks great!

  3. Andrew Hewitt on September 30, 2019 at 2:37 am

    those curvy windows and corners chamfer my boat and look sublime . I loved reading all your posts, your house is to die for but not in a bad way .

  4. Heidi on September 30, 2019 at 5:17 am

    Ross – I have a similar curved set of 4 windows (No stained glass though) Where did you find the curved curtain rods? I need some but I have only ever found large curved rods that would cover the entire set of windows.

    • Mike on September 30, 2019 at 12:04 pm

      In case Ross doesn’t notice your question, he (brilliantly) came up with the idea of using bendable copper pipe to make his curtain rods. If you click on the picture twice, you can greatly enlarge it, and you can see the curved piping, as well as the 90* elbow. I can’t quite see how he fastened it all to the window casing, but from personal experience with copper plumbing, there are several options available at your local hardware store.

      • Heidi on October 2, 2019 at 5:18 am

        cool. Thanks, Mike.

  5. Nancy McPherson on September 30, 2019 at 9:59 am

    Happy for you! Looks very rich and oh so classy. If you keep going on these details for the Parlor, you are going to have to go shopping for more furniture. The Parlor windows look like the house was built yesterday.
    I know those curved windows cost a bunch to replace if broken. The Seeley Mansion in Abilene has similar curved windows in the Reception Area and one window got broken. Terry was sure alarmed when he found out the price. He has radiators that are also curve in almost a half circle below those curved windows.
    If I win a lottery or PCS, you will receive a $$$$ donation for your Cross House home. Wish I could see your home in person however; I am a displaced Kansas immigrant who lives in the frozen tundra and iced over lakes of Minnesota.

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