Octagon Pondering…Nevermind.

Remember everything I wrote in my previous post?

Forget all of it.

My plans for the bedding were based on the bedding I have used for forty years. But…I have never had a bed from the 1890s. And such beds have footboards.


Like this. Which means…


…this is not possible. There can be no down quilt dramatically and invitingly pouring down over the bottom of the mattress.


Rhonda also pointed out something I had not considered. There are people who are allergic to down. She suggested, instead, a hypoallergenic comforter. I had to look that up.


Now I am thinking of a fitted sheet, and a flat sheet. Each will tuck behind the footboard. And then, rather than a comforter across the whole top of the bed, which would pile up against the footboard, I will get a comforter or blanket which would fold in half and simply lay on the bed, draping down the sides. Easy!

And…drum roll, please, this opens up a zillion possibilities!

Oh, and I was also wrong about the stained-glass. The border glass is not salmon but mauve.

Geez. Ross is such a ding-dong.




  1. Karyn Semple on November 23, 2020 at 7:01 am

    Ross I’ve been busy with my new puppy so I haven’t been commenting, but this is so exciting! Getting a bedroom ready for actual use! Whatever you choose it’s going to look and no doubt also FEEL amazing. You put so much thought and effort into everything! My input fwiw, is go with something simple and and somewhat plain for the bedding. Let the windows and the bed itself shine. Bedrooms are for sleeping so they don’t have to be so bold. Although I did like all the original options you presented.

  2. Chris on November 23, 2020 at 7:36 am

    Ross, Have you thought about a period correct handmade quilt? The possibilities are endless with color schemes and patterns- it could certainly incorporate all or just one of the colors of the stained glass. It could even be made to mirror the stained glass window! You have so many artistic and crafty followers on this blog, I bet they would line up to barter a night stay for a full-sized hand crafted quilt….jus’ sayin’

  3. Linda A. on November 23, 2020 at 7:40 am

    Good idea! However I have always had a foot board whether my bed was an antique or reproduction, and if you push the mattress and box spring to the head of the bed there is room to tuck in the comforter…and it keeps everything in p!ace. But I was raised by a home economics teacher who taught us to make a bed with military corner tucked sheets. And that does keep you snug as a bug…in a rug.

    • Barb Sanford on November 23, 2020 at 9:50 am

      I was going to mention this. You should have a little room between the footboard and mattress to tuck in the comforter. If you wanted that lovely waterfall of material over the bottom of the bed, you can always drape a blanket over the footboard. My mom always did this with a quilt or comforter, because not everyone needs that warmth. And it makes it easy to make the bed.

  4. Stewart on November 23, 2020 at 11:15 am

    My two cents:
    I have slept in one bed or another that have footboards for most of my adult life. IMO the duvet would be the best winter choice. They tuck between the mattress and footboard quite well, keeping feet warm on cold nights. Although “a quilt dramatically and invitingly pouring down over the bottom of the mattress” might not be happening, the dramatic effect would still be there on the sides, which I believe is the first thing one will see when walking into the octagon bedroom.
    I think you need something dramatic with all of those wood planar surfaces on the furniture and trim. The white would make the room boring unless you install dramatic wallpaper. If I was renting a room at an an airbnb, I think that I would like fabrics that I would get tired of if I used them at home. I love the pop of the Chinese duvet, but wouldn’t use it. I would buy a little bedroom arm or slipper chair for the room. Then I’d get yards and yards of different dramatic prints on cotton, washable fabrics.
    I’d use each fabric to make a duvet cover, a slipcover for the chair, and any accents at the window that I liked. I’d buy the whole bolt of all of the different fabrics so I could make a replacement for anything that was damaged.
    If you are renting the room, you will need to change the bedding often.
    * I just spent more time than I should have looking at my favorite e-bay fabric seller’s items and came up with a few choices that appeal to me.
    Here are links to two that I like for winter covers:
    … and some summer possibilities:https://www.ebay.com/itm/5-1-4Y-ROBERT-ALLEN-GREY-BLUE-GREY-FLORAL-PRINT-DRAPERY-UPHOLSTERY-FABRIC/143676970595
    I don’t think we have the same taste, so don’t expect you to want any of them.

  5. Jenine on November 23, 2020 at 11:38 am

    I found a source for fabric you might like. It wouldn’t be hard to have a duvet (hypoallergenic) cover and a couple pillow covers made. It’s cotton, so it’s washable. Add a few dashes of similar color and it would look really nice.


    • Terry Mooney on November 23, 2020 at 2:12 pm

      Jenine and I are on the same wavelength. I also picked a more Jacobean style fabric. You could create a provenance for it the involved passing it down through generations. Like the others, I’m sure you’ll chose something fabulous, that none of us would ever think of.

      • Terry Mooney on November 23, 2020 at 2:22 pm

        Just one more.

        Much more expensive, but gorgeous!

  6. Carrie Becker on November 23, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    I am not sure you are aware but Emporia Kansas is well known for a group of women who made applique quilts from the early through mid-1900s. They were adapted from even earlier patterns. Link to book here.

    A lot of information can be found on Barbara Brackman’s Material Culture blog.

    It might be a nice touch to celebrate a later set of well-regarded Emporia artists within the artistry of Charles Squire’s Cross House.

    • Chris fetzer on November 24, 2020 at 7:46 am

      Carrie- thank you for the info regarding the Emporia quilters. That was an enjoyable rabbit hole to fall into. I would love to see those quilts of Rose and her friends! What extraordinary talent. Chris

      • Barb Sanford on November 24, 2020 at 10:31 am

        I need to go down this rabbit hole, too! I had no idea Emporia was well known for this quilting group. Can’t wait to learn more.

  7. Chad on November 24, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    I had a thick comforter on a bed with a footboard as a kid and today my mom has a duvet on the same bed. They work fine with the footboard, but I can rarely sleep under anything thick and warm, so for me, I’d put something very thin and lightweight on the bed.

  8. MaryV on November 25, 2020 at 4:15 am

    First, Ross you have a wonderful cones cells in your eye retinas for seeing color. However, at our age, cataracts happen. A clouding of the lens part of the eye. One of the first signs of this problem is color hues you see start to shift to duller and darker shades of colors. Easy fix, by cataract surgery.

    Second, my daughter worked as a maid for an Air Bed and Breakfast company. Cotton, linen, natural fabrics works best for sleeping and cotton towels for bathroom. Most important was natural white in color. Dyed fabric just did not stand up against the washing, drying, using beach and strong detergents to get stains out and very clean linens.

    Third, with all the virus stuff going on. White white and bleach clean, is already assume a given for guests to stay.

    • Stewart McLean on November 25, 2020 at 5:46 pm

      I mean no disrespect to you Mary, but I for one feel that the gracious things in life are going away too fast as it is. I like the idea that The Cross House is being decorated with an 1890’s flair rather than furnished with throw away items from that Swedish big box store that can easily be disinfected or dispensed with. I know that you didn’t mean your comment that way, but it is one of my pet peeves that I perceive people in our post tech-revolution world settling for environments that are so much less visually stimulating. Most of what I hear from others is criticism by pointing out risks. I wish that I could say that I don’t do it too.
      I find that using hydrogen peroxide on my sheets and towels, which quickly turns to water and leaves no chemical residue is preferable to bleach. Line drying linens in the sun is a natural way to disinfect and freshen linens as can UV lights.
      Not sure what cataracts have to do with anything.

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