The Cross House
I have only ever offered glimpses of the Cross House library.
The room was a gutted shell when I purchased the house. And it was the first room I mostly finished because I needed to get all my books out of storage and into the house, STAT.
So, while the room was finished, it was not decorated. And this is how things have remained for almost four years.
I have had a decoration plan in place, and long ago ordered wallpaper from Bradbury & Bradbury, and a stencil for the frieze, but…but…nothing really progressed.
Supposed to be.
PROBLEM #1: I could never get a wallpaper hanger to show up and install the paper.
PROBLEM #2. Megan suggested the dot frieze, which I love, but then realized what a nightmare it would be trying to do it around all the window trim, which protrudes into the frieze zone.
So, yet again, I just stopped. And began to wonder if the library would ever get finished.
A few day ago however, I woke from a nap with a thought in my head: Screw all your library plans. Start over again.
I had not thought about the library in months. So, why was THIS the thought in my head after a nap? Most curious.
Because I am a slave to WTIMH (weird thoughts in my head) I got up, went to my computer, and started a search for stencils which would work for the library walls. Because there is SO little wall space, and because of the very narrow walls between the windows, and pattern could not be large. But the pattern could not be so small as to look silly in the large room.
I looked. I pondered. I looked. And pondered.
Then I was struck by lightning,
What, I suddenly thought, about doing molded pieces on the walls?????????
Ye gods! This was friggin’ brilliant!
I am leaning anthemion.
For the frieze…
See the ceiling in the above picture? The “cracked ice” effect was created by simply painting gloss polyurethane on the flat ceiling paint.
For the library…
Yes, the above drawing is not inspiring. I know. But I am excited by how it will turn out.
The room needs, as do all the rooms in the house, the recreation of the vital picture rail about 20-inches below the ceiling. Picture rail helps to balance the rooms, and restores the original proportions.
All that you read above is the plan.
But…anybody who has read this blog, particularly the process of finishing the parlor, will appreciate this: PLANS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
So kids, fasten your seat-belts because the Library Thrill Ride is about to commence!