The Cross House
I am working to complete the library in the Cross House, and have been holding back images to do a dramatic Before/After reveal.
(Or perhaps I have been kidnapped by aliens and they made me write the above.)
I am dedicated to meticulously restoring the house, and look forward to its being returned as close as possible to what it would have looked like when built. However, I have no desire to recreate a Victorian-era decor. I yearn for the house, when complete, to have a youthful, lively quality, and believe this can be achieved with the right colors, fabrics, and furnishings.
Trying to decoratively bring an 1894 house into 2015 will be no easy task. While the colors, fabrics, and furnishings will have a contemporary feel, I still very much want them to complement the 1894 structure, and not fight with it. So, no mirrored disco ball in the living room, for example.
For many months now I have been scouring the Internet for curtains for the library. I settled on a black/white damask pattern. Such a pattern may well have been used in the house in 1894. Although not in black/white! I though the colors would offer the contemporary edge I was seeking.
At last, I found a fabric which was well poised on the fine line between between complementing the 1894 house, while still seeming fresh.
I ordered a yard to make sure.
The yard arrived and I rushed to tack it up in the library! I then stood back, breathless with anticipation!
And was unimpressed. The pattern was just not large enough for the scale of the room. The scale was kinda…insipid. And whatever one might call the Cross House, insipid it ain’t.
So, back to square one, and hours and hours more on the Internet.
Out of desperation I clicked on: Wal-Mart.
And within moments my eyes widened at a potential candidate.
Could it be? Was it possible? And at…Wal-Mart????????
Over the following day, I continued the hunt but kept coming back to the above. And fell in love. The pattern complements the 1894 house. The scale of the pattern should fit the room and look the opposite of insipid. The colors are perfect with the wall color, and also perfectly complement the stained-glass windows which will be visible above the curtains. Most importantly, the curtains look fresh and contemporary.
So, even though I am working away at paying off the titanic-sized invoice to have all the radiators repaired and put into proper order, I figured I could order one panel (at $15.27). After the one panel arrived, I could confirm the brilliance of my choice, and then after paying off the radiator balance, I could order seven more panels.
I was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited.
OUT OF STOCK.