Remember the south hall in the Cross House that I was working on last fall?

After a lot of work I shifted focus to doing the library, and the hall, while much better than it was a year ago, remains unfinished.

Due to an AC trunk line I installed in 2014, the ceiling had to be lowered. There was no evidence of how the hall was lighted in 1894, so I installed a pair of ceiling lights, with cheap porcelain bases used for now.

For months and months I have been scouring eBay to find a pair of simple gas/electric pendants. Geez. Who knew it would be so hard? I even started looking at modern LED lights. But don’t tell anybody.

Last week I decided to take down the gas/electric pendant I had installed in the Butler’s Pantry a few years ago. It was too long and the cabinet doors banged into it all the time. Well, after I had it down I thought: Does this match anything I have stored way? I took it to my lighting stash and…gasp.




SQUEE!!!!!!!! So, all this time I had a matched pair in the house already.


I am absurdly happy about this.




  1. Laurie L Weber on June 1, 2023 at 9:11 pm

    Big wow!

  2. Cindy Belanger on June 1, 2023 at 9:21 pm

    Oh my gosh, that’s wonderful. They are amazing light fixtures.

  3. Brendan on June 1, 2023 at 10:05 pm

    Good for you! You sure can’t beat that price! hehehe

  4. Michelle on June 1, 2023 at 10:24 pm

    “Gasp!” Why is your weed eater on the house?!?!? Just kidding. I love the lights.

    • Ross on June 1, 2023 at 11:41 pm

      Michelle, how else will I trim the weeds along the base molding?????

  5. Sandra D Lee on June 2, 2023 at 1:13 am

    So happy for this piece of serendipity!

    It’s so fun when things fall in place.

  6. Linda A. on June 2, 2023 at 6:48 am


  7. Harlan on June 2, 2023 at 8:05 am

    I love lighting! And you are so very very good at it.

  8. Bo on June 2, 2023 at 12:58 pm

    Fabulous outcome.

  9. mlaiuppa on June 2, 2023 at 3:29 pm

    LOL. Didn’t I say what is needed will turn up, one way or another? It’s the magic of the Cross House.

    Of course, now there will be a search for the appropriate light for the Butler’s pantry, but since you only need one, that should be easier.

  10. Jordan on June 3, 2023 at 4:37 pm

    Hello Ross,

    Seeing these photographs has reminded me of the post you did many years ago about the LINCRUSTA wall coverings in the hallways of the Cross House. You may be interested to know that there is a channel on YouTube called “Doing it Ourselves”, where the British owner of a dilapidated château in France has recently posted of his discovery of 120 year old Lincrusta. He has reached out to Lincrusta HQ to explore having the pattern recreated. They appeared as excited as him about the discovery and the video explains how the wall covering is made as well as the curing process. It’s very interesting.

    There were tips on how to make it more supple and how to clean it. I thought it may interest you. The outcome (not posted yet) will reveal how feasible it is to have patterns recreated if they are not in the back catalogue. May be useful knowledge in case you need to repair/replace/renew at the Cross House.

    Here is the link to the video.

    • Ross on June 3, 2023 at 8:50 pm

      Thank you, Jordan! I’ve been watching the show! I’m excited!

  11. lisa roberts on June 24, 2023 at 5:04 pm

    These are just dreamy delicious!!!!

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