The Cross House
Now that the parlor is, seemingly, done a last, my mind has focused on the library.
I have only shown the library in tantalizing bits. This is largely due to the fact that I have been unable to get any good images. The room, it seems, is just really unphotogenic!
Nonetheless, the room is very close to being done. In 2015 it was painted, and bookshelves were installed (and filled with books).
The curtains were hung in 2017 (thanks, Bette!).
Last November I finally got the shelving island built.
But, the wallpaper needs to be installed. A frieze painted. The picture rail installed. And some sort of pattern needs to be on the Tiffany blue ceiling.
The wallpaper is a wacky 1970s reproduction by the esteemed Bradbury & Bradbury. A reader, Megan, suggested a truly wacky frieze stencil. And, today, I started to play.
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But be prepared for MADNESS!
The picture rail will be painted black, and will have an applied leaf trim (like in the parlor).
The frieze stencil is fabulously insane. But its 1970s pop-art vibe works well with the 1970s paper. There are five light pendants hanging low over the island and these, too, are from the 1970s.
It was not my intention to do a 70s’ theme in the library but it has evolved that way. Go figure, man.
Oh, and I have no idea what to do with the ceiling. Although I may do nothing.
I think of the parlor as being the adult.
The library will, it seems, be the teenager.