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  1. Cindi M on June 12, 2017 at 8:31 pm


  2. Marjie on June 12, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    It looks AMAZING! I love, love, love the colors! So gorgeous!

  3. Celeste on June 12, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Deep happy sigh here of pleasure, Ross. It is GORGEOUS. Well done!

  4. Carole Sukosd on June 12, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Just beautiful. 2017 Victorian .

  5. Kerri on June 12, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    It looks so cozy and inviting. Love it!

  6. Sandra Lee on June 12, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Ross you are so amazing!! The parlor is beyond gorgeous!!! When you are done with the final touches can you show both parlor & library?

  7. tiffaney on June 12, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    Holy swearwords! OK I was not expecting that. Though I suppose I should have. Well done, Ross!

  8. Miss-Apple37 on June 13, 2017 at 2:47 am

    This room is so welcoming and cheerful!! it just misses friends/family, drinks, snacks, talks and laughs 🙂

  9. Gabi on June 13, 2017 at 7:08 am

    I have to admit it is lovely. I couldn’t picture it the way you did. Very warm and inviting. What room will you be doing next?

  10. pk on June 13, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Well done! It looks glorious!

  11. SEB on June 13, 2017 at 8:59 am

    So many intriguing elements in that parlor! It practically starts talking on its own. I like the variety of seating shapes and options — all of which look inviting to sit on.

  12. Penny on June 13, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Absolutely beautiful! I do wish that the curtain placement be a tad bit different. Would you consider shortening the rod so the side window trim would be visible????? I think it would be awesome to see the side trim.

  13. Mike on June 13, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Ross, it really looks great…I have to admit that I doubted a couple of things during this process, but I guess I’ve learned my lesson about that, LOL! Everything in the picture looks like it belongs in the room. The combination of the architecture, the colors of the room, and the furniture, all remind me of the 1950s and 60s. At that time, many people still lived in the same houses that they had moved into at the turn of the century, and over the decades had made changes to their homes with new, modern paint colors, mid-century furniture, etc. I believe that you wrote once that you wanted the Cross house to look like a family home that had developed over a long period of time, and that is exactly what you have accomplished. Well done sir, well done!!

    • Mike on June 13, 2017 at 12:23 pm

      BTW, how about some pictures of the finished room at night? It will look totally different with the chandelier and lamps lighting the room. And a night picture from the front yard of the stained glass with the light shining through…

  14. Wanda on June 13, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Oh my! I love your taste!

  15. californianinkansas on June 14, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    I. Love. Everything. About. This. Room! The coffee table and the beautiful sofa make the room look so sophisticated.

  16. Vicki F on June 14, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    A wizard DOES live here!

  17. Bethany Otto on June 18, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    I literally gasped. Just lovely.

  18. [email protected] on June 19, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Stunning. I’d love to see before and after photos side-by-side.

  19. Lpenne on March 1, 2020 at 6:47 pm

    Wow Ross, this is incredible, sorry I am late to the party. I discovered your blog a few months ago and in my free time have been reading to catch up. I am a historian and costume designer, I had always loved the clothing progression from the Victorian era and it was my favorite period to research, design, and create. Yet until I stumbled onto your blog I never thought much about restoring, researching, or designing the houses. My Dad was a contractor and when I was little he bought and restored a victorian in Chicago that I loved, so I’ve always dreamed of being in one again but only as a passing thought. Now my boyfriend, myself, and our 5 furry children are on the hunt for our first house, and trying to find one that we can start lovingly restoring the way you are the Cross House.

    You have completely inspired me and we actually had our dream house lined up before it was taken over in a bidding war. I hadn’t read your posts for a few weeks because I was in such a dark mood after this. I picked up again today because you always find a way to make me laugh and I was rewarded with this gem of a room. Everything you have done, and continue to do is so exceptionally well thought out and researched and conceptualized. And you don’t hesitate to make the bold choice. I cried when I saw how beautiful your parlor turned out and hope I can do a house justice like this someday. Thank you for this blog and sharing so much of your life and restoration with us. I know this might get buried in your replies. I’d been nervous to comment before now, preferring to enjoy in quiet but I wanted you to know the difference you have made in my life.

    I truly appreciate all the time and energy you put into not only the house but your blog and to us, your readers.
    Wishing you the best from North Carolina!

    • Ross on March 1, 2020 at 7:40 pm

      Very nice to meet you, Lauren!

      And thank you for the many kind thoughts.

      Please let me know when you find your dream house!

      BIG hug!


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