Sunday, 30 April 2017

The Garden Room (or "The Sitootery")

Firstly, many thanks for your lovely comments on my previous post, they are very much appreciated.    You can probably tell, I'm having a lot of fun with this house.

The one thing that attracted me to this property was the swing out portion.   It presented lots of possibilities and was something a little different from the usual flat fronted houses available.


The section on the right swings out from the main building giving me three smallish rooms to play with.



The first to be tackled is the space on the Ground Floor accessed via the Dining Room.


This space is going to be The Garden Room or (as I prefer to call it) The Sitootery.*

* Scots English - from "sit oot", a small area to sit out and relax.

It's just a small space measuring 11" wide (27.94cms) by 9.5" (24.13cms) by 6" (15.24cms) deep.   I haven't got very far with it yet but there's paper on the walls, tiles on the floor and a decorative cornice.   I had to juggle that about a bit as I only had two strips and was determined to make it fit without the need of ordering more.    So, this is what it looks like so far -


The table has a wirework top so the card is there to make fitting a cloth much easier.    I'm still at the playing stage so not sure if the planters will stay.


This is the cornice I mentioned.


Lots to think about!







Thursday, 13 April 2017

At last, an update.

It's been a wee while since I last posted any progress on the work I'm doing with this property but at last I can show you what I've been up to.    Neither room is completely finished.   I've still to add all the little accessories that hopefully will bring them to life but all the decorating has been done.

In some instances I have had to use the flash as very little daylight gets to the Great Hall.   The pictures have also shown up little things that need attending to and improving - which is no bad thing!

Firstly, the Great Hall





and The Dining Room






I'm so looking forward to my trip to London next month which will include the Kensington Fair hence the lack of accessories.   I've been saving myself!


Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Almost, but not quite!

I've been on such a roll with this property (sadly to the exclusion of my other one Netherton) that I just had to get to a point where it was ok to let it sit for a while and proceed with my other project.

Work has been progressing well with the Dining Room but not to a point where it's a) complete or b) I can show you the whole room.    What I can do however is give you a little taster, so............

The ceiling -


Some panelling* -


*All credit for this panelling must go to Dada's Dollhouse blog where I found the "how to".

and some art work.


I know, he looks pretty fed up, doesn't he?

I'm in the process of making curtains at the moment so I should be able to reveal the whole room soon.




Monday, 9 January 2017

The Great Hall

Happy New Year to all my followers - I hope everyone enjoyed their festivities.

For a while now I've felt as though any mini-ing I have done has been more by way of buying than actually doing.   I can never decide whether it's better to decorate all the rooms of a property then fill them gradually or decorate and fill before moving on to the next room so with that in mind, what I do have to show you is a decorated space.    I have some of the furnishings but not all.

This is The Great Hall - it would have been used to greet/entertain visitors who were not so well known or not important enough to be taken to the private rooms upstairs.


It's a difficult space to photograph due to the additional swing-out part of the building to the right which blocks out any natural light so I had to use a lamp.

The piano was a basic bare wood affair to which I have added carved panels and lighting.    (I have also just noticed that it lacks pedals!   These were removed because they looked too clunky and will be replaced).



The area in the corner below gives the impression of access to other areas.   I've deliberately left out a kitchen in this property as I've done three already and wanted to use the spaces for other things so we can imagine the stairs leading to the services located elsewhere.


The door to the right leads to the Dining Room.    The little Coats of Arms were taken from a postcard and mounted on varnished panels.



All the windows to this property are situated at the front.   I created "stained glass" for the upper shaped part of the window with "leaded" glass below.


Below shows the "fourth wall" with it's stained glass windows and I've arranged the curtains to highlight the design when the lights are on.


I'm afraid my little canine friend doesn't look very welcoming!