Monday, December 3, 2012

The Library

Greetings Gentle Readers,

So, here's the library so far. I wanted this to look like an old thing but I'm having second thoughts now, partly because a lot of the other rooms are very clean looking, but for now, it's in it's home on the top floor of the house.

The walls are gilt paper on a silver gray background. I decided to gild the edges because I thought it would look like one of those Victorian boxes.....still don't know if I love is interesting and once it's filled with books and furniture it will look fine, but I may do an alternate scheme, I had to faux boise the much for using real wood! I'm very particular about the color wood I like, we have an 18thc Cuban mahogany cabinet that is warm tobacco color.

Looking from the library to the bed room

The house to date. You can see the room where it always, waiting for supplies.

Until next time...


Friday, November 30, 2012

Playing and Grainiing

Greetings Gentle Readers,

So here we are, it's Friday and I've decided to have a little fun and play with the rooms a bit...and to do some wood graining while I'm at it. The best part of this project is that all the rooms are so interchangable. I've decided to move the dining room from the ground floor to the first and to make he former dining room a music room and I started decorating the walls of the's become a bit more Liberty of London, but it's still working with the rest of the house.....

The stained and grained doors with gilt paper in gray and gold..I love that it looks green.

Two views of the room. One as a library.

The other as a very moody bed room

But I did start the real bed room. Decided that it's going to be Farrow & Ball 'Shaded White' and I'm thinking I might splurge on a very expensive embroidered linen from Chelsea Textiles for the walls.

The new dining room will be off the main living room. Think it's a much better place for it. The walls are  Farrow and Ball 'Old White' and the classical crown [ see 1st pic] is from Sue Cook.

Well, that's all I've got till my materials arrive..need those moldings and fireplaces.....guess I can work on making some floors.....

Stay warm.


Monday, November 26, 2012

What Am I Doing Today: The Library

Greetings Gentle Readers,

I've been working diligently on my still unnamed house, both on interiors and furnishing and so here are a few current pictures of the existing library and the new one that I am working on.

Chinese export paper and a Georgian scheme will become a ground floor sitting room or perhaps a music room.

Below is the new library in a William IV style. The paneling will be stained or perhaps painted. I went out and bought some Farrow and Ball tins today, so eventually the unfinished rooms will all have a good finish on their walls.

I've divided the space into two seating areas, the back wall will have a fireplace and a door, to nowhere, just to make it seem as if the house continues.

The bookshelves  have two pull out book tables and a shelf for a yet to be created collection of Greek pots. I want this room to be high style but comfy, so the scheme will be a bit more old fashioned than the rest of the house, but I may throw in an odd chair or painting.

So slowly it's just like doing up a real house, except smaller....and less expensive...thank goodness.

Until next time.


Sunday, November 25, 2012


Greetings Gentle Readers,

So, I've been working feverishly  since I last wrote, and so, the house progresses. 
Below is a pic of the entire thing with it's 8 rooms and the beginnings of their decoration.

The dining room with it's plaster walls and marble floors. A neoclassical fireplace and crown molding.

Below we look towards the front hall which is paneled in mahogany.....still working on detailing it with small trim and the ceiling has been worked out with a series of beams. I am still waiting for plaster capitals and bases from Sue Cook to finish the pilasters in this room. They were originally meant to be used outside, but I didn't read the scale....1:6 so too small for there, but perfect for here.
Standard doors with an overdoor and plinth blocks make it look more substantial....all the little bits of glue are now  dry and sanded off. The Indian statue is an antique bit I had on a shelf and now at home on a small side table turned on it's side...still have to stain doors and paint out trim...but that will keep.

One of 4 chairs from Kenneth at Small World Minis are really nice quality.

My home made sideboard with a painting by my friend, Jimmy Bloom.....decided that this would be  modern house with high style furnishings and modern art.

Waiting for the Regency style table and a great chandelier that I found at J Getzan Dolllhouse Miniatures...but, as with all things, this will be a long process and take a good bit of time... meanwhile, I've invited my artist friends to send any small work they'd like to contribute to the 'collectors'.

Until next time.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

What Am I Doing Today: More Floors!

Greetings Gentle Readers,

So decisions made, the floor on the ground floor dining room is the same as the entrance hall, with slight color variation. I was torn as to whether to do wood and decided that there would be more flexibility should the decoration of the walls change if the floors were the same in two adjacent rooms.

Looking inside the room. The fireplace is now out in the room where it will live, have to complete the card walls AND I have my circuit lighting, so I can install that and then finish all the walls properly.

Looking at the dining room into the hall.

Well, that's it for today...have to finish up the stair hall now that I have more mahogany for the walls.

Until next time.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

What Am I Doing Today: Faux Marble Floors


So here we are in the entrance hall, been working on paneling which I will show when it's stained....almost done, but keep running out of materials. So in the meantime, I had materials to make some tile for the floors, I had planned to buy tile, but thought that I could make my own....below is a pic showing the placement, I've been working on specific tiles as I don't want it to look too even and I also want a small amount of pattern, Think i'm finally happy with the arrangement as it looks pretty real and as always...old, old, old..

1x16 make 16 1x1 tiles. I paint the plank and then cut them out and then go back and retouch the edges.

Tiles with some pattern in between the almost solids.

Friday, November 16, 2012

What Am I Doing Today: Progress

Greetings Dear Readers,

So, I'm finally making some progress on the house, I received some bits of trim from Sue Cook in the UK and started making the downstairs drawing room. It will live opposite the Georgian paneled room with the  stair hall in between....Finally got the stairs as well. so maybe I can get a few rooms fleshed out in the next few weeks......

A little trick I learned is that it's much easier to make the rooms up on card stock and then insert each wall.

The bookcase will eventually be a part of the library.

Slow going....but gives an idea of what the house will do. the room upstairs will live to the left o the stairs...and I have yet to get my circuit lighting kit....BUT I did get the Doric trim for the out side....

Well, that's it for today....have to get to work...