I have always made the living rooms, in all of my doll's houses, the very first room that I start with.
Some people begin their houses with the kitchen while others prefer the bedroom, but for me it has always been the the miniature front parlor& /or living room.
This is the room where strangers and friends converge to get to know you better, because it is the room where people generally entertain guests and practice hospitality and where folks go to relax. People form opinions about the home owner(s) based primarily on their personal experience spent in the front parlor, and the comfort and the social interactions that take place within it. In miniature, I feel that this room sets the tone for the rest of the rooms that follow, so I usually end up taking a lot of time trying to get it the room just right. I love making these spaces feel cozy, warm and welcoming
Yet, 'the process' will often Insist that I become more flexible and more willing to bend, even when I don't feel like it, to thus enable the house to make some needed changes so that the story I'm trying to tell, can eventually emerge.
the shades which were originally a tan color, I painted with a thin black transparent glass paint and here is what they looked like when turned on.
and Still just a little too Bright
|To me they looked just like|
a Fez One and a Fez Two.
After removing the gold fringe which I had glued on oh so well, I was left with a new mess on the bottom of the lamp shade.
Now what do I do?
so once again, another change
below: photo on left, the lamps with the fringe- the photo on the right are current version
|a close up of the Mantle now|
changing the look of the front door
|The front door in the beginning|
The left side of the Parlor/ living room has not changed over much from my original plan. I had always intended to use the sideboard/ dresser in this space right from the very beginning and so also, the over-scaled picture of a writer steadfastly ignoring her long-suffering family.
I remember that I aged the heavy metal frame even more than what it originally was, but other than that, not much else. The french style arm chair sits right in front of it so it is often over-looked when I am gazing into the room. But just because it is hidden from view doesn't mean that it is not important. The weight of it counterbalances the visual mass of the opposite fireplace wall.
Below, you can see how the chair helps to beef up the left side of this front parlor.
|This is the replacement rug with the changed, new and improved lampshades.|
I have to say that I love this photo.
I am really happy with the "lived in"look of this living room.
that is until I think of something else to do to it :))
|A bouquet of Janine's orange roses are arranged upon the tea table|
along with Fatima's Batten-burg squares in a filigree serving tray
|The View looking into the kitchen from the living room and straight at the ratty old cottage stairs.|
What a startling change and contrast from the more elegant front parlor! ?
I find it very strange that I should like them anyway.
|Yes! ...This looks better!|
|The prep table's new rustic covered casserole dish, positioned on the corner, is by Jason Feltrope's Studio. Love it!|
|Changes to the stairwell include Fatima's gift of one of her closed umbrella which now hangs discreetly from the accordion hat rack at the bottom of these treacherous stairs|
onto the bedroom
|This is the early version of the upstairs bedroom|
|This is the bedroom in the MIDDLE stages|
|And this is how it looks now|
what's new in the bathroom