Sunday, 23 September 2018

The Bedroom 1

Work is progressing on the Marsh Hall bedroom and to date (and to let you know I haven't forgotten about this property) I have just completed dressing a four poster bed.

    The bed was purchased quite some time ago from Ashwood Designs*

1/12th Scale Tester Bed  

*Picture courtesy of Ashwood Designs' website.

I had bought it for another property but unfortunately, given the size of the room I was working on at the time, it was too wide so I replaced it with a single bed of the same design leaving me with this one which worked out really well as I think it's ideal for Marsh Hall.

In my head, Marsh Hall is a baronial property situated in the Highlands of Scotland round about 1850.   High fashion didn't reach the Highlands for quite some time so what may have been cutting edge design in 1850 London (or even Edinburgh) wasn't seen for a while (if at all, even for low gentry) unless of course there was plenty money to hand or you were Queen Victoria and living at Balmoral. 

The style it has been dressed in is pretty plain with no unnecessary cushions or frills.   That wasn't the Scottish way (although it was tempting to add a couple of cushions - I remained firm!)

So, and while I carry on decorating the main room, here is my Baronial bed.







Wednesday, 25 July 2018

The Oak Gallery

I know it's been a little while since I last posted here but I have been busy - mini busy.    The only task left to do in the Parlour of Marsh Hall is to paint the sofa and I'll let you see that when it's done.

I've been working on The Oak Gallery.    A small space measuring 5.5" (13.91 cms) wide by 16" (40.64 cms) deep by 9" (22.86 cms) high.   Firstly, a colour scheme had to be chosen:- 


Paint and fabric to the right were selected and work got started.   As I had already taken the decision to remove all staircases from this build, the impression had to be given that there was some form of access to the upper floors and so a door at the end of the Hall was installed, with very worn stone steps.


Next, lighting -


and a baronial looking screen -


after that came the cornice and panelling -


a couple of ornate Halberds - 


some suitable artwork -





and finally, the whole Gallery.


Next, The Bedroom.






Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Parlour progress


I don't know why but I have a real struggle finding suitable rugs.   There are loads out there but I never seem to come across the right one when I'm looking for it so the search continues for something that will do the job in The Parlour.

Quite a lot has happened in this room since my last photo and I feel the room is now starting to take shape.    Still lots to add - the dresser needs filling as does the what-not and there are still other little items to find for the desk.

I'm not sure if I like the circular table and was thinking of changing it to a square one but I'll think about that.   The sofa to the left needs painting.    It's a John Hodgson piece and I was thrilled to find it at a York Fair some time ago.    I almost snatched it off their table!

The door isn't fixed in place yet as I can't do that until I've added the wall covering to the hallway on the other side and there's an pediment to go in place once that happens.    More stuff has to be added to the mantel as well.


The gateau, servings and cups of tea were purchased from Amanda Speakman.   



The desk is a Mini Mundus kit which I measured very carefully before ordering and it fits that space perfectly.   All the drawers have been lined with green felt and it's my intention to fill every one!


Wednesday, 7 February 2018

New Blog now "Live"

I'm pleased to say that the necessary permission came through to use a couple of images in regard to my new blog and it has now gone "live".

I hope you enjoy what you see and I'm looking forward to getting stuck in.

The Silk Weaver's House



* Copyright Ben Rea

Friday, 12 January 2018

Slow progress

Happy New Year, followers!


Progress has been slow on this project since my last post (but I'm assuming it's the same for everyone given the time of year - so much to do!).

Just one picture for you today as I thought I'd better get something up here before you forget all about me!    This is The Parlour and I'm hoping to get it looking as High Victorian as I can - filled with stuff.    Furniture placement has been an issue and every time I looked at it, I moved things around but hopefully I've cracked it now and with the purchase of more "stuff" I'll have more detailed pics to show you soon.


There is another reason for the delay (she said in a whispery voice!).     I have a new property.   Yes, you read it correctly, so that has been a bit of a distraction for me.    There are no pics yet and no new blog but I can tell you that it is called The Silkweaver's House.     More later.


Friday, 15 September 2017

"The Snuggery" (a cosy or comfortable place, especially someone's private room or den).

Thank you all for your encouraging comments to my "Sitootery" post.   I'm so pleased you like what I'm doing with this.

I seem to have been on a roll with alternative names for the rooms I'm creating and this next one is no different.    I came across the word "Snuggery" and thought it was such a good one, I just had to use it.   It's really just a 19th century man cave but sounds so much better!

So, let's go to The Snuggery -

This little room is situated in the swing out section of the property and sits directly above The Sitootery and has the same dimensions - 11" (27.94cms) wide by 6" (15.24cms) deep.    All the electrics for this and the other two spaces have to be done by battery.    I ran the wires across the floor and up the left side of the door, through the ceiling and onto a battery pack which will be disguised as a trunk (or something) in the top space.


I ended up not using the electrified candlestick as the base was too large for the "shelf" which is a combined dado and display area as I wanted to get as much out of this space as possible.    It's actually a deep cornice using the widest part for "stuff".


I had been itching to get on with decorating this room as I knew well in advance where I would be going with it especially once I'd bought the fake bookcase.    This came from The Miniature Scene, York.   I knew exactly what I was going to do with this.   The door can now double as a bookcase - again letting me make as much use of the space as I could.


The painting of Rabbie Burns is actually a magnet purchased from the National Gallery of Scotland and is copied from a painting by Alexander Nasmyth (Scottish portrait and landscape painter 1758 - 1846).


The panelling was again created from the "how to" featured in Dada's Dollhouse blog





I finally got round to painting the little Moorish table from Arjen Spinhoven.   


I used mother of pearl paint with touches of blue and gold.   There's nothing quite like a wee glass of Glenfiddich when it's cold outside!


The wonderfully detailed smoking hat was a purchase from Jonquil at Latchkey & Jonquil     I had been saving it especially for this room and I love it!   Thank you Jonquil.




Oh look - a wee visitor!


There are still some accessories to be added and I'll show you those as and when they arrive.



..............and finally, meet Glenbogle the Marsh Hall stag.

















Monday, 14 August 2017

The Sitootery

Many thanks for your lovely comments to my last post.   They're all very encouraging.

It took me a while to actually figure out how I was going to use the space and at the same time get in all the items I wanted but it's finished now (apart from any additional bits I intend picking up from fairs) and I hope I've done the space justice.

I got rid of the planters on either side of the door, shown in the previous post, they were too bulky.


The fountain was my first venture into the world of Scenic Water and I hope I haven't made it look as though the lion is throwing up!


There wasn't enough trim to go straight across the full width of the back wall so I had to create a something that would fill the space.   I think this works.


Not sure if the figures above the door will stay but they're fine for the time being.   There's a good chance I'll find something perhaps more suitable at the York fair in November.


It's all filling up quite nicely.


This is my "fourth" wall and it may yet benefit from a "something else".   I think it still looks a bit bare.






The photos below are my favourites.   I love the view back into the Dining Room.


This is the view from the Dining Room.   I'm pleased with the way that turned out.