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!


  1. Oh, Irene, it looks so good!!! ive always loved that panelling and it really makes the room, especially with your brilliant shields! What a find that postcard was! I have the same dilemma about decorating and furnishing but it all adds to the fun. I also like the way you decorated the inside of the front opening panel (does that have a name?). Keep up the great work, I can't wait to see more...

  2. Looks great Irene! I wrestle with unfinished rooms too! Just remember it's a hobby, so do it any way you please!

  3. Hi Irene! I love the look of this Hall! I think your windows look fantastic! And the idea for the false door to the service area is perfect! The paneling and the shields are very appropriate for a Tudor room. I never seem to get my rooms finished Or decorated... so I guess I don't have a strategy for either! LOL! I say go with what is fun. I can guarantee that we will enjoy seeing what you come up with! Keep up the great work... even if it is mostly collecting... you do a wonderful job with that as well!! :)

  4. Happy New Year to you too!
    What great work!

  5. The hall looks amazing the little shields are perfect. I love your windows they are gorgeous.Beautiful piano.
    Wishing you a Happy New Year.
    Hugs Maria

  6. Hi Irene! I didn't realize you had this blog but now that I Do, I must say that this build is going to be just as interesting and intriguing as the others!
    I already like it because of its Tudor overtones but having the room for a piano is simply Grand! I can see some serious dancing going on in your Great Hall. I hope that there is enough room still for a cellist or violinist too?

    p.s. I LOVE the soldier course of the coat of arms and the drape over the door. They really add to the heritage of this room!

  7. Wow, this is stunning! it looks so real!