Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Mellow Yellow

I've made quite good progress on the bedroom - I think it was when I decided to stop faffing with other projects and rooms and just knuckle down and concentrate on one!  The yellow colour adds more warmth, and draws the eye towards the bed, making the room feel more shallow.

I haven't glued everything in place totally, as I still have to sort out the electrics, which I'll probably do when all the rooms are completed and I can work out the best wiring... I know that's not the traditional method, but it works for me!

The painting above the fireplace is an tiny part of a grand painting by Lamoyne which shows the goddess Fertility holding twin babies - I thought that as a mother of twins that was quite appropriate!

The fireplace took me ages to decide on - I didn't know if the room's size could support a large chimney piece, and I didn't want to cut a hole in the wall to make an external chimney stack, but I htink it works well. 

The fire back is a small lead frame and watercolour paper covered in metalcote.  The bricks need a bit more work to make them more realistic, and I am quite pleased with the hearth stone, which I made out of granite clay.

Then I made a fire basket - can you guess what I used?  I will hide the bulb wires when I fit everything into place finally.

I still have so much to do, but I think this room is coming together nicely.  It is also a room that was done on a very, very small budget,  from the 65 cents picture frame found at a brocante, to the table made out of turnings and lolly sticks...and the fire basket which was  free!  It is amazing what you can do with very little!



  1. Hello Jonquil,
    The yellow made all the difference! What a wonderful, warm, charming and welcoming room. It is so beautiful in it's simplicity and every detail is just perfect. I love the fire back, the curtains around the bed, it is all so cozy. I really love your work.
    Big hug, adn keep up the amazing work.
    Big hug,

  2. I'd love to have a bed in a little hideaway like that. :D Your fireplace unit is wonderful! I'm guessing that basket was a cap for something? With cross bars added? Nice work!

  3. I really love your fire basket, it looks great.

  4. Poco a poco esta habitación va tomando forma. Me gusta mucho lo que estás consiguiendo, es aspecto es muy acogedor.

    ¡Un abrazo enorme y enhorabuena!

  5. Hi Jonquil!! This is a very beatiful room, I love the bed hidden in the alcove. The yellow color is perfect, you said it ;)! The fireplace is gorgeous, it looks great. You're right: man doesn't need much to make something beautiful like this.
    Greetings, Ilona

  6. I was tempted to buy a house from Dollhouse Concept. I, too, with some modifications. Are you happy with yours? I recommend buying?

  7. The room is lovely and your new table fits in there very well too.

    I'm with Otterine here and thinking a cap of some description for your fire basket.

  8. Great work. The bedroom is very nice.
    kiss Faby

  9. Beautiful room, Jonquil. Stunning. Love the colour and the bed tucked away in the corner.

  10. Hi Jonquil, what a lovely room, so sunny and fresh, I love the bed clothes and the table looks very good too. The fireplace and fire back look very good, and the metalcote paint makes it look convincing too. Your room proves that with some clever ideas you don't need to spend small fortunes on a dolls house setting. Bravo!

    Andy xxx

  11. Enhorabuena por ese precioso trabajo.
    Felicidades por ganar el sorteo de Elga!!!
    besitos ascension

  12. Hi Jonquil! I just discovered your blog. It's really interesting and there are plenty of useful ideas.
    I will follow you with interest...
    A presto Ersilia

  13. I love the chimeny stack and the place for the bed very much

  14. Hello Jonquil, What a lovely name and what lovely rooms to put your name to. I love the restfulness of the bed and the fireplace and the fire basket are a perfect compliment to it. I am always impressed by people with needle skills and yours are so beautifully detailed. I am so glad I found your blog.