Just when I thought the gilding mania had finished... I just had to do some more to frame this painting of a lady in blue. She just popped on to the page at the end of my paintbrush, and it is due to her that I tackled the next room in Daviot House, the dining closet...
This room, leading off from the hall was plastered and then abandoned, as I did other rooms of the house, and also because it was such a long and narrow shape, I really didn't know what to do with it.
I thought at first a study, but really, the inhabitants of Daviot House needed somewhere to sup, to I got my thinking cap on. Firstly, I rearranged the features - changed entrance door on the left and made the window into a french door leading to the garden.
Then I had to find enough room for a decent sized fireplace. Putting it square in the middle of the back wall looked, well, a bit mundane. And then I remembered all of the houses that inspired me in the first place, and the fact that the corner fireplace was more common (it would also solve a problem upstairs in the bedroom above). This way the narrow room seems to be a bit wider, without using up too much floorspace.
I had wanted to incorporate a Delft tile fireplace ever since I saw one at John Knox House in Edinburgh. I can't seem to get away from blue in this house! I found images online, printed, varnished with mod podge and then grouted them. The fireplace is not finished, as I have to make a stone fire surround, but you can see where it is going...
I wanted to plaster the ceiling, and made an very simple design using cereal box card with a coat or two of gesso, it works really well on this scale and extremely budget conscious! I ran out of cornicing, so the right hand wall hasn't been finished yet.
Speaking of unfinished, the curtains are only temporarily fixed, as I will be DAS-ing the french doorway at the same time as making the fireplace. The fabric came from a top I had ruined blackberry picking - I wasn't too sad, as I had an excuse to cut the blouse up, the fabric, I think, is perfect.
I can't wait to finish this room, I stared at it for so long in its forlorn state that I'm so glad I have finally found some direction!