Friday, August 15, 2014

Dining Closet Progress




The Dining Closet is racing on, and I have decided to embrace my mania for blue and white in this room!  Because it IS getting a little blue and white, isn't it...? 

I found some amazing ceramic tiles from Romney crafts that were blue and white AND affordable, so, out went the mod podged paper variety, and in came the new and improved real ceramic!  (Although I still have to finish tiling the bottom, and wire in the fire, and glue the chimney brace and and and...)

I decided to DAS a really simple stone fire surround, which worked out well, and I think goes well with the 'busy' Delft tiles.

Here is some inspiration:


The Red Lodge in Bristol

and John Knox House in Edinburgh



I love the shape of this one, quite simple but effective, and great for my corner fireplace

The table and chairs were a lovely gift from my mum, made by Master's Miniatures.  I had wanted a dining table, but found most were far to big and dominant for my narrow, long room.  This beautiful oval table breaks up the rectangular shape of the room without blocking out the details and fireplace at the end, so I was extremely happy with it.  Thank you mum!

The chairs came already upholstered, and I still have to decide whether to keep them like that, or give them the 'Latchkey and Jonquil' embroidery treatment.  I think for now, I will leave them as they are, I like the subtle cream stripe, and of course, it stops me from going too blue and white!

I have to say that I am always delighted at the quality and workmanship of Master's Miniatures, even though on their website, the photos don't do the pieces justice.  

This is the last blog post for a little while, as I am going into hospital for an operation : ( and then convalescing on holiday, BUT I will be revealing the entire stumpwork mirror in September à la rentrée, so be sure to pop back then,

Thank you for all your comments and support, it is greatly appreciated,


                                              Jonquil




26 comments:

  1. Hi Jonquil
    I love your ideas for the fireplace and your decision to Turn this room into a blue and white room. I'm sure you won't have any problems filling it!
    Good luck with your operation. I hope to see you back soon.
    Hugs

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    1. Hi Simon,

      absolutely NO problems filling it... and emptying my bank account at the same time ; )

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  2. All good luck with the op and recuperation ;)

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    1. Thanks so much, it will give me an excuse to sit and sew for a while with no distractions!

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  3. Me encanta como ha quedado la chimenea.
    Mucho ánimo con la operación

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  4. Hello Jonquil,
    The room is just beautiful. I love blue and white...especially when it is done properly. I'll be thinking of you and sending you all the best for your operation and a hope you will be all better really soon.
    Big hug,
    Giac
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    1. Hi Giac,

      I can't get enough of blue and white - I wonder what it is about the colour combination that is so attractive and long lasting...

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  5. Hi Jonquil
    Your room really suits the blue and white scheme.....good luck with your operation and I hope all goes well for you.
    All the best and take care.
    Vivian

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    1. thanks so much Vivian, and welcome to my blog!

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  6. Very lovely! Funny how projects take on their own personality. :-)

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    1. you are so right - this was totally unplanned, it just 'happened' - I'm not sure that my house isn't taking on a life of its own sometimes!

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  7. Hi Jonquil! This room is just Beautiful in its simplicity and delicate colors! The blue and white theme is perfect for it and I think it is authentic to houses of that time! The tiles are Gorgeous and your simple fire surround is just right too! (I love that inspiration one from Edinburgh) I agree that the table is a perfect solution to the small room!
    Good luck with your operation.... I will be looking forward to the next posts and knowing that you are healing!

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words, I'm not the best patient as I hate being in bed doing nothing and, well, being patient!

      Ever since I saw the fireplace in Edinburgh, I wanted to make one, and I'm finally glad that the dining closet is a weird shape after all!

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  8. Jonquil, I love the blue and white theme...it is a good way to treat that room...it creates interest in a small space! I really do like the way the room is shaping up.

    I wish you good luck to you in your surgery and a swift recovery!.

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  9. I love blue and white too, so feel free to go mad with it :D The fireplace is gorgeous, everything is so pretty. I rather like the chairs as they are, but I know I would like your treatment of them too. I think the fringing is very good on them. Get well soon!! :)

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    1. thanks Sarah, I really think that mad is the right word.. just like the porcelain mania in the 18th century!

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  10. I think all the blue and white fit well, and seems you do keep it in balance, it wll be great! The inspiration photo's are lovely, I like that last one a lot too. I wish you all the best with your operation, hope it all goes well and you have a fast recovery and hopefully can enjoy your vacation a bit. Take care!

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    1. thanks! I think the wood of thefurniture helps to tone down the blue and white a bit, and balances it... but blue and white is a little addictive!

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  11. Hi Jonquil! I love the new blue and white tiles! And the surround compliments it beautifully. I rather like the striped upholstery on the chairs, it is nice and calm and is the stripes are repeated in the top of the cabinet. I always like to see connections ;-)
    Good luck with your operation, I wish you a speedy recovery! All the best, Josje

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    1. Hi Josje - great point about the stripes, you have a very fine eye for all the tiny details!

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  12. Hello Jonquil! I too love your homage to blue and white. I love the way you have highlighted this color combination and yet it remains peaceful and serene. The new tiles in the fireplace were the perfect choice and I know you must be very pleased with it too!
    I wish you a very quick recovery from your forthcoming operation. It is good to be able to recuperate whilst taking a holiday; less pressure. I look forward to the big reveal of your stumpwork mirror when you get back, but I am glad to have had the opportunity to see this lovely dining room and all of the great work that you have done to it so far.

    elizabeth

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    1. Hi Elizabeth, thank you so much - it is quite a calm room, isn't it? I had planned to use dark moss green in the dining room, but this combination just took flight and everything fell into place very quickly... almost as if it had nothing to do with me!

      And you will see the stumpwork sooner than you think!

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  13. The room looks great. I love blue and white china myself too. it's so pleasing to see it in other houses, the delft tiles are very attractive too, is Romney miniatures in the UK?

    The table was a very good choice, your mum has excellent taste! I like the chairs too, and the covers on them look fine too!

    Wishing well for your operation, and recovery!

    Andy xx

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    1. Hi Andy!

      Yes, for someone who is not remotely interested in miniatures, my mum does seem to understand what is needed!

      Romney crafts are indeed in the UK - their website is http://www.romneymin.com/ ... they have some lovely terracotta chimneys too!

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