Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Room With a View




Gosh, September was a busy month... I know that here in France, we get a lot of holidays, but going back to work/school is so much harder after so much time off!  But I have also been busy working on Daviot House.  Sometimes I find I am more productive if I don't blog, but then I don't get to share things regularly with you...  

After ordering more fireplace tiles, I finished the fireplace and GLUED IT ALL IN!

I never glue things in indefinitely, as I am always redoing things, but this time I am sure it is all ok, and so got out the glue.  It doesn't seem to matter how well I measure and cut, there are always little gaps and holes.  The cornicing was a bit gappy, and down the sides of the fireplace, the light from the fire was shining through the walls.

So I got out the acrylic mastic and filled it all up, nice and tight and smooth.  Then, of course, I needed to repaint, as the mastic is BRIGHT WHITE, and the plaster walls are a lovely creamy off-white.

Then, I had to clean and polish the floor.  Then I had to drill a couple of small holes in the wall for the curtain tie-backs.  So then I had to clean and polish the floors again, and then touch up the walls with cream paint at the bottom... 

You get the picture, September has been busy, but sometimes it feels as if I am taking three steps forward and two steps back all the time!

So here are some lovely, calming pictures of the dining closet from various views:


The Hall contrasts nicely with the blue dining closet


I am very pleased with the Delft elephant spill vases from V&R Miniatures either side of the fireplace



An eerie, Dickensian view through the window...


A tiny little key in the cabinet lock that I have been meaning to glue on for about three years... it took me all of three minutes!


The new curtain tie-backs that provoked so much cleaning and painting!




And to finish, a peek at what has been going on outside recently, a new turret with a slate roof, made with, you guessed it, DAS clay... I think I will be doing the whole of the roof this way, so now would probably be a good time to take out shares in their company, because I'm going to need A LOT!


See you in October!

Jonquil


26 comments:

  1. The house looks beautiful. I love the tiles in the fireplace. How wonderful to be able to see a gorgeous view through a window!!!! I now have the perfect image in my mind of where your house is. :-)

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    1. Thanks Catherine!
      Putting a little scene outside the window really makes a difference, and even the landscape I chose is blue and white!

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  2. It is really beautiful. You're very talented and great at decoration.
    Geneviève

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    1. thank you Geneviève, I struggled with this room for a long time, but I think this decoration works together quite well

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  3. Hi Jonquil! Your fireplace looks Gorgeous! The whole room looks just right with the fire blazing in the hearth and the curtains at the windows! I LOVE to see the close-ups of the window curtain tie-backs and the key in the cabinet door! It is details like those that make the room look lived-in and the scale looks so perfect!!!
    I look forward to seeing more of your roof tiles... so far the turret looks enchanting! You have done a wonderful job with the stonework around the windows and doors too! It is all coming together to make a really beautiful house!

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    1. thank you so much, I will have to think about putting up a tutorial for the stonework, I have done so much and I still have so much left to do!

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  4. Your house is lovely, and I just think the stone entrance to the dining area is so perfect for it. Looking forward to your next post.
    All the best
    Vivian

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    1. Hi Vivian,

      next I'll have to make the french doors, on stonework that's not too straight...gulp!

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  5. Your house gives such a lived in feeling! I see people in there eating bread and drinking a fine wine. Your details like the keys with a tassle and the curtain tie backs add such realistic finishing touches. I too would want to sneak a peek in the window! :-)

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    1. thanks, I think the details make all the difference too, but the smallest things always seem to take the longest time to do!

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  6. Hi Jonquil! I had to laugh at your observation about it taking three minutes to actually install the key in the lock and 3 years of thinking about doing it. How often is that kind of situation true for the majority of us? The commitment to GLUING is another point that I can relate to 100%, and I know just what you mean about one thing leading into another and then another and so on.... But the results for you have been Fantastic! Your re-tiled fireplace looks like a milion bucks and the turret is Fabulous!!!! You have done such an incredible job making it appear as though it has always been there. The slate roof tiles are wonderful as is the stone work in general.
    I love the view through the window and the collection of the blue and white and the new window tie-backs, have all settled right into place and made themselves at home.
    A lovely and very welcoming dining closet! :D

    elizabeth

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    1. Hi Elizabeth,

      gah, I HATE gluing in, because I know there will be a problem about 10 minutes after the glue has dried rock solid!

      I like the turret too, though I'm not looking forward to doing the whole roof...

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  7. Está quedando muy elegante. Preciosa. Las cortinas tienen un bonito estampado .
    Me gustan mucho los tejados.

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  8. Bonsoir Jonquil! You've been very busy, but the results are great ;)! I love the cabinet filled with all the Delft ware, it is gorgeous! You also did a great job on the slate roof of the tower.
    Amicalement, Ilona

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    1. thank you Ilona! I think the slate roof will probably be finished in 2016, but at least the turret is a start!

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  9. The house looks beautiful. I like the Delft ware.

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    1. Hi Fabiola, thank you, I am concerned that Delft ware is addictive, it is just so pretty

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  10. Hello Jonquil, I especially love that "eeire Dickensian view". For some reason that really captures my imagination!

    I love the turret too...there is a quality of the fantastic fairy tale to it that reminds me of all those story books I used to read as a child.

    Best wishes!

    Doug

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    1. Hi DOug, yes it's a bit creepy, just perfect for October!

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  11. Hello Jonquil,
    It is amazing! I swear those pictures look like a real life home. Amazing work my friend. The walls, doorframes, stonework, fireplace...everything looks so incredibly real and also so incredibly beautiful. It really is a huge privilege to be able to see your terrific work.
    Big hug,
    Giac

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    1. awww Giac, you always know how to make a girl blush! thank you, it is high praise indeed coming from you

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  12. Such a pretty little house! Giac is right, it DOES look real in these pictures (the first one certainly could have fooled me). Your comment on gluing reminds me - I need to repair some dollhouse roof damage done by my cat (I'm not kidding - he likes to scratch his back on the shingles, and has broken off several of them).

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    1. ha ha, cats, I know - luckily my lovely ginger tom Edgar has absolutely no interest in my house, he prefers curling up on my fabric stash instead and leaving ginger fur everywhere!

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  13. I feel a real affinity with this project. It all looks marvellous. The stonework is excellent and I love your detail of the niches in the stonework to take the door latches. The other details I really like are your curtains and the little key with tassel. Everything is beautifully co-ordinated. I'm itching to see your next post!

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    1. gosh Irene, that is great coming from you, as your Tenement was one of the first projects that really inspired me... and well done you for finding the hinge notches on the door frame, I don't think anyone else noticed them - you have a fantastic eye for detail!

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