Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Parlour Update (grab a cup of coffee...)

The heat in Lyon has been unbearable, my poor real life garden has completely wilted, and I had to say goodbye to an old cypress tree that the heat finally killed, which was very sad.  However, every cloud has a silver lining, and having to spend time indoors meant that I have been fairly productive making minis recently. 

I keep going back to the parlour in a bid to finish it, but unlike the bedroom and dining closet, I seem to struggle to get things just right.  I have settled on the new blue for the shelves, but things seemed just a little too blue, so I added splashes of deep red.

On the right hand side wall I finished a portrait of a lady, and she goes quite well with the other, poe-faced gent.  What miserable ancestors the owners of Daviot House have!  Above them is a little painting of Daviot House itself, which I did a while ago, but couldn't seem to find the right place for it.  I think the three go quite well together.

The sewing table was a kit from Mini Mundus that I made for the orginal parlour (waaaay back in time, when I only had a single room box, right at the begining of this blog).  I liked the Beidermeier shape, but the plain wood was a little, well, plain. 

 So I got out my paints and gave it a good coat of matt black, and then painted little white flowers on it.  The top surface has an urn of flowers, which matches the urn of flowers on the embroidered firescreen.  And of course, as my RL garden dried into dust, I consoled myself by making a Constance Spry-sque flower arrangement in a silver urn... so good things come in threes!

Next up was my seating problem.  I bought a beautiful sofa from Kris Compas last year, and had been on the look out for either matching or coordinating chairs from her.  As she doesn't do commissions, it's a case of "grab it if you like it"....and I was too slow to buy a beautiful rust-red crapaud chair, which would have been perfect.  Oh well.  Make do and make it yourself.  I had Jane Harrop chair kits in my stash from a long time ago, and went through my fabric stash and then my wardrobe to see if I could sacrifice anything.  A nice, light cotton paisley shirt got the chop!

I made a pair of chairs, though you can only see one in the photos... I think they go very well with the mid-blue, and although the print is a little big for this scale, I think it worked out ok. The colour is just so very cosy, and matches the portrait over the mantle, though I think to my horror that the carpet that I have been sewing for FOREVER may now not be the right colour....oh dear.

An ivory (plastic) Chinese figurine that I found in a brocante for 10 cents takes pride of place by the fireplace, and a globe just peeks out from the other side of the sofa... they add to the other Chinese and travel related items in the room which nod to my childhood in Hong Kong.

The grandfather clock is a place-marker for my dream mini - a working grandfather clock from Small Time day!

And yes, I still have a paper rug, but I promise you I'm working on it!


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

And so to bed....

A very hot July allowed me to finish off the bedroom finally... only the bed curtains left to do!

A nice, warm nightgown for those draughty Winter nights...

The Daviot House sampler above the stumpwork box...

And some beautiful lilies, just like the ones in my garden...

Sleep tight!