Sometimes I think I am in control of Daviot House. I decide what goes in, which rooms are where, which furniture to use etc... But sometimes, just sometimes, I have the sneaking suspicion that the house has its own opinion. Some rooms fall into place, and others Get Stuck.
I last posted A LONG TIME AGO after a Spring Clean, when I changed the colours of the morning room walls. But something wasn't quite right. I wasn't happy with the layout, the sofa, the colours. And I got stuck. I didn't touch the house for quite a long time - I didn't find a great deal of inspiration, and things weren't working.
Looking at other people's blogs made me feel a bit guilty that I wasn't being productive, or leaving lovely comments, or joining-in with everyone. I had contracted that strange disease,
The Miniaturist's Blues!
I think quite a few of us feel it from time to time, often Real Life gets in the way of creativity, and I'm sure some really great miniaturists have disappeared from the blogosphere due to it. So things were pretty blue in my Mini World! Well, if life gives you lemons, make lemonade. If you feel blue, go blue. And that is exactly what I did. Here are the results:
The Breakfast Room in all its splendour, set with the finest silver and blue and white china ...
I painted the porcelain with a dainty pattern...
The table cloth was a wonderful find at a flea market - it is the perfect size for the table, and the lace edging is just about in scale for an Edwardian crochet hem.
The rug was a very damaged evening bag - although I don't like cutting up antique petit point for miniatures, this was far beyond repair as a bag, and I cleaned, mended and backed it with linen to preserve it. I love the muted colours!
The panelling and fireplace were inspired by a visit to Fort William in Scotland last year, from a room in the Highlands Museum there, dating to the mid-eighteenth century. It is very simple, made from cardboard and Das clay.
There is a rather snooty gentleman in a Tarbena frame, but I do like him, I think he stops the room from being too twee. The sconces are my usual DIY using elements from Bindels Ornaments, and the clock is by Malcolm Hall on Etsy.
The breakfast table is set with various pieces of silver, including a fabulous butter dish from Stephen J Randall, a toast rack from Art Forge and a teapot that was rescued from a charm bracelet.
The egg cups, bud vase and cutlery are pewter from Warwick miniatures. The stunning tea caddy is from Malcolm Hall. It was a good Christmas this year!
The corner cupboards are filled with porcelain that I painted myself, and others from my collection from V&R Miniatures, Muriel Hopwood and Deerness ceramics.
It is very good to have all of my blue and white collection in one place, and I think that the black accents of the sconces and the clock on the mantle piece help to tone down the blue, so it doesn't feel overdone (although my RL addiction to blue and white china has spilled into my miniatures!)
I hope you have enjoyed the Breakfast Room of Daviot House, and forgive me my long absence - I will be back again to keep you updated on other rooms of the house that I have been working on during my sabbatical,