"GOD IS IN THE DETAILS"
Mies van der Rohe a world famous designer from the early 20th century is credited with this particular quote. When I was told this I didn't know exactly what it meant and so it was explained to me, that it is in the minute details of everything that supports anything. In other words "even the grandest project depends on the success of the smallest components." You can see it in how the whole of nature operates. From the tiniest bug to the biggest mammoth, every little thing is hard at work doing their assigned job, supporting the TOP of the food chain from the BOTTOM. Details! So why am I telling YOU all of this? Because although this was all new to me then, when I was totally green and didn't know "nuthin 'bout nuthin," I came to know and understand how this translates into miniatures in a Big Way. When I decide to make a room or a shadowbox or even a vignette, I load in all available materials to start rounding out the details of the story and that means -
ACCESSORIES! ACCESSORIES! ACCESSORIES!
There is this funny quote from the 1989 movie STEELE MAGNOLIAS where one of the characters says to her friend,
"The only thing that separates us from the animals, is our ability to Accessorize!"
To me accessories are the key to making the mini space feel lived in and inviting. They are the DETAILS that breathe the life into inanimate objects and make a house, a home. So I chose to emphasize them and think of them as the adjectives that make a plain story more exciting to read and become involved in. For #43, I used a lot of clichés from the novel to relay the feeling of the Victorian-style cottage by the sea. If it wasn't for the electric lamps and a few other tiny contemporary accessories, this would look just like something from the 1800's. It is in a kind of is limbo, straddling the centuries. So here are the pictures of the "finished" parlor of #43 GREEN DOLPHIN STREET. There are just a few little things left to do but I wanted to get this posting out, so they will have to wait. I hope that you will enjoy the tour of this ONE room ( so far). There is still so much yet to do on the rest of the house but I would like to show SOMETHING that IS FINISHED! Enjoy!
|Do come in!|
|Nate is giving Tai the cat, an "I'm the boss of you," look.|
Tai doesn't seem to be too concerned about it at all!
" Oh, No, you're not" he purrs
|A closer look at the details.|
Picture frames are also buttons with picture inserts and a thin bit of acrylic over layed for glass
the doily is laser cut paper from Dale R. Kendall. Love them!
I felt that having these daisies in the room was important since one of the main characters in the book is
named Margarite which is translated from french origins as "daisy flower." I have no idea when or where I bought these flowers but I love the blue and white of the china and I am glad that these now have a home as they were also taking a beating after kicking around in storage boxes for who knows how long! The tile floor was a humbling exercise. They are made from decoupage scrap-booking paper onto matt board and then cut by hand and glued individually onto the wood floor. I sealed and aged and stained them over and over to try and disguise the mistakes I made. I can't cut a straight line and I didn't lay them as straight as they should be either. Because they were not all square they had to be RE-CUT before I glued them down. What a job! Even after re-cutting them they were still not square. Did I say that I Always mess stuff up!? When I see how beautiful the floors are of Giac and brae and Josje and Sab and (the list goes on) who are all so meticulous and precise..... Okay, so I can't sew and I can't lay tile either! Fortunately the rug covers a multitude of my most obvious errors.
I never said I could sew!
After I got the wall sconces installed I realized that I hung them lower than I had originally planned. Now I am fretting about it. Little mistakes like this are maddening. The last time I tried to correct a mistake I made, I made it WORSE!
I shall leave it for now and see how much it bugs me later.
DETAILS, DETAILS, DETAILS!
|The first installment, everything in and all the wires everywhere! Windows are held in place with blue tack. Nothing on the walls except primer.|
|The second transition, some changes in accessories but most of the furniture is in the same position as originally outlined. |