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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

A LOFTY IDEA! ( revised bedroom of #43 Green Dolphin Street)

"Good, Better, Best.
Never let them rest, until your Good is Better,
and your better 
Best!"
When I was in grade 5, this motto was posted across the top of the classroom wall.

simple words to live by
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I had an idea with regard to the bedroom of #43.  I wanted to make it Better.
Through trails and errors, this is the ( newest) final result.
I HAVE INSTALLED A LOFT!
 And sitting inside the loft is a large tin of English biscuits that JANINE of MINWORKS brought over for me, last Wednesday when she and Fats and I had lunch together and then 'Minied our Minds Out', exchanged gifts, ideas and lots and lots of laughter.  We 3 Miniteers, have So Much Fun when we get together, and I will have to show you more of what they both gifted me with on a later posting, but for now I have Janine's  biscuit tin next to a hat box of mine...  But wait!
 I am getting waaaay ahead of myself.  Let me take you back to the beginning.
  It all began with the Ugly wood beam that I installed on the bedroom wall...

I had placed this beam on the bedroom wall and then heartily disliked it!  I had installed it because it corresponded to the one glued onto the opposite side of the wall, in the hallway.  I had wanted to break up the strong blank vertical wall in the stairwell, with a horizontal beam and so to be consistent I had to duplicate it in the bedroom, but now I was Not Happy :(   The dark beam was too visible, even when the bed was in front of it, I wanted to reverse the whole procedure but it was, by then, too late!  I was now reluctantly committed to the 'Ugly!'  In trying to come up with a variety of solutions to make me like the bedroom again, I began to play with some toile material that was going to be used for a shower and window curtains in the bathroom.  Hmmmm?  If I could find a way to incorporate the curtain fabric to detract from the ugly beam then maybe I could live with it.  I started to play around with the drapes and then the idea of A LOFT, hit me as a possibility!  But how to do it..... ?  It would need to be anchored to the ceiling without looking like a death trap!  I had to mock it up to see.  I tried so many different solutions and combinations struggling to work out the physical problem.  I am miserable at math and anything that requires calculations, so EVERYthing was all by "trying this, and then, trying that".  The problem of how to suspend the loft in a Solid, Reasonable and Logical way was very difficult for me.  I had to build it in place and then to think of what step I should take next to get over the following hurdle.

I mocked it up to see if what I had envisioned, would even Look any good, then
 I used some paper to see just what it Would look like with a lowered canopy over the bed
I liked the effect.
 But how could I get it to work?
Here with the bathroom in progress, was another possible way of supporting the loft over the bed.  I have a thin beam stretching from one side of the room to the other, but visually, it was totally unacceptable.  I didn't like the way the top of the room was sliced off.  So back to the drawing board trying to figure out how to keep that loft UP!
Meanwhile, I decided to make some more curtains.  I was also looking to see how best to make a valance.  By this stage I was out of the toile fabric and so this meant
No Mistakes were Allowed
( sorry about the fuzzy photo)
 And after much doing and redoing, this is the final result!  I found that if I made a solid wall to stretch from the platform of the loft up to the ceiling, then I could trim it out with additional wood to make it appear  as though it was a solid part of the architecture rather than a flimsy 'add on'.  I dropped the curtain panels to the floor from the underside of the valance and made them denser and more substantial by doubling the curtain  over so that the pattern is on both the front  and back of the panels.  The visual weight of the curtains help support the idea of a structurally sound loft above the bed.  I am so relieved to have the canopy and the loft done!  The additional heavier drapes have added even more ambience to the room
 And I am LOVIN IT!

 But, then, when I took this shot, a bell went off in my head
'Hey, I've seen this somewhere before!'
 Then I remembered....
Pinned onto my INSPIRATION BOARD that is on my studio wall, I have a tear sheet of a bedroom that I love.
(see below)
Uncanny!  I didn't realize how much it looked like this picture until I was done!
I guess this photo Really WAS Inspiring! :D
#43 Green Dolphin Street
My revised miniature bedroom! 
  I love the variations of the shapes, spaces and textures.  A future project will include a small ladder which will be kept under the bed for reaching those items stowed up in the loft

I didn't want a solid floor to the loft area, but something that appears visually lighter so I made a plank floor to support the contents in the loft and stained the wood dark, to compliment the other wood trims in the room.  In the pictures you can see what it looks like from the underside.  I LOVE IT!  It reminds me of a berth of a sailing ship and because of that, it then ties in with the voyage that Marianne made
 ( in the book, Green Dolphin Street ) across the Atlantic to marry William in New Zealand!  A little Nautical reference after all!  (whoohoo! )Things are looking Better and Better all the time!





I was showing my sister Bev, the changes to the bedroom and she commented that now the room looks finished, and there is some privacy for anyone sleeping in the bed and I agree!  Also there is some added warmth during those wet and blustery nights when the wind rattles the old window panes and creeps through any cracks in the uninsulated stone walls.  The thickness of those bed curtains, should ward off Some of the chill that blows through on those cold coastal nights!
ahhh,
Nice and Cosy!

I also gave a little 'face lift' for the standing mirror on the painted chest of drawers.
 I added a filigree frame around it, to fussy it up!


So This is now what it looks like with all the items  in place


 And here is the entire room with the new bed curtains and also showing the stairwell 
And this is the view looking to the left!  I love this shot!
it reminds me of the motion of a boat the way it seems to be leaning left, 
weird huh?
So what do you think of my Lofty Idea?
I have really tried to make what was good about this room look even better!
And now I  think that I like it
The Best!
 ( perhaps even More than the Parlor? )
and speaking of the Parlor; look what Fats made for me when she came over last Wednesday

A MINI BOOK OF
GREEN DOLPHIN STREET!
My two friends, are by far

The VERY Best!
Thanks for the visit

elizabeth

103 comments:

  1. ahhhh! Elizabeth - that looks fantastic! I believe no bed is a bed unless it has drapes, it looks so cosy and warm. I've been thinking about rehashing the bedroom in Daviot House, and you've given me a lot of inspiration to do so, thank you!

    I have a question for you - where did you find the toile de jouy fabric that you can tea stain? I bought some recently and went to stain it, but alas it wasn't colourfast and the jouy toiled off! Now I just have a miserable, stained rag....

    You are blessed to have such lovely mini friends, I can only depend on the internet in this neck of the woods to make connections!

    Jonquil

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    1. Hi Jonquil! I am so happy that you have enjoyed this visit to my new and improved bedroom, and if it has inspired you then I am Delighted! Thank You!
      As to the fabrics, I purchased mine as quilting fabrics at a local fabric retailer. I find most of the fabrics that I use for my miniatures in the quilting sections and I cull through them to find suitable scales. This is 100% cotton and the print was a bit bigger than what is usual for 1/12th but it works, especially when pleated. I am so sorry to hear about your disastrous results! I have never had that particular experience but what a shock it must have been for you! :[
      Here is the name of the maker of the toile, if it is of any use to you. It is by
      FAYE BURGOS FOR MARCUS BROTHERS TEXTILES, INC. I just happen to have a square of a blue color-way of the toile with the name printed on the selvage. If you need any further information I will try to get it for you Jonquil.
      You are so right about having such lovely mini friends and I do but not only here but also all of those that I have the privilege of knowing through the blogs and that includes You!

      elizabeth

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  2. I didn't think this room could be more cosy or beautiful than it was but you've made it even better! How clever you are Elizabeth. It's such a pleasure visiting and seeing your creations. The book is the final perfect touch to this perfect room.

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    1. Thank you Susan! I highly value your good opinion and it pleases me that you like this bedroom as much as I do! One thing that I shall have to stop doing however, is calling something 'Done' or 'Finished!' hahah I always seem to fiddle with it, right after I make that pronouncement and then I am back to blogging about the same room all over again. :))) Enough already!
      I am so thrilled about the mini book and I am going to show off the other goodies that came my way, very soon. I have such generous friends, Susan and I feel that I am incredibly blessed to know them!

      elizabeth

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    2. P.S. Susan, I hope I have given you enough pictures! You know that request of yours is now as deeply imbedded in my head as that grade school motto! Oh,the power of suggestion- it Works! ( smiles)

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    3. When the subject is as gorgeous as yours you couldn't do too many photos Elizabeth, thanks so much for your generosity :)

      From another anglophile - Once heard, you can never forget the rendition of Rule Britannia as sung by Warren Mitchell ..... ;-)

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    4. Heeeheeeheee! I always get such a charge out of your follow-up comments, Susan. I am glad that you are satisfied with the Quantity of photos and let me also say that I love to take them so that is no burden to me at all! Culling through them can be a Procedure but I still I like it. I tried to Google up Warren Mitchell singing Rule Britannia, no success yet but I am determined now to hear it :))
      The song that I hear in my head when I work on this house is "The Last Farewell" by Roger Whittaker. Do you know it? I love his voice and this song is Seafaring and yet Romantic, a musical expression for this bedroom! Have a listen and tell me what you think.

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    5. Unfortunately Warren Mitchells rendition of Rule Britannia is unfit for the tender ears of the current Politically Correct generation so I daren't write them for you Elizabeth ;0) You can hear it in a movie called "Crackers" which is one of the funniest depictions of an Australian family christmas, the whole thing cracks me up and the tune (and words) of Warren Mitchells Rule Britannia stay in my head for weeeeeeks!! Now I'm wondering why we've had this discussion when I think I meant to tell you how much I love your biscuit tin.....oh, and I do like Roger Whittaker and have always loved The Last Farewell, it is playing as I type and I hope the harmony stays with me all day, somewhat more enlightening lyrics than the Un-P-C ditty from Mr. Mitchell :)

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  3. J'adore cette atmosphère. Une douce quiétude règne et invite au repos. Cette chambre est magnifique !

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    1. Hello Josy! What a great expression of a "Gentle Tranquility Reigns"! I Love it! Thank you;I think so too! There is something about this room that really speaks to peace and also to intimacy and the more I work on it, the more personal and restful it becomes. I am so happy that you can relate to it in this way too. Many thanks Josy!

      elizabeth

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  4. Dear Elizabeth,
    You're a real creative artist. The way the room looks is astonishing. I'm speechless. Don't eat to much biscuits. The package looks a bit old. ;-)
    Hugs Dorien

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    1. Hello Dorien! Do not be concerned about me gobbling up those old biscuits, (although I would if I could, since I have a non-stop sweet tooth). That tin now holds some other mementos that are tucked away in there. Thank you Dorien for your wonderful compliment to me. It is so nice to hear and so very much appreciated from someone whose work I also find "Astonishing."

      elizabeth

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  5. Oh my! This is gorgeous. I didn't see the problem with the beam at first but now that the room is finished it looks as if it was waiting for this. You've outdone yourself. The styling too is impeccable and the gifts are too precious. I'm in awe. Again!
    Véronique

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    1. Hi Veronique! Thank you for your lovely compliment! I think that you are so right and that the room WAS waiting for this. I don't know what processed me into placing that ugly beam on the bedroom wall, except that once having done it, it then propelled me into doing the rest. I know that sometimes you have to go through the "Ugly" before you can Gratefully experience "the Best"
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  6. What a beautiful & inviting space. The fabric is divine & I love the lighting. You did a fabulous job!
    -Lisa

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    1. Hi Lisa! Thank You So Much! I am a Big Fan of Toile de jouy fabrics and I have amassed quite a few different colors and patterns of it over the course of years. It used to be a whole lot harder to find in a small enough print useful to miniatures, but there is more available now especially if you look in the quilting sections of fabric retailers. And as for the lighting, I Love Light fixtures. I used to get my more expensive ones at the Seattle Miniature Shows and every year I would get something special to bring back home with me. However those little sconces on the fireplace mantle were on sale for $5.00 each one year. Score! The Ni-Glo lamp on the dresser was an indulgence but the hanging fixture is available at most miniature retail shops, so all totaled the lighting is a real mix of high, low and in between. The best part is that it All works together! :D

      elizabeth

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  7. bien jolie devise et fort bien utilisée
    cette chambre est magnifique, : j'aime les coloris, la lumière chaleureuse, et les accessoires qui donnent une impression de vécu
    une belle réussite

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    1. Hello Claude! I am so happy that you are enjoying this room! Every time that I have worked on it an thought that I was finished with it, I then did something else that I felt made it better than it was. I am fairly certain that this will be the Final Finish and so I am so pleased that it is successful for both Me and for You! I Thank you Claude, for your compliment about the color of the room, it works so well for this little space, doesn't it? :)

      elizabeth

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  8. Forget the Good, Better, Best motto, that was for elementary school. Studio E's motto should be Wonderful, Amazing, Incredible!
    Love what you have done!!!!!!

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    1. Hey Isabelle! You make me smile! :D That little rhyme from school has stuck in my mind for all these long years and so it must have a real and everlasting value! I don't recall much of what I learned in grade 5 but this motto I have Never forgotten. And I am much indebted to it! Your wonderful compliments are also treasured and I shall Never forget them either. Thank You!!! :D

      elizabeth

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  9. Elizabeth, I want to live in such a room! She is beautiful! I like the canopy over the bed and storage boxes with a secret. I love it!

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    1. What a perfectly sweet thing to say, Ludmila! I have found that this room calls out to me to flop upon the bed with my copy of Green Dolphin Street and get lost between the covers of the blankets and the book!
      Now when I look at the bed I am seeing that it is already occupied!!! Is it You, Ludmila, that is curled up in there?! :)

      elizabeth

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  10. Hello Lady Elizabeth,
    I think you are incredible. The ideas you have and your fearlessness when it comes to taking a finished space and renovating it is wonderful! The loft really grounds the space above the bed (does that make sense?) and the curtains look much better then if it had just been a floating platform. It really makes the bed feel like a nook or a retreat. I think your idea was wonderful and you turned that idea into reality very successfully. It is an incredibly charming and inviting room. A great big HAL YAY YOU YA to you my friend.
    Big hug,
    Giac

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    1. Hello My Friend! You are Always so incredibly generous to me! Thank you so very much, Giac! I hear what you are saying about the loft grounding the space above the bed. My sentiments exactly! For the longest time I struggled to figure out how to anchor that loft visually to the rest of the house. Of course I could and did glue it but that is nothing if it doesn't look as if it is structurally supported somehow. When it occurred to me that enclosing the loft was the best solution then I also was singing HAL YAY YOU YA!!! And what a difference it has made to the entire room, much nicer, as you have said Giac, than just a floating platform. I love enclosures, nooks and cubbies and this bed I find very satisfying!
      Now as to taking a finished space and fearlessly renovating it..... Just what did YOU just recently accomplish in that respect Mister? Hmmmm????
      A Big Hug back!


      elizabeth

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  11. What a wonderful recreation of your inspiration photo, every detail you add makes this space come more and more alive! The curtains make you want to climb in for a warm and cozy nap...see already thinking on the cold weather ;p

    I shall snuggle there and hibernate the winter, I think ;)

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    1. Hi Jane! The weather today and yesterday has been so cold, wet and windy and so the idea of climbing into this snuggly bed and drawing the curtains to keep out the cold is in my mind too! So you, my dear will just have to Scoot On Over! :D

      elizabeth
      and don't hog all the blankets either!!! heehee

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  12. Encore mieux ! J'aime le lit "caché" derrière ces jolis rideaux ! L'ambiance de cette chambre est encore plus romantique. Une très agréable sensation de douce chaleur.
    C'est superbe ! Belle soirée ! rosethé

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    1. Hello Rosethe' You are very kind and generous with your compliments and I do so Thank You! I think that the room looks much more romantic too! I attribute it to the additional panels of drapes. I think that the drapes give the room an additional cosy and feminine touch overall, and totally softens it visually. It encloses the bed and hides its secrets, as Ludmila has said, in the loft and that also makes it romantic just by having that shadowy space above the bed! I have left a journal on the chest of drawers just waiting for an opportunity to curl up in the snug and retell the days events within its pages. " Dear Diary, today I went into town and stopped at Roseth's Bookstore where I found a copy of Green Dolphin Street......" :D

      elizabeth

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  13. Elizabeth.....Astonishing! Amazing! I didn't think it could be better. I had the pleasure of seeing it and you truly want to just mini yourself into that space. Your work has always been the best and I didn't think you could get better...but my DEAR Elizabeth you have aged your mini skills like a fine wine! I'm always inspired by you and you never disappoint. "I'm lofting it"!

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    1. HI FATS! I am so glad to hear from you again my Dear Friend and fellow Miniteer! You remember what we had said before, that whenever we get together, we return home and feel so inspired and want to get working on something again? Well that is what ended up happening to me, last Wednesday! I felt inspired by both you and Janine! I love the little book you made, and I can hardly wait to reveal the rest of your wonderful talents! Thank you so very much Fatima; You Rock! LOL! ('Lofting' out Loud!) :D

      elizabeth

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  15. Hi Elizabeth it's me again...sorry I was logged in as beauxminis when I commented. Fatima....

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  16. Wow!!! I didn't think it was possible to make this room better, but you've somehow managed it, Elizabeth! Gorgeous work! I'd love to sleep in that room in that bed, with the curtains drawn for warm coziness. <3 xo Jennifer

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    1. Hi Jennifer! Thank you so much for your compliment and I love that you love this bed! I am so amazed by how it turned out too! This room had taken on a life of its own a long time ago and I guess I am just along for the ride! haha
      What a pleasure and a surprise at how the drapes on the bed have transformed it and finished it! Come on over anytime Jennifer and snooze for as long as you would like, and I'll try not to make any noise..... shhhhh!

      elizabeth

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  17. Good Morning Elizabeth, The space is wonderful. The toile de juoy certainly compliments the bed - so glad you had enough to complete. I think I may have a little of that pattern somewhere. I am looking forward to seeing what treasures are hidden in the old tin.
    I do admire that you never accept "almost perfect". You inspire us all!
    Janine

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    1. Ahhh Janine! Welcome my Friend! Thank you!!! It was Lovely to see you In Person last Wednesday, after months and months away! I know that you already saw the house while you and Fats were here, and now you are seeing it again and it is so Different from last week! Who knew? I thought I was 'done' but I think that now I Really Am done ( once again)! :D
      I think the curtains are what makes this room so special and they Up -Grade this old bed, that's for sure! I am counting it as a blessing that I had enough toile to get the job done without having to sacrifice anything or run out of anything or short-change anything. I had enough of the toile and that makes me glad, and glad also that you feel inspired by this house so that perhaps we all will soon be seeing your French house back on the blog sometime very soon???? Hmmmm????
      ( just me, wistfully thinking )

      elizabeth

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  18. This room is elegant and romantic. A dream! I like this atmosphere.

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    1. Hi Fabiola! I am so pleased that you find this room elegant and romantic! That is just how I feel about it too Faby! You know that I am all about Atmosphere and so you couldn't have paid me a nice or more welcome compliment, Thank You!

      elizabeth

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  19. Hi Elizabeth,

    What a cozy, romantic room --it really is 'best,' now! (And too funny that it so closely matches a photo from your inspiration board).

    XOXO,
    John

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    1. Hi John! Thank you so much! Do you know how weird it felt knowing that I had seen the room somewhere before and then I couldn't t think of where? Then it hit me that the tear sheet was dead ahead on the wall amid all of the other pretty pictures that I have pinned there, and the similarities were amazing! I must have absorbed it over the past year and yet I never knew! hahahha That is until... Tah Dah! This world is Full of wonders!

      elizabeth

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  20. Un precioso y romantico dormitorio.
    Me encanta cada uno de los detalles.
    besitos ascension

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    1. Many many THANKS Ascencion! I am so glad that you are enjoying the details of this little room! :D It fills me with so much gratefulness to receive so much applause from my friends! I feel very blessed! Thank you!

      elizabeth

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  21. Finally, this is the BEST, Elizabeth, the room is now completely finished and it all look so gorgeous, atmospheric and cosy in this bedroom, a wonderful place to relax :D!
    I am a big fan of your writing style of your blog posts. In my imagination I could see how this procedure of making modifications on this bedroom took place. Indeed you had a awesome Lofty Idea. I think your writing is amazing, Elizabeth :D!!!
    Enjoy the gift of that wonderful tiny book of your friend!
    Hugs, Ilona

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    1. Yes Ilona this room is Finally COMPLETELY Finished! There is nothing more to be done and nothing else that I think that I could or need to do over! And now I can maybe briefly relax and enjoy it a little before I tackle the bathroom. I sincerely
      Thank you for your compliment on my style of writing! That pleases me Enormously! I want the story to be entertaining and informative and presented so that people can relate to what it is all about. If I have succeeded in this way then I feel is post is good. There are some that are a whole lot easier to write as I am sure that you find with your wonderful blog too! Believe it or not, this post was one of the harder ones. I was up till the wee hours and 'falling asleep at the wheel' while trying to write and edit it before I went to bed. Thank you Ilona, for letting me know that my Labour was NOT in Vain! :D

      elizabeth

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  22. In my childhood, I often heard "the best is the enemy of the good" ... Well, I gotta tell you, Elizabeth, on the contrary, "best" is really your friend, you did well to think and to do this room better ... :D

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    1. Thank you Lea'!!! I recall that I had read about your decision to install a light fixture in your doll's house after it was decorated and to accomplish it, you had to go through a great deal of trouble to remove some finished flooring in the chamber above the parlor and carefully run the wire through channels to get it to where you needed to feed it through the floor, and then you had to repair it all just as carefully afterwards. A whole lot of work involved, but in the end, the wonderful ambience that you were rewarded with made it ALL worthwhile! Some things that could be deemed Destructive may eventually be, more Constructive in the end. That is how I felt about taking the chance on installing this loft. Actually it was not the loft I sought so much as a way to finish the end of the bed. I was never satisfied with the abrupt end at the footboard, When I installed that heavy beam, I was then also dissatisfied with the that wall. That was the final straw and now I felt that I HAD to do something! The loft was a solution that satisfied on so many levels. And now I couldn't be Happier! In order to make a good omelet you must always break a few eggs! :)

      elizabeth

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  23. I did not think it was possible to make this room better. But you did it, best. I think you do everything you do, very best. As I looked at the unspeakable beautiful pictures, I thought you ought to make a book with all these beautiful pictures. I would love to sit and fall into it. Create a beautiful book for us. Please do ...
    Hugs
    Wyrna

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    1. Hello Wyrna That is such a Wonderful compliment and I shall think about it, a book? who knows? In any case, I thank you for the sweet suggestion. While I am here I shall take the opportunity to respond also to your other inquiry about the drapes that is posted below.
      I have a tutorial about how I made the drapes for the bed and it is nearly ready and I shall post it next week. It is fast and it is fun and best of all it is NO SEW! Yes, that's right no thread involved. These drapes have some flex to them as well as hold their pleats. I hope that you will stay tuned Wyrna. I have tried the technique out on projects both big and small and it translates well when using cotton. But I shall have to stop now, keep you in suspense and save it for the tutorial. I hope that you will like it and it should answer All of your questions and Ersilia's ( of dada's dollhouse) too! :D
      Hugs to you too!


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  24. I asked last, if you made ​​your own fabric, thanks for the reply. My fabric is very stiff. I print out on t-shirt transfer paper and string my motif over at very thin cotton fabric. But it get very stiff.. Do you have a secret? Your curtains falling so soft ...
    Hugs
    Wyrna

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    1. Hi Wyrna! Look at my reply above!:D

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  25. I love the atmosphere that you create in each room......really pretty!

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    1. Hi Linda! Thank You! I am all about the Atmosphere! First and Last! Fortunately, if a room Feels Good then a lot of mistakes can be over-looked and even forgiven. And since my work is always full of technical flaw, I have to rely more on how the end product "Feels" rather than how it is actually constructed! :D

      elizabeth

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  26. Una habitación preciosa. Muy acogedora y romántica.

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    1. Thank You very much Isabel! I think that this room is very romantic especially now with the canopy over the bed! One of the reasons that I think it is even more romantic is because it coincides with the romantic atmosphere of the novel, even though the house is independent of the novel, it still has references to it. This re-decoration of the room, steers it back again towards the lovestory.

      elizabeth

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  27. How wonderful!!!
    The first version of the room looked gorgeous to me. I admire your courage... But you took a winning decision! Now it is really perfect....

    I'm curious to read your answer to Wyrna. I always thought that fabrics reveal the real scale of the miniature. Folds never fall in a natural way and are too big, but your curtains and bedspread are impeccable. :)
    Bravissima

    Ersilia

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    1. Hello Ersilia and Thank You! It is always a Pleasure to hear from you! Your comment is so interesting because I never really see it as "courage" because when I am not entirely happy or satisfied with "almost perfect" as Janine has pointed out, then I feel that there really is no other option. Admittedly there are often big regrets like when I put that wood beam on the wall, but then that lead to something, that in the end made that beam an asset rather than an eyesore. So it is all to the good, Praise God! Now as to the drapes I Thank You once again. I shall post how I did them in new tutorial next week. There really is no secret but I how I did them was something that anyone can do and requires no special skills at all, so stay tuned. I have wanted to do a tutorial for a while now and I have tried several options but it is not their time yet. The drapes are a perfect follow-up to this entry so it will be next. Hope you will enjoy it, Ersilia as much as I have enjoyed your process of cereal box baseboards and faux stone finishes on your doll's house project! :D

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  28. OOOOHH, Elizabeth!!! I am So Impressed!!! This loft is AWESOME!!! The bed curtains are DIVINE and the atmosphere of the room is enhanced tenfold!!!! WOW!!! I want to curl up there and read that book!!! Your method of achieving your goals is so admirable.... just pursuing that elusive "something" until it comes together! And Oh Boy... it comes together in such a Stunning way! All the details... the plank ceiling, the frame above the bed curtains... the curtains themselves.... it is just All Gorgeous!!! I agree with your sister... it does look and "feel" more complete... cozier... like a private hideaway! Great Inspiring and Inspired work!!!

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    1. WhooHoo Betsy!!! Thank You!!! You know what, dear lady? When this was all in the process of "becoming" I kept thinking of your treehouse bedroom ceiling and how you were not satisfied with it even when it was "finished" and so you raised it up and made a complex insert and then proceeded to add the ornamentation until you felt that it was as it should be and then installed it and even though it was difficult as all get out for you to photograph and for us to see, you didn't let that deter you from achieving your objective and doing it anyway! The re-worked ceiling you produced was a Beautiful and Necessary addition that made a significant contribution to the atmosphere of your tree house bedroom! And so my dear Betsy I know that everything that I have shown here, today, is common ground that we both tread.
      When you have a to do something to make the project finished for you emotionally as well as finished physically, you will pursue it until You feel it is REALLY accomplished Now tell me if you agree or disagree with all I've just said? But as an Artist I know that you Must agree. I didn't mean to give a speech, Betsy, but I wanted to let you know how much I also am Amazed by your drive and determination to get your work to feel right to you First, and then to everyone else. The Artist's way!:D

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    2. Hi Elizabeth! I agree completely that there is an elusive "something" that keeps tugging at us.... or whispering in our brains... that makes us not satisfied with half-way there... and keep on shifting and adding (or subtracting!) until it feels right! It has to do with an image sometimes we aren't even aware that we are copying... like your picture you had forgotten... but it "resonated" so strongly with your "goal" that you kept fiddling! I am honored that you thought of My project as you worked on this! And I'm thrilled to have been an inspiration to "keep at it" until it Did feel "right"! The result is Divine!!!

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  29. Iiiihana! Täydellinen huone, kaikki yksityiskohdat niin perfect ja kuva on tunnelmallinen, että tekisi mieli olla tuolla.

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    1. Hello Merja! Thank you so much for your compliment and for mentioning the picture! I love that picture! That lady looks so knowing doesn't she, like she has a secret she isn't going to share with any one but her diary! I have had this picture for a long time but it has only just occurred to me now, that she is dressed as the main characters would have been dressed in the first chapters of the book Green Dolphin Street; in early Victorian. The book begins during childhoods of Marianne and Marguerite. The original reason that I hung that picture was because I liked it, but only Now I understand Why I liked it so Thank you again Merja and I am so glad that you have enjoyed the way that this has all turned out!:D

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  30. Привет Элизабет!
    Как приятно снова зайти к Вам в гости! Вы сделали колоссальную работу! Вы в одном лице удивительный художник, талантливый писатель, фантастический фотограф! Удивительно, мне казалось, что добавлять в Вашу комнату ничего не надо! А теперь смотрю на Вашу работу и восхищаюсь. Да, так уютно! Взять интересную книгу, спрятаться в такой уютной кровати и читать. И не страшно, если за окном идет дождь. А утром проснуться и увидеть как пробивается сквозь занавеску луч света, Как он дрожит и играет на стене.
    Я рада, что вы имеете возможность встречаться с друзьями единомышленниками.
    С уважением
    Татьяна

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    1. Tatiana, you are Always so insightful and I treasure your comments! Thank you for your compliments about the the doll's house and my writing and also for enjoying the photographs. I had some 'not so clear ones' included, that I know,( sigh) but I am striving to make the shots as interesting and as creatively lit so that none of the story will be compromised. Every picture tells a story and that is why I have enjoyed your blog so much! You like and use the atmospheric pictures too and I always feel as if I am IN your rooms and not just looking at them whenever you post! I am delighted that you want to "hide in the cozy bed with a book and read" and I agree, I do too! :D Hide, but "not to be afraid of the rain outside the window"; beautifully said my Dear Friend, beautifully said.

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  31. I love this room! I have to admit, I liked it before, also, but this is the best!

    Of course, I love anything "Green Dolphin Street"!
    Cheers,
    Iris

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    1. Hello Iris! Thank you for liking the Before and now for also liking the AFTER! :D
      I know that you are a big Green Dolphin Street fan so just wait until you see what my friend Fats brought over it is "Impressive Most Impressive!" boyohboyohboy!

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  32. Elizabeth
    you couldn't have done better if you tried, I love that saying "Good, Better, Best.
    Never let them rest, until your Good is Better,and your better Best!"
    and I love the room even more... you've blown me away!! (and Im a true Anglophile *though I have the feeling that Im probably more of a cockney tart and not a manor born lady* ) you've stuck that Miss Marple song in my head again..well done :)

    Hugs
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    1. Hahahahha! You are such a crazy lady, Marisa! hehehe! Blimey! Now I shall have to dislodge that song in your head by getting you to listen to 'The Last Farewell' by Roger Whittaker on you-tube. When I hear that song I think of romantic sailing ships at sea and lost loves and heroic deeds done for king and country! Have a listen and then tell me what you think. I don't know how to implant a video inside the blog as you do so you will just have to Google it up, enjoy and Thank you Marisa, you have made me smile as you Always do!
      pip pip and cheerio!

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  33. Oh Elisabeth; it is all so adorable. I never get enough looking at the pictures of your dollshouse. The curtains around the bed are gorgeous and perfectly in style with the rest of the room.

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    1. Liduna that is such a Lovely compliment, Thank You so much! I am so glad that you like the additional curtains and as you might have already read, I will be posting how I did them next week.
      When I was a youngster I used to sleep in a lower bunk bed with my sister Bev sleeping in the top bunk. It was always so cosy to be hunkered down under the blankets with my favorite books piled around and the record player stationed beside my bed. There the slats of the upper bunk were visible from my bed below, so perhaps this entire miniature bedroom project is subconsciously touched with buried nostalgia? And maybe not just for me but mayhap for others too? :)

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    2. Hi Elizabeth and Liduina! Please let me add my cozy thought to your comments! I had that same experience with bunk beds, Elizabeth.... when it was cold we would tuck blankets under the edge of the upper mattress and let them hang down to make a tent... then we played all day in the warm enclosed "canopied" bed!! (Maybe that Is why I Love them so much!)

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    3. Hi Betsy! You see! We really are Kindred Spirits!

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  34. ¡Hola Elizabeth!

    Me encanta como te ha quedado el dormitorio con el dosel de la cama, se ve formidable. Además, las cortinas tienen muy buena caída, se ven muy reales.

    ¡Un abrazo enorme y enhorabuena!

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    1. Hello Pedrete! Thank you for your wonderful compliments! I greatly appreciate them! I am also very satisfied with the way that the drapes turned out and I am delighted to hear so many positive comments about them! I had a tutorial that I was going to include in this posting but as it turned out with the length of this and then that on top it would have made this entire posting waaaayyyy tooooo looonnnngggggggg!!!!

      So I decided to save it for next week :D

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  35. What a magnificent room! The choice of fabrics and colors is completed, and the atmosphere which we feel is quite soft and romantic.
    Really gorgeous work!!!

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    1. Hi Nono! Thank you so very very much! I am honored by your compliment! I feel that this room is Finally Complete too, and I am ready to move on to the bathroom. It was good to be able to take it to the next level and get it out of the way. I am so happy that it has been so well received, and that you have taken the time to tell me so, Mercibeaucoup, Nono!

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  36. How I love your room, it is so cosy and at the same time delicate. I love the fabric and where you put the portarait. I would love to sleep in such a bed.
    Geneviève

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    1. Hello Genevieve! Your compliment warms my heat and is Greatly Appreciated! But you will have to ask Jane Smith to move over. hah! You know Genevieve, that portrait has always been in that spot on that wall but it has finally come into its own now that it has been covered over by the loft/canopy and the curtains! I think that there was too much wall surrounding it before and now that you have to peek in between the drapes it has taken centre stage! Isn't it amazing how something can become more important once you make it less accessible? In any case this Lady of Quality has been a favorite of mine for a long time and I am so happy that at last she has a permanent home in a very cozy spot! :D

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  37. I thought it was perfect before Elizabeth, but now it is gorgeous, I love curtained beds, I don't know how you thought all that out so perfectly. Great gift too. Ps, pls email me again with your prize preference and address, I haven' t received them. Have fixed my email linked to my blog.

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    1. Hi Margaret! Thank you and thank you! I was unaware that you still hadn't received my response! But I shall get on it again right away! Your cushions are MOST WELCOME here! :D

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  38. I love the motto and I think your lofty idea is brilliant. Love the look of the room and love the fabric. It is also great to hear you three are back to your fun get togethers with Janine's return.

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    1. Hi Sharee! Isn't it strange how certain things stick in your mind like this? I recall so very little of school days except a snippet here and there and this is one of those brief flashes of grade school that is still vivid. Thank you for your thoughtful and most welcomed compliment and it makes me happy that this room gets your thumbs up!:D
      It was wonderful to see both Janine and Fatiima again after such a long absence. The nice thing about the 3 of us is that we can easily just pick up where ever we have left off, but you can imagine the chatter that goes on when a lot of time has elapsed! Good times!:D

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  39. Elizabeth! Это потрясающе! Дом такой уютный, мне нравится каждый уголок вашего дома!!!!!!! Вы создали по памяти такую комнату, которая вам нравилась в книге!!!!! Получилось очень похоже, сне нравится как падает свет на вещи, как зажигается лампа! в вашем доме живет история!!!!!
    Hugs
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    1. Hello Xan! Thank you for referring to this doll's house as a "Home" and "full of Living History"! Nothing could have pleased me More! For me the objective is to make the house "breathe" and come "alive"! That is what gives it atmosphere and makes it a success for me. People who view it will come to visit it and extend and enjoy their visits if they feel it really is a HOME more than a house. So, many many Thanks Xan for your wonderful compliment to me! I am like a cat, rolling in the catnip!!!! Meeeeoowww! :D

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  40. Je vous dois beaucoup d'excuses car je n avais jamais vu votre blog .
    Qu'elle idiote j'ai été . Je lis vos commentaires sur le mien et je lis aussi vos commentaires sur les autres blogs . Hihi ! C'est grâce vous que j' ai lu le dauphin vert cet été . Une très jolie et grande aventure .
    Je suis étonnée par votre travail surtout parceque votre style est très proche du mien . C' est la première fois que je ressens cela en regardant le travail de quelqu un d'autre .
    J' ai l'impression que c'est moi qui est fait cette chambre . J'espère que cela ne vous choque pas . Tout dans cette pièce me ressemble . Vos choix, votre façon de penser ,de refaire les choses ...j' ai l impression de voir la chambre que j' aurais rêvé de faire pour une de mes souris . J'aime énormément la cheminée . La solution du grenier est une très bonne idée . J'aime vraiment tout dans cette chambre .
    Je vous embrasse
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  41. Good Morning Catherine! Let first of all let me say "Welcome!" I am so glad that you are here!
    It is such a compliment to me that you see similarities between My work and Yours! It is one of the very reasons that I have joined your blog! Every room that you have done is how thought I would have done it, Except that yours is Perfect! Yes, the indirect lighting the hidden spaces the recesses and the intimacy is all Spot On, and the execution of it is all IMPECCABLE. I love the courage of the orange sofa and the mix of scales in the decoration of your mouse house such as the floral wallpaper and the organic trim around the windows in the parlor. I have often just lingered in you mouse bedroom absorbing the ambience of it and I will admit that I have Always Loved your Incredible bed enclosure! So to come to the point Catherine, you have been a "HERO" in my eyes, ever since I found your blog! To know now that my comments have caused you to read GREEN DOLPHIN STREET has put an Enormous SMILE on my face! My dear friend Janine, has recently told me the exact same thing! hahahah! So I am thrilled to bits that my work meets with your approval Catherine! What a Fabulous way to begin my day!!!! :D

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    MANY MANY,

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  42. Hey.... Typo! I meant to say MANY MANY THANKS :D

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  43. Hi Elisabeth!
    Thanks for leaving such a nice comment on your blog and giving me the opportunity to discover yours.
    I've been looking around in this room you decorated, you've made it such a warm and cosy place... I can just imagine lying in that bed, curtains closed, hearing the wind outside tormenting the house... add a little rain and I'm out! :D Very well done
    Hugs,
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  44. ermmm I meant on my blog :S

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    1. Heee Heee! I know what you meant, Gee! Welcome and a Big Thank You for your Warm Words! I love the fact that the bed is now curtained and what a difference it has made to the general atmosphere to this room. But now I always want to try and stick my Big Head in between the drapes and peek out from the enclosure of the bed!! I have come to realize that this is not a good idea. So I just have to pretend, like you, that I am lying there, listening to the rain. I think that I also, can hear it "Tormenting the House"!
      (What a Fantastic Phrase! :D )

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  45. Hi Elizabeth
    I just found you through Janine's blog and am so excited. I am in love with this room and your style. I really love the way you remain true to the architecture of the building, and following your thought processes. The loft is genius and a real demonstration of the power of thought - something I think all us mini people are good at ha ha
    I'm off to get a cup of tea and catch up on your other posts.
    Best wishes
    Simon

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    1. Hi Simon! So Glad to see you here and Welcome! I am delighted that Janine is up and running once again! I had missed her but now SHE IS BACK! Woohoo!!! Thank you for your really nice compliment, Simon and for enjoying the loft! I love it when the solution works better than originally expected, don't you? :D I agree that most mini people Do exert a whole lot of brain power to achieve their ambitions so just think of all that energy being expended right now!!! ...

      An Awesome Thought!

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  46. The loft looks good, the room looks very cosy now, eventhought the lack of insulation!
    Miniature greetings

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    1. Hahahah! Yes the lack of insulation is keeping me bundled up to my neck inside my own Real Life house! When I look at the bed curtains Kleine, it makes me happy that at least SOMEONE is warm! :D

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  47. I am in love with all the details you have included in the bedroom. It really makes everything look so realistic! I love the trim and molding on the fireplace and all the intricate detailing on the chest of drawers! I think it is so much fun to rework mini rooms... Nothing is ever really complete!

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    1. Hello Lindsey! You are so right about nothing ever really being complete. I think that I should stop saying it, because whenever I do, then I seem to do something else which makes me begin a "finished" room all over again!
      I Thank You for your lovely compliment about the fireplace because that project was so much fun and easy enough for anyone else to do, too! The chest of drawers was a SEATTLE SHOW purchase that I have had for over 15 years and am only now using! It is a favorite piece and I have good intentions of filling the drawers eventually with clothing items. But that will have to wait until a little later when some other mini stuff gets done first. :)

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  48. Great motto! Love the little loft, and it works brilliantly, particularly with the stairwell next door, hhhmmmm, I think my house could benefit from something like this, there is just too much space above the (miniature) head :D

    P.s. One of your new followers is an actor from Twin Peaks. I'm writing it here, because it would look weird if I wrote it under the other post, the one welcoming new followers, initials HG.

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  49. Hi Sarah! I am Delighted that you like the Loft and that you like the IDEA for yourself as well! Whooohoo! :D I have found that by adding this loft and curtaining the bed, a whole new world has opened up for me! Now I am always thinking sailing ships and Roger Whittaker's " The Last Farewell" :D
    I am currently without a television, am not up to date on Who's Who anymore. If you say I have an actor as a follower, Wowie! and PLEASE.... tell your friends! heeeheeee

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  50. Hi there Elizabeth,

    I am WAY behind the curve, but I have been reading through your blog a bit at a time, and have been enjoying it. I just had to post here though, even though I am a year or so late, because I think your addition of the loft in this room was genius! It SO enhanced the space. It makes you want to move right in. I think perhaps it is that bit of hidden space that makes you want to see what else there is in the room...I don't really know, but adding this to the room, in my view, REALLY amped up the space a lot. Good Work!

    Doug

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  51. Hello Doug! Thank You for taking the time not only to read some of my back posts, but also for taking the time to comment on this one! :))
    As you have no doubt learned by now, I work in rather hap-hazard and unconventional ways. I don't set out to do so on purpose but it has become the "norm" for me. I make mistakes and in the process of trying to correct them, I find I have achieved a solution that improves on the original idea better than I could have imagined. I am very happy that the loft worked out so well, and I am Delighted that you find that it feels welcoming; that to me, is Vital!
    I don't know about you, but if I were a kid, I would be up in that loft with a blanket, a flashlight, and all of my favorite books....
    and of course, all of my favorite cookies too! :D
    Thanks again for your comment

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  52. I really love this bedroom, this atmosphere, colors, it's gorgeous!

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