Back in April of 2022, I made up a storyline for my Glencroft renovations, which went something like this...
"After due consideration, the Dowager has decided to vacate her spacious Manor; and transfer the house and all its holdings, over to her son and his family.
Prior to the Dowager's downsizing and permanent relocation, a vacant cottage within the ancestral property, was lightly renovated to suit the dowager's practical and aesthetic requirements.
A number of sentimental favorites comprised of both personal memorabilia and antique furniture, were carefully transferred from the manor and over to her new home.
Such items as her handsome Chippendale secretary and ancient tall case clock, shared the cottage space with a worn out leather sofa and a castaway wobbly tea table."
SO- as you all know, the Living Room of the dowagers cottage, was the first room I tackled.
I deliberately mixed old furniture with new, high end with low end and at the time, I liked the results!
Shortly thereafter, I completed the second room in the Glencroft. The English cottage bedroom renos, became an Edwardian Explorer renovation, published as -"Midnight at the Oasis. 🌴🐫
The 3rd renovated room that I tackled, was its former cottage kitchen which became the dowager's Garden/dining room.🌷 The design of the Garden/dining Room was bold, contemporary and dramatic, which in conjunction with the Edwardian bedroom above, made the adjacent living room look kinda dowdy by comparison.
By referring back again to my original storyline, some of the dowager's eccentric furniture choices, didn't ring true to me anymore especially "the worn out old leather sofa".
Why would a woman with both resources and property, choose the WORST sofa she owned or decide to salvage a roadside tea table, simply for the sake of downsizing?
This incongruity bugged me into a state of mind-numbing inertia. After Christmas, I could do nothing more with The Dower House except sit and stare at it. 😳
By mid-spring, I finally felt like working on the doll's house again, but since I still didn't know what to do about the sofa, I focused almost exclusively on the dowager's "previously completed" Bedroom.
I made a few specific purchases to further emphasise its Edwardian Explorer theme and found that the more I tweaked it, the better I liked it! in my next blog installment I'll post an update
Anyway, from the exaggerated theme in the bedroom, came the change in direction for the living room.
The challenge I'd set for myself was to visually connect both the Edwardian and Contemporary themes
without losing sight of my original story.
Naturally, one thing led to another, which eventually became a total Living room -
DO-OVER- it's the same- but different!
|As mentioned earlier,|
the "Edwardian Explorer"
took on a more significant decor role in the living room,
and reminded me of one of my favourite books-
OUT OF AFRICA
my dowager would have the same
independent creative spirit as the real
a tiny copy of Karen's book, too!
The dowager's next decor adventure
was replacing the old draperies with
an over-scaled magazine print of an exotic
onto cotton sheets of
Inkjet Fabric purchased on Amazon.
Below-the old curtains↓
|behold the new ↓|
|I backed each of the printed panels with a plain |
lightweight muslin fabric to bulk them up,
then I added the fringe along the inside edge
and brass curtain rings along the top,
same as before.
The pattern is subtle whilst the colour is rich:
a pretty contrast
against the pink and white walls.
|THE LIGHTING |
The photo above is a silhouette of a new table lamp.
I purchased this lamp from a vendor on Ebay
The lamp is 3D printed; hand painted; and prewired with a 12 volt bulb.
I covered the shade
with the same rust/green Thai silk as
on the chairs in the Garden/Dining room,
I trimmed the top and bottom edges
of the shade in old gold bullion trim
that either Linda or Janine had previously given me.
4 brass ball feet were glued to the flat bottomed base
A PRETTY NEW LAMP!
Things were chugging along just fine by now,
shortly after I'd installed the new table lamp above,
a wire on the brass table lamp next to the
snapped off at its base.
Since it was irreparable,
I ordered another lamp from the same ebay vendor.
The new lamp (the 3 graces) is taller
than my first one.
I customized it for the room,
by changing the shade it came with,
to one I already had.
I covered the shade in the same iridescent Thai silk
so it would match the other.
I made a fringe by fraying a length of
green grosgrain ribbon-
and this is the end results!↓
The 2 lamp DO-OVERS
In the very early days of the cottage renovations
I had wanted to use this dainty brass fixture,
but I'd changed my mind
because only 2 of the bulbs worked
and none were replaceable.
Whilst rifling through my stash of long-forgotten accessories,
I stumbled upon a carved wooden rhinoceros -
It fits in perfectly
Out of Africa/ Edwardian Adventurer
🦏🌴🦏🌴 theme! 🌴🦏🌴🦏
The carved wood green ball in the photo above
is a textured wooden bead.
I liked the size and colour of it
so it stayed on the table until... I replaced it with a "carved lidded pot"
are stack of books on birds.
And 2 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINES
also made by
Little Things Of InterestThe magazines are stored inside a large carved wooden bowl
(a very large and unusual button)
that sits on the floor underneath the table.
A really FUN detail!
These Nat.Geo. magazines are actually readable!
THE FERN IN THE URN
was contrived from a package of
Michael's fern stems
found in theThese scrapbooking fronds
"stickers & embellishments"asile.
are actually too big for 12th scale,
so I snipped off the greenery
from their widest end,
down to a more reasonable length.
I painted both sides of the paper fronds
with a water based green enamel
followed by a thin brown chalk and water wash.
I filled the urn with a blob of Museum Wax;
stuck the wire ends into it;
and called it-
I also made the tall fretwork
from the cut sections of a sandalwood fan.
I painted the wastebasket with black and red
then randomly applied gold felt pen highlights
over the red.
Clear UV resin
was carefully painted
around each of the tiny cut-outs
for a high shine, strength and durability.
Lastly, I tossed several crumpled pieces
of mini junk mail into it and called it a day!