Tuesday 25 July 2023

DO OVERS! a Glencroft Living room redecoration

    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. πŸŒ΄πŸ«

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. πŸ˜³

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! 

The first thing changed
The solid pink

To break them up I painted in  
a"faux"lower panel and added a chair rail.

For the illusion of painted woodwork-
 I infilled the space between the new
chair rail and baseboards,
with 2 coats of white chalk paint
 applied directly over the vinyl coated wallpaper.
Once dry,
I lightly sanded the surface,
followed by 
 several top coats of
white acrylic paint to complete the effect.
Dividing the wall(s) into upper and lower sections
 made a HUGE  difference
in the formality of the room,
 not to mention
 continuity with the white wainscotting
as in the bedroom above. 

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-

my dowager would have the same
independent creative spirit as the real 
Karen Blixen
along with
 a tiny copy of Karen's book, too!

The dowager's next decor adventure 
was replacing the old draperies with

I photocopied
 an over-scaled magazine print of an exotic
Persian rug,
 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 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 
and VOILA!

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 
grandfather clock,
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.
 Much Later on,
I toyed with the idea again,
and decided that it was far too pretty to entirely forfeit.
I cut the wires off
and removed all of the chain
in order to hang the fixture
as high as I could.
And although it doesn't light at all-
 it sure looks like it could!

Over the years,
I've collected some lovely pieces of miniature fine china 
which continues to be
 a never ending passion of mine. 
I wanted to showcase more of it here on the wall,
 include a few new photos to the mix.

A few months back
I found a pair of vintage, solid brass earrings

at my local thrift store
which became
 2 rectangular picture frames
for the living room wall.

 I wonder if either of these 2 dapper fellows
are Denys Finch Hatton
or Berkeley Cole? 🧐

Along with the Stokesay Ware china on the wall,
I mounted a SMALL half round wooden shelf

 under the trumeau mirror,
as a place for the dowager's keys. 

I  staggered then glued
 2 half circles together to make the shelf top,
along with a pie shaped quarter round
to act as a shelf support,
all of which was
 stained using
a dark brown felt-tipped furniture touch-up pen. 

 I dressed the shelf with a metal tray
and a tiny fob with car keys- 

and  TA DAH!
Bob's your uncle! 


A collection of umbrellas and walking sticks
are to the right of the secretary
directly beneath the English trumeau mirror.
I bought the "Mary Poppins" parrot handled umbrella
on Ebay
because I LOVE birds and so does the Dowager! 

The olive green umbrella
in the foreground below
 is by Fatima of Beauxminis
The rest of the canes and walking sticks
I either already 
had &/or made from scratch.


A jumble of papers, ink, fountain pen, figurines,
Royal mail
and a leather journal
chronicling the Dowager's daily activities;
litter its surface. 

  I used a couple of drops of UV resin,
for the magnifying glass which actually magnifies. 
It sits on top of an open
Book of Curiosities 
Little Things of Interest 
love her store! 

A tiny owl clock
(a repurposed novelty earring) 
 is perched contentedly amid the dowagers collection of assorted writing materials
which includes a gold fountain pen:
  a direct reference taken from the movie
Out of Africa 
I was definitely enjoying the jumble
 of academic paraphernalia crowding 
the secretary desktop; 
and yet it still felt incomplete to me. 
I'd always wanted a task lamp on it
so after some minor reshuffling 
I was actually able to squeeze one in.
and there was light"


For continuity with the dowager's Arts and Craft bed,

I purchased a matching bamboo side table
 for her Living Room.

 It's big enough to hold a Huge Plant, 
yet small enough to walk past
without her bumping into it.

Bamboo furniture made by

Whilst rifling through my stash of long-forgotten accessories,
I stumbled upon a carved wooden rhinoceros -
It fits in perfectly
 with my
Out of Africa/ Edwardian Adventurer
🦏🌴🦏🌴  theme!  πŸŒ΄πŸ¦πŸŒ΄πŸ¦

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" 

This was made by stacking 3 buttons
one on top of the other:
 its base is a leather shank button
its lid is a brass button
and a smaller wood button serves as a knob.  

On the lower shelf of the table
 are stack of books on birds.

also made by
 Little Things Of Interest
 The 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! 

was contrived from a package of
 Michael's fern stems 
found in the
"stickers & embellishments"asile.
These scrapbooking fronds
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
acrylic paints
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! 

is a MINIATURES by Vio Etsy kit.

I upholstered this chair in a "leather look" fabric 
which I'd stained with a dark brown felt pen,
 then sealed with a liquid floor wax. 

I've purchased several furniture kits 
from this vendor and 
 I highly recommend them! 
To warm up the dowager's
"senior shoulders"

 a native hand-woven wrap
 drapes gracefully over the arm of her chair. 



I hated saying goodbye to Churchill
and Jenny the dowager's 2 previous dogs,
but once 
she saw these 4 snoozing cuties on Ebay,
 madame insisted on adopting them all! 

These are in fact
and from nose to tail they are 2 inches long 
 with a 1 inch body width.

They're the perfect scale for this small cottage
however I must confess
that it's their cute sleeping positions 
  which are the main attraction for me
and for milady dowager!  
Janine ( Minworks)
 told me that corgis are notorious
for getting underfoot,
and as you can see they are all huddled together
like a lumpy scatter rug.
When madame finally returns to the room,
she'll have to tiptoe her way through the huddle
 as well as reclaim her 
 made by Linda Park.

Naughty Naughty Puppies! 


is from the Etsy vendor
It's always a gamble when you're trying to match colours online
but I think that this rug works really well
with the new drapes. 

I purchased it in 1/6th scale
for the extra length

and it fits 
The rug is printed onto very thin canvas 
I've glued onto a thicker piece of fabric
visual weight and underpadding. 

so what do you think?

And now for 

 Using dried grape stems as an amature
 and the assorted birds, beads and nail gemstones,
a whimsical "singing tree" sculpture was contrived.
It's displayed inside 
a vintage iron (candle cup) urn 
and next to the dowager's front door.
It's a OOAK Birthday GIFT
from the dowager's daughter-
The Artist of the family!

 She also made the quirky
metal leaf sculpture
(commissioned by her brother)
for the wall
in their mother's Garden/Dining room.

I deliberately tried to make this piece look
 quirky and outrageous
which of course,
has all the dowagers friends
 gossiping about it over their tea.
"But My Dear have you seen it!????"
BEFORE the tree installation↓



The following photos are a few 


This green vining plant was made using assorted hearts punched out of a painted metal coffee can freshness seal.
It sits in the Living room window recess
on a stack of old books behind a table,
where nobody can see it! πŸ˜„


This vintage Paula Gilhooley miniature Orchid
was purchased AS Is. 

It has definitely seen better days.
Even so,
I love the cloud effect of its tiny yellow blossoms! 

The Parrot Pot 

The Parrot Pot 
is the bird from the 2022 Christmas mantle garland
showcased in my previous Post.
I wanted to keep it in the Living Room so I glued it onto the thumbtack lid of my glass bead-jar.

I decorated the lid with floral nail art and applied several
 thin coats of

Testors clear parts cement & window maker 
over the parrot and the lid
to imitate the look of porcelain. 

I Love this Parrot Pot! 

THE TEA in the teacup 
is removable.
It's made of 2 coloured and punched acetate rounds stacked
on top of each other inside the cup.
This method maintains the integrity of the china
whilst providing the illusion of
a hot Cuppa Tea minus any spillage ☕️

The Next Phase of this Living Room Upgrade
involved swapping out


This was NOT part of the original plan

The soft furnishings in Karen Blixen's African Farmhouse  
were chintz covered and informal,
I decided to replace the upright Wing Chair 

with a more relaxed upholstered armchair. 
This chair was solid light yellow when I bought it,
which didn't work with the drapes. 
I painted it with assorted felt pens and random daubs of red ink

I added 4 brass casters to the legs 
and fringe around the base of the chair
to match the fringe around the sofa.
The doily on the back of the chair was cut from a
piece of nylon lace.

This new to old 
reads more artsy and less formal  
 than the its rigid predecessor 
 more in keeping with its general theme.

I've paired the chair with a resin ottoman:
 a discontinued sale item
found at Michael's;
originally covered in a dusty pink flocking.

Using assorted green felt pens,
 I painted right on top of the pink flocking,
and it worked like a charm!

I trimmed the top and bottom circumference of the poof 
 with 2 narrow bands of felt-painted picot trim
then I glued 4 bead feet onto its base.


 The original mirror was replaced
with a vintage portrait of a family flapper.
Then an assortment of unrelated accessories
have been carefully rearranged on either side of it. 

I tried several times 
 to get a better photo of the portrait in situ
 but this was the best I could manage ....

The china dog and a peacock blue and gold vase 
were both recent gifts from Fatima. 
 I filled the vase with tall, iridescent feathers 
harvested from a ebay brooch pin.

has been 
changed so many times I've lost count! 
As of mid-July 2023
this is what it looks like. 

The Sovereign Blue
luncheon plates, cups and saucers 
are by
 Stokesay Ware
The bone handled Mike Sparrow butter knife
is coupled with a mismatched sterling silver fork. 

Pete Acquisto silver cake server 
is tucked under a slice of my own
 Studio E pound cake
 spilling over with mixed summer berries. 

I can't remember where or when
 I purchased
the steele & china cake plate
but how lucky for me that 
the shape of the handle
 the shapes of the mismatched tea service!
 A stroke of serendipity if ever there was one!   


 (signed by an unknown Artisan)
a Cream and Sugar bowl with tongs
by U.K. Artisan
The round silver serving tray
 is by Ken Chellis U.S.A.

The Exquisite fully lined 
petit point tea cosy,
 is by the Incomparable 
 I'll be selling an exclusive selection of Linda's AMAZING Needlework Creations
including her slippers, cushions, and teacosys

On the table is a single lace napkin
 in a sterling silver napkin ring.
The other 3 napkins and rings
 are stored in the GARDEN ROOM's
corner cupboard drawer. 
I mention this here to remind myself LATER
when I'm tearing my Studio apart looking for them! 

The floral tablecloth started life
as a thrift-store rayon scarf.
It's very thin and was quite easy to wet, shape and drape. 
and now for 
I stripped off the old "ratty leather" using its original upholstery as my templates. 

I'd found a crumpled length
of Steel Blue and Sage Green VELVET
buried deep inside my fabrics stash drawer:
a sleeve remnant from a thrift store jacket.

 To get an 
"Bloomsbury Group"
I covered the sofa's front and back 
in the steel-blue velvet 
and used the sage green velvet
for the rolled arms and bench seat.

To give the sofa a bit of slouch
I filled the seat cushion with glass beads.

By following the existing pattern from the old template,
I tufted the arms and back 
with iridescent blue-black seed beads/buttons. 
my tufting efforts turned out 
I failed to get enough tension
the beads still look like-

Oh Well-Never mind! 
most of the "tufting" is hidden by the cushionsπŸ‘€

I stitched together
2 new carpet print sofa cushions
 to counterbalance 
 the colour weight of the carpet print window curtains.  
You can't really see the cushions
unless you are looking in
from the cottage front door.
To save you the effort of stepping outside,
I've turned the sofa around. 

Janine (Minworks )
had given me a long length of fringed selvage
in blues, browns and golds. 
which was CAREFULLY fitted
around the base of the sofa.

And it was either Linda or Janine
who'd given me 
a bag of old-gold metallic cording
which I glued end to end, 
along the top edge of the fringe. 

As you can see,
the dowager's rescue kitten
takes great pleasure in shredding it!

The help comes in twice a week
for the dowager. 
 She's just finished hoovering the living room carpet
and will be back in a trice 
for the dusting and tidy up.

Until she returns,
here's another quick tour around the
living room.

so in conclusion-
 it's gone from

the Same but Different! 

Thanks so much to everyone for stopping by.
 I do hope you've enjoyed your visit
and please come again!



As a reminder:  I'm still having problems with the comment section. If you try to leave one before the sidebar finally appears, or before the whirly-thing in the tab stops twirling, then your comment won't register.  This can take up to 60 seconds before the program stops loading and finally kicks in- Talk about frustrating!😩 
oh well,... it IS what it is. πŸ€ͺ


  1. Dear Elizabeth, Sometimes when I read your blogs I forget to breathe, so I can get quite dizzy!
    Every time you do something I think it cannot get any better, then you change it again and it is even more wonderful.
    Of course I know The Dowager is quite eccentric and we make up stories about her all the time. However she has wonderful taste and an amazing collection of treasures.
    Thank you for posting, I really enjoyed my first, but not last visit to thus post. Janine

    1. Dear Janine, To have received such a Beautiful comment from my BFF, is an Extra Special treasure, so Thank YOU my friend! ❤️
      Your encouragements along with your thought provoking comments/ critiques, have been instrumental in helping me refinine the dowager's history AND her "eccentric" personality, too!
      Just goes to prove how two heads are always better than one when it comes to bouncing ideas back and forth!
      So on behalf of the Dowager, I'm VERY Happy to have received your Stamp of Approval re. all the cottage changes, and I'll make sure to let her know- she will be THRILLED! 😘❤️


  2. Absolutely fabulous as usual!! Your attention to detail is unbelievable and your inventiveness to “alter” things is amazing. Thanks for the plug for the Vancouver Fair. I know you will be selling so many incredible things !! Linda

    1. Greetings Linda and THANK You for your Wonderful comment!❤️
      Miniatures for me is ALWAYS a group effort: a conglomerate of the little things from varied sources which make the details in a room connect with a viewer, and your INCREDIBLE Needleworking Skills and your generous GIFTS to me, have helped to Beautify not only the Dowager's Living Room, but her Bedroom AND her in Garden Room too! Such a Treat to have the work of my Dearest Friends represented inside the Dower House Cottage! 😘


  3. You make always such a cozy interiors with all the things! Rug looks very fine. Hugs Britt

    1. Thank YOu so Much Britt! ❤️and I'm glad you like the area rug, too! 😁
      I must admit that not everything ordered online has been what I'd thought it was, however in this instance, this new Persian Carpet proved to be a Definite keeper!


  4. Dear Elizabeth, How many Times and how many ways have I said it....? You are Extraordinary!!! But after the blooming of the Bedroom and the growing of the garden room... the livingroom had to be brought up to standards! And I am so SO glad you knew what you had to do! (I get stuck and paralyzed by the need to undo what I have done....!) You found your way to the beautiful aura of that Era, and I think you Got it!!! The birds are the thing... wild but tamed for the moment... Africa... never really tamed, but we bring home pieces of that dream and want to keep them close! Her daughter gets it with the Bizarre Bird tree!! A Song from Africa.... bold eternal and untameable! And as for the sheer inventiveness and process of Discovery that you show with your transformations of ordinary things... beads and thumbtacks!... Buttons stacked to an improbable African-esque container!...painted Flocked poufs!.... Who could imagine but You?! I am always completely confounded by the range of your expertise with useful materials.... glue, paint, pens, glaze, plaster, printed cloth..... I bow in astonishment at the gorgeous results! Brava! You have tweaked and charmed and hunted and swept and stitched your way to a gorgeous and authentic and deeply "storied" room! I hope you realize, I just Love it! (And thank you for the reminder of the SLOW upload needed for the comment box to work!.... As it is I had to re-do the first sentence or two....) But it's worth the wait! :):):) Thank you for your amazing, bountiful creativity and sharing in blogland! )

    1. Oh my goodness Betsy! What a Beautifully expressed comment! ❤️ I've enjoyed it So Much that I've reread several times over and I treasure Every word! 😘
      However, if anything should be called "Extraordinary" it would be all of the truly Exceptional Artisan contributions which I've been blessed to have represented within this room so I'll Thank You on their behalf!
      Coming from you The Storyteller, your appreciation of the results of my "deeply storied room" tells me that you 'get where I'm going' with this reno which of course has me smiling from ear to ear!πŸ˜„

      p.s. Thanks for your perseverance re: the wacky comment section- it's still broke and I still can't fix it!

  5. Dear Elisabeth, just the other day i was thinking about your dowager house, and now I find a long and captivating post about it to read! And what a story!. I can only agree with what Betsy has said in the comment above. You can combine the most unlikely things into great and realistic miniatures. While reading this post I have said to myself "no! don't change that piece/corner/wall/arrangement" but ofcourse you do do so. And each and everytime I see what you replace it with or change it into and then I see that you did the right thing. It was good but you made it even better. The livingoom now tells the same story as the bedroom and the garden room.

    I take my hat off for you, milady.

    And as a bonus (for me) you inspire me with your work to try new things myself. The felt pens and what you have done with them onto the ottoman and such, make me want to try something with felt pens myself. Let's hope it turns out as intended. but what I want to say is that you inspire me with your endeavours in miniature.


    1. Dear Huibrecht
      This is my second comment in response to your Beautiful comment above! Somewhere and somehow, my original reply in July simply disappeared! Go Figure? 😩
      So at the risk of repeating myself- I'm Thanking You again Very Much! ❤️
      I often take risks with my own finished work especially when I get restless and don't know what to do next OR... I do know but I'm just not there yet.
      I have to admit that there've been times when I should have left well enough alone however, "nothing ventured nothing gained".πŸ˜‰
      In this living room Do-Over I'd put it off until I was ready and this time "By George! I think I've got it! " and I'm VERY Happy that you think so too!

      and I can't wait to see what you do with YOUR felt pens, because I KNOW it will be Spectacular! 🀩

  6. From buttons to thumbtacks to refrigerator magnets--you show us how to do it! I always like to pick out a favorite item and this time I'm not sure. I'm glad to know where to find printable fabric, love the rhino figurine, all the tiny details with the accessories that you use and oh the the coffee container seal leaves--great idea for that lid stuff would hold its shape. I'll have to remember that. I always love your narrative and how you create what you create. I love that you have a persona for the house--mine is Pink, a pink haired MacDonald's Barbie rescued from a thrift store. She's got such attitude; no grace or sophistication as your Dowager, though, but she knows real estate and how to decorate-- such a story gives a miniature house a real foundation to build on and you are our Master!

    1. Thank YOU So Much Ann! ❤️😘
      I especially appreciate your comment about the dowager's story and personal journey.
      It took me a while to find a workable narrative but now I feel that I'm FINALLY on the right track.
      Having said that, I KNOW that your sassy Pink haired mini Barbie rescue, will be forever grateful for a foundational story of her own too! πŸ˜„

      AND also Thank you as well for your mention of the coffee seal mini leaves. I've been thinking about doing a tutorial outlining the entire process which, much to my surprised- I actually enjoyed! πŸ˜‚


  7. All of the 'do-overs' are really great. It just goes to show that a miniature project is never truly finished. I love the blue and white dishes on the pink walls - so many details to discover. I think I have that same rhino somewhere!

    1. Thank YOu VERY Much for your Very Lovely compliment Troy- Much Appreciated! 😘
      I totally agree that a project is "never truly finished".
      As with most full-sized rooms, our miniature dwellings also evolve over time.
      Our behind the scenes imaginary characters, not only mature but also discover new ways to make their voices heard - ie. the Dowager made it perfectly clear that she wanted more of her blue and white china displayed on her walls and having "heard" her, I was quick to comply! πŸ˜„
      And what a TReat to know that her carved wooden rhino has a biological twin!
      Could it be that they'd been separated at birth?... Yet another chapter to write about in her Out of Africa story! 🦏


  8. Lo has vuelto a hacer Betsy! Cuando pienso que algo que haces es perfecto, y de repente decides cambiarlo...el resultado es aΓΊn mΓ‘s bello! Sabes jugar con los tonos, las telas, los accesorios...con todo, para crear un ambiente bello y cΓ‘lido, que respira y vive por si mismo y nos cuenta su historia!
    Bravo Betsy una vez mΓ‘s!


    1. Thank YOU so Much Pilar! ❤️
      It took me a long time to get from point A to B, but I do believe that the dowager is FINALLY content with her main reception room therefore, I'm content too! πŸ˜„
      I must say that trying to freshen up the room whilst still maintaining the same placement of the dowager's core furniture pieces as well as her favorite accessories, was not without its challenges, so I Really Appreciate your comment that it -"breathes and lives by itself and tells us its story!" Reading and receiving such a Beautiful compliment from you has been MUSIC to my ears! ❤️😘


  9. Elizabeth! The room is simply extraordinary and such a pleasure to comb through! You have this singular talent for taking an already sensational space and transforming it into something even more meaningful to relate the inhabitant's story. Every viewer not only wants to live here, they want to be the Dowager and posses her rich and meaningful memories! Your ability to transform perfectly lovely miniature items into superstars is inspirational and makes me seek a deeper connection with my own creativity. There is goodness in a simmering rethinking of an already "completed" dollhouse room, because you have shown that trusting yourself can lead to Greatness! I especially love your imagination in using untraditional pieces to bolster the telling of the tale. The sleeping puppies are heartwarming and hilarious! You are talented, brave, funny, and such an inspiration to so many miniaturists! Thank you so much for sharing your talents, ideas and methods with us!

    1. Awwww Shucks Jodi! πŸ™πŸΏπŸ˜˜ Reading your Beautiful comment has given me SO MUCH Pleasure, I'm fit to bursting!!!❤️❤️
      Your astute observation: "There is goodness in a simmering rethinking of an already "completed" dollhouse room" struck me as particularly insightful because I believe that ALL creators go through this singular experience multiple times. We don't usually think of it as "goodness" at the time because it usually involves compounded frustrations, however in retrospect after we've finally reached the other side, all that "simmering and rethinking" pays off in dividends! πŸ˜€
      Yet I have to confess Jodi, that what you call "brave"- I call
      "hesitant" since there's heaps and heaps of second guessing not to mention a whole lot of nail biting taking place behind the scenes, which just goes to show how good presentation can cover a multitude of fears!
      Thank You again My friend!πŸ˜‡❤️


  10. No puedo creer todo lo que has metido en esa estancia. Todas las piezas son tan especiales y combinan tan bien , que no se sabe donde mirar. Me encanta lo que has hecho con la silla y el sofΓ‘.
    ¡Preciosa ambientaciΓ³n!


    1. Muchas Gracias Isabel! 😘❤️
      You know what? - I can't believe how much I've packed into this room either! πŸ˜‚
      I've been studying books on English Country houses and have found that the old monied families, love being surrounded by lots and lots of STUFF: usually a combination of tatty family heirlooms with a little bit of new and/or modern in the mix.
      For the dowager, this Maximalist approach proved ideal since I've been collecting a lot of English style miniatures for many, many years and needed a room to display them!
      And I Thank You for liking the chair and the sofa! ❤️☺️
      They were the two biggest challenges in this Room, and although they're not perfect, they're comfortable and in keeping with the eclectic style of the cottage, which makes both me AND the dowager- Very HAPPY! ❤️


  11. QuΓ© maravillosos y entretenidos son tus post. Consigues dar vida en ese minΓΊsculo espacio lleno de maravillas. Me encanta!


    1. Thank You So Much for enjoying this post Matxalen! ❤️
      fyi -It took me a VERY LONG TIME to write this blog.
      I kept changing the room as I was writing this post, so not only was I continually updating the photos, but later needing to fit them all in! 😳
      I'm So Glad that not only have you've found the story about the dowagers living room "entertaining", but that you "Love it" too!
      Kisses! 😘❤️


  12. It's always amazing to see what you can do with a room. It's also a pleasure to see so many pictures, this way we can really see all the details. What I like is that every miniature has a good reason to be there and the mix of things make the room lively and tells the story of the person who lives there. The room is just perfect.

    1. Thank You VERY Much, Genevieve! ❤️Your comment was such a PLEASURE for me to read, and I especially appreciate your calling the room "LIvely" and that it "tells a story which means that it's accomplished its mission! πŸŽ‰πŸ˜„
      There IS indeed a "good reason for the things in it to be there" and although individually they're exciting to look at; it's when they're all working together as "adjectives and adverbs" that the story I'm trying to tell finally become cohesive.😘


  13. Un trabajo espectacular, todas las piezas encajan perfectamente puestas en tus manos, un trabajo maravilloso. Mi admiraciΓ³n

    1. Such a LOVELY comment RosaMaria- Thank YOu So Much! ❤️😘
      It has taken me a long time to get the room to cooperate with what I had in mind for it.
      And as you know, sometimes our original ideas refuse to comply with the rooms we are trying to formulate.
      Walking away and then returning with a pair of "new eyes" enabled me to Finally fit the right pieces with each other and make them work better together than they did before- still "the same room- but very different" 😊


  14. Love it! Quirky, detailed, charming - and that's just your writing! Same goes for the house of course.

    1. I literally spent weeks writing, rejecting, rewriting, continuously editing and revising this post, in an effort to make it entertaining and easy to read, whilst providing a detailed account of the process without unintentionally putting the reader to sleep- so, from the bottom of my heart- ❤️
      I THANK YOU, Anonymous!!! πŸ™πŸΏπŸ™πŸΏ


  15. WOW, where to start, I love it all, the darling little corgis, what a great idea, and I love the parrot umbrella, the sofa, the cat, and the gorgeous colours.

    1. Thank YOU for your Wonderful comment, Polly which is VERY MUCH Appreciated! 😘 And fyi I LOVE the colours in this room too! πŸ˜„
      Originally, my aim for this cottage, was a soft, subtle and restrained colour pallet, however once that vibrant pink in the Garden/dining room was on the walls, it changed the trajectory for ALL the rooms especially the living room!
      Now the original soft pink background, interacts more effectively with the richer colours in the foreground so that the puddle of corgis; the parrot umbrella; sofa and cats et al., have more of a chance to shine!
      The results of all this, continue to make Me Happy and SO GLAD that you love it too! ❤️


  16. Your Glencroft living room do-over is a triumph! The redecoration has breathed new life into the space, reflecting your impeccable taste and flair. The makeover showcases your keen eye for design. A stunning transformation that captures your unique style!

    1. Thank You VERY Much, Sir! ❤️ I Really Appreciate your comment on my doll's house do-over, especially from someone specializing in full scale furniture and design-my poor head's swelling uncontrollably! πŸ˜„πŸ˜™


  17. Oh Elizabeth! You've done it again! You are so talented and everything looks amazing! Your rooms are so real and lived in and I love the story line. Thanks for sharing and I'm looking forward to catching up on your posts. It's been too long! ♥

    1. Welcome Back Teresa Marie! ❤️. I've been off the blog for quite awhile as well, so I too, have some catching up to do. But in the meantime I Really DO Appreciate your LOVELY comment about the Dower House LIving room redo AND for your comment on Villa Leone's kitchen as well- BOTH have warmed my heart to hear! πŸ˜‡πŸ˜™



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