Thursday, January 20, 2011

Downstairs fireplace

the downstairs fireplace
Speaking of upstairs, downstairs, I love the show Downton Abbey that has just started airing here. It makes me want to make a period dollhouse because the decor is so lovely. I enjoyed the Dowager Countess of Grantham's (played by Dame Maggie Smith) dismay at the addition of electricity to the house. I'm not planning to add electricity to my dollhouse. Partly due to the extra cost but mainly because I just don't think it's necessary.
I painted around the first bit of trim before adding the rest
So on to the downstairs fireplace. This fireplace has curved trim similar to the upstairs fireplace, but also has additional pieces. Two strips go next to the curved trim, then one on top, then the mantel on top of that. I thought it would be good to post as I personally found it difficult to get a good picture online of this feature of the kit. The instructions were also lacking a diagram or picture which would have helped clarify this part.
trim is in place and trying out the mantel
I decided that it would be best to paint all the trim pieces to look like grey stone. But I'm not sure about the design, and in some ways I prefer the simplicity of having just the one curved piece as trim. The extra pieces do give it more presence though.
the shortened mantel - before touch-ups
Also, the mantel is designed to extend over the bookcase as well. I decided to cut it down to go over the fireplace alone. I want a pair of Staffordshire dogs for the mantel. Or if they're too large they can sit on the hearth. A typical example of how my version of a contemporary dollhouse isn't exactly modern! (Are miniaturists strongly divided on this issue? I seem to see mostly modern mid-century or Tudor/Georgian/Victorian houses)
touch-ups on the mantel done and the hole in the wall filled
For our full-sized house (will I have to specify this from now on? I'm obsessed. Lately when I look in decorating magazines the rooms suddenly look miniature to me) I adore these charming contemporary versions of Staffordshire dogs by artist Donna Wilson. They could go on our mantel if we ever get one.

I'm waiting for someone in our neighbourhood who is gutting their bungalow to put one on the curb for me to find. The bungalows around here (including ours) are from around the 40s. Ours was built in 1940 so a mantel from around then would be perfect. I figure we don't need a real fireplace to have a mantel!


Ann said...

It feels like you're lightning fast in building the kits (or it could be that I am slow!). I'm enjoying your progress pics!

Claire Louise Milne said...

Thanks for your comment Ann!

What happened is I started the kit and worked on it for a while before starting the blog. I wanted to make sure I would be able to do it! So I'm just catching up with posting what I had done before.

Also I'm kind of working a lot on it while I'm keen to do it - hoping I won't lose interest as there is still so much to do :-)

The Shopping Sherpa said...

You could say that your house is a contemporary house, but, as with most contemporary houses, you'll have a mixture of eras: heirlooms passed down to you plus items you've bought recently.

Have you seen these miniature porcelain dogs (and cats) by Sally Meekin?

(She does more modern things too...)

Claire Louise Milne said...

Thanks for the link, so many cute things!

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