I hope you are all doing well and happy. I have mentioned many times I don't post often because I like to finish a room before I do. Well, the breakfast Room is taking longer then expected, but since it has been a while I thought I'd write just a little post and show you a few pictures of the Breakfast room in progress. I'm not writing any information until the room is complete, but for now here are the pictures:
I thought the room would be almost finished by now, but I forgot one thing...the floor! I planned to make a simple rectangle and frame pattern. Jo saw my drawing and said "Is that the floor for the Breakfast room? Ha! Not what I expected". Naturally when your husband says that you know something is wrong...long story short I redid the floor design and of course it is longer to make. I hope to have the room done in 2 weeks, but if I don't get it done, don't blame me, blame the floor
The second reason I posted is to share some very happy news. Sophia from smalltalk wrote an article about Dewell Manor for Miniature collector. I was beyond thrilled to see a picture of the countess's bedroom on the cover of the July issue.
Thank you so much Sophia. I can't wait to see the article. I heard it was great. Other magazines have published short articles about a few of the rooms in the manor, but Miniature Collector was the only magazine I used to buy every month for years. Even today I still go over old issues on the way to work. I cannot tell you what it means to have my work published in a magazine I've collected since 1997. All I can say is it is a happy day for me.
And last but not least, it was my birthday the first week of May and once again I was spoiled...more so then ever before. My family got together and got me the chandelier for the dining room, the Tiffany from the Getzans and matching sconces:
It is spectacular and I cannot wait to install it in the Dining room. Thank you again Jason and Jacqueline, you know how much I love your artwork, but this one took my breath away.
I also got a wonderful bed and a beautiful table and chair set from a very dear family member I love very much. He said he thought they belonged in the manor.
Trust me, the bed is even more beautiful in real life. It fit in the boys room perfectly! However, it felt more like a bed for 2 little girls and I did not like the way it worked with the wallpaper, so the Dewels just lost a son and gained twin daughters, and I ordered a scenic paper with an Indian design from Les chinoiseries. I will also faux paint the furniture in the room because I don't think it looks realistic next to the incredibly well wood grained bed. Once the Breakfast room is done, this is my next project. I'll put better pictures of it at that time
I also got this wonderful table and chair set. I'm not sure where it will go, but I do like it in the library for now.
And speaking of "next projects" I was really looking forward to starting the exterior of the Manor, but
I have decided there are 2 small renovations that need to be done: I have made all the floors in the Manor except for the Dining room and the central part of the great room floor. Call it ego, call it artistic integrity, call it being a bear for punishment, but I am ripping them up and making my own design from scratch.
I just hate the white lines between the parquet sections. I'm thinking an oval central medallion with a sunburst design, and a grapevine and grape cluster border...I just got a set of scalpels, so naturally I think I can do anything.
This one has the same problem, the white lines. Luckily this one did not stick properly so I should be able to remove the central section...I hope. Here I am thinking a flower parquet border and maybe a cube design in the center...I'm not crazy, I have scalpels!
And that my dear friends is all. thank you again for your patience between posts. I wish I could go faster, but everything is taking longer then I think it will be. Also, thank you so much for all your great feedback on my work. I've said it before, I have the best followers ever. I look forward to seeing your new posts and again, if you are following me and I am not following you, please let me know.
A great big hug to all,