Saturday, 26 July 2014

A Name for my House!

Hi Guys

I hope your week has been a good one and those of you in this heat wave are staying cool.

Yesterday morning before I went to work I noticed the morning sunlight on my house and thought it looked so pretty I'd take a couple of pictures.


And this gave me the idea for the name of the house (finally, I hear you cry!) -

"Belle Pierre"

Which means lovely stone. I thought it was a sweet name and kind of in keeping with the ethos behind it's construction. Namely, easy going and welcoming. It also makes me imagine the wider environment of the house like where the stone would have been quarried and how it has aged over time.




This week I also took the purge and started on the roof! Here's an idea of where I'm going with it though as we all know this could very well change!!


Please excuse the black area, this was when I spray painted something black. I'm thinking of grey slate tiles (made from card) with lead finials and trim, and possibly the dormer window (to be in the centre) will be lead also, possibly stone. I'm planning to give the two urns at the front a green copper finish but we'll see how brave I am…

Lastly, here's a quick snap of the living room with a wall light fitted above the fireplace. I am going to run two circuits in the house I mean Belle Pierre - one for the main ceiling lights, and the other for all the auxiliary fixtures like sockets and lamps. And both will be controlled via two dimmer switches so I can create different moods.



Enjoy your Saturday everyone and I'll post more when I have it.
take care
Si

38 comments:

  1. Oh I just love the first and third photos, Belle Pierre looks like a real house on them! And so does the last photo - it is hard to believe it is miniature!

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    1. Oh, thanks so much, that's very kind of you. I think the pictures make it look better than in RL ;-)
      Hugs

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  2. Les photos avec le rayon de soleil sont superbes, votre maison est magnifié cher Simon. J'adore aussi l'éclairage du tableau.
    Le toit semble un peu haut mais c'est peut être la perspective de l'angle de la photo?
    Bon WE et à bientôt.

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    1. Salut Jean Claude. J'adore votre blog et nouveau projet! Oui, vous avez raison sur le toit, elle est trop élevée. Il était difficile de faire les choses sans un test d'abord si je pense que je vais devoir baisser d'environ 2 pouces avant de tuiles il.
      Ayez un grand week-end aussi.
      Si

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  3. Great name Simon, and yes, the sunshine makes your photos even more amazing. I like the roof shape and angle, I think it works. Great that you have just jumped in and made a start, no matter how it ends up.

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    1. Hey Shannon, I'm glad you like the name and pictures too. I think I should have looked harder before I kept off the roof but I never was one for taking the sensible route! ha ha
      hugs

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  4. Hi Si
    Belle Pierre is a perfect name for your house. The pictures are stunning. You have done an amazing job on creating that stone finish. The shape of the roof really compliments the curves on the 'body' of the house.....sorry, Belle Pierre!
    All the best and take care.
    Vivian

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    1. There She is! Hey V.
      Hope you are having a lovely weekend. it's too hot here to be out in the garden so I am determined to do some more to the house - I mean Belle Pierre ;-)
      Enjoy x

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  5. Hello Simon thank you for visit at my blog! Tour work is wonderful!!!!! Kiss

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    1. Thanks Susanna, Likewise your blog is so cool, there is a lot of inspiration there!
      Have a good weekend
      Si

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  6. Simon, you learn something new every day. I didn't know that Pierre meant stone! It's a lovely name for a lovely house. The photos are outstanding!

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    1. Hey Casey. I'm pleased you like it. I didn't know it either till I was playing with google translate! ;-)
      X

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  7. Ah, Simon!!!! You have done my Favorite thing.... photos of the House, I mean "Belle Pierre" in real sunlight!!!! It is just Breathtakingly Beautiful!!!! And such a perfect name... with the meaning and the mood! You are definitely "striking gold" here! I love the look of the beginnings of the roof... and the light over the fireplace on that portrait is Gorgeous! Light certainly works wonders, doesn't it? This just keeps on getting more beautiful!!!

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    1. Hey Betsy, you always have a lovely comment to say, thank you so much.
      Yes, you really can't beat sunlight. I was really surprised at how pretty it looked, hence taking the pictures. I'll be keeping an eye out for more sun!
      Enjoy your weekend
      Hugs
      Si

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  8. I like the name for this original and amazing house.
    The photos are perfect.

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    1. Thanks, Fabiola, that really means a lot
      Hugs

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  9. I am so glad you took these pictures. The light was perfect to show off your lovely Belle Pierre.

    It has been such fun to watch the building process. I look forward to seeing the roof finished.

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    1. Thanks Catherine.
      Like Betsy says, you can't beat real sunlight in a picture! I'm going to have lower the height of huge roof before I do much more but then it should be plain sailing - famous last words!!
      Enjoy your weekend
      Si

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  10. You are so right about the light. It gives it light which is probably how you felt the name...and a lovely one at that.
    I am crazy about the lighting over the picture. I am taking an electfying class soon. I cant wait! I hope to be able to pull off such settings as this. Thanks for the inspiration! :-)

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    1. How exciting, good luck with your class. I think I need to practise my smouldering again before I do much more on the electrics!! Oops!
      Take care
      Si

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  11. La lumière du matin donne de l'authenticité à votre maison,les photos sont belles!
    Par contre je trouve le toit un peu haut,les proportions ne devraient t elle pas être 2/3,1/3??
    Bonne soirée!
    isabelle



    Bonne soirée!
    Isabelle

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    1. salut Isabelle.
      merci pour votre beau commentaire. Oui, je pense que j'ai besoin d'abaisser la ligne de toit d'environ 2 pouces. cela pourrait prendre un certain temps!
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  12. Hi Simon! Thank you for sharing the photos, your "Belle Pierre" looks astonishing!
    I'm very much waiting to see how the roof will turn out to look. Ab Fab, no doubt!

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  13. Beautiful pic, Si! Belle Pierre looks like I can just open the door and walk in, it looks like an actual 1:1 size.
    The name has a nice ring to it and I too think the electrifying bit is a great idea; beautiful light on that painting!
    Hugs and keep cool,
    Gee

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  14. Beautiful pictures, Simon, very atmospheric!! Your house, pardon me, Belle Pierre looks so beautiful there in the spotlights :D! By the way, Belle Pierre can also be translated as Beautiful Peter, but I did understand what you meant ;)!
    I am curious to see what you'll do with the roof, will it be a mansard roof, oh, how I would like to see that type of roof on this house, it is so very French...
    Have a nice weekend/summer, Si!
    Hugs, Ilona

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  15. Bonjour Simon,

    La Maison Belle Pierre looks fabulous and thought the first photo really was a real home. You have so much detail there and must be really rewarding seeing it all come together.
    Hope you are enjoying your weekend
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  16. Simon, you are a master - the light and shadows make Belle Pierre look just like a real house!

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  17. Ahhhh Belle Pierre is Tres Manifique! The name suits it to a tee! The sunshine looks like it is warming the surface stones and if I were walking by there I would be stopping to look and admire the great architecture of the building. You roof tiles sound very interesting and Minworks Blog, has a terrific tutorial on how to make authentic slate tiles using Matt Board , Spakle and paint. It is worth checking out, if your curious. The final photo of the dramatic light over the fireplace is Simply Spectacular!
    What a Finale!!!! :D

    elizabeth

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  18. ¡Hola Simon!

    Sabía que te iba a quedar una casa preciosa, pero no tanto. Me encanta la imitación de piedra que le has dado. Ese toque añejo y vivido me parece encantador. Conseguir un aspecto tan elegante y señorial con una casa tan pequeña, no es fácil. Y tú lo has conseguido con creces.

    ¡Enhorabuena!

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  19. Your photos are fabuluous. The name for the house is perfect.
    Geneviève

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  20. Belle Pierre, l like it, suits the house! love that first picture (still crazy about that front door of yours!) , can emagine myself knocking on it and peeping in going..."helloo, anyone home?" I am still working on my three dollhouse projects and then a few weeks ago l heard of a Windywhistle Cottage and now all l can think about is how to build my own version. Somewhere old, cold and drafty and a little inspired by Wuthering Heights perhaps...? Cooler here today, and a bit of rain, puuh :). Pam x

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  21. The pictures with the natural sunlight on the dolls' house make it look so realistic! It is a beautiful piece of work Simon! And I like the name you have given it too! I also love the colour you painted the front door!

    The interior shot with the Hodgson frame is very atmospheric! amazing what good lighting can do!

    Hugs
    Andy x

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  22. Hi Si,
    I love that name. the sunlight on the façade really is a wonderful picture and highlights the detail of Belle Pierre.
    I look forward to seeing the roof come together and the light over the picture is stunning.
    Big hug,
    Giac

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  23. Hello Simon!
    Perfect name for your house. I agree with those before me....the light shining on the house makes it look real. Curious to see what you use for slates on the roof. Oh! Thank you for posting the French Mansions and Apartments book. Anxiously awaiting my own copy of it.
    Looking forward to more of your progress.
    Big Hug!
    Ray x

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  24. Simon!! I just love this house!! It's fantastic, so much character. The name, like the house is perfect. I am sooo looking forward to seeing more. Just wonderful. Thank youxx

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  25. Si I love the name, it's a wonderful house too, I really want to see the roof..the front is so inviting :)

    Hugs
    Marisa

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  26. I was all set to comment on this post when I noticed you've come up with another one!

    I love what you've done with the outside of this property and the base just sets it off nicely.

    You've caught the lighting really well with your shot of the painting - I just love it and I'm pleased you've managed to come up with a name - it's very fitting. Moving on to deal with your next post now..........!

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  27. Great name! So is Pierre also going to be a reference to who will be living in there? Although that Pierre would be 'beau' rather than 'belle', but still ;-)

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