Saturday, 19 July 2014

Considering Kitchens!

Hi Guys
I hope your week has been great.

In between sunbathing and gardening I've been working on the house (I really need to think of a name!). Thanks to everyone for all their helpful and constructive comments and advise last week. I really appreciated it. Since then I have done some more on the living room including finishing the panelling and adding some sconces beneath the mirrors. There is still a lot to do (skirting boards etc etc) but you get the idea. The colours in this image look stronger than they do in RL, or on my camera, hopefully its just the settings on my Mac that's brightened things up.


The fireplace was gilded and then covered in a light wash of burnt umber which was then rubbed off. This has taken the "whiteness" off and highlights the details better.



 The sconces were the acanthus brackets I was going to use on the dormer window that I painted Devon Cream and then gilded, with a couple of "serves" plates I made by printing off images and sticking them to card dinner plates then I covered them in a light coating of mod podge. Nothing terribly clever but I think they work quite well. I'm planning on doing a ton more for the kitchen. 



The Kitchen! Well, I have been racking my poor brain about this one - watching and reading everything I can from "Habersham" and "Clive Christian" for ideas and looks. In the pic below you can see how both floors sit alongside each other. The pale grey is just an undercoat to tone everything down, my final choice of colours will tone in with the green used upstairs. The kitchen on the right and the dining area to the left. 

All the gaps in the walls need to be filled!
The pictures are temporarily hung just to give you an idea and the space to the left, but the form door, will be up a step and through an archway. I'm thinking of painting the front hall area in lovely mid red from F&B and I think it will draw the eye through and hopefully create some much needed depth to this very shallow space. This will also mirror the red toile I am hoping to use in the bedroom on the top floor (when it's finally constructed!).

Another blurred picture! sorry.
I have a lovely Tuscan tile effect paper I'm using in these rooms which should work well with the walls. Due to the small eating area (as apposed to a full-on dining room) I'll have to think carefully about the type and size of table and chairs I use but I'd like something more "country" than formal and it will probably be painted French grey, like I did with the small dresser in the picture above.

Of course, while all this has been happening I have been thinking of the roof and that dreaded dormer window!! I have the roof tiles all ready but not the finished idea yet - it'll come together eventually I hope!

Well, that's about it for now. I'll try and post some more tomorrow if there is sufficient progress to share. Thanks for as always for your company and comments. 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend
Si

43 comments:

  1. I just love this living room and the downstairs looks so promising already.
    Great work!
    Big hug,
    Ewa

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    1. Oh thanks very much Ewa. It's getting there ;-)

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  2. Beautiful! Love the colors! Keep going.

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    1. Thanks as always Casey, you're a real pal.
      Hugs

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  3. Hi Si! Absolutely beautiful work, but now I love the green colors ;)! I just can't wait to see more of this house.
    Thanks for your comment on my blog :). To answer your question about how I did it....well, I've tried to remember me how I ever did crochet work. But now I've used a magnifier lamp ;o!
    Have a nice week(end)! Hugs, Ilona

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    1. Bless you Ilona, thank you. Glad you like the green lol
      I might need a magnifying lamp, my eyes are killing me!!
      Enjoy your weekend
      Hugs

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  4. Hi Si
    Your living room is just lovely. The green wallpaper is a great backdrop for the painting, and the sconces really compliment the mirrors - which, in turn, give a wonderful symmetry to the fireplace. It's looking superb.
    The kitchen will be a tight space to work with, but I just know that you are going to do something fabulous here too. :) Keep the updates coming....
    All the best and take care
    Vivian

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    1. Hi Vivian, hope you are having a good weekend and staying cool?
      Thanks for your lovely comment, I'm pleased you like it. There's a long to go but it's good to see the living room taking shape - downstairs is already causing headaches ha ha
      Take care
      Si x

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  5. What a stunning and amazing work!You're not only a miniaturist but also a decorator. Absolutely beautiful! I can't wait to see more...
    Geneviève

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    1. Thanks Genevieve. That's really lovely of you. I hope the rest of the room lives up to such praise.
      Thanks again,
      Si x

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  6. Your living room is truly coming to life, now. The fireplace looks scrumptious with the gilding and I think your plate idea is brilliant. Are those columns from Sue Cook, too? Lovely. I always stage my rooms from the very beginning, too, just to get a feel for them. IMHO, it seems maybe a round table might work best? (Picking up on the curved walls). Whatever you choose, it will no doubt have that WOW-Simon factor. Enjoy the summer! XOXO John

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    1. Hi mister
      Thanks for your lovely comment my dear, I can always count on you (jees, I sound like a Whitney/Streisand medley!). Those are SC pillars that I added some Findings to. They were a bit beat up after being unloved for years! I love staging the rooms whilst taking pics, I'd have no clue how it would look otherwise. Having said that, I find accessorising a nightmare!! Yes, I was thinking round or oval table, lots of gingham and baskets etc. I expect it will all change before long!
      Have a great weekend Both of you
      -x-

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  7. How delightful and so much talent. The details are amazing. Loving my visit. Hope your weekend is enjoyable....from your newest follower, Linda

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    1. Hi Linda. Thanks and a warm welcome, and I'm all signed up to your blog - it looks really interesting.
      Have a great weekend
      Si

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  8. Oh Simon! It is looking Gorgeous! I Love All the details you have shown so far! The carpet in the living room really shows the fireplace off perfectly! And I think you are being awesomely inventive with your tiny kitchen/dining space! I think the red idea for the entry is perfect as the red toile in the bedroom sounds gorgeous too! The "dining" area probably needs a small oval table... French Provincial? I am Sure you have some great ideas already under way and I can't wait to see the results! This house is going to be like a little jewel box!

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    1. Hi Betsy, hope you are well and thanks again for your lovely comment.
      I was thinking an oval or round table would do the job, though it will need to be a small one, possibly just for two! I've never really done a kitchen before but I think that might work in my favour - the space is so small there is less chance for things to go wrong!! I've always wanted to use a red toile in a bedroom so am excited about getting to grips with that. I've also never really tackled a bedroom - I know!! There are a lot of "firsts" on this project !!!
      big hugs
      x

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  9. What I like the most is the uniqueness of the layout. It is really developing its own sense of place.

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    1. Thank you very much. I think there has been a massive element of luck along the way ;-)
      Si

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  10. You've really upgraded the fireplace, adding that gold. Spot on.Did I already mention the carpet is a beauty? The small wall between kitchen and dining room looks very rich, too.
    That thing above the portraits, forgot what it is called in your language, sorry, a sconce, a bracket? not sure anywayz, it adds sooo much style. Very inventive to put it up there, and it works.
    Your fire screen too really draws attention, I think it is utmost French. Ohlala to that!
    hugs,
    Gee

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    1. Oh Gee, you're too lovely! Thanks as always for your uber supportive words (and some French too, no less!). Yes I think that thing is called a bracket or sconce - I'm not sure what the architectural term is lol but it does the job.
      I currently fretting over the wiring!! THere is always something to worry about.
      big hug
      x

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  11. Hi Simon,

    How wonderful your home is looking - love it.
    We have a big version of the mantle similar to what you have there - ours used to be white and gold but recently I painted it black. Love the colour of the green walls too - we had green wallpaper too of a similar colour.
    Hope you are enjoying the weekend - lovely to be able to spend time sunbathing and gardening.
    Enjoy your Sunday
    Carolyn

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    1. Hey Carolyn, thanks very much. How funny you had a similar mantle in RL! I bet the black looks great, I'm thinking about a black mantle in the study, or red marble. The weekend is great, thanks, if not a little too hot! We're never happy are we!
      have a fun filled weekend.
      Si

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  12. Tout le charme Français est réuni dans cette pièce!!! c'est vraiment superbe,les tonalités de l'ensemble me ravissent!! Bon dimanche!
    Isabelle

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    1. Thank you Isabelle, that means a lot from someone who knows more than I do. A lot still to do but that's half the fun isn't it!?
      Have a great Sunday too.
      hug

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  13. I am loving watching your progress, your details are great. Pam x

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    1. Thanks Pam. I find accessorising rooms a nightmare so Im trying my best to get some "bits and pieces" to fill out the rooms - that's the theory anyway!
      hugs
      Si

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  14. Compliments for your lovely work.

    Kind regards Xandra

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    1. Thanks Xandra, I really appreciate that.
      hugs

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  15. You have quite an eye for making realistic miniature settings, Simon - the fireplace looks real!

    By the way, where did you find that pretty front door?

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    1. Hey Anna, thanks a lot. I bought the front door, along with the ground floor windows, from Lawbre (on line) years ago but never got round to using them. The details is amazing and it's all real glass (which I've broken already!!).
      hugs

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  16. Wow, your living room is fabulous. I cannot wait to see the kitchen finished. I love the unusual angle of the wall. Very interesting.

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  17. Simon your green room is looking better and better, love the gilding and the pink sofa looks so good with the green walls. The plates are a brilliant idea, the thought had crossed my mind but never acted upon. Downstairs your kitchen and dining room are coming along. Difficult spaces to work with but I am sure you will create something brilliant. I like your idea of red toile, I was considering that for my bed, I have a throw that I photographed with the intention of miniaturising which I haven't done yet, lots of computer problems at the moment. My toile is white on red which I think is a nice change from the usual colour on neutral background. Thanks for your comments on my blog!

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    1. Hi Margaret, I loe the sound of your white on red toile. A good change to the normal version, and clever to photograph it on something you own. It makes it more personal. The plate was so easy to make. I had thought about printing on to that clear stuff you stick on to china plates but it seemed silly not to use what I already had.
      Have a great week
      Si

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  18. Hi Si,
    The living room is lovely and I have to say the fireplace is spectacular. Great job! It looks wonderful. As for the kitchen, I like the placement of the stove and think you will definitely be able to create something gorgeous! Great work Si!
    Big hug,
    Giac

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  19. Simon,
    What a lovely room! I love the colours of the F&B range of paints .I have just chosen a colour of theirs for my "townhouse" project. Following a blog such as yours inspires me to rethink the "finer" details for my house.
    Thanks for sharing the progress, still hoping for more sun in Canada for sunbathing - so far it has been a cold summer!
    Martha

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  20. Hello Simon
    your living room is wonderful I love the figures on the mantle and I can't wait to see how your kitchen turns out :) lets make deep fry everything like Paula Deen *oh wait she's eating healthy now...oh well it's gonna have to be Chef Ramsey then*


    Hugs
    Marisa

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    1. ha ha good idea Marisa. Thanks for your lovely comment
      hugs
      Si

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  21. Great work! I like the living room and the many details are perfect.

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    1. Thanks Fabiola, you're very kind x

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  22. Simon I take it all back! Your solutions are SUPERB! The green panel has been tamed and brought into submission and your fireplace and screen as well as the sconces and the plates, are all Wonderful! The downstairs is already looking dreamy and I know that this little house is going to be a real Stunner by the time you are all done.
    Hey,... why do you need anyones advise or opinions, just go with your own good taste. Catherine (Kilmouskie ) was right about you; you have it in spades! :D

    elizabeth

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  23. You've made a great use of space with the kitchen/dining area - I like the quirky corners and angled walls. It's such an interesting property - I love it and I'm really enjoying following - you have such style!

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  24. Breathtaking! I love all the work you've done so far, exterior and interior. It's simply fabulous! And pure genius how you made the entrance... I've been following your blog for a while now and I'm looking forward to every post, you always surprise us with another beautiful detail. I do have to say I liked the first fireplace colour but I think this one is even better. It makes everything come together perfectly. And of course I can't wait to see what else you come up with. I'm very excited to see this project finished and of course many more to come :)
    Regards,
    Jana

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  25. Hi,

    I just found your wonderful blog. Could you tell me where you got the gold firescreen and the 2 gold mirrors? I apologize if you mentioned it--I read through the whole blog but didn't see anything. Many thanks!

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