Thursday, 14 August 2014

Planning & Playing!





Hi Guys

I don't know about you but I love to mess around with the mini's I have to see how a room will work. It helps to give an idea of the scale of the room and also allows you to work out where that special "must have" item will go. Of course, that's not to say I'm not already planning the next mini acquisition!

In the picture above I was playing around with some things to work out the best use of space in the attic sitting room. This is going to be a very relaxed old-fashioned room, even a bit of chintz! The bedroom will lead off this room but I'm still working it out. I'm not sure whether to have a tiny old attic style corridor with the bedroom and sitting room off to either side, or an opening in the wall between the two. More playing is required I think.

Talking of which, here is a glimpse of the colours and style I am going to put in the dining area of the ground floor area, adjacent to the kitchen. I like the blues and hope they work with the french grey I am painting the dining table.


I'm also considering moving the angled wall that the range sits against. It looks ok as it is but the more I plan and work with the space the less options I have for the dining area, not to mention a rather stunted entrance area. I may have to remove it completely and put in a galley style kitchen. More pressure on the grey cells!

I'll keep you posted...
Have a great day, All…
Simon

37 comments:

  1. Hi Si!
    Yes, I certainly am familiar with that, playing around -with minis- is definitely a must! :)
    No doubt the blues will work well with the grey, I think the fabrics look gorg!
    Love that painting too, anxious to hear what you decide on next!
    Hugs and have a great weekend,
    Gee

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    1. Hey Gee
      Hope you are well?
      I'm glad you like the fabric, I bought them at separate times but I think they match fairly well. Still unsure about that ground floor wall. It may very well stay!!!
      Take care
      X

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  2. Simon, I really like the blue fabrics together...and they are going to set off that beautifully understated wallpaper very nicely! I cannot imagine that the French Gray would not go well...sounds like you are on track for a beautiful room.

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    1. Thanks, Doug. I'm pleased you like my idea, such as it is. By the way, I tried to follow you back but couldn't find a blog, so added you in google. Let us know if you start blogging....

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    2. Hi Simon, I have been blogging...you might have arrived in the first couple of days....I was still playing around trying to figure out Blogger...I "think" I have things set up now...you might try again! I am probably missing something...lol. Let me know if you can't "follow" now. Ray and Giac are successfully following now..so I hope that means anyone can!

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  3. the fabrics work well with the wall paper, looking forward to seeing what you create

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    1. Hey Debbie, thanks for your lovely comment.

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  4. Love the fabrics' colours! Can't wait to see where you use them.:) Guess most of us, if not all like to play around with minis until they find their perfect place. Have fun with that!

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    1. Thanks honey, enjoy your week.
      Hugs
      Si

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  5. Hi S
    I agree with everyone else, the blue fabrics and the wallpaper with grey.....lovely. I think it's essential to play around with furniture and the basics especially when planning a room. I seem to spend more time putting my furniture in and out of boxes than decorating :) lol Dying to see what you come up with! I have no doubt it'll all be just perfect. :)
    All the best
    Vivian

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    1. Vivian! There's your pretty face!! How lovely to put a face to the name.
      Thanks for your ongoing support and lovely words, I laughed when you said you spent more time fiddling with furniture than building - I'm just the same!
      Take care
      X

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  6. Loove the glasses and the beautiful oil lamp! Pam

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    1. Hey Pam, hope you are well.
      Hugs

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  7. I'm not saying anything! I know that I will be gob-smacked with the end product, just as I have been gob-smacked in the past. The painting is Beautiful and the fabric is also beautiful. Your curved wall was such an interesting feature but you know what is best for this house and where it is leading you! GO for IT, Simon; whatever "IT", is! :D

    elizabeth

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    1. Wow! Thanks Elizabeth! That's so encouraging, thank you x

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  8. Hi Simon! Your "playing" looks so enticing.... just the sort of Gentle Old World we all want to go hide in sometimes! I know what you mean about wanting the room walls to be "realistic" in their arrangement... such a challenge in small properties! A central hall seems to be a waste of space.... but it adds so much in realism and "drama" with doors and shadows and stairways....! I usually end up wanting stairs and halls! I hope you figure out the best arrangement.... lots of "sample" cardboard walls while you test your ideas! I am sure the end result will be gorgeous!

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    1. Hi Betsy, yes, good idea about the sample card. I'm the same as you, an inner hall and stairs adds so much more realism and depth (not to mention shadows and interest!). The wall is definitely coming out, it's just what to put in its place...
      More decisions ;-)

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  9. Simon, th fabric that you picked out is very unusual and is going to be gorgeous in that room! I can't wait to see it finished.

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    1. Hi Casey, I'm glad you approve. When tough decisions are called for I ask myself, WWTD? (What Would Tessie Do?) and invariably I stop thinking and switch on Buffy!

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  10. Hi Si,
    I love the direction the attic and Dining room are going in. The blue fabric is gorgeous! I think a galley kitchen might be a good solution. It would give you more flexibility with the floorplan. If the little grey cells start to hurt from thinking I suggest Vodka!
    Big hug,
    Giac

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  11. Hi Simon,

    Great to see the playing and your ideas- the blue fabric will work in really well with the French grey. Also how wonderful the little lamp is and the painting.
    Look forward to seeing the finished look.
    Hope you are enjoying the weekend
    Carolyn

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  12. It is fun playing around with miniatures to see what works. That works well by the way, I like it! Oef, that's not so nice, giving the grey cell's a bit of extra excercise is not so bad, but sometimes they have that enough with our projects. But I'm sure you'll figure something out with the kitchen, good luck with that!

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  13. Oh how fun. It will be interesting to see what you do next. Remodeling, knocking out walls. You definitely have the skills. Just so inspiring to see how you think. have a fabulous weekend yourself.

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  14. Thank you for visit to my blog! You is great artist! Kiss

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  15. Hi Simon, It's always fun to try things out, put things together, sometimes you get an interesting contrast or idea that would never have occurred to you when mixing things up. I often have an idea for something I want and keep it in mind until I see exactly what I want, but there have been times when I have used an alternative until the ideal thing can be found, and then liked the temporary object much more!

    looking forward to seeing more of the new house soon!

    Andy xx

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  16. How I love reading your posts and see how you work. The result is always amazing and exquisite. I like the fabric of the curtains in your previous post. I think your blue fabrics should be perfect with french grey.
    Geneviève.

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  17. Hi Simon, Oh yes, I love playing with miniatures, fabrics and colours to see what works and what doesn't. Maybe I do this more than the actual building!
    The colours you're planning to use are wonderful, I've always loved blues. That painting is gorgeous and the fabrics work very well with it. Now, work your magic! I look forward to seeing what you'll do with it.

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  18. What a gorgeous scene you've created! You're very talented! I enjoyed reading about your creative process and look forward to your next post! xo Jennifer

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  19. I am always looking for the right fabrics and colours, old dutch colours in my case.I try also things out.I like gray and blues, with a bit gold.Your painting is beautiful and everything wil be looking so nice.Up to you next post to see what
    the progress is.

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  20. Wow, Gorgeous Blog and I really love how you are describing your process as you try out different fabrics and looks. Incredibly Beautiful work you do - will definitely enjoy following your projects. Thank YoU! ~ TiGGy

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  21. Thank you Simon for your visit. Hope all is well with you and your projects are going well.
    Enjoy your week
    Carolyn

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  22. Hi Si
    I have missed you in blogland. A big congratulations on your new career...thinking of something like that myself....anyway, I have been trying to find your website with no luck. The link here doesn't work, for me anyway. I also tried emailing you through here as well, no luck either. Please drop me a line with your details. I don't want to lose touch!
    All the best and take care,
    Vivian

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  23. Hi Simon, thanks for your visit. I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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  24. Hi Simon, I like the colours you have chosen here. I am always second guessing myself about colours!

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  25. Merry Christmas Si, from Pam in Norway

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  26. Hi Simon,

    Hope that you had a lovely Christmas and best wishes for the New Year
    Many thanks for the kind visit to my blog
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  27. Esos azules y grisaceos son muy elegantes, te va a quedar muy bonita.
    Un abrazo
    Maite

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