Friday, 9 September 2016

Antique Shop: DAY 6

Hi Everyone



After a lovely day at the RHS Wisley Flower Show yesterday  (luckily just up the road from us) with a dear friend I got back in the mini saddle this morning. My street lamps arrived and I rushed to put them in place, I'm really pleased with how they look...



Can you spot the security camera?! Here's a better look.


I couldn't wait to fix up some lights in the window of the shop and mock up a quick display to see how it looks. Im really pleased! I fitted one white spot light and one of red and one of blue, for display purposes in the future.




The right hand wall is all complete now with the window from the drawing room above.  I made up the window frame from some left over Sue Cook door surrounds turned upside down (!) and re-instated the balcony from the old house.



I like the way the rounded ends of the frame tie in with the railings. I dropped in some box hedging and topiary behind. It's hard to see it in the picture but you get a nice glimpse of the green from inside too.


The next big task for the weekend is to add some age and decay to this side of the house and then crack on with the shop and hallway.

Thanks so much for all your lovely comments. I have said in a couple of my replies that I'm in danger of repeating myself at the moment but once I start on the hall and shop I'll make a determined effort to break away from my usual "classical" style - famous last words!! The hall will be mirrored and the shop/gallery will be relatively modern - for me at least!

Have a great evening, Everyone.
Si

32 comments:

  1. Wow! It looks just gorgeous. I love the carving and the clever little security cameras. The window looks beautiful.

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    1. Thanks, Sheila. That's really nice of you.

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  2. Hi Simon! Those lights look Fantastic!!!! It all looks so real I can't believe it! The display window of "Scotts" is Gorgeous, especially with the lighting! You are really working magic with this project! The window frame on the side wall looks great with the little balcony railing and the topiaries. All the more wonderful that you put it together from leftover door frame pieces! You are Brilliant to turn them upside-down! I just love the look of this project!!!

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    1. Thanks, Betsy. I'm surprised at how quickly it's all coming together to be honest, but it's a lot of fun. The window just worked out for some reason. I'm looking forward to aging it.
      Hugs
      Si

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  3. Hello Simon

    Absolutely fantastic! I love all the details and those lantern are so beautiful and those lihgts behind the painting in window...oh my gad! Shop is already perfect!

    Best Regards: Lea

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    1. Ha ha
      Thanks, Lea, I was lucky with the lanterns. I'm working on the shop at the moment but it is taking longer than I expected.
      Best wishes
      Si

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  4. And at night someone turnes on the lights there, tapps around... when you are fast asleep.
    I know that ;))
    Oh Simon, you are creating worlds ;))
    Happy Greetings from Méa

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    1. Ha ha
      You're funny, Mea, I think that too some times!!
      Have a great weekend
      Si

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  5. The exterior lights are Smashing and you were right to bit the bullet and buy them Simon, because they were made for this shop! They are a BEAUTIFUL WEIGHT perfectly balanced with the visual weight of the carved stone facade. I LOVE them! :D
    The security camera is a novel idea and also PERFECT but one of the most EXCITING things for me is seeing the window lit up as professionally as you have done! I can't get over the Beauty of the single element display and the way the light draws the eye and holds it there!
    Your work is SIMPLY FABULOUS!

    elizabeth

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    1. Hey Elizabeth, you are too kind!! I know, the window, right!? I'm petty pleased with how it turned out - more luck than judgement! I can't wait to get on with some cool displays.
      The lights were a total fluke! AND a total bargain!!
      Thanks for your amazing support
      Si

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  6. Excellent l'idée de la camera de surveillance :-)
    J'adore le tableau éclairé dans le vitrine , c'est si réaliste et fait très "antiquaire chic"
    Bon travail de vieillissement, vous semblez ne pas aimer faire ça pourtant vous y arrivez toujours très bien.

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    1. Hi Jean-Claude, I'm glad you like it so far. I'm hoping I'll manage to make the shop a bit more modern but I'm worried I'll end up going traditional.

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  7. Fantastic Si,
    The little security camera :) genius! The display has such atmosphere, and you only mocked it up - wow. The lights are lovely and the window is beautifully done. This project is flying along! You looked to have had such lovely weather at the flower show....it had rained here yesterday....allllll day! lol
    All the best
    Vivian

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    1. Thanks, Vivian
      I thought the security camera would make it look a bit more modern and I was really pleased how the window turned out, it'll be fun inventing some displays for it.
      We've been lucky with the weather, I'm not sure how much longer it will last though !
      Hugs

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  8. oh Simon, this is absolutely beautiful, the lighting is gorgeous, particularly the window one. That's a nice touch with the security camera! :-)

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  9. Hello, Simon - Yes, the street lights are a perfect finishing touch, and the lighted "Scotts" window is lovely. The single painting as the window display looks so realistic! Turning the door surround upside down was a clever idea, and it does frame the balcony beautifully. Nice work.
    Marjorie

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comment, Marjorie.

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  10. I really like very much the exterior of your shop and all the details that you have included.
    Geneviève

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    1. Thanks, Genevieve, I'm pleased you like how it's coming along.

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  11. Well, Simon, upside down frames are clearly the way to go - we'll all be at it now!! You're clearly having a lot of fun with this project and it shows. The lit painting in the window could be real - good job you have the security camera. I am so enjoying this project - do they really need you back at work?

    BTW - are the outside lights battery operated or wired in?

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    1. Yes, I'm really having fun with this one, and sadly, they need me back at work ha ha
      The lights on the front are electric.
      Have a great Sunday

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    2. Hello Simon, Thanks for the info regarding your lamps. Were they tricky to wire in given that it's front opening?

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    3. Hi Irene
      I just ran copper tape along the inside of the front opening door and soldered the lights to the tape, then just ran the tape through the gap between the door and the side wall of the build and wired it up to,the main copper tape at the back. It was the only way I could think of getting electrics on the front in a relatively discreet way without wires.
      Does that make sense?

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  12. Thanks for that Simon. I'm looking for a nifty way to light the front section of MH but because I'm using the wire system I think I might have to go down the battery route. I'm sure the info will be handy for some other follower though so thanks again for sharing.

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    1. No worries, I might mention it in a post if it is useful. Good luck with yours, I'm sure you'll figure out a clever way of doing it.

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  13. Hi Si,
    Great work! The street lights are perfect for the building and the camera is such a great touch. I just love the lighting in the window. It looks so realistic! Keep it coming my friend, your public just can't get enough.
    Big hug,
    Giac

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    1. Lol
      Thanks buddy! You are too kind as always.
      I'm glad you approve so far...
      Hugs
      Si

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  14. wow, al that lighting works great! I especially like the light that highlights the painting.. beautiful and so real! Your security cam made me laugh, I got one in real life, and to be honest, noone should live without one nowadays, it really increases your feeling of safety.
    So I can totally understand this addition :)
    Big hug and please keep posting
    Gee

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    1. Hey Gee
      Hope you are well?
      The security camera is a bit silly but I wanted to add a bit of "modern" to it ;-)
      Have a great day
      Hugs

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  15. Simon! Goodness, don't scare me so again please! ;-) I finally had time to read your blog posts but then couldn't find your blog again. It said your blog no longer existed. A little detective work was needed but as you can see, I found you again.
    The house looks wonderful as your work always does. I love it. What a great project to take on in your vacation. I love the lit shop window. In my first house I had also planned an antique shop, but that still hasn't taken shape (it's only been 13 years after all, we mustn't rush these things haha). You've got plenty of gorgeous pieces to display in your shop. It will be lovely to see a new display in the window from time to time.
    Don't give up your blog Simon! I love seeing what you build.

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    1. Hi Josje
      I am working on a new venture and just changed the name of the blog, all will become clear. I should have mentioned it in a post I guess so,people wouldn't think I had stopped! Oops! I'm glad you like the shop, I did it all whilst on holiday from work so, now I'm back at work, I need to carry on with it.
      I'll post more when I have it.
      Hugs

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