Saturday, 27 July 2019

Progress...

Hi Everyone

I'm sorry for not posting sooner. I am super busy at work at the moment and spare time is spent with family or a (usually heavy) reference book and a cup of tea (and a large slice of fruit cake!).

I thought I'd show you a picture of the house as it currently is to give you an idea of what I'm working with:


It's called Longford Park from Dolls House Direct (uk). This house is not on their website at the moment but this link will take you to their shop on eBay. I'm going to removing the top floor in the middle to make it just two floors high. Here's a picture of one of the wings with some undercoat. The lines were help keep my brick work in a straight line.



Making the brickwork took an age and was done by sponging paint onto two sheets of card, each in a different colour, and then cutting out each one. This seemed like a simple enough task but got very tedious very quickly.




I have also started thinking about the entrance hall. I am trying to design each room so that there is interest and, sometimes, a surprise. The picture below shows everything the house comes with and I have added a stained door, just visible through the smaller arch to the right. My plan is to panel these rooms, possibly with a wood effect. I had agonised over the floor and originally planned on marble but after much soul searching soon realised this wasn't quite the look I was going for.



My first thought, in terms of style, went straight to full on regency. But (and I know you've heard me say this a lot) I'm trying to move away from knee-jerk reactions and plan for something a little more longer lasting - i.e. something I won't get bored of too quickly and that could easily be adapted.

Sorry this post isn't terribly interesting. All the action is currently going on in my head! In the next post I'll  update you on the exterior and the hallway - who knows what will happen. I'm already considering a completely radical idea that will turn this whole project on it's head! One word - "renovation"!! I have bought some great books over the past few months that I'd like to share with you too.

Finally, thank you for all your lovely messages on may last post. I have just added replies to them, albeit rather late.

Have a great day, All, and I'll update on a more regular basis going forward...

Simon 

18 comments:

  1. Love how the exterior looks.

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    1. Thanks, Sheila, I really apprecaite your thoughts and comments.
      Simon

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  2. Hello, Simon - Your Longford Park is off to a great start. The brickwork is lovely, and I especially like looking through the doors and arched window into the hallways. Your plans sound intriguing; I'm looking forward to seeing more!
    Marjorie

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    1. Thanks, Marjorie. The lans seem to be changing a lot at the moment so I'm planning my next blog in order to reduce the confusion I think it will bring ha ha. It's just a hobby isn't it - so we can change our minds, right?
      Thanks for leaving a lovely comment.
      Simon

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  3. Hello again Simon!
    I just happened to be strolling through Blogger when I caught sight of a new post from you and after arriving here saw this house project which is Entirely New to me and not the Sotheby's shop which I'd expected to see. Scrolling back, I see that I'd missed your last post which featured your Gorgeous hand-painted chest in the bay window; Definitely an auction Show Stopper and Eye-Candy for every passerby Well Done Simon! :D
    Your painting skills for the stonework for Longford Park is Really Lovely too! and I like how you've individually cut and applied the stonework to the corners, which gives the facade the look of ancestral substance!
    I am also intrigued regarding your future home improvements and the tempting peek inside the entry; all those bubbling and swirling renovation plans percolating inside our heads- but which to choose.... which to choose????? ;P

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    1. Hey Elizabeth!! Hope you are keeping well?
      The Sotheby's shop is still on one side. It's almost complete but I'm thinking of selling it to add some extra funds. My head is full of ideas and I think you might be surprised at the changes I'm working on. To be honest, you probably won't be surprised, especially given my pension for chopping and changing!! lol
      Have a lovely weekend and thanks for your lovely comment.
      Simon

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  4. Hi Si. I can’t wait to see where this one goes. And who cares if you change tack or lose interest in a project? It’s your hobby, to be enjoyed as you wish. I love all these English houses you do, and this one will be just as fascinating. Xx

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    1. Hi honey. Thanks for your ever-understanding words. I change my mind like the wind and then feel bad because I don't share the end of a project - I just jump into the next one! This one has changed massively already - you won't be surprised to learn that! ;-)
      Take of yourself
      Si xx

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  5. Hello Simon. The house looks like a great challenge to engage. I look forward to seeing how you will decorate and furnish it. As of the not full regency interior, you could perhaps turn it in a house that multiple generations lived in. Mixing the old with the new. You could choose any end period that you like. perhaps the sixties?

    The sponging of the card is a nice technique. Thank you for drawing my attention to it. I think I can make a nice use of it in my miniature house.

    Huibrecht

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    1. Hey Huibrecht. Yes, great idea about the different generations. The project is set to take a turn in a different direction (more to follow soon), but the layers of generations is one that I will definitely look into.
      Thanks very much
      Simon

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  6. la casa tiene buen aspecto, me gusta tu proyecto.
    Un abrazo
    Maite

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  7. Il est aussi important de réfléchir, on attend la suite patiemment ;-)

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  8. Hi Simon! I am late to comment again... but better late than never! I am intrigued by the facade of this new house and look forward to seeing it develop! You go to Regency because it is such an awesome design era.... don't stop!!! I look forward to seeing whatever comes next! :)

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    1. Hi Betsy. Thanks, as always, for your lovely comment. There is a lot of change coming so hold on to your hat...
      x

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  9. So sorry Simon, I missed this. What an exciting project to be starting with and I just love following each step. You really are a dab hand with a paintbrush and the brickwork is bang on. It's such an interesting property with what looks like little nooks and crannies. Perfect - right up my street.

    I'm also looking forward to seeing your "book list". I'm always open to inspiration!

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  10. I've just bought this house to use has a back drop to sell my dolls I fell in love with house soon as I saw it.its a early xmas present for me :)

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