Gosh it has been a long, long time since I posted. Christmas and 2012 have come and gone and I have at last got back into the mini swing. The shabby chic house for my newly decorated living room is practically finished. It has taken a little longer and cost a lot more than I anticipated when I started the project, a bit like the redecoration of my real life living room!! I think it has been worth it though, I am really pleased with the final look. So although I haven't been posting I have been working, a little bit!!
Both the rooms have been shabbied and chiced to within an inch of their lives. Plus I have tried really hard not to over dress the scene, I always find it really hard to stop adding one more thing.....and then another.
The top room has the clean, bright and fresh look I was hoping for.
While the living room has showcased the wallpaper in the most surprising way. I have also been able to add little pieces that make it very contemporary. It has been a fun change from Diagon Alley but I can feel all the magic and grunge of that project calling me. Here are some extra photos of the Shabby Chic House I hope you enjoy them.
I have added a whole load of old family photographs to both rooms. This one is a two or three year old me at a 1960's holiday camp. Four of my favourite books by Lauren Delaney fitted perfectly above the linen closet.
The interior fabrics are small samples and off cuts that I simply concertinaed and steam ironed, maybe I should have sewn them but they seem to be holding their shape ok. This dandy little pug was one of my first buys from Miss Sally's World and he looks very comfy.
On the bedside cabinet are three hand blown bottles from Ray Storey's glass range, I have added white glitter twigs as a quick and easy embellishment. The sampler I purchased quite a while ago from Julia Jeffreys and I have painted the frame ivory. You can just see the bed frame which was made for me by Sue Kendall a new miniaturist to me and discovered by accident when looking for shabby chic inspiration. Sue Kendall runs MollySue Miniatures from her home in Ireland and produces a whole range of items that I had not come across before. This bed is a single that she made for me and it even came with a lovely handmade mattress.
On the dressing table is a tray of cosmetic goodies that I purchased from Dawn who has a fabulous Ebay shop filled with all sorts of glam goodies.
I have to show off my wonderful shoes by Patrizia again because I just love them!!
A picture of my dad doing what he loves best, singing, in a holiday camp talent show many years ago.
This little man is a wonderful, jointed mohair teddy by Pat Kay that I was lucky enough to 'win' in a giveaway generously given by Linda of Dolls House Daydreams.
This gorgeous little number is by Minst and was a must have to hang on the bedroom door.
More pictures tomorrow of the living room.