Sunday, January 23, 2011

Christmas Room

I always enjoy making Christmas things, no matter what the time of year. This room box is an order I finished this week.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Finished Kitchen and Patisserie

...and here are the kitchen and pastry shop for the other order.

My next project will be Christmas room box; and then more french rooms.

Finished Kitchen and Bedroom

I have to do separate posts for the finished pieces, as the program doesn't seem to want to upload two pictures per post at the moment.

So, here is one order; a kitchen and the bedroom.

Two More Rooms

Here are the other two rooms in the first round of room boxes.

On the left is the patisserie, with layout and colors inspired by Ray and Scott's class.  There are around 30 tiny pastries in the shop, made from
polymer clay and decorated. The projections you see on the exterior wall are display cases with mirrored backs.

On the right is an elegant bedroom.  The tapestry hangings on the bed are repeated in the window treatment. On the floor at the foot of the bed are two tiny porcelain spaniels in a basket by Sylvia Mobley. Because this is a French bedroom, I thought there should be an armoire, which I didn't include in an earlier version.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Room Boxes in Progress

The two French country kitchens from the first group of orders are finished. I meant to post pictures sooner, but sometimes I just become so absorbed in what I'm doing that I can't bear to stop and fiddle around with photography!

I followed the color way (red/yellow/blue) from a French kitchen Ray and Scott taught a few years ago. The original had blue walls, but the blue just didn't look very good with the wallpaper that will surround the room boxes when they are installed (propped up at right in photo). I played it down a bit by only bringing the blue up to a chair rail, and using paper with all three colors (Brodnax "Morocco", reduced)  above. There is "tile" on the back wall behind the stove and sink.

In the background are two of the frames, with the mats installed, and the beginnings of the other two room boxes, which will be a bedroom (left) and a patisserie (right).

When all four rooms are done, I will mount them in the frames and move on to the next group of orders.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Room Boxes

My first project for the new year is a group of room boxes, mostly for people who took Ray Whitledge and Scott Burgess'  "La Coeur de la Maison" class last fall. (See my "The Whitledge/Burgess Connection" post for July 25, 2010).

I have the boxes for the first group of four rooms assembled. They will be two French country kitchens, a French bedroom and a patisserie. The first to be finished will be the kitchens.  I've spent the last 2 days papering, installing windows and building the cabinets that fill the back wall. First photos tomorrow!