Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Fox Manor

Ground Floor - The Dining Room

Hello to everyone who takes the time to read my blog.  I would like to welcome The Grandmommy and Simon as my fifth and sixth followers.  Thank you all sincerely, it means a great deal to me to hear your comments and thoughts on my work.

Now, the Dining Room is situated to the left of the Entrance Hall and has double doors.

 I had planned to floor this room with this parquet patterned flooring pictured below, I don't know what I was at, but it didn't look right the more of the floor I did.  So I trimmed the floor back to what did look right, stained it, and, as usual, put some beeswax on it - so it is now going to be the floor for the Gent's Study upstairs.  There, problem solved.

Fancy floor for a study, but, waste not, want not!

This is the maple flooring I settled on.  The border configuration was being decided upon here.

This is the pattern I settled on.  Again, it was given a light sanding and a coating of beeswax.

As I want my ceilings to be decorated too, I have to do the three ceilings of each floor all at once before the piece is placed into the house.  This was terrifying.  I longed for a red dining room, but getting the red I liked was very much trial and error.  I didn't want a deep red - burgundy, but I also didn't want it too bright and look like a t**t's boudoir!  That's a roombox for the future :)  I also painted the ceiling rose white and highlighted areas of it (it's huge, more like a medallion) with my favourite old gold paint.  I also centred the hole in the ceiling for the light as well.  It seemed way off.

First fitting of the floor.

I used Sue Cook cornicing.  I painted it white and highlighted areas in the gold paint.  I did find that size of cornicing very hard to cut and match, so don't look too closely at it in the room :)

Decisions, my choices of paper for the panels.  I think I made the right choice :)

That was down right dangerous!  The skewers would spring out every now and then...

I loved this fireplace, but as everything was either red, white or gold, the cream surround of this fireplace had to go.  So I repainted it white and added more gold highlights.

My little wainscoting, I painted it white and then inserted some gold highlighting.

I love the red toile paper by Brodnax.  I painted the plaster panels white and edged with gold paint.  I think I need new glasses and a steadier hand for this type of work.  But it looks well.  It took me an age to do these little fellas!

I put double candle lights at the rear of the room.  The mirror was a wooden one, which I painted with my trusty gold paint.  The flooring looks very effective, even if I say so myself.  I tidied up the joint in the wainscot at the back of the room, even though I'll have a big display cabinet there.

In this photo, the wainscoting isn't fixed in, but I had just made the black floral ornaments and couldn't wait to see them in place.  I think there's something elegant about them, yes, I'm very pleased with the way the turned out :)

I am loving the red/white jar on the mantle by Stokesay Ware - I bought that at the NEC Miniatura exhibition in Birmingham in March.  This was the first ever miniature show I went to, and I did spoil myself.  I also bought their dining set in Jubilee as well.  After all, my birthday was coming up in April, and a girl deserves to be treated, even if she has to do it herself! :)

I am going to try to make a central chandelier for in here.  I want crystals and gold fittings.... I have spent a long time figuring out what I would like, but this could take some time...
If I'm really snookered, I have a magnificent plain chandelier that I might be able to bling up (and another smaller crystal Heidi Ott chandelier on standby!) but I really want to try one myself first.

I made the bell pull from a chain, a porcelain bead and jewellery findings.  I like it, although I don't know if they would have ever been made like this, but there you go! I also made the two crystal candlesticks on the fireplace.  I'm telling you, I'm on a roll :)  I probably won't keep them here; my bits and pieces will move around the house for a while I'd say, until I'm happy with their placements.

 My little black floral ornaments have found a new home...for the time being!  I also made the crystal candelabra on the table too.  The sterling silver candlesticks were a present to me from me from the Birmingham NEC.  Boy, did I do damage that weekend.....:)

 So there we have the Dining Room as it stands at the moment.  I do have china for it, but haven't put it out yet, and I have the cabinet to fill as well; and I still have the main chandelier to make....
I wasn't sure if I like the chest of drawers in here, but they're growing on me, what do you think?
I have a picture of daughter number two on the chest, I must enlarge it and put it on my next blog.

I have been working away on my chandelier, since I started to put this blog together, so I will put a picture up of it when I get it in place, and hopefully I will actually like it.....yes, I have said it before, I am a fussy and fickle woman :)

All the best for now and take care.



  1. Hello Vivian!
    Your Dining Room is gorgeous! Remember....I said I love your style and this is another example of lovely talent. Can't wait to see your chandelier!
    Warm regard fom your new fan!

  2. Hi Vivian, I have just found your blog and just love your room, it is so impressive. I must now go and explore more of your goodies.

  3. Hello Vivian,
    The dining room is stunning. It hink the red is the perfect shade. Very grand and elegant. The floor is terrific and I love the architectural detail int he room. I have that same Sue Cook Molding in my Ballroom and I know what you mean. It was horrible to cut, but well worth the work because it looks beautiful. I can't wait to see the chandelier you will make. I love the rooma nd the accessories you have are wonderful.
    Big hug,

  4. Hey Vivian
    I really love what you've done so far. I have always had a soft spot for this dolls house so I'm watching along with much enthusiasm. And what you have done so far is superb! I can't believe you've not been doing this for longer!!
    Keep up the great work

  5. Hello Vivian, you were as busy as a bee ;)!! You have done a lot of work in your dollhouse, it is really stylish and very beautiful!
    The floor is excellent work. The back wall of the fireplace has such a warm color.
    Did you ever know that decorating a dollhouse can be dangerous, regarding the out jumping skewers, take care :D LOL!!
    Hugs, Ilona