The Attic - The Playroom
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As you know, I have now reached the attic of Fox Manor. I really was dreading this, because the attic floor level is nearly 6' high - I am only 5'1" or so! LOL. I have braved the dizzying heights of my step stool - which my husband finds hilarious :) to work on this, the last floor in my manor :(
The attic floor plan is like this: The centre room, which was originally destined to be the stairwell, has been given the 'Vivian treatment' and been converted into The Playroom where the children play during the day, when they're not outside or at their lessons :) This room also has a doorway in the 'new' back wall that leads to the hall and the stairs to the rest of my Manor! You know the old story!! :) This room also has two doors which lead to the adjacent rooms in this floor. The room to the left of The Playroom - as you look face on - is going to be The Night Nursery where the wee ones sleep and the room to the right is going to be The School Room where their lessons are taught! The only access to these rooms will be through The Playroom.... This room is truly 'central' to the attic floor - I hope this all makes sense!
All in all, this centre room is going to be very busy, with three doorways and (eventually) lots of children's toys too! This is the only room in my Manor that looks quite bare at the moment!
Now, another issue I have with these attic rooms, is the shape of them. Not only does the back wall slope, the side ones do too. Because I am putting a false wall to the back of the centre room, to create the back hallway, The Playroom, will look 'squared' - albeit with three doorways!
But the side rooms each have a sloping back wall and one sloping side wall.....arranging the furniture layouts is going to be 'fun' to say the least. Well, I am always game for a challenge and I have a couple of ideas up my sleeve!
The Playroom! I papered the back sloping wall with my favourite hall paper which has been carried for continuity right up through my Manor.
I made the false wall with a working door - which leads to the back hall, to the rest of the Manor. I have a little light in the hall for realism, just to show that there is life back there!!:) and you can just glimpse the newel posts of the 'stairs'. Oh yes! Everything has to make sense to me....:)
I have papered The Playroom with Streets Ahead wallpaper in Beatrix Potter Garden Harvest. I love the Beatrix Potter characters and even though this is a fairly small room, I think it carries the pattern well - it has a lovely pale green background. I have also papered the panels on the back door with this wallpaper also. I wanted to do something with that door, and this is what happened LOL! Having three white doors in a small room was a little much, even for me. So, I think this has helped!
I wanted fireplaces in all of the attic rooms and have positioned a lovely corner fireplace in this room. After the stress and 'craic' I had installing the corner fireplace in the Housekeeper's Room in the basement, I swore never again..... but there you go - I have another one! (It's a bit like having a baby...LOL).
I have made an angled chimney breast for my corner fireplace which, I think, makes it more realistic. I then finished it with a working wall lamp - the wiring of which had me at my wits' end...never mind, another lesson learned. Make sure the hole for the wiring is big enough to push through the connection joint before work commences :) I made the lovely little picture which depicts a couple of Beatrix Potter characters - Jemima Puddleduck with Mr. Tod.....you know I had to have a Fox somewhere in the room LOL :)
The ceiling light does not exactly match the wall light, but I deliberately did that. I also made a point of having no ceiling rose. Again, this is the attic of the house, and my family knew that there would be 'no-one of importance' up there!! Remember, children were seen, not heard! And, before the children arrived this area was probably used for servants quarters or storage.
I don't have a lot to actually put into this room yet, but as with every other room in my Manor, I will get there eventually!!
So there we are, The Playroom is complete! I have really enjoyed this little room and I am itching to move onto The Night Nursery.
Take care everyone and enjoy the rest of your week!
All the best