Friday, October 21, 2011

Victorian Dollhouse Study

I haven't posted about my dollhouse for a while so I thought it was high time that I show you the study and how I did certain things. I prefer things like curtains to be removable for cleaning and wiring for in case anything goes wrong in the future. Here you can see the basic shell of the room, the middle floor plank is loose, the floor has a groove cut in it for the kitchen's light fitting wire, in the back of the wall there are two holes, one for the wire and one for the fireplace light.

On the left wall you can see two screws above the window, the curtain pelmet fits on here. The lamp's wire goes through a hole in the wall to the outside.

Here you can see the holes in the back of the pelmet that fits over the screws in the wall. The lace curtain are sewed to the curtain at the back, the curtain fits on a rod that fits into grooves on each side of the pelmet, this means that I can clean the curtains if a spider or any other creature decide to make this their home and trust me they do on occasion.

Here you can see the lamp's wire on the outside of the house going through a hole in the corner to the back of my house where all the wires will be hidden behind a chimney breast. The scullery closes against this side of the house so the wire won't be visible. Check under the label Victorian dollhouse if you want to read earlier posts that I wrote about this house.

My husband helped me with the fireplace, the front and back was made from a piece of galvanized steel. In this photo you can see the back of the fireplace, the loose piece of flooring is back in place as well as the hearth stone.

Here you can see the fireplace from the front, the molding around the arch was made from twisted wire.

The animals on top of the bookcase were antique fair purchases and carved from bone, the porcelain horse came from my grandma's sister and the hunting scene was painted by Anet Pearson. The rug was my first petit point rug.

I still need to finish the paint job on the pelmet, but I will do that once I have made the second pelmet for the window on the front of the house. The elephant on top of the High Boy is a Victorian chess piece carved from Ivory that I found at an antique fair. I bought the lamp in a miniature shop (I think it has closed down now) in Bath, England in 2006. A wing chair is on my to do list for the study. The painting above the desk is another one by Anet Pearson, unfortunately it seems as if her website has disappeared.

The floor above the study is still loose, when I start work on the third floor of my house I will complete the ceiling, I find it a lot easier to work on the walls etc. without the floor in place. I hope to get some work done on the parlor over this weekend.
Hope you all have a fun filled weekend!!!!


Anneke said...

I love the smartness of the way you built the room and thought everything trough! The removable curtains and how you wired everything is so handy, and it helps me with ideas for my own house and the technical details. The room has such a very nice atmosphere, and I love those Anet Pearson paintings!

cassandra ludwig-malone toth said...

This was the delight of my day! It is a fine Victorian room and your pelmet ideas and practices made me think. Spiders taking up residence, ugh!

Very fine work!!!

Giac said...

Hello Elga,
What a beautiful job. i think your method of hanging curetains is genious.
The fireplace looks fantastic as well. You really have the perfect objects to add life and charm to the room.
I can't wait to see wha you'll be up to next.
Best wishes,

MelyMel said...

The furniture of this room are really beautiful, majestic and impressive, making the room very luxurious. I also really like the tent, the combination of beautiful lace with a heavier fabric, really unique!

Catherine / Mooghiscath said...

la pièce prend une fière allure , c'est superbe .

elly in amsterdam said...

A beautiful study, Elga! Hmmm, reminds me- I need to make some floors in my big house, too :-(

Eliana said...

This room was amazing! I really like that you have shown the small details.