Wanting to add some masculinity to the Beacon Hill, I decided to dedicate the 2nd floor to the Man of the House. I found the beautiful walnut carved swivel drawing desk that became the inspiration for the room. The artisan made sword in the velvet lined wood box that hangs on the wall, was a perfect addition, as well as some of my own handcrafted books.
This was a fun room for me to furnish. However the window coverings were a challenge, as the long window wall measures over 9″ long, and finding ready made curtains was impossible. It was the last item to be installed and I could not call the kitchen completed without them. It sat without curtains for quite some time. Thanks to my local craft store, I found the perfect lace trim and purchased it along with a dowel and voila! It turned out better than I imagined. The old fashioned refrigerator and the flooring is my favorite part of the room.
I just completed the third floor of the Beacon Hill Dollhouse by furnishing the 3rd floor upper hall as a “Tea Gallery”. I vacillated with turning into a library or an artists loft, but it seemed befitting to turn it into a room representing one of my favorite pastimes: Taking Tea. And what a better way to relax in comfortable velvet upholstered armchairs with a cuppa tea while enjoying beautiful artwork before you.
Beacon Hill Sewing Room January 17, 2013
I experienced severe decorator’s block with this sewing room. I ended up purchasing a beautiful wood shelf unit, decorated in a sewing theme. It had bolts of fabric, yarn, books, trim cards, ribbon and knitting needles as well as a sewing machine, and other misc sewing supplies, etc…all glued down on this wooden shelf unit. I thought this would be the answer to my decorating block for this room. Well, in my excitement to find this piece online, I neglected to ask the measurement of the shelf unit. Upon opening the package, it was immediately evident that the shelf was far too big for the room. Needless to say I was heartbroken. To salvage my expensive and careless mistake, I remembered I had a black iron shelf in my box of miscellaneous dollhouse “stuff”. I had no choice but to butcher the beautiful sewing shelf and carefully remove all its contents with much care, as everything was glued down. I was able to remove all the items in one piece. I used the sewing items to accessorize the iron shelf. The shelf is not very Victorian in style, but it seems to work in the room picking up the black metal on the sewing machine and on the dress form. I had some extra loose accessories from the themed shelf that I put in a hat box, and on top of the sewing machine, as well as leaned the bolts of fabric against the wall. It filled up the room quickly and I have to say it turned out better than I had anticipated.
I made the white wicker chair over 20 years ago in a workshop at Petite Designs; a West LA dollhouse store on Pico Blvd, which no longer exists. For the life of me, I could not make this chair again if my life depended on it, lol. I just remember at the time, that it was a craft one had to really enjoy. It was quite difficult, even for a simple chair as this one. The rest of the items in the room were pieces that I had collected over the years. The only items I purchased for this room, besides the expensive sewing shelf, are the light fixtures and the sewing machine table. The window balloon valances were made of pink taffeta wire ribbon that I shaped into form and glued in place.
The best part of creating this room was its challenge, and watching it transform from a lack of inspiration, to salvaging a mistake, into a sewing room that turned out better than I had imagined.
I enjoyed putting this bathroom together,as I had to start from scratch and purchased all the items for the room; unlike the pink bedroom which I had all the furnishings for from my collection of 20+ years ago. Come to think of it, all of the items were purchased on Ebay with the exception of the towel bar and toilet paper holder which was recycled from another dollhouse that was given to a friend. I would love to somehow add faux bubbles in the tub. It’s a large bathroom and I’m sure I’ll be adding accessories here and there over time.