Wednesday, April 14, 2021

La Maisonnette - A fireplace for La Salon

 The Salon was crying out for a fireplace so I researched French fireplaces and
 then set about trying to create one with what I had.

As you can see it's made up of bits'n'pieces!
The two wooden sides came off another piece of furniture I already had. 
I figure if I have no use for some of the furniture I have lying around
it might as well be turned into something else.


I was going to leave it painted shabby and white or blue... 
because I was just too lazy to figure out how to paint it marble. 

I hadn't marbled anything for a long time and just couldn't be bothered figuring out how to do it again.

However, I soon realised it HAD to be marble.

Very pleased with the result!
It was actually quite fun marbling it after all.

Last Saturday the weather was very stormy here. 
It was a good opportunity to stay inside and work on this room. 
Not that anyone would notice most of what I did...I was just making things fit properly! 
It's good now that the boring things are sorted.

View from the kitchen to the Salon.
Now I'm working on the kitchen. 
It's Autumn here in New Zealand so there's a good chance of another rainy weekend
which means things might get done!

Hope you're all having a great week!

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

La Maisonnette - Creating La salon

 This room is in the original building that I added the rooftop bedroom onto. 
It will now become the middle floor of the building. 
This one room has many spaces that need to fit in it - kitchen, dining area, lounge, the staircase to the bedroom and an entryway and door to outside.

Here's how the room looked when I began stripping it back. 
As the room is tight on space I removed the window on the left side wall and boarded it up. 

I used foamboard to create some depth to the wall around the windows.

The wall design just sort of happened!

Everything looks better with a little aging.

There's not much room for the staircase so it had to be really steep.

It was too difficult to build a handrail for such a steep staircase so I added a wall to enclose it.

All the walls in this room can be removed. 
It's nothing short of a miracle that they actually fit. All too often my measurements are wrong!

And now I have the added challenge of finding something to fit in the space under the stairs!

The empty space on the right there will be the entry door from outside. It's on the side of the building.
So this is a sort of entrance hall.

Still working on the door.

The space on the left behind this wall is where the worlds tiniest kitchen will go!


The kitchen space -  7.5 centimetres deep by 17 centimetres wide!
(3 inches deep by 6 and a half inches wide)
Of course now I can't decide what's going to go in there...the older I get the harder it seems to be to make decisions.

So here's where it's up to. 
Too many decisions to make about what to work on next, aaarrrggghhhh!!!
But I'm happy with how it looks so far.

The floor below will the the Patisserie - not even thinking about that yet!

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Happy Easter!

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter!










Easter -  the perfect reason for some pastel coloured prettiness!!
(Ha! Those of you who know me will know I need no reason for pastel coloured fun!)
Hope you all have some time to relax and get creative over the Easter break.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Let's take a look at the Farmhouse bathroom...

 Thank you all so much for your fantastic feedback and ideas regarding La Maisonnette bathroom. 
It was all very helpful and I'm still thinking things over and reading your suggestions again and again. 

Here are some pics of the Farmhouse bathroom. 
It's become one of my favourite rooms, which is funny because I don't care much about real life bathrooms at all. 
Since I last showed you this room (years ago I know!) I've moved the linen cupboard from the hallway - where it could only be seen through a window -  into the bathroom.

Here's the vintage lavabo on the left wall, I've recessed it into the wall just because I wanted some grungy tilework in there. Ha!

I saw a real life bath with an old board across it like that...some things just scream out to be made in miniature.

I'd seen pictures of vintage Hungarian baby baths on the web. I don't know why they're always Hungarian! 
Then when I was on holiday here in New Zealand a couple of summers ago I saw one in an antique shop in a tiny country town.
Of course I had to make a mini one.
That laundry basket is one of the wonkiest things I've ever made. It's very flexible! 

Now those of you who have keen observation skills may have noticed something missing in this bathroom...
'Oh, yes!' I hear you say 'The toilet'...
I must have something against toilets I guess. The loo in here always annoyed me so I just removed it. So far no one has asked where it is. But I'm going to pretend it's under the stairs in the hallway. One day I'll make a door in the hallway and say that's where it is! Problem solved!!!

And for those of you who asked about putting the loo on the other wall in the Maisonnette. 
I have tried it there. It is an option as there's just enough room for it...
but then I thought too much about the pipework. LOL!!!
Decades I ago I lived in a very old building in the city and the loo was outside (fun times!!)...so those of you who suggested that...it's not a bad idea!!!
And those of you who suggested I stop thinking about it, for now that's what I'll do. 
So next weeks blog post - I promise no bathrooms.

Have a fun week!