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!!) those of you who suggested'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!

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

La Maisonnette - that tiny bathroom returns!

 Here we are back in the petite bathroom.
I want to get it finished because I'm tired of trying to figure out what to do in there.
I came up with a handbasin design to embrace my love of rusty enamel
and added a little soap dish to the shower.
I attached the handbasin to a panel of tiles because it was driving me crazy 
trying to attach it directly to the slanted wall.
The tile panel isn't glued to the wall yet, I'm still moving things around.
Here are the rather grand doors I made for the bathroom.

My final headache 'challenge' in here is the toilet. 
I'd rather the toilet was on the other side of the handbasin so it wasn't right in your face when you're looking at the house but...
 then it would be the first thing you see when you open the bathroom door...
which just doesn't seem right either. 
(Forgive the quality of the last couple of pics which were hastily taken at night.)

And then there's the tricky question of pipework and a cistern. Not to mention where I've put the toilet lid - not that it would technically be able to have a lid if it's against the slanted wall.
I'm tired just thinking about it. That's a challenge for another time...there are prettier, less functional, things to be working on!

Thanks for stopping by and any ideas on what to do would be most appreciated!