Attic bedroom

Finally!  I have started work on the attic bedrooms.  As there is only one bedroom so far in the Canal House (which seems a bit odd for s...


Finally!  I have started work on the attic bedrooms.  As there is only one bedroom so far in the Canal House (which seems a bit odd for such a big house), I decided that the attic would have two bedrooms and a bathroom.  For one of the bedrooms I have just finished making this bed.


The bed is in the Louis XVI style, made out of pieces of skirting board and matboard and upholstered with a white cotton.   As it is mostly matboard  (which basically is a thick cardboard) it is not as strong as a wooden bed would be.  But as long as the inhabitants of the Canal House don't start jumping up and down on it, the bed should be fine. 



The sheet and pillowcase are made of  fine cotton.  I printed the duvet cover on a piece of regular white cotton from an old sheet.   The design is actually from an old rug, but I rather like it for the bed.




I made the mattress from a lovely striped cotton resembling ticking.  It was supposed to be covered up by the bedding, but as I finished it I liked it so much I wanted to have it exposed a bit.  Totally unrealistic of course, who ever sleeps on a mattress without any sheets?  But it looks nice!



The painting is one I found on internet and printed to the right size for the little frame.  I have had the frame for ages, I don't really know where it came from.  It was very chunky though, so I reduced the thickness of it by at least half  (just by sanding and sanding and sanding....) which now makes it pretty and delicate.

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44 comments

  1. Adoro tus trabajos, este me parece sublime,me recuerda por que me gustan las miniaturas al ver tus trabajos.
    Gracias
    Un beso
    Susi

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  2. Hi Josje, the bed looks fantastic, well done, and I really like the mattress. The antique finish suits the French style nicely.

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  3. How much I adore your work! Everything you make it is absolutely stunning.I think that the attic would be the same beautiful as the other parts of the canal house.

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  4. It's beautiful and perfect, as always :))

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  5. I love the bed. The mattress and duvet are stunning and your idea of thinning the frame is inspiring.
    Hugs

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  6. Josje, I agree. The mattress looks great peaking out from under the sheets. Maybe you could leave a folded sheet on top to indicate that the bed will soon be made... I love it!

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  7. This bed has a lot of style, Josje, I really like...

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  8. Your bed is wonderful and your work is perfect. The bed is created with great care. Congratulations!!!!

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  9. Perfecto y precioso!!!Besos de las Malu´s.

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  10. Prachtig bedje Josje. De matras is super. Inderdaad zonde om er iets overheen te leggen.

    groet Heleni

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  11. The bed is gorgeous. I love the mattress.
    Hugs Maria

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  12. Prachtig bed! Het beddengoed is ook heel erg mooi gemaakt. Gr. Nancy

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  13. I love it! My son sleeps on his bed without a sheet. Drives me crazy! Maybe if his bed looked as nice as yours I wouldn't care so much!

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  14. I love the mattress! What great fabric you had to make it. I don't blame you one bit for not wanting to cover it up. It might be a bed that has had it's sheets stripped for changing. A little ribboned bundle of sheets close to the bed might help to make sense of it if it bothers you.

    The bed is GORGEOUS! Who cares what is is made out of. The whole point is to get the effect you are going for. It is just perfect!!!!!

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  15. Well, that's the wonderful thing about miniatures - you can combine realism and beauty to make a work of art! Love the bed, and don't you dare ever cover up that mattress! :D

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  16. It's lovely Josje, great idea using the old rug design for the duvet, it looks really special. And clever using skirting board for the framing, I must remember that one! I don't think the exposed mattress is a problem, I agree with Catherine that it's easy enough to imagine that sheet has been taken off for washing and not yet replaced with the clean one.

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  17. Beautiful bed, Josje. Such a good idea to print the photo of a carpet to make a bed cover. The mattress is perfect and I love the fabric you used to cover it. The little frame is so pretty! Very inspiring work!

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  18. Bed is very fine. And the mattress - I would like to sleep there. Beautiful picture. Hugs Kati

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  19. Het ziet er echt heel mooi uit.
    Het matrasje is mooi en het kussen,het lakentje en het dekentje is werkelijk adorable.
    Ik vind het echt heel stijlvol en mooi gemaakt.
    Van dit stijltje ben ik 1 op 1 ook heel gek.

    Super hoor!

    Groetjes,Alexandra.

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  20. All beautiful, but to me the mattress is my favorite! :)
    Anda

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  21. Todas las piezas individualmente son magníficas y en conjunto ha quedado un trabajo envidiable. Un saludo, Eva

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  22. Thanks for your wonderful comments everyone! OK, I won't cover up the mattress ;) Casey and Catherine, great idea to put some fresh sheets nearby as if the sheets are going to be changed. I will do that!

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  23. You always leave me speechless .. even if it's just a mattress, it is amazing!
    I like the way to leave messy, looks like someone has just woken up...
    kisses
    Caterina

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  24. AMAZING!!! Every part of it, the bed, the matress, the duvee, everything is work of perfection...
    I love the design of the bed. You should make a tutorial ;0)

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  25. I so enjoyed seeing your little bed.....I love the matress and must agree that it would be a shame to cover it!!!! Isn't it lovely to have fellow miniaturists pass on great ideas...this is what I really love about blogging.
    Now.....as for your beautiful lady in the oval frame, I also have her printed to scale ready for my new house, I too am at a loss to know where she came from, but isn't she lovely!!

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  26. Te ha quedado muy bonita. Un beso

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  27. The bed looks fantastic, love it!
    Ina :)

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  28. Hi Josje,
    What an incredible job! The bed is very well done and the linens are lovely. THe matress is so realistic...maybe they are washing the sheets!
    Have a greatw eek,
    Giac

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  29. All Hail, Josje, Queen of Small! Such lovely fine work!

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  30. Hi Josje,
    What a wonderfull bed......love the colors you've used. Looking forward to see more of the attic bedroom! Those type of mattresses are way to pretty to be covered by sheets.

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  31. Love the style, everything is wonderful!
    Thank you for telling that you used skirting board, I learned something new today thanks to you :)
    Mona

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  32. Hey, thats funny; your mattress fabric is the same as on my old Grand Dad's chair :)) It must be it's just a comfy fabric & you simply wanna crawl into it?!

    I like your approach towards the duvet cover and picture frame. If it's not out there you just make it yourself, or in the case of the frame you simply modify it till it's up to standard. That's the way to do it.

    And you filled the pillow with sand? Cos that makes for that realistic touch, you always go for. And you've achieved it once again.

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  33. Your little bed is lovely and I can tell that the maid is just on her way back with a bundle of sheets to make it up!

    I wish I could look at a piece of cardboard and see a bed - lol

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  34. That's THE perfect fabric - i remember seeing mattresses like that!

    From Tyla @

    http://obscurecreationsbytyla.blogspot.com/

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  35. Hi Josje!

    Thanks for your wonderful comments about my snowman shop. I do have brooms on the inside. Let me know if you think of other things to add to it.

    Love the bed!

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  36. Thanks everyone!

    Annie, I did take some pictures along the way, so I could make a simple tutorial...

    Linda, hard to resist such a pretty portrait isn't it? I'll have to search the internet to find out who painted her, I like to know where my pictures come from. Btw you are teasing us again by talking about your new house! Any progress?


    Mona, you're welcome! As I just said, I can do a small tutorial on how to make the bed. It is quite simple!

    Debora, I do remember your chair with the stripy fabric, but didn't know it was the same fabric. I can't remember where or when I got it. Yes you are right, I put (bird)sand in my pillows. It makes it heavier and lets the pillow 'sit' much better.

    Irene, I use a lot of cardboard, although ususally not for my furniture. This time I didn't have the right thickness in wood so my eye was drawn to the card ;) It works well for this.

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  37. Josje, unfortunately I can't get the 'cut and paste' facility to work to give you a link to this portrait of Marie Antoinette but if you google her name and the artist Joseph Ducreux you should find it (alternatively you could go directly to the website of www.topofart.com and search for it there - they have one of the best quality copies of it). If all else fails go to my Pinterest - there's a link on my blog sidebar - it's on the "This and That" board and clicking on it will take you directly to the source webpage. The colours are so beautiful aren't they,so vibrant.

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  38. Thank you Norma! I thought is was Marie Antoinette, but I didn't save it under the painter's name. I normally save all pictures under the painter's name, the year it was painted and, if it is not too long, the name of the painting.
    I'll go and have a look at your Pinterest. I haven't had time to look at this for myself (Pinterest I mean).
    Thanks again!

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  39. Josje, everything is beautiful! Love your mattress big time (I hate making mattresses).
    Well, talking of bedrooms- most of the inhabitants of my dolls houses would be sleeping out in the street or at some shelter,I am afraid....Only the one bedroom in my big dolls houses plus one for the maid, and that is it.

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  40. I find it!!!
    click here:

    http://www.topofart.com/artists/Joseph_Ducreux/painting/4323/Portrait_of_Marie_Antoinette_de_Habsbourg-Lorraine.php

    :D
    kisses, Caterina

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