Modern mode...

Ha! You didn't see that one coming did you?  Well, neither did I to be honest.  Until a few days ago of course when I suddenly dec...



Ha! You didn't see that one coming did you?  Well, neither did I to be honest.  Until a few days ago of course when I suddenly decided to make a modern modular lounge sofa for my Blue Salon.  

I was playing around with some furniture to see what would work best in this room, but it all felt a bit fussy and busy, drawing attention away from some pieces I really liked.  That's when I thought I needed something bold, with clean lines and neutral colours.  



I love how the sofa looks against the decorative background of the room.  

The colour of the linen fabric I used for the upholstery is a perfect match with the marbled fireplace!  I bought the fabric about a year ago with no special purpose for it in mind, but it was greatly reduced in price and I liked it.  You know how that is, I'm sure!




The proportions of the sofa turned out really well.  Before I made my (very basic) working drawings, I used blocks of wood to make decisions about the size.  The height is perfect against the panelling.



This is a view you would not normally see when looking at my dolls house.  I had to stick my arm and the camera inside the adjoining yellow room to take this photo.   But I wanted to show it because it shows the feet of both sofas.  I cut the feet from aluminum tubing which, as you can see, is open on one side.  

I placed the feet like this because the view into the room is from the right (like on the three photos above) and they would then correspond with the base of the fireplace.  I know, I can get a bit obsessed with details sometimes.



Not that I spend hours deciding on something like how to place the feet.  No, those things just come up, I look at them and I decide one way or another.  However, it did take me much longer to make these sofas than I thought.  But then again, there are two sofas, right?

I love the proportions of this room.  I know, the curtains are not straight, but they are not attached yet, they're basically just standing up by themselves.  



The little rug is one I made in the beginning of my dolls house ' career'.  I can't remember how I made it exactly, but it is knotted and when that's finished it is sheared with scissors to reveal this very soft and fluffy carpet.  

I always thought it was ugly but never threw it away.  But here it looks great.  The size is perfect for the sofas, how lucky is that? 




So there we are.  Something a bit different for a change.  I really enjoyed making these sofas and I am very pleased with how it looks in the room!

PS:  I could see myself relaxing on those pillows, feet up... maybe I need to install a big motorized remote controlled drop down TV screen in front of those double sliding doors between the two rooms...


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    1. Now why does that not surprise me? LOL!

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  2. Josje,
    This is a beautiful room! The sofa is fabulous!Martha

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  3. This is incredible. You are so so talented!!

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    1. That's very kind of you to say, thank you!

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  4. Hi Josje,

    So chique......the sofa really works and as you have said it doesn't take focus away from the other detail in the room. Not surprisingly you have done a beautiful job constructing the sofa and I love the feet. It is in fact almost a carbon copy of my sofa......same fabric as well, although I don't have the stunning turquoise drapes as a backdrop...lol

    ML Fi xx

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    1. Hi Fi, Well, after having seen the photos of you work space, I'm sure you have another stunning backdrop for your sofa, either in leafy green or sea/beach colours. ;-) How funny you have almost the same sofa. With the loose cushions and everything? I had made different back cushions at first, in the style of the seats, but it looked pretty boring in this small scale, so I decided on several loose ones.

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  5. WON DER FUL !!!! exactly how I would like my house to be: ancient surroundings and modern furniture! I LOOOOOVE it!

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    1. In my dream (remember I told you once...) you did have modern furniture, just the walls looked a bit odd, lol! The good thing about miniatures: you can have anything you like! Thank you Rosanna!

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  6. Привет!
    Это прекрасно! Не верится, что это миниатюра! Выглядит реально! Супер!
    Татьяна

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    1. Ah thank you Tatiana, very kind of you!

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  7. Love It! The contrast is perfect!

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    1. The contrast is what I like as well! Thanks!

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  8. it really adds to the room, I'm totally surprised at the mix of classic and modern furniture. all that's missing are a few knick nacks ..very good job :) you should be a decorator.

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    1. Oh there will be knickknacks eventually! The room is not finished yet ;-)
      Thank you!

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  9. A woman after my own heart =0)
    The lines of the sofa compliment the rich background design beautifully. I LOVE IT!

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  10. No, I never could have expected this. More surprising to me is how much I like it. It draws your eye to the architecture of the room. Such a a clean refreshing look. You did a beautiful job designing the sofa and upholstering it.

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    1. Ah thank you Catherine, so nice to hear you like it! What you said is exactly what I meant to achieve.

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  11. Amazing sofa! It's perfect in this room. ;)

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  12. Bonjour,
    J attends toujours vos messages avec impatience . Je suis récompensée à chaque fois . Bravo , c 'est une formidable idée de mettre dans votre salon un canapé très moderne . Ses lignes droites et le choix d un tissu épais font ressortir par opposition la délicatesse du papier peint et le flou des rideaux . La réalisation est parfaite . Je comprends très bien votre obsession du détail .
    J aurai poussé jusqu'a mettre un tapis encore plus grand . Un tapis qui prendrait toute la surface de la pièce . La même matière , la même teinte que le votre mais très grand .Mais peut être que cela serait une solution trop moderne pour votre maison . Ce canapé donne vraiment une nouvelle dimension à votre maison . J aime beaucoup cette idée .

    Je vous embrasse ,
    Catherine

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    1. Thank you Catherine!
      Funny what you said about the carpet. It is exactly what I had in mind. It was just that before I took the photo I couldn't find anything that would work as a carpet and then I found the little one I had made nearly ten years ago. Style wise it is perfect, just a little small. I am contemplating making a big one, but Oh! I don't look forward to all the work!

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  13. Je hebt een prachtige lounge bank gemaakt Josje, heb toevallig afgelopen week bijna het zelfde modelletje afgeleverd bij een klant! Ik vindt de combi van klassiek en modern juist de perfecte combie. Ik heb het bij mij thuis ook zo, klassieke lijnen maar het oogt toch heel basic en modern.

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    1. Wat grappig Sabiha! Nou ik moet zeggen dat ik het niet erg zou vinden zo'n bank in het groot te hebben. Lijkt me heerlijk om erop te liggen met een boek of een filmpje te kijken oid. De combinatie van verschillende stijlen vind ik ook leuk!

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  14. Fantastic room!!! I love the sofa and those drapes are perfect for the setting.

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  15. Josje! You have an unnatural skill for making small beautiful worlds, we all knew. But I had no idea how deep your gift for interior design was before today! That sectional couch looks so incredibly divine in that room, it's nothing less than spectacular.

    The design of it, the scale, the execution, the proportion, every detail. That room would be the most restorative place to be.

    I hope you'll design interiors for people (wealthy ones) very soon.

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    1. Hi Shelley, oh I don't know about my gift for interior design. You have not seen my real house, I suppose you could call it an eclectic mix of styles ;-) But thank you for your compliment!

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  16. It works really well as a modern room and you made an excellent job of the sofa.

    I'm very impressed with your super shiny floor too!

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    1. Thanks Irene! The shine on the floor is due to shoepolish and bees wax and good old elbow grease! I think it is the shoepolish which gives it even more shine than the bees wax.

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  17. Hi Josje! Oh my goodness, this is a piece of art. Your modular sofa is the perfect solution for this beautiful room. You are so right when you say you did not want a piece that would deter from the beauty of your drapes, the wall art and the magnificent fireplace. Also, the colour is perfect and so soothing. The more I look at this sofa, the more I want to shrink myself and just lie down for a nap. If I succeed, just cover me with an afghan or an old wool blanket. This old gal does not ask for much! Thanks Josje!

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    1. Haha, thank you Lucille! You're welcome anytime to take your nap and I'll make sure you won't be cold. Oh now if you would only succeed at shrinking...!

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  18. Wonderful! I thought it was a real room... Great work. The sofa is superb.
    Bye Faby

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  19. Это выглядит фантастически! Браво!!!

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    1. Спасибо вам большое!

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  20. just like Faby I thought I was looking at life size..........truly amazing
    hugs Virginia XX

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    1. Thank you Virginia, that's so nice to hear!

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  21. Absolutely gorgeous sofa, Josje! What a great idea. Really unexpected, but it looks perfect in this room. And the photos are great, too :)

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    1. I like a bit of a surprise now and then ;-) Thanks for the compliments!

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  22. Just like in real life... Amazing! Your sofa is so elegant.

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  23. It turns out so wonderful.
    What a pretty room, tres chic!!!!

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    1. Come in and have a seat, your very welcome ;-)

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  25. It's just perfect! The mix of modern and antique furnishings, comes across as quite 'normal' as it does in RL nowadays. I find it harder and harder to stick to the Georgian style for my dollshouse.

    Your sofa is not only perfectly made, but the colour is just right for the room!

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    1. That makes me think of Lord Bath of Longleat House, who put his own stamp on several rooms of the centuries old estate.
      I never intended to entirely recreate a certain style period, but I do look at many of the old styles and original houses to get the bone structure, so to speak. But I can do what I want, it is my house after all. So if you don;t want Georgian everywhere, mix it up a little. Make up some story why it is different!

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  26. Josje!
    it is simply brilliant!!
    My favourite thing about the whole concept is the modern and new - it works perfectly and I think you are a real trail blazer!
    Wonderful wonderful wonderful!!!
    I can't stop looking at the pictures.
    You should be very proud of how this room is turning out - it's an inspiration.
    Simon x

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    1. Too much praise Simon! I'm sure this has been done before. But I will never refuse a good compliment, so...thank you, thank you, thank you!! :-))

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    2. Bless you for replying to all these comments!
      Have a great weekend my dear x

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    3. Oh I'm doing my best, but it's not easy I must admit. Enjoy the weekend! (It's a great weekend for staying inside, the wind is howling around my house and it is c-c-c-cold!)

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  27. Inderdaad heel verrassend Josje deze moderne bank maar wel erg mooi gemaakt.

    Groeten Xandra

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    1. Ja, weer eens iets anders ;-) Dank je wel Xandra!

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  28. WOW, modern meubilair in een perfecte combinatie, Josje! Het ziet er werkelijk schitterend uit, de stof heeft hier gewoon op liggen wachten ;)!
    Ik vind die lichtinval door de gordijnen erg mooi!
    Groet, Ilona

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    1. Dank je wel Ilona! Ja goed he die stof. Ik ben elke keer weer zo blij dat ik uit mijn voorraden de dingen kan maken die ik wil! Ik vind het altijd zo'n domper op de creatieve 'flow' zeg maar als ik eerst allerlei spullen moet gaan kopen.

      De lichtinval door de gordijnen had vandaag wel wat hulp van een lamp nodig hoor, het was zo somber!

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  29. Me encanta, al principio no sabia si era miniatura o tamaño real. Es estupenda la unión de dos estilos tan diferentes.
    Un saludo

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  30. I LOVE the juxtaposition of the contemporary sofa(s) with the traditional setting. Josje, it WORKS!

    GREAT JOB!!!

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  31. OOOOHHH, GORGEOUS!!! That is just Stunning!!! The fabric is Perfect, and I can see how you would think that older styles would feel fussy! This is such a Wonderful departure from the usual type of period decor! I LOVE the modern with the antique background! It looks so comfortable... serene and Timeless! Well done!!!

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    1. Thank you Betsy! Well, we are in 2013 after all, and the people living here needed a little change in furniture. There are plenty more period rooms planned in this house in which I will put period furniture (or not, I may just change my mind completely again!)

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  32. I'm totally in love with that wallpaper colour! It and the neutral furniture a made for each other. The proportions of the sofa are just right. And I do agree with your reply/comment on the previous post about the perspective for mini photography and you've got it right here for sure, although I suspect you might have looked kind of strange to a casual observer with your arm stuck in the next room in order to achieve it.

    The fact that the curtains are just standing up by themselves made me smile :)

    That fireplace is stunning, where did you get it from?

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    1. Hi Norma, the wallpaper is by Susan Bembridge, but I painted a darker shade over top of it to match my silk curtains. The paper is of such good quality that it handled the paint perfectly.
      The silk I used for the curtains if fairly stiff, so once I had shaped them (using only water) they just hold their shape all by themselves. They don't feel hard when you touch them though.

      As for the photography, oh I have been in some strange positions to get a good shot (nothing improper I assure you, although that wouldn't matter anyway because nobody is going to see it, haha!) I have a wonderful digital SRL camera , but it is fairly heavy. Two years ago I bought a little Canon Ixus and it is perfect for miniature photography as it is small and light, I can hold in one (outstreched) hand and still take a good shot.

      I made the fireplace last summer from bits and bobs. You can see the first stages of it in this post: http://www.josje-bouwt.blogspot.nl/2012/07/going-for-gold_31.html

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  33. Me encanta, es una habitación muy elegante!!!!
    Un saludo.

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  34. Well, Josje, perhaps the sheer number of comments on this post might convince you to give us some more modern gorgeousness more often! This scene blew me away. Your work always blows me away, but this was a surprise! Thank you! So lovely and so incredibly realistic.

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    1. Ah thank you! But there are others who do this so well already ;-)
      I do like a bit of modern design though. Or in some cases it is called modern design but is actually pretty old already (Some of my favourites: Mies van der Rohe, Eileen Gray and Charles and Ray Eames).
      There may be some more peices of modern design popping up here and there though, you never know. But I must warn you, I work very slowly, so it may take years!

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  35. El mueble es todo un acierto!
    El color, la textura del lino lo hace muy acogedor y agradable.
    Un gran acierto
    GRACIAS por no tener palabra de verificación.
    Un abrazo

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    1. Thank you Rosamargarita! Yes I think the fabric texture and colour help to soften the look a bit. Also the back cushions. I had made different cushions at first, but they looked very stiff and uncomfortable. These loose ones are much more soft and comfortable.

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    1. Dank je Conny! Uit jouw handen is ook weer een juweeltje gekomen zag ik :-0

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  37. Yes, you are right, I didn't see that coming ;-) but it looks just great in your room, Josje! And I have to tell you, it doesn't look like a miniature at all, if I didn't know any better I would have thought it is a real sofa.

    Glad you didn't throw the rug away, it looks wonderful with the sofa.

    Gosh, Josje, time is flying so fast, only ten weeks till I arrive in Amsterdam, see you soon!

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    1. Well I like to shake things up a little now and again, lol! We shouldn't get too stuck in our ways, it's not good for our creative thinking process.

      Yes that rug, it is just what I was looking for. It really needs to be bigger though so now I am contemplating making a big one. For the life of me I can't remember what I made it from though. Maybe DMC embroidery floss. The pile feels very soft to the touch. Like I said, it is all knotted onto one of those stiff embroidery canvases. It may be the same technique which I have seen used on patterned carpets on PP. Haven't you made carpets like that?

      What, ten weeks only? My goodness, time really flies! I really am looking forward to seeing you again!

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  38. Once again, Josje, your work has wowed us all. That sofa looks just like sofas I've seen in real life.

    You wouldn't consider posting a sofa tutorial, perchance?

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    1. Thank you Anna! I have made a few photos as a reminder for myself during the construction process, so I could show those in a next post. For a full tutorial I would have to make another sofa and I don't have time for that now. But I could show most of the steps in making one, so I will post that later this week, OK?

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  39. Wat is dit prachtig Josje! Juist die verrassende mix maakt het geweldig mooi, de banken zijn perfect!

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    1. Dank je wel Idske. Ik vind die mix ook leuk. Andersom kan ik het me ook goed voorstellen, een heel modern huis met een paar mooie antieke stukken. Lijkt me ook leuk!

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  40. Amazing! I´d never imagined that a modern sofa could looks so pretty! Seems like a picture of a decoration magazine!!!

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    1. Thank you! I like that you're saying the sofa looks pretty as that is not something you would associate with a modern, fairly angular sofa. But I agree, I also think it looks pretty!

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    1. Dank je Fenny! Kom je nog eens langs deze zomer?

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  42. I like when modern furniture is included in a classic room. Your sofa with its neutral colour is perfect in the room. YOur scene really looks like a real one and the photos are amazing.
    Geneviève

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    1. Thank you Geneviève! Yes I also like a bit of a mix, although I also love period rooms.

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  43. It looks like a real room, I see no contradiction with your usual style, Josje ... Because it's always, whatever you do, GREAT! ♥ Léa

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  44. excellente idée ce mariage du vieux et moderne , j'adore.

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  45. Absolute perfection......the room so elegant and the fresh look of the modern sofa................designer's delight!!!!
    Bravo.

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    1. Designer's delight, now that sounds rather good! ;-) Thank you!

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  46. Looks like a real life room. Love the sofa.

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  47. I cannot find words... beautiful and so well done, all. Regards from Finald

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    1. Thank you Finald, much appreciated!

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  48. Weer een knappe prestatie met dat mooie licht, goede mix modern en klassiek. Ik moet jou een keer achtervolgen op een beurs om dezelfde prachtige stoffies enzo te scoren haha. Hoewel beter om te genieten van wat jij maakt.

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    1. Haha Inge, ik zie het al voor me, jij als een soort stalker achter me aan... Zorg dat je de tijd hebt, want ik sta altijd overal te kletsen!

      Maar even serieus, de meeste materialen, ik denk wel 95%, koop ik niet op de beurs maar in gewone winkels. Ik koop regelmatig stoffen die ik gewoon mooi vind, met het idee dat het altijd wel een keer van pas komt. Voor miniaturen heb je geen grote stukken nodig, dus het hoeft allemaal niet duur te zijn. En als het een dure stof is scheelt het natuurlijk ook dat je aan 20 à 25 cm genoeg hebt (bij een stofbreedte van 140 is dat al een héle lap!) De stof die op de bank zit was een couponnetje van een paar euro.

      Maar ik vertel je graag waar ik iets gekocht heb hoor (als ik het nog weet natuurlijk)!

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  49. It truly is perfect for this room. Great job with the sofa, Josje! This is a room befitting of an Interior magazine for real life homes.

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    1. Thank you Sans! Funny thing was that yesterday I was given my favourite Interiors magazine and when I looked through it I saw many modern pieces of furniture placed in a period interior. It must be the fashionable thing to do at the moment.

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  50. When I first saw the picture I thought I was looking at a 1:1 room! Everything in the room is gorgeous. I would love to know more about what you did to make the floor and draperies!
    Wow!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words! I have talked a little bit about how I've made my curtains and the floors here: http://josje-bouwt.blogspot.nl/2013/01/curtains-contained.html
      and here: http://josje-bouwt.blogspot.nl/2011/05/bees-wax-and-elbow-grease.html

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  51. Wow!

    I am so impressed by the way you have made the sofas, they are beautifully finished, and I love the fabric too. The simple styling of the sofa works wonderfully well with the more decorative elements in the room, and I love the contrast between the grey sofa and these blue curtains. I like to combine the old and decorative with more modern pieces, and think you have pulled off a master stroke with this sofa.

    congratulations on a brave choice, well worth all your effort!

    hugs
    Andy xxx

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    1. Hello Andy, When I made the sofas I was trying out different fabrics in the room, just by draping them over a bit of wood. I have several pieces of linen which are all similar in colour but not in texture. It surprised me that this one I decided to use was the one with the more coarse texture. It added even more contrast between the style of the sofa and the room, which I rather liked. At the same time the coarse texture and colour matched the marbling of the fireplace really well, so I just had to use it!

      Thank you for your lovely comment!

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  52. Beautiful sofa and wonderful pictures as always!

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  53. Hi Josje,
    I start to think that you've visited the home of dear friends of us!
    They had a livingroom like that(different color) with almost the identical sofa!
    I just love these modern sofa's in these settings and they are very comfortable as specially with a nice glas of wine ;-)

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    1. How funny Jeffry! Well I don't think I know your friends, but I do think they've got great taste! LOL!

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  54. To mr. Ricky,

    You wrote:
    'Awesome design. Perfect colour. style and shape. I really like this sofa. because sofas are an essential element of interior décor and make the sense of living space perfect. Sofas express the sense of aesthetics coupled with comfort and luxury. Picking the right kind of sofa for living room purely depends on individual taste, budget and décor of the room. The sofa should match up with color pattern, wall paints and rest furniture of the room.'

    Thank you for your comment, I think. As you have included a link to an online company, I did not publish your comment.

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  55. Hello Josje,
    I think the modern sofa is fantastic. First of all you did a wonderful job of the sofas themselves, secondly, they just highlight every other piece in the room. It is such an exquisite, sumptuous room. Bravo!
    Big hug,
    Giac

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    1. Thank you Giac! Have you been making fiurniture yet? You have such a huge house to fill. Of course this style would not do in a Victorian house (unless it is set in the now, of course). I must say I was looking at some Victorian art yesterday and I felt like doing something in that style as well. But no! I don't need even more projects ;-)

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  56. Hello Josje,

    Wow! Your sofa looks amazing. I think this is one of the most realistic miniature sofas I have seen. It's beautiful! Congratulations on a job well done!

    All best,
    Brad

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    1. Thank you for your very kind compliment Brad!

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  57. Well I must admit it wasn't what I expected from you at all - and I absolutely love it! I know I'm repeating what all the others have said, but the clean lines are perfect in this room and the colour just makes the walls and curtains sing. Your taste is just wonderful and I always love to see what you are doing. You are an inspiration. Sandie

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comment Sandie! It's funny how well everyone has responded to this. Time for some more change perhaps ;-)

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  58. I'm running behind on my blogs, so hadn't seen this till now, but WOW! Great shape, colour and fabric, love, love, LOVE! Especially the combination of the modern sofa in this room works perfectly, the colours, everything!

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    1. Thank you so much Monique! Well I have posted three posts in one week which is very unusual for me ;-) I often can't keep up with all blogs either. I don't know how some people do it. Enjoy the weekend!

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    2. Ha, I know what you mean ;) You too: vrolijk pasen!

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