Sunday, January 5, 2014

Attic bedroom...

When I took these photos today, I was trying to think back to when I started work on this room and thought it was around one year ago.    I just looked up the other posts I did on this room and found that I started on this room over two years ago!

I did not have a lot of inspiration for the attic.  And that is probably why it is taking so long.   Starting to work on my second Canal House didn't help either.  
But the last few days I finally picked up where I left off and the attic rooms are starting to take shape.


View from the attic hallway towards the bedroom on the right of the house.  The partition walls all have painted planks (although they are actually made of strips of thick paper).  I have always liked this look and I think it is appropriate for an attic.  
On the right you can just about see the doorway to the bathroom.


I didn't push the partition walls against the slanted roof quite far enough, as light still peeps through there.   In reality that is hardly visible, but still,  I will fix that when everything is ready to be fixed in place permanently.
The hallway can only be seen through the open doors of the bedroom and bathroom.


The end wall of the attic bedroom also has painted planks, in a very lovely blue colour this time.  It is one of those colours which change when the light changes.  
The chair on the left is one I upholstered in a Nancy Summers class when I was a scholarship student at the Guild School in Castine in 2007.    It still needs a bit of finishing...


The 144th scale house was a laser kit which came as a gift a few years ago with a 2 year subscription to the Dolls House Nederland magazine.  I modified it a bit to look like the houses in the pretty Dutch village of Broek in Waterland.  


The bedside table is a gorgeous little casket which came from my grandparents.  The casket is around 100 years old.  It has a gilt exterior with some coloured enameling.  The interior has a silk and padded lining which makes me think it was probably a little jewelry box.  


I made the bed a little over two years ago.  It has a painted and aged wooden frame which I upholstered using white cotton.  


I used some pretty ribbon to decorate two simple lampshades.  A bit more frilly than I would normally have it, but it works well in this room.  


The partition wall has the William Morris wallpaper ' Daisy' on it (by Susan Bembridge Designs).  It's a very pretty design and the colours are perfect for this room.  
I have kept the room quite sparsely furnished, which makes a nice contrast to some of the other rooms in the house.


View towards the attic hallway, looking in through the bedroom window.  You either have to be very tall or stand on a small stepladder to catch this view.   I am quite tall but still stood on a stepladder to take this photo ;-)

73 comments:

  1. I have always liked the charm of a door that has an angled corner by necessity. I love the bed and the chair you made. How lucky that the casket can be used for a bed side table. It is wonderful to be able to add a family piece into your dollhouse.

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    1. Yes there is a certain charm to those kind of adaptations, I agree! I wanted to have the hinges on the other side so you don't have to duck too much when entering the room, ;-) but then you would not be able to see into the hallway, so that was an easy decision.

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  2. The see-throughs are wonderful. Sometimes the things you can't see or hardly notice are what makes them special. And i love the paneling too. You would never know they were made from cardboard. Very effective! It brings back fond childhood memories as well. I had an attic room just like this, and it was cladded with 'kraaldelen' too :)

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    1. Ja I like the see-throughs as well. Especially since with the camera it is the only way to see them. A nice change from the normal view.

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  3. Your Canal Houses fascinate me, Josje, because they are so Grand! This little bedroom in the attic is Lovely! It is the sort of room a visiting relative would adore staying in! The lines are simple.... but the finishes are elegant! The tiny house is so sweet.... and I like that you modeled it after a real one! The jewelry box for a side table is the kind of touch I Love... a re-purposed box... and a treasure from an ancestor! As usual, your work is very inspiring!

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    1. Thank you Betsy! I also thought it would be a lovely room for guests to stay in. I would love to have something similar in reality, but I don't. I've had the little casket for decades and wanted to use it in my dolls house for a long time but it never looked right. Now I think it has found its place.

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  4. OH! May I please live in this charming attic room?! Your talents are astonishing.

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    1. Sure Shelley! You must bring your own shrinking potion though, I'm all out ;-)

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  5. Cute room! Pretty little casket too! Wow, that must be a big house!
    Gina

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    1. Thanks Gina. Yes I think it is bigger than most dolls houses. But still not big enough as my second one is even bigger than this one ;-)

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  6. Oh my goodness. Simply adorable. Love, love, love it! You are so talented!

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  7. Buon Anno Josje! Mi piace molto tutte le soluzioni che hai trovato con questa stanza. Mi ricordavo questo splendido letto e il resto degli accessori, ma non pensavo appartenessero alla mansarda. Anche io sto usando strisce di cartone allo stesso modo. ;-)

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    1. Buon Anno Blanche! Yes the bed was always meant for this room, although the rest of the accessories were made with no specific room in mind. They fit well together though. I look forward to seeing your wooden wall panneling!

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  8. Muy bonita. Parece cálida y confortable,

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  9. A very cozy inspiring little room, very warm and inviting! I really like it---

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  10. Dear Josje, Your attic bedroom and hallway made me want to jump up and clap! It is fantastic. I love your style and how precious to be able to use the little box that seems so entirely appropriate beside the bed. I love the bed et al I just hate it when I'm too effusive but it's. Grrrreat! As my Granddaughter says.
    Regards Janine

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    1. Ah Janine, it is always wonderful when someone is appreciative of what you've made or done. Thank you!

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  11. Hi Josje! I agree with Janine wholeheartedly! I really love the coziness of you little attic bedroom and and the wallpaper that you have chosen is so dainty. It has a quiet Presence which gives a lift to the very subdued atmosphere that you can feel. It is like when you are "in" this room, you automatically will only want to whisper!

    elizabeth

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth! This room does have a calmness about it, doesn't it?

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  12. Dear Josje, you always inspire me with your beautiful creations. That little casket of your grandparents is so beautiful, it's to die for! I think one would travel far to find such a unique chair as that pink chair you made! I love the sparseness of the room! It seems just right for an attic room! You always do such beautiful work!

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    1. Thank you Lucille! Yes I did learn a lot during my week in Castine. I hope to go back there one day ...

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  13. I love your bedroom Josje, so calm and peaceful, just the right place to unwind after a long busy day. The casket is a treasure, how nice that you can use it here and the dollhouse.....is it almost playtime?

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    1. Haha, not yet Elga. Still two rooms to go...

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    2. HaHa, I meant playtime with the 144th scale house!

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    3. Oooh right. Yes, come on over ;-)

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  14. So cozy - I want to shrink myself and stay in that room. :D Love the tiny dollhouse, the casket, the bed...all so lovely!

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  15. I love the way you used this very confined space.

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    1. Yes it is a small space. The slanting roof makes it difficult to put in furniture, just as it would be in real life ;-)

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  16. Ziet er weer fantastisch uit, mooie foto's, mooie kleuren
    Het was het wachten waard;-))

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  17. I really love your all creations Josje, and this cozy attic is just beautiful. You choosed very nice pastel colours, all details are adorable.
    Magda

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    1. Thank you Magda. I like the colours too ;-)

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  18. This room is wonderful and refined. Everything is perfect.
    Greetings, Faby

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  19. j'ai tout de suite remarqué le coffre , il est magnifique , la chambre est sobre comme je les aime.

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    1. Thank you Catherine. I think it is because the room is so simply decorated that the casket works here.

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  20. Mooie zolderkamer. Prachtige erfstuk van je grootouders. Ik heb ook van mijn oma erfstukken en passen perfect bij poppenhuis.

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    1. Leuk is dat hè Lisette? Dat maakt het toch allemaal persoonlijker en specialer!

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  21. Mooi hoor, en goed werk heeft nou eenmaal tijd nodig. Wat een prachtige stoel van die Nancy Summers class, die Guild School week moet wel echt fantastisch zijn om een keer mee te maken. Het past allemaal weer heel mooi bij elkaar.

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    1. Ja Inge, die Guild School was fantastisch. Het is jammer dat het zo'n eind weg is. Maar in Denemarken zijn ze ook al aardig op weg met iets dergelijks. En dat is een stuk dichterbij! ;-)

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  22. Everything is so perfect, clean and very detailed. The colors are so light and give a feel of space in the attic. The miniature doll house in the doll house is just sweet!! Superb job Josje!!

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  23. OHHH, beautiful and swet bedroom!

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  24. Josje, what can I say? A lovely atmosfere in the room. I love your style and how you put thing together :)
    ( hope you understand , you now Googletranslate ) ha ha
    Hug Janne
    Hope to see you in London

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    1. Yes I understand perfectly Janne, this time Google translate did a very good job ;-)
      I just booked my trip to London this morning!!! Yeah!!! See you there!

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  26. What a marvel! I love the way you have decorated it and the furniture you have put. I love the armchair and the dollhouse. It's perfect. How I admire your work.
    Geneviève

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  27. Thank you for the beatiful pictures.

    LG Alexandra

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  28. I always enjoying looking at your photographs and these are no exception, especially the little "look throughs".

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    1. Thank you Irene! I like the little look throughs as well. I remember very vividly one you did in the basement of one of your houses, under the outside stairs. That one always stuck with me :-)

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  29. Hoi Josje,
    ik wens een gelukkige nieuwe jaar!
    Veele dank voor de mooie fotos!
    liefs
    Sonja

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    1. Jij ook een gelukkig nieuwjaar Sonja! En graag gedaan ;-)

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  30. C'est magnifique ! Tout est très harmonieux. Bravo pour votre travail.

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  31. There is a relaxed atmosphere in this attic bedroom: I love the color combinations and the chair is nothing short of WONDERFUL (as usual: you have an extra special touch in)
    I take this opportunity to wish you a creative 2014 (by the way: I can not imagine you at a loss for inspiration!) :-)
    Lovely hugs,
    Flora

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    1. Haha, oh yes I do loose inspiration sometimes...but maybe it has more to do with moving on to different things before I have finished... Very best wishes for 2014!

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  32. There seem to be no limits to your talent! The attic is absolutely wonderful - so simple and rich at the same time. I love your work.

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    1. Well thank you Gosia, and may I return the compliment ;-)

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  33. Wat een prachtige zolder, zou er graag wonen, hihi!
    groetjes van Marijke

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    1. Nou kon het maar! Ik zou het erg leuk vinden als er echte mensjes in mijn huis zouden wonden. Mocht het nou zo zijn dat jij echt zo klein bent, dan bied ik je hierbij gratis onderdak aan! ;-))))))

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