The other open doorway


Bedroom 2

Working towards the missing walls to this floor of the model, it was necessary to dig in and work on the other bedroom, on the left side of the long gallery T shape. Because it balances off the Arnolfini bedroom, its outer wall has to be vaguely similar. There are still one or two questions I have in mind re the lighting on this level as well, how it does, or doesn’t spill from room to room, so hence the bedroom workings. (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.)

I’ve been hopping around from the inside to the outside, looking at the T leg outer wall and circling around and back to the lighting and what there is to see and what I’d like to see.

So far:

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 Whilst fiddling with the new window I carried out what I think is an improvement on the landing window, that is I replaced the wonky wooden astragals with a one-piece cardboard item. I feel better about it anyway.

Dealing with the outside of the model

A bit of an overview

The rough and flexible plan for the outside look of the long sides of the building:

  • ground floor (first floor for those who count that way) a sort of stonework with beams shoved in here and there
  • next floor brick mix with an admix of the ‘pink’ plastering around more beams
  • next again floor pink plaster work and beams with the odd brick possibly here and there
  • top floor pink plaster and beams

All this matching in to the rest of the externals has involved the ‘much loved’ activity of making bricks out of egg boxes. It’s not the doing that gets me it’s the number that need doing that does it. I mean what’s not to like about playing with glue and bits of card and then splodging colours all over them to disguise their origins? That’s very enjoyable. Two thirty to two fifty tiddly bits of flaking egg box card to cut out in order to cover 8″ x 10″ area allowing for a few beams – there-in sneaks the problem. Rationing their use with crafty positioning between extra beams I think is the way to go again.

Just basic brick layout of one offset brick over another, but, once grouted with white wood filler and matt varnished, I’ll cut them diagonally to make rather bad chevrons and patterns between beams and eek them out the best I can.

And whilst the bricks are drying I’ve shoved some flowers in the crater to see whether I can go with it or not. My flower arranging is lousy so they are definitely stuffed in there.

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Was trying for a tight, wreath-like rose ‘thing’ but it looks a little like a dead salad from here. More dignified without, you think?

Let’s dress things up a bit


Long galleries (so I’m told) provided room to hang (portraits of) ancestors, leaders etc, show off your special bits and bobs and your suite of tapestry (why not a suit?).  They were spaces for those with the leisure, to stroll in inclement weather, and, on grand social occasions, a place to see and be seen.

Getting down to it

Some of the areas of work

 In this ‘ere model

This gallery is in the wrong place, being at the back and overlooking the kitchen offices rather than where it should be, across the frontage or overlooking expansive gardens.  I wanted the stairs to rise straight into the gallery and this was the only way I could do that without daisy chaining rooms i.e. one room leading off another, which would have eliminated the longer vistas I was looking for.


A moment in time between the bouts of ‘serious social usage’ – one where there’s a more domestic feel.

Knick-knack time

Random possibilities

  • Hangings of some sort
  • Coat of arms or Guild trading sign as on ‘helter skelter‘ and in the committee room
  • The odd cushion, foot stool, other stool etc
  • Shawl, cloak or piece of clothing
  • Books, parchments etc
  • Bowls of flowers or fruit
  • Musical instrument(s)
  • Firescreen
  • A couple or so busy people

 What to use, what to use

 Hangings and curtains

Along the way I’ve bought various examples of the miniature silks and cottons and have used one or two in the Great Hall for panels and a hanging at the bottom of the spiral stair.  I did try them out for this space, and although lovely, they attract the eye too much.  For this somewhat wonky long gallery I have a fancy for fumble-fisted stitching, using, once more, the remains of my much loved scarf as seen earlier in the sitting room.

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Guild trading sign or equivalent

I’ve used clay flooring tiles, painted either dark red or green with quartering painted on studs produced for paper craft and card making.  I’ve stuck them up in various dark corners (four so far with a plan for at least a fifth).  All insignia here are made up and represent imaginary beings.  Many real merchants did have their own signs quite often based on the vast variations on the shape of the number 4see The Mystic Sign of Four.


Not a lot of info on this but taking the design of much earlier and slightly later ones I fudged a possibility.  A cast iron look seemed to be the way to go – svelte but definite.

Having fought three lengths of florists wire (that had been pre-abused to thread lighting) into a slightly straighter alignment, they were then twisted together with pliers leaving a third of the length to be doubled back and made into legs.

Two pieces of excess were chopped off and one was wrapped round to give a more solid look to the affair just above the legs.  The flower metal strip has proved very useful, first as heavily camouflaged stonework in the second part of the Great Hall (photo below) and now here as the odd flower or two to dress the top of the firescreen.  Contact adhesive and lots of matt black paint were slapped on wherever possible.

 Some further seating

I bought two stools from Canvas Demon on eBay (who is also Felicity Price Miniatures – the stools are available on both sites.) They come with a little seat padding which I re-covered as was using it as the underlying shape and stuffing. This time it is Brodnax fabric that’s used, a cotton one, and I’ve ruined it with some running stitches to pick out a more definite pattern – a tad Elizabethan following the look of the padded frontages to gowns and on sleeves.  I shortened the stools to get them closer to the height of the Angela Downton smart long benches and stained the newer chunky ones to try to get a similar colouring.  Also tried, when sticking back the cushioning, to glue it so it shows a bit of indentation where a bottom recently was placed. Ah, the little things that amuse me.

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Painted metal fire bellows leaning against fireplace – from eBay – you can click to enlarge

Started on the instruments etc

So far there’s the addition of a lute shape and a recorder, plus some music. They may stay, they may not.

 Table ornaments, flowers etc

Beginnings here too, whilst I think out the ‘bigger picture’, as it were. Have added a crater to the half table and a green glass vase and pewter dish to the corner one all to give me some inspiration re possible shapes, addition of flowers and/or fruits – or not.

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Still looking to layout a ‘conversation piece’

 At least one more door curtain to do possibly, still got three walls waiting with lots of windows etc, etc …  Think I’d best be getting on with it.

Gallery lighting check, now ceiling is with us …



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… more or less

Before I affix the ceiling, things need checking over, again.  I tend to snap pics as I go along to view all the mess close up and to try to judge the lighting, whilst eliminating as much daylight as possible.  This way I find I get a better ‘feel’ of the space.  Please forgive the dark and grainy images, but exclude light and grain is what you get, however you much you mess with the camera settings.  (It doesn’t actually look this dark to the human eye and would probably never be viewed without external room lights on, so all is remarkably clear when not viewed through a camera lens.)  I can’t take good images through the windows, which is a pity as the view is pretty good.

Need to roll up sleeves and clear the decks

Three more walls to go, (two being removable), people to find and second bedroom to complete.  But to do that I must build some bulkheads going up to the next level to clear the wiring out of the way completely.

Wool winder from Ashwood Designs

Arnolfini bedroom link

Two tables from Mini Bijou