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Being first floor up or, if you live outside UK, add on one

Fitting in a linen room


Going for a pedestrian flow

Like a well known home furnishings establishment
though less meandering

Whole idea for a linen space arose ‘cos of extra room above kitchen extension and because I’d foolishly made a sort of linen press and it needed a home.

Where are we looking for space

The upper room over the kitchen has always been the live-in women’s sleep area and I’m proposing splitting it up.

theinfill dolls house blog Hogepotche Hall –Hodgepodge Hall - a Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean dolls house blog - plans for upper kitchen premises

Rough lay-out. It does mean that the ladies get squeezed into mere cubby-holes for sleeping but it might work.  Access to the men’s sleep area is from steps outside at bottom right, running in front of the dairy outer door.

Putting the linen room in the extra space above the stores (which meant going through their room) seemed odd so I’ve swapped it around a little making the linen room the first area you go up into out of the main kitchen and then squeezing the poor workers into two small cubby holes for sleeping.

theinfill dolls house blog Hogepotche Hall –Hodgepodge Hall - a Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean dolls house blog - stairs up from main kitchen to linen room

Newly dressed corner under the stairs up to the linen room and women’s sleeping areas as in the plan.  (I’m hoping those hanging herbs will stay greenish – they were picked about four years ago so it’s possible they might)

Thus the linen store is directly at the top of the stairs, gaining the immediate heat from the cooking below and the girls would be warm too, if possibly a little damp.

As you may notice I can never resist the mini pottery.  Took delivery the other day of some more Duncan White pots (from Pedlar’s Tray) and have salted them around the main kitchen.

Been playing


Making a side table into a linen press

Had a gardening morning and general walk around doing the this and that of life, followed much later on by hiding out in the folds of the internet.

I’d been brooding about a possible linen room for Hogepotche Hall and I’m far too mean to buy a really nice linen press to go in it.  (There’s a couple of sites that I’ve previously come across but I can only locate the two designs from Peartree Miniatures.  The other was from Minibijou in their Tudor furniture section but I can no longer find it.)

Anyway, I started to look up the history of the screw down linen press and came across a photo of a piece of furniture (full size) on an auction site and there was a sudden ‘aha’ moment and connections were made.  As I was looking for some crafty messing about to do that might mean I could skive from the brick laying for a while this might turn into just the thing.

The ‘this’ being the linen press (screw down) with drawers below, and it just so happened that I have about my person a nice little piece of furniture that was currently unemployed.

Could it, with a little of this and that thrown at it, be found a new role in life?

Recipe for a skiver

Take one bedside table

  • ready to hand and too boxy a shape for what I’d originally bought it

Take one piece of balsa dowel

For balsa

  • it carves easily
  • it was the only dowel I had of the right size
Against balsa

  • it carves too easily
  • it snaps at the slightest pressure

Take one fine rat tailed file

  •  resting the balsa and file on a good flat work surface, with the end of both overhanging the edge for ease of movement, keep them continuously at same angle to each other
  • slowly rotate the dowel whilst moving file gently along angle being maintained
  • add a dash of willingness to mess about when you should be doing something else
  • have plenty of dowel ready to play with just in case

The threaded screw was a strange place to start, but I knew that wood joints in any structure I’m involved in were going to be bad, so no extra panic necessary there, and thus the screw part seemed to be the big unknown.

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Probably more of a lash up than anything else, with suspect joints still drying after which there’s some gentle sanding and filling needed here and there, but here she is ready-ish and loaded.
Except for my usual fumble fingered wood working, I actually quite like this.
(Ah, yes, the plunger bit at the base of the screw attaching it to the ‘face plate’ is a cut down,old fashioned, bell shaped plastic toggle – you know the sort before all these spring-loaded ones came upon us.

And, yes, the screw really did turn through the whole in the head beam, though it certainly doesn’t now ‘cos it’s glued in place everywhere that looks likely for it.

Info sources


Fairy lights were my undoing


You’ll laugh – this was about to be a slightly heavy sounding piece entitled “Moulding the shape with thought” with a subtitle of “Forecasting homemade problems and working through them”  Seriously it really was.  I bet you’re relieved that it’s not about to be that.  Why isn’t it?  Well I got kidnapped when going to take a photo is what happened.

The story starts here

Got to give you as quick a digest of the pretentious bit first so’s you can follow what happens thereafter.

Wordy bit first:  about needing plans etc and following them through but looking ahead to see what’s going to trip up the best laid of those plans and needs seeing to ahead of time.

Problem in pointfairy lights – continuous string to be wound in and out and round the whole structure at loft level.  How will it work, does it work?

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Looping through the string of fairy lights

Qs arising

  • How is the wire to be hidden?
  • How many will be wasted because they don’t fit the room positions?
  • If the wire is hidden between lower ceiling and loft floor, is loft overall height that’s left enough or are the mini fellas going to have to go on hands and knees to get to bed?
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Plan A: wiring between ceiling and floor sandwich

Ceiling floor sandwich:  don’t like what I see when I try it.

An alternative:
Qs arising:

  • How many lights can run around inner face of outer wall upstairs so wiring mostly hidden from viewer by loft low wall?
  • Will the lights reach around both long outer walls of building?

Better.  The lights reach around both sides with only one bulb ‘wasted’.

This raises second question.

Space or spaces?

Loft plan made up of one long thin room and one dead space on other side of mid wall to house electric control.  Now looks like a dead area needed both sides.  On living space side where tighter fit wiring won’t go flat to anything and needs hiding and will still need one for controls on the other side.

However this does highlight the free, maybe useful space in previously planned dead space where lights cross from other side – possible linen room?  Or is this just me off on one of my fantasies again and should I be hauled back?

theinfill Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean dolls house blog - Hogepotche Hall –Hodgepodge Hall – possible available space

Possible available space – probably use about 4 – 5 inches of it.

photo of a length of fairy lights

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Long wire from control to first light of ten in string

The above reminder label in the text is as far as I got when off I went to obey and get the needed photo to show lengths of wire.

This is not the photo I intended to get.  These are the ones in the above photos in position on the premises.  Yup I yanked them out.

It was supposed to be the last photo needed but I was definitely wrong about that.

I’d original bought two sets and chosen one because it looked neater, made with lighter weight wiring that might be easier to hide away and came ready with batteries in it.

theinfill Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean dolls house blog - Hogepotche Hall –Hodgepodge Hall – comparison of wiring in two sets of fairy lights

We’re working in mini after all – wouldn’t you go for the finer, less twisted wiring too?

I actually went to get the other set of ten to photograph and noticed that the space between light bulbs was longer. Hmmm.  Taking the risk of making the holes in the cardboard walls and ceiling even more ratty edged and bigger, I removed the slender set and inserted the chunky set.  I was ever the fiddler!

Laugh?  I thought I’d never stop.  (Don’t think I’ve really laughed since last Friday morning’s news broadcast but it certainly helped me feel a little cheerier in my mini world.)  Not only was there no longer a light bulb not in use but there was now one for the possible new room space and one just able to loop back through for a wall candle in the loft bedroom.

And the total decider is that the lights are much, much warmer.

theinfill Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean dolls house blog - Hogepotche Hall –Hodgepodge Hall – warmer light from second string of fairy lights

Cosy in there? Don’t know yet if can bundle all that wiring into the ‘hollow wall wire hiding’ plan but we’ll see.  That chunk of wood is not permanent it’s holding up the central wall.

Altering design?

Possibly.  At first I thought “where do you fit a ladder to get to this possible extra room?” but now I’m not sure that I need one.

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Possibility of putting in a doorway and a couple of steps down?

On the building front

Why?  Well if you click on this link you’ll find a staddle barn at Cowdray near Midhurst, and, if you look at it really closely it seems to have had ivy removed from its tile clad face, leaving little twigs and stems.  I just fancied putting a little of it back here.


I’m going back to the brick and stone laying job, hoping to get one more set of corners permanently fixed in place.  Hopefully I’ll be able to get another, more decisive run at the fairy lights once the central wall can be fixed in place.   Travelling hopeful, moulding the shape with my mind 🙂