Category Archives: 1930 – 1950 design (UK)

A place to hang your hat


and coats for the curved wall

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  • Well, the hat felt looks too fuzzy and the shapes aren’t quite right.
  • The small jacket is no use there at all as can’t see what on earth it is, but the coat may be OK.
  • Needs a bag or satchel as well as the dog lead to dangle down perhaps?

Possible solutions:

  • Might edge the brown hat and give it a ribbon too, but the school cap must go I think.
  • Probably try out the bag idea and another coat or two; so not so much a place to hang your hat after all.

Checking the joins


Hiding and hidden or a bit of a cover-up

It’s Saturday and I’ve crept into the ‘Potting Shed’ to fuss with silly things.

  • Checking the join of cake-slice section and main body of house:
  • Wallpaper join over understair cupboard

There’s got to be that figurine


Being a Terry Pratchett fan the whole subject of that figurine brings to mind two of Mr Pratchett’s characters discussing what constitutes art and what is just plain rudery.  According to them, that if “there’s urns or a cherub in it then it’s art”.

1920s – 1950s

When it comes to depictions of Art Deco or Arte Moderne decor there seems always to be at least the one – figurine that is.  You know what I mean, I’m sure.  Our parents had one.  Yes, I’m referring to the woman.  Usually naked, sometimes portrayed with her coat/skirt trying to blow one way while she struggles in the other or she’s swooning in the arms of a tail suited gent while they sway to the rhythm of the music or she may be lying around in a bathing suit perhaps or as part of a desk set.

Sometimes she’s just an ornament with no other purpose, at other times she’s posing holding a lamp.  The one our parents had was in frosted glass affair with a pinkish base depicting rocks and a leaning/standing naked female holding up a very large chrome ‘torch’ base shape which had screw fittings to hold the flame/shade which was in yellow frosted.

I thought about ‘that woman’ figure and generally felt I’d go with the idea, but failed to make up my mind just what shape or persona she would take, until I came across this lovely little figure who is more like a car bonnet/hood mascot, not unlike the Rolls Royce flying lady.  She’s come from along with the other glass items in these photos.

And, of course I needed …

Joining the two piece egg


but will it fit?

Packing things in, prepping one task, waiting for it to dry/set etc meanwhile carrying on, starting another that needs to dry so, not wanting to be idle, on the side I  make a little something for one of the darker corners.

The making bit first

The drying bit – much, much later

Well, more of a trimming measuring plus drying.  Trying to put together all the walls for downstairs and get the hall/sitting room party-wall decorated on both sides.  Also the tucked in corner of the dining room doorway before it gets impossible to get a hand in. Unfortunately trimming its doorway involves making it stick to the kitchen wall too so can’t be done whilst this section is loose.

Which tasks can be done while the walls are loose and which have to be done while performing a contortionist head stand.  It’s worked out about half and half I think but I’ve missed one or two that could have been done more easily I see.

Newly dressed and fitted wall

Checking the views

More of when the house is together?

Shots from the kitchen which should match the views for the observer when the place is more complete.

First shot when house is not quite ‘parked’.  Look slightly to the right and you’ll notice a vertical line of light by the curved wall fit to the telephone corner.  Fully ‘parked’ in the second photo.

Externals when parked

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Seems to fit – hurrah!