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Less of the sugar, more of the lemon juice

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Wallpaper, rugs and painted boards v lino
and throw in an ancient handkerchief or two

Building a room, I find I’m always looking for what I think of as the sour note, the clash in the overall scene that trips up the eye and makes you look again, yet often pulls the whole mix together at the same time.  Hmmm, does that make any sense?

In search of what’s wrong with the blueness of
the rose wallpaper

Well, nothing. But there’s no sour note and everything I add to it makes it even more visually static and ‘sweeter’.

Morning’s intermittent actions

  • darkened down the flooring to make the paint look thinner and bring out more wear and tear in the boards
  • tried out a third wallpaper
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Another leaning against the wall job but as it’s on card it stays put nicely

Quite like the mix of colours here and the way the pattern harks back further than 1950s but brings in turquoise instead of that ‘sweet’ blue of the original.

So what will go with the flowing #3 if it’s used?

Propped it up and tried out rugs and bedspreads to get an overall feel

More rugs

Both rugs are on the darkened boards and was wondering if a little dark lino might add something else

The lino was useless with the ‘new’.

Overall it might work with photos and boxes on the bed, clothes here and there and transistor radio on the floor along with books perhaps …

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Hiding somewhere else

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because I’m all blue-d out

Hiding in the entrance hall

I’ve finally sorted some lighting in the downstairs hallway

and stretched the room a little

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The horribly blue room

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There’s going to be wall difficulty.  I like hollow walls with wood strip in the sandwich for a little more rigidity, for wiring and for adding the decoration.  This always encroaches into the room space by about 1/8″ on each wall.  As this bedroom is a tight fit as it is I was looking for ways of ‘stealing’ a little extra space where possible.  The white block is the rough shape of the floor area and the grey blocks are where I’m trying to sneak a little wall room and furniture easing.

Next piece to fit in

So far

Personal memory and period children’s books

I’m finding that this storey of the house is coming from a different source in my imagination.  The ground floor was almost entirely based on memories and fantasies stretched out from those.  The children’s bedrooms seem to be coming from 20s – 50s literature, with painted floors, kids with lots of books, toys and adventures etc.  I suspect that the master bedroom will rely more on memories once more.

Now it’s the wallpaper, mutter, mutter

 

Shrunk in the wash

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Sunday morning

A ‘no sleep’ night so messed with minis

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and shortened the Jane Harrop 1:12 kit bed from 6 1/8″ to 5 1/8″ and lowered it about 1/4″, making it neither 1:12 nor 1:16 I suppose. Also cut up mattress to fit.

What’s been lost?

  • Lost cross-bar on headboard, but, as I had one of these beds for real, I can tell you that, depending on the depth of your mattress, you could not see the bar (but you could get your hand trapped down between mattress and it).
  • Finish no longer as ‘good’ but as will have lots of bedding on it I reckon the hacking can be disguised one way or another
  • No longer have a proportional Jane Harrop 1:12 bed

What’s been gained?

  • Bed/mattress arrangement much less ‘in your face’ in such a small room
  • Gives space at foot of bed for piece of accessible furniture
  • Is much firmer build than when I first made it – was first kit I did and struggled – I have slid the cut off piece of base and end supports into the remainder and glued
  • No longer have a 1:12 bed to lose amongst all the other things stored away for a ‘rainy day’
  • Got a JH double bed to make and have gained information that it might fit better with a slightly mix-and-match of scales planned for that bedroom if I lower it a little

What’s still to fix?

  • Got to do something about the walls – my usual method will make the room smaller all round!
  • Then establish if that wardrobe really can go in here – it appears to be made by someone’s relative way-back-when and has a pleasant look and period feel to it, not to mention it is multiple wood shades which would help bring all the odd colours of wooden items together
  • Find one of the 1:16 wooden armchairs and dress it to see if looks better than the larger match-box one as determined to have some chair by the window
  • Decide on what drawer storage will fit – always assuming I can locate the larger chest of drawers for the boy’s bedroom and put the smaller one in here
  • and so on …
  • and get some sleep perhaps and give the old brain a rest?