|The Music and Game Room|
We started at the end of 2004 and worked on and off, until we added the finishing touches, the paintings, last week!
|To remind us where we are--* marks the spot! This room is in the "wing".|
The music room is 14 x 22 with 11 inch ceilings. The room is done in a Chinese Chippendale style. This is basically a red and gold room: Bespaq red Chinoiserie furniture and red upholstery against soft gold and ivory mouldings and trims. The wallpaper is a busy Chinese floral design on a soft gold background, the wainscot is a linen texture light card in a muted gold color, and the paints are Folk Art Buttercrunch, and Delta Creamcoat Ivory and Light Ivory. The ceiling and medallions are painted white.
We had the wallpaper and I had seen the game table and chairs and a few other pieces, but they were very expensive so it was not a given that this furniture would happen … but then serendipity did! We were at a dollhouse shop that was having a huge sale, and as we were standing at the counter waiting to check out the owner opened a display case and took out the pieces and marked them down 50%! I immediately threw my body over them and said “Mine!” She added them to our purchases, and as they say, “The rest is history”.
I love the drama of walking from an orange living room into a red and gold Chinoiserie music and game room. I like orange and red together in my real world too.
Before I go any further, I have to tell you that the color of the wainscot paper and the background color in the wallpaper is not what you see in the photos. I don’t know why, but they would not come true—Thus here is a picture my husband took with his iPhone which actually did came out almost true! You can see the real beauty of the colors. I have always had a problem with the “creamy” colors in this room, and I am still trying to figure it out. The only other place I have this problem is in the color of Sunnybrook Farm—it is NOT white, it is a Georgian cream color!
|True colors from an iPhone.|
|View looking left with doorway to living room at rear.|
|View looking right.|
I like to continue the wall treatments onto the exterior doors of the dollhouse. See next picture.
The wallpaper is a multi color busy floral print and it is drop-dead gorgeous. I have never seen it anywhere else so I guess it is another older, retired MiniGraphics paper. The wainscot paper is a softer, muted complimentary color to the background of the paper.
|Picture from iPhone again.|
|Chair rail HBS #81425 which makes a nice picture frame moulding also.|
The flooring is the same as in the living room. The flooring is HSB red oak stained MinWax Provincial and then sealed with two coats of gloss MinWax polyurethane with a light sanding between coats. I cut the sheets into 1 ½ inch squares and glued them at an angle onto a brown poster board template. This was time consuming but fun, and let us have a parquet floor without the pain.
The chandeliers are from HBS and the medallions are pressed wood appliqués from Michaels. We decided to use two chandeliers because we thought that the musicians and the gamesters would need lots of good lighting.
|Ceiling with two chandeliers and pressed wood medallions.|
The crown moulding is from Unique Miniatures. The design is an interesting mix of floral bumps and squiggles (as best as I can describe). I like it. It is painted Ivory with some touches of Light Ivory, and I used HBS window casing at the bottom. I have never used this as a window casing but I find I could not live without it for crown mouldings!
|Window casing (HBS # 7056) as crown moulding!|
The trim is a combination of simple casings I found in my wood supply and made into a slightly “classic” style and painted Buttercrunch. I can no longer get back there to take a good picture, but it can be glimpsed in some of the pictures.
We wanted something eye-catching at the back of the room. To start with, we wanted large windows for the back wall. I couldn’t find any large enough, so I bought more of the Timberbrook large French doors and used the glass doors as windows. (I really miss this wonderful company.)
Then we set them between four Unique Miniatures Corinthian pilasters.
The window trim and the columns are painted light ivory. The wall around the windows has the same card as the wainscot.
|Rear Timberbrook "windows" and Unique Miniatures Corinthian pilasters.|
|Front windows with "classic" trim.|
Most of the furniture is Bespaq with companion pieces. The room has a full supply of musical instruments so that anyone can “strike up the band” at anytime!
These were part of a large group of various and wonderful artwork from an internet site I somehow found, and it all only cost $10! It was a long download, though.
The pictures are all birds in trees and flowers. I really missed having an open back door to take pictures of the artwork in the back of the room.
|The front picture of the red bird was cut from an magazine and framed.|
The room is finished!
For the Christmas and New Year’s parties, Rebecca and Derek turn this room into the band and dancing room. This is a picture of the Christmas 2006 party. Anyone who plays an instrument or sings can be in the band and everyone dances.