Friday, September 9, 2016

Rue du College,the interior.

Do you remember my last project, rue du College?
Well, I have wallpapered and furnished the rooms.

Nothing Luxurious but the atmosphere of a comfortable house in 1900.
Wallpapers are original. I put my printer to work and it worked well. The paper is pasted on "future board", so it's easible removeable. Nothing adheres to the wall.
 View from the outside

At night....

"Voici lle petit salon"...

The parents'bedroom... no curtains yet...

The hallway..

The dining room partially furnished...

"la bibliotheque"

Working on the painting of the house, acrylic and oil.

Then little by little, it becomes to look real

At night ...

The facade opens in 2/3, 1/3

Have a great and relaxing weekend.

Mimine has been a great companion for years. She has now crossed the Rainbow Bridge and is no longer supporting me in my periods of doubts. I am sure she's in peace now. I miss her.

JJ and Fifi are here to fill the emptiness...

 and Tiger doesn't like it when he sees a box.... They are all cats I rescued and they are very attached to me.

I'll never go anywhere without them :)

L'Hotel Mame a Tours

Hello, I've been quite silent lately but I have started working on a new project called l'Hotel Mame. In French, the word Hotel may apply to a private house as long as it is a big, elegant house.                   We even say " Hotels Particuliers" for swanky residences in Paris, Lyon or Bordeaux.

Anyway, l'Hotel Mame was built in 1768 for Gilles Lefevre de Montifray, a rich merchant. So it's an example of an XVIIIth Century construction, with a classic architecture.
I decided to build the backside because it is more elegant than the front side overlooking the garden.

when I was in Tours at Christmas I took some pictures and some measures with the owner's agreement. She was delighted to hear about my hobby.

First, let me tell you that although it is a 1/12 replica, it's BIG, it's HUGE. I couldn't imagined it would be such a big project.  But it's been a pleasure to build as the architecture is so elegant. I am halfway now. The facade i almost done and I am working on the sides now. Next the roof, then the painting and weathering.

The picture below shows the project done with Galad, a software program. 

The house has two floors, a large hallway, two salons downstairs with fireplaces. Very high windows and high ceilings. The windows on the right side of the house have grids. Balconies and railings for every window. I did all the moldings with the router.
The balcony, railings are brass, processed by chemical etching. The window grids are laser cut made by Arjen Spinhoven I met at the SIMP who did an excellent work.

The ground floor:

The right part of the ground floor:

The 6 windows for the roof are ready

I hope you will like my  project. More pictures soon.

I am also working on a new order: A Ladure macaron shop :)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

81, rue du College


Almost finished.... The house has now a roof and two chimneys. It was a bit time consuming to cut the slates from light cardboard and to glue them but it was worth it. I used my old technque for the chimneys.
When the temperature cools down a bit, I will paint the roof. Thailand is going through a heat wave and everyday the temperature is above 40 degree Celsius! Sometimes, 42, 43... needless to ssay I can't work outside as usual or paint. The paint dries too quickly so  I'll wait.

The weathering is done but not finished either.

I have started the interior with the Parlour or Salon in French. I had found a print on a flea market in France, I used Photoshop and created the wallpaper.
Of course, Fifi, the #4, wanted to have a nap inside the new building...

The paper looks quite nice. 

As I don't have much furniture I borrowed the furniture from the Villa to take some pictures.

The floor is made from simple pine flooring I get from minimumworld. Here is the link

I'd love to use Brodnax parquet but it's over my budget !Hopefully one day.... The problem is that in Thailand I can't find thin, plain strip of wood I could make a parquet with.

I framed some family portraits too. For once I hang them with strings on each side. It looks good.

and too more...

And one above the "semainier" high cabinet with drawers,

Now the Mansard roof and the two chimneys

Of course, the roof and the chimneys need to be weathered.

Now night can fall...

Saturday, March 26, 2016

My latest creations

Someone reminded me this morning that I hadn't posted anything since last November. True! Time flies!

Well, I haven't been idle...!

First, one of my shops went to England as a kit.

The color of the shopfront was very nice but don't ask me to do it again. The panels under the shopwindow and on the sides imitated marble.
Its new owner makes wonderful hats in 1/12 and she will present a "boutique de modiste". 
I hope she will share some pictures with us when it's done.

As it ws a kit, Luned (her name) had to assemble the different panels together. I made a notice for her with 'step by step' pictures.

Then I built a "Parfumerie" that will travel (soon) to the US, not as a kit but in a crate I'll build too.

Here it is!

There are windows on two sides, something new for me. The result was good, it gives more light inside the shop. Its new owner sent me the different wallpapers she wanted and the lights for each room, so when she gets it, she'll just have to open the door and furnish it.
 I have equipped it with a remote so each light feature can be turned on individually.

The lights, made in England are just amazing!

I couldn't help taking some pictures of the same shop but, this time, as a French Antique shop. 
Have you ever been to Aix en Provence or Anduze? This is what houses look like in the evening when the sun sets!

Do you want to have a closer look to what they have?

 Closer? Then the magic operates..... Why don't we have a look inside? The door's opened....

My latest project: A French house built in the late 1900's in my hometown,  Tours.

It's a solid house, classsic, but discreet. Its owners have money but no showing off. Everything is made to last!

Actually, I found out that house was HUGE when I started cutting the different panels that compose it. The balconies rest on classic brackets which I ordered from Sue Cook in England who does wonderful plaster replica.

You can easily imagine it was the lodging of a lawyer or a doctor. The rooms are big, the ceilings are really high and only nice furniture.

I am afraid I won't furnish this one because of the cost of pieces I have in mind. It wouldn't take mediocre pieces of furniture.
But the wallpapers and the floors will be there. One salon on the left, a dining room on the right. The kitchen was in the basement. Poor staff! In half-dark all day and stairs up and down.

This house is at the corner of a street, there is a long balcony on the western  side of the building.

The front side opens in two parts. The East side is blank, as it it attached  to a twin house.

 There is a real feeling of balance and wealth in that building.


My 1st attempt to weather it was a total... failure. Too dark, it looked like a dilapidated house...

I found out why.... As you may not know, I live in Thailand and I weather my buildings outside under the porch. I use acrylic painting and a sponge or an airbrush. Then... if you are freezing at home, we are not here.
 It's about 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees F) here everyday after 8 AM and it rarely cools down. 

As it was so hot, I had no time to wipe what I had just painted to get the effect I wanted. The pigments were absorbed by the material and then much too dark.

So after weathering the house for a day, it was a disater and  I decided the next day it was not what I wanted and painted it all back to the basic white colour I use as a primer....... 

Needless to say it's a bit frustrating as some parts were really nice but others were really too... dark.

When you age a building, you have to work quickly and also it is difficult to have the same shades for all the different part. No mistake is allowed so you have to know how much water you want on your sponge and how much color.

What does it look like now?

I am back to square 1.

I will use a 'very' diluted colour this time, just to give a shadow on the cornerstones as I know the result now....

The cornice around the roof hasn't arrived yet. 

For the roof, this is just a pattern I always make one as it is not so easy to make a roof "a la Mansard", there are just so many angles! I always do a prototye in plastic , we call it future board' here which is cheap and when it is ok, then I cut the different elements in Forex, then draw each slate with a blade, then paint it.

This is a picture of the original house.. I didn't build the third floor as the building would have been too high and too heavy and on the point of architecture, it didn't bring much.

Someone asked me on FB if I could only sell the front and western side of the house. They would build the box, the partitions and the roof. I think that could work. 
The most difficult are the details on the facade, the metal work and the painting. The box is quite easy to do and I could supply a picture for the roof.

Of course, that would greatly reduce the price for the shipping. I will keep you posted if I do it as it woud be a good idea.

Ok, it's not too hot now, I have to go back to my acrylic now! See you!

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Happy Easter to everyone! I would love to add "and Peace on Earth" but I am afraid we still have a long way to go before Peace is back on earth. My thoughts go to all the families of the victims of terrorists and the people who are in hospitals sstruggling for life. May God help you.

(What happened? I never share my feelings on my blog?......)