Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The first phase is coming to an end....

Things have improved quite well and as the end of the semester is approaching, I have more time to spend on the room.

As I wanted to get an idea for the parquet, I have temporarily used printed parquet with the same design. It was too light so I sprayed it with a cloud of black and got some old dark oak. I know now what I have to do in the future.
First, find the wood, draw a precise sketch and start...
This temporary parquet will be easily replaced with the wooden one.

For the hall, the slides measure  1.7cm each. I used white plexi and sprayed black paint after having removed one square out of two of the protection paper. Am I clear, hmmmmmmmm? When I removed the remaining protection paper I got a chess effect. I sprayed one layer of white to attenuate the contrast. I also finished the inside of the fireplace and made a fireplace plaque out of Japanese clay that air dries

I need to find or make a fire screen and andirons (des chenets en Francais)

I found the frames on ebay, painted them gold and weathered them a lot. The Aubusson rug is a try. I used transfer paper with my printer. The result is fine but I am sure Catherine  will manage to do something much better for the bedroom.

I added beams to the ceiling and a little rosace. I sometimes find plaster rosaces in miniature projects too big or too thick compared with the reality

I also printed a tapestry we call "Verdure" in French. They were made in Aubusson too and were hung on the walls. The green of the foliage often turn blue with years. It hangs in the hall on the left.

With pictures I can see flaws and here I can see that some chair seats need some glue on the edge.....

I have prepared all the beads to make a new chandelier. This one I made a while ago is too small and I'd like to make a pair of matching sconces to put on each side of the bed. 
The fabric for the curtains hasn't arrived yet...

Would you like to meet the owners of Villandry?
Here they are...

Joachim Carvallo a doctor and his wife Ann Coleman spent years of devotion, and a lot of money too I guess, to restore the Chateau de Villandry and its wonderful gardens.

 Its famous Renaissance gardens include a water garden, ornamental flower gardens, and vegetable gardens. The gardens are laid out in formal patterns created with low box hedges. A real must if you ever visit the Loire Valley, it's only about 30 km. from Tours.

My project represents Mme Carvallo's bedroom I guess. It's called the moat's bedroom as it overlooks the moat.

The style is I think countryside Louis XVI... What do you think? 

Thanks for reading my humble posts and I am very grateful to all of you who take a little time to comment my work. I am sure we can call each other friends, right?
To finish, you know I have 4 cats at home. Here is Mimine, she can spend hours looking at me working and sometimes checking if the work is well done!

While JJ observes from the roof of the Chinese pharmacy.


  1. Tout est superbe.... Et j'adore aussi Villandry. Je vais me replonger dans mes photos pour trouver la chambre correspondante.
    Pourrais-tu ajouter des photos de la Verdure, du tapis et du lustre?
    A bientôt.

  2. D'accord, je t'envoie les photos des demain. Il est 22.30 et il fait trop sombre pour faire des photos sans flash. Ton lustre est vraiment superbe!

  3. L'ensemble est très harmonieux dans la couleur des murs et du sol. Très beau travail.
    Je voie que vos deux magnifiques chats admirent le travail de leur maître.

  4. I think it's wonderful! isn't it fun to have the cats approve of your work :)


  5. J'adore la photo avec mimine . On se rend compte Grace a elle des véritables dimensions de la pièce . Mon chat , un jour , a jouer avec un lustre accroché au plafond du magasin de fleurs . Ce n'était pas sa faute ....c'était si tentant ! J'étais tellement en colère après lui quand j'ai constaté les dégâts que maintenant snobe mon travail ... Ouf ! Pour nous deux . Haha ! Merci pour toutes ces photos . C'est agréable de pouvoir regarder tous les détails .

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    1. Merci pour les dimensions du carrelage (on a beau bien coller les masques, ça déborde toujours ;-)
      Sinon les chats thaïlandais ont bien les mêmes mœurs que les chats européens, toujours là où il faut pas...mais on adore ça.

  7. Très beaux progrès! Moi aussi j'aimerais bien voir la verdure, on la voit mais de trop loin. Je suis allée à Villandry il y a plusieurs années, cela donne envie d'y retourner. Hier j'étais à Tours, mais journée "studieuse" passée aux archives.

  8. Glad I found your blog Patrick, I know you from CAMP, you do fantastic work. And I love your cats , cats and miniatures belong together; in my house it is the same :-)