I heard recently that I talk a lot in my blog but I'm short on eye candy, so let's remedy that today and show some pictures of the Pierce with her new furniture. The redecorating isn't finished yet. I still need to redo the windows in every room with new drapes and the dining room isn't completed yet either so we'll consider this to be "in progress" and I'll update pictures when it's all done.
This is the exterior of the Pierce. The colors don't photograph true but her exterior is a soft, creamy ivory with slate green trim and mauve accents. Those are peacocks that you see perching on the roof. The landscaping includes a tree on the back side and flower borders around the front. There's a very pretty arrangement in a birdcage under the kitchen window.
This is the latest picture of the interior of the Pierce. Some things haven't changed at all. I'd finished the kitchen, bathroom and music room quite awhile back so there haven't been any changes to those rooms. They'll be getting new drapes but that's about the only change in store for them.
The attic had been kind of a hodge-podge of things that just hadn't found a home anywhere else. I'd planned on eventually turning it into some kind of logical space and still hadn't decided about it when I heard a voice coming from two doors down. It was Aunt Harriet (aka Jadis) who lives in the Beacon Hill. She'd seen all the activity going on down the street and as soon as she noticed that there was all that unused space in the attic.........well, she had her stuff packed quicker than you can say "frog in a basket"! Aunt Harriet brought along her sewing machines, fabric and baskets, her easel and painting supplies, her worktable with the dollhouse in progress, her finished dollhouse and her embroidery. She was delighted to find a quilting frame already in the attic and claimed it for her own. The picture doesn't include Aunt Harriet because she was off investigating the tower room and where she's going to put her rocking chair and a bookcase. We still need to arrange her studio a little better, but she's delighted to have such a large space for creating.
The dining room has just begun but I'm liking the way it's shaping up already. I need to get some pictures on the walls thru the whole house, but the dining room wall especially needs a large framed painting. I'll be adding swag drapes to the arched alcove and making a fringed scarf for the sideboard and matching linen for the table. I finally found the silver flatware but still haven't located the crystal stemware so the table setting isn't complete. I love the sideboard with the tea set and candles almost as much as the corner shelf that holds the serving dishes. The Normandy shelf on the side probably isn't intended to hold serving platters, but I like it that way.
The living room is my favorite room of all and for good reason. I searched and searched till I found matching lion leg furniture for the whole room. I LOVE ball and claw! My real life living room furniture is also lion leg and finding it in miniature delights me. Anyway, here we see the plant stand by the front door, the console and mirror and the secretary desk in the bay alcove. I'll be reupholstering the chair the same time I replace the drapes. I need to add a few more things to the desk but right now it has a letter holder, brass bookends and a favorite book, a lovely little lamp, stationery and a silver tray holding the calling cards of recent visitors. Just to the right of this picture is the new corner fireplace with a gothic clock and two urns on the mantle. I really like the corner fireplace as a space saver as well as the way it adds character to the room. It has a brass peacock fire screen too.
To the side you can see the brass birdcage and the grandfather clock by the front door. (the clock will be replaced too as soon as I find a working one that I like) The table arrangement here is one of my favorites. In additon to the lovely and delicate hurricane lamp, there's a delightful low flower arrangement and a stereoscope. The stereoscope is one of my favorite minis because it's so unique. I also got a gramaphone to sit on this table but it turned out to be just a little too large. That's a shame because it is *SO* cool! It's detailed to perfection! Since I'd just gotten a gorgeous cane and bentwood chaise lounge, I put the gramaphone next to it in the spare room in the Beacon Hill. Both will be moving to the Tennyson when I get it built.
There are more pictures of the Pierce in the 1:12 scale dollhouse gallery on my website, http://www.debsminis.com that were taken before the redecorating began. I won't update the pictures there until I've finished the redecorating completely.