The Haunted Heritage - Entry, staircase and hallway

by brae  

The entryway and upstairs hallway are relatively small and minimally decorated, but I thought they deserved their own post.

First up is the elegant entryway.  It's a small area but there is just enough room for some fancy miniatures.

Here are a couple of work in progress shots before the permanent installation of the final floor and staircase.

The lion doorknockers are from Sussex Crafts.  The doorknobs and plates were originally brass.

The stained glass inserts are printed designs from MD Doors.  They are printed on transparency film, which was slid into the openings with the original door inserts right behind them.  It's not a tight fit but it works well enough to keep them in place.

Adjacent to the front door is the working pocket door that leads to the kitchen.

I had had other stairs in mind at first, but this is the final mockup I decided on.

The entryway floor was planned and installed to coordinate with the parlor.

I assembled and painted a Phoenix Model umbrella stand kit to hold the two beautiful umbrellas by Fran and a walking stick.

The wall vase is a cornucopia shaped jewelry finding with Bonnie Lavish flowers.  Any artwork added to this side wall would have been hard to see, so I thought a three-dimensional piece would suit the space best.

To give Fran a sense of what I was looking for with the umbrellas, I had to give her the backstory on the Heritage build.  I told her I was leaning toward an old woman living in the house she's always loved, but she can't get around as well anymore and the place has fallen into disrepair.  I didn't want the umbrellas to be crazy tattered, just maybe a bit worn and well loved.  I was thinking the umbrellas would be treasures in the house, even with - or especially because of - their age.  One would be her lost love's umbrella that didn't feel right being anywhere else but still waiting by the door and the other would be the one he bought for her.

The stand has so many beautiful details - a true quality kit.

Just enough minis to make the entry inviting....

The kit staircase was meant for the right back of the house, but took up a lot of space and blocked the view of the lower room.

kit photo

I didn't use the kit parts and installed a Houseworks narrow staircase instead.  I added laser cut trim, dry brushed bronze paint and stenciled detailing.

I upgraded the stair railing, painting the spindles and staining the railing to match the floors.  Assembling the railing was a huge challenge, but it all worked out in the end.  :D

The stair assembly fits so snugly that I didn't bother with glue along the wall.  I did glue the foyer newel post to the floor and the railing.

I think it suits the entry and parlor very well.

My favorite part?  Something that can be seen only with the camera...the way the stringer meets the baseboard trim at the base of the stairs.

I used anaglypta -- paintable textured wallpaper -- to create the trim between the foyer and the upstairs hallway papers.  It's not a perfect solution, but I needed something flexible and fancy to finish the seam between the papers.

I glued the foyer light in place with the bulb facing downward.  With the light on, the bulb would be distractingly bright when viewed through the open stairwell.  I can still reach the fixture to remove the shade and change the bulb as needed.  It's just enough illumination without looking out of place.  :]

Come on upstairs...

The cameos that hang in the stairway are pendants from Fairy Tale Fantasies.  One is a retro kitty and the other a beautiful vintage lady.  I cut the loops from the tops to use them as framed art.  I love their ghostly appearance.

The upstairs hallway is large enough for only a modest table, some artwork and a mirror.

The original plan was what I stuck with in the end.

The balcony railing was challenging but I love the way it turned out.

And, from overhead.

There was a lot of customization between the parlor ceiling, the new stairs and the balcony, but it all came together in the end.

There's a simple vignette that occupies the area to the left of the bathroom door.

The table is a House of Miniatures Hepplewhite Side table with hand painted designs and added elements inspired by a real life sized antique table.

I added some books from the many I made while filling the parlor bookcase.

The vase and bird figurine were purchased awhile ago, but I'm no longer sure of the vendor.  The flowers are Bonnie Lavish red dahlias.

I made the tiny red alarm clock from a rounded wood cap from Hobby Lobby, two silver brads and a gunmetal head pin.  The feet are Tiny Turnings.  The face is a printed image from The Graphics Fairy with a clear cabochon sticker to simulate glass.  I had made a set of vintage table clocks for another miniaturist through my etsy shop, and I liked the red one so well I knew I would need one for the Heritage.

The artwork is a photograph from artisan Natasha Fadeeva.  She makes the most amazing little animals.  I just swoon over her mice!!!  :D  I contacted her about using the vintage mice photos in the Heritage, and she graciously gave me her permission.  I haven't yet framed the other.

To the right of the door is a House of Miniatures Chippendale Pier Glass painted ivory with a tan aging wash to give it an heirloom quality.  I replaced the mirror with Darice plastic mirror sheet since the original glass was in poor condition and rather heavy to hang on the wall.  It is a large piece, but the space needed something and mirrors tend to add to a space instead of subtracting from it.

You know me; I am all about the realism.  So, I added some 1:12 scale insects inside the globe.  :D  Lyssa egged me on when I joked about it to her, so she is to blame!  It's just a little dry-brushed brown and black paint, but it's rather convincing.  ;]

For The Haunted Heritage pictorial recap post, please click here.  Click here for a full list of Heritage posts, including how I made things and the materials used.


Comment from: Lyssa [Visitor]
I'm glad I egged you on! The bugs in the light shade is one of my favorite details in this build. I love that even though the house is old, and falling apart, the entryway shows just how awe inspiring it once was. You've done a mahvelous job, my friend. :)
08/11/13 @ 19:16
Comment from: Blondie [Visitor]
That mouse painting kills me! Love!!
08/11/13 @ 20:28
Comment from: April [Visitor]
Nicest dead bugs I've ever seen &#59;) The staircase is a knockout feature, they really are so inviting. Just the right amount of touches for the small spaces, both up and down.
08/11/13 @ 20:55
Comment from: elizabeth s [Visitor]
Hi Brae! Love, love, Love it! I adore the wall paper it is Perfect for the entry and the way that you have used the staircase and actually made a realistic hall and landing which is now so believable in this house, well... it all looks fantastic! It has entirely changed the way that this house looks! I love the ghostly cameos and the front door and the umbrella stand with the umbrellas. The upstairs landing is wonderful and useable. Your assortment of accessories are all perfect and perfectly placed as well. This entry has the all the details of style and function that makes this entry a Winner!
08/11/13 @ 23:56
Comment from: debora [Visitor]  
Aaah, lovely!! Compliments to the photographer (you? :))) for the amazing pics. They show so much detailing!!! What a jolly post to read, awesome post Otterine, and so well explained too.
08/12/13 @ 04:08
Comment from: Mary from Virginia [Visitor]
This is amazing. I have recently purchased my first dollhouse, and am trying to learn everything possible about making a beautiful dollhouse. Your work is so inspiring. I don't think I can live up to your work! Love everything.
08/12/13 @ 09:03
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you!!!! :>>
08/12/13 @ 13:18
Comment from: Liduina [Visitor]
gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous :D
08/13/13 @ 01:26
Comment from: 12Create [Visitor]
Love the stained glass and the detailing on the stairs.
08/13/13 @ 03:34
Comment from: Eliana [Visitor]
There are so many wonderful details! I do not get tired on looking. &#59;)
08/13/13 @ 06:10
Comment from: Hannah [Visitor]
I LOVE this house =) The wallpaper is great and the stairs! And I love it how you change it from the kit. And the cameos, so beautiful! I just love it all =) Hannah
08/13/13 @ 10:27
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you so much! :>>
08/14/13 @ 12:13
Comment from: Sandra Campbell [Visitor]
Brae, the staircase is certainly a winner! They are so often left plain and unrealistic but your use of the trim makes all the difference to this one. Also the little detail of having a bit of railing between the two balusters at the top of the stairs instead of having two balusters side by side (which you never find in real life) adds to the realism. Your use of accessories is impeccable as always, and the little touches such as the stinger meeting the skirting board so perfectly show the care and precision that go into your work, making this a stunning house. Hugs, Sandie
08/17/13 @ 19:50
Comment from: Sandra Campbell [Visitor]
Also meant to say that your method of joining the foyer wallpaper and the upstairs wallpaper is a great solution! Hugs, Sandie
08/17/13 @ 20:07
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you! :>>
08/19/13 @ 09:37

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