The Haunted Heritage - Grandma's fine parlor

by brae  

Grandma's fine parlor is the other first floor room in The Haunted Heritage.  There are so many elements of this room that I just adore.  My real life home is much simpler in its décor, but I do so love the high society vintage style here.

This is the first dry fit to determine furniture placement.  Nothing really changed in the end other than the staircase (detailed in this post).

The fancy parlor floor was a labor of love but so worth the effort.

It adds just the right amount of extravagance to a room filled with subtle color and high-end ornamentation.

On the left side of the room is a large fireplace.

On the opposite side, the stairs lead to the second floor.

All the lights in this room are Chrysolite except the Clare Bell brass hurricane lamp on the bookshelf.

I assembled the wall sconces above the fireplace as well as the gaslight chandelier.  At first I thought the ceiling medallion was too much, but I love the way it frames the chandelier.  This particular chandelier is a little temperamental since I wired it to have replaceable bulbs.  The slightest movement makes the globes teeter.  It's not easy to adjust three of them with two hands.  Haha!  :D

The table lamp was purchased already assembled and is wired with one of my signature faux outlets.  The side table is a Bespaq piece purchased at a local mini show.

The frame was a gift from Annie at Gypsy Boudoir Miniatures.  I bought a grouping of her miniatures which you'll see in upcoming posts.  This frame is the perfect little something for the space.

The white stone griffin fireplace was made from foam core board, wood trims and polymer clay, then painted to a faux stone finish.  I love how spooky the fireplace looks in low light.

The marble hearth started out as cardboard.

It was partially inspired by a Lawbre fireplace and the griffins were cast from molds made from metal earrings.

A close-up of one of the griffins.

The resin coals are held by the Phoenix Parlour Hob Grate.  I painted it Burnished Copper Metal by Rustoleum, then aged it with layers of black and grey acrylic to get the look I wanted.  I installed a flickering LED to light the resin coals.

The painting above the fireplace is by Giovanni Boldini of Elizabeth Wharton Drexel, 1905.  I printed the image on regular paper and painted the purchased frame to tone down the original gold finish.

One of the finest (and most expensive) miniature purchases to date: a pair of sterling silver griffin candlesticks.  These were crafted by Don Henry for Small Treasures Miniatures.

The detailing on them is incredible.  They stand just 15/16" tall without the candles.

The purple lidded dish is from CW Lubin Wood Turning.

I made the bird statue a long time ago from a wood bead and jewelry charm with the loop removed.

The beautiful Bagnall clock was made from a House of Miniatures kit.

The Chair was made by Kris of 1 Inch Minis.

Buying this piece set this whole project in motion.  :D

I opted for a single side swept curtain for the sole purpose of not hiding that little outlet I took the time to add.  Though The Chair will block both the curtains and the outlet for the most part, anyone who looks for the details will find them.

Miss Kitty was made by Pamela of PamelaJunkMinis.

The Sofa was my second “from scratch” upholstered piece and made to match The Chair.  :D

The knitting was purchased from Small Talk at a local miniature show.

The beautiful rug is by Katie Arthur of Dollhouse Littles.  The texture of it is amazingly lifelike.  This rug will live in the bedroom going forward, but I haven't found or made one to replace it just yet, so I've borrowed it for the photos.

The coffee table is a refinished Bespaq piece.  I made the book, but the candy dish was purchased.

Jane of MiniFanaticus made the tiny candies for me in a swap.

The bookshelf was purchased, but I made all the tiny books that line the shelves.  The top shelf holds a matched set of orange acrylic turned items from CW Lubin Wood Turning, two vases and a bowl.  They were advertized as quarter scale or half scale items, but I often find those smaller scale items look wonderful in full scale scenes.  I arranged the two shorter items on either side of the taller vase to make the most of the space on the top shelf.

The hurricane lamp is battery operated.

I added a baseboard heat register (my bash of a tutorial by Kris at 1 Inch Minis).

Next time you are invited for tea, don't let the bedraggled exterior of the Heritage scare you away.  :D

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: Jocelyn [Visitor]
I love the details in this room!
08/10/13 @ 17:20
Comment from: April [Visitor]
That fireplace, it's magnificent. The silver griffons mirroring those from the fireplace is superb. This room has so many striking details everywhere you focus, yet doesn't look at all cluttered in such a small space. I can't begin to point out everything I love about the space, I'll run out of adjectives.
08/10/13 @ 17:22
Comment from: Maureen Molloy [Visitor]
I don't know how you put together that mix of colours and have it look so wonderful.
08/10/13 @ 23:30
Comment from: liduina [Visitor]
A lovely decorated room with a beautiful arrangement of miniatures. I especially admire the way you painted the fireplace!
08/11/13 @ 10:38
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you!!! :>> This room is the furthest from anything I ever thought I would create in miniature, and I love it!! :yes: I'm so glad you appreciate it, too!
08/11/13 @ 10:56
Comment from: elizabeth s [Visitor]
Hello Brae! Just reading your reply, Isn't it ALWAYS an adventure doing up a room? You have an idea in mind and in the process of translating that idea you produce something that was not what you intended but something that has grown into Being! That is how the best work is presented and that is what your Haunted Heritage is. I have read and watched as your incredible talent has searched out the essence of the various rooms and made them come alive. This parlor is a perfect example of your skill. The ingenuity of the Fireplace, the way that you have finished it and made it 100% unique and introduced the Haunting and magical theme through it, is wonderful! The lighting and the warmth of the wall color is perfect as are the custom furnishings and all the accessories which speak to the heart of the house is such a pleasure to see! I love this parlor and you have done a superb work in its realization and execution! Brava, Brae! elizabeth
08/11/13 @ 18:28
Comment from: Blondie [Visitor]
I love this room so much. I want to sit in there and listen to things creaking....
08/11/13 @ 20:27
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you!!!! :>>
08/12/13 @ 13:15
Comment from: 12Create [Visitor]
I just love everything in this room. I remember following your blog in awe when you worked on the flooring.
08/13/13 @ 03:16
Comment from: Sandra Campbell [Visitor]
What a magnificent room Brae! Nothing haunted about it at all. It is rich and plush and gorgeous. Every detail is thought out so carefully and so beautifully done - as always with you. This is a wonderful house. Hugs Sandie
08/17/13 @ 19:36
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you! :>>
08/19/13 @ 09:38

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