Parlor drapery

by brae  

The pelmets and pleated draperies worked so well in the kitchen, I decided to add them to the one parlor window as well.  There is a lot going on in this room in the way of color, texture and pattern already, so I again chose a soft white printed curtain topped with a subtle pelmet.

Here is the panel after the Aleene's Stiffen Quik dried.  Using the back board for the straight left edge resulted in a much cleaner panel than the all-pin version I did for the kitchen.

I made a tall pelmet since there was a lot of space between the window and the ceiling.  A tall pelmet with long curtains makes a window look taller.  I covered the pelmet with a soft grey-green fabric from Mini Decorators, purchased at one of the local mini shows.

I glued the curtains to the pelmet.

I glued a piece of fairy lace around the bend to serve as a tieback.

I glued the crown molding in place and touched up the joins first to make sure the window treatments were spaced properly on the wall.  This also eliminated my possibly slopping paint onto my new window treatments.  :O  I then glued the pelmet to the wall.

I opted for a single side swept panel 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.

I think this simple panel and pelmet adds just the right amount of design to complete the décor and the white curtains reflect some soft light into an otherwise dark corner.

The parlor is complete now, but it's too late to set up for a fully decorated photo shoot.  :D

Drapery and bedding, part 1

by brae  

Today was a fabric day, and I used my vintage Millie August Magic Mini pleating tool.

I turned under the four edges of the fabric panels first, but I didn't sew or glue them.  Once the drapery is in place, it won't show and it won't be touched so fraying isn't much of a worry.  Plus, I find that there is less pulling and binding when the edges are left unsecured.

The instructions indicate you should wrap the fabric around the metal slats and then use a steam iron.  So, that's what I did.  :]

I removed my panels just before they were completely dry so I could manipulate them more.  For the bedroom wall panel, I adjusted the pleats by hand on a piece of waxed paper.  I had to pleat this panel in sections since it was wider than the number of pleat bars could handle at once.

I used Aleene's Stiffen Quik to hold the shape.  The panel will stay here until completely dry.

For the parlor drapery, I took a scrap of foam core board and attached a spare piece of wood trim using double sided tape.  This gives the drapery a straight back to lean against.  Using as few pins as possible, I created the fold where the tie back will be.  Pins do leave holes in the fabric that can sometimes be tricky to remove, especially on white fabric where the slightest dark spot can show so easily.

A good spray of Aleene's Stiffen Quik, and the panel was set aside to dry.

I started the bedding, first by applying a layer of millinery batting to the foam core board mattress base.

I added sheets made from the same sheer white floral fabric used for the drapery.  Since there would be a coverlet, I opted to keep the top sheet short to cut down on the bulk.

I sewed the coverlet from the fabric April sent to me, adding a plain white backer.  I would like to try my hand at an unmade bed, but in the interest of time I went with my standard treatment.

Hooray!  :D

Next up, finishing the drapery and making some pillows!

Antique drum nightstands - one down, one to go

by brae  

Instead of matching the painted bow front dresser, I chose a different design for the antique drum nightstands.

As a reminder, the nightstands were made from the round stands that came with my artist models, 1 1/2" x 1/8" wood circles and Houseworks 1 9/16" long spindles.

I painted them with a base coat of Tapioca by Folk Art then added an aging wash of light brown.  I then painted the green vines, followed by red and yellow for the roses.

The knob is the fancy end of an antique copper headpin.  I love the way it turned out.

It fits in well with the rest of the furnishings.

So, why did I paint only one of the two?  I didn't.  The other one just had some I sanded the top down and am waiting for the base coat to dry.  I'll give it another try tomorrow.  :D

Bears like honey cake, and so do I

by brae  

Quite awhile ago, I saw the cutest Paddington Bear on Rustic Dollhouse.  He was made by Milla and Olya Li.  As it turned out, I had one of their food creations on my favorites list, so I contacted them about making me a bear to go along with it.  He has the finest detailing.

Milla and Olya included a slice of cheesecake with strawberry topping, too!

The cake has tiny chocolate and almond bees that are beyond adorable.  I'd love to have this cake in real life size for my birthday!  :D

Unfortunately, one of the wings fell off...but I think I can fashion a replacement the next time I work with clay.

Smoke and mirrors

by brae  

When I noticed the other night that the Heritage bedroom paper had buckled in a few places on the long wall, I posted a question on the Greenleaf forum for suggestions.  I really didn't want to have to remove all that trim and the door and the lighting to redo the wallpaper.  The middle vertical seam behind the bed didn't bother me so much since it looked more realistic, but the large oval shaped bubble by the door looked off to me.

One suggestion for fixing the paper involved using a glue syringe.  I would cut a small slit in the paper, lift the edge and inject glue under the paper.  I would use a credit card or similar flat edge to distribute the glue and even out the paper.  To disguise the slit in the paper, I would just hang a framed photograph or small painting.  Not a bad idea at all!  I have such a syringe already.

The other suggestion was to form a curtain behind the bed.  I've seen fancy valances and partial canopies that fasten to the wall and have draped fabric hanging down to the floor.  Also a fabulous idea!

I mocked up a drapery panel with plain white paper even though I wasn't sure about using a light material behind the light colored headboard.  But, I love it...and it's just quickly folded paper!  :D  The drapery will be less stark since the fabric I have in mind is relatively sheer.  A small oval frame will disguise the repair for the oval bubble that won't be covered by the drapery.

The drapery panel also creates the perfect balance with the two floor-to-ceiling windows on the other two walls.

It looks so cozy!

The fabric on the bed is a gift from April.  I folded it to try it out in the room before cutting.  I like the way it pulls in the colors of the other furnishings and the large scale of the flowers balances out the busier patterns throughout the room.  The striped pillows are borrowed and will be replaced with a softer fabric.

Ophelia approves!  :D

Next up, determining if I need a valance or just a fancy curtain rod for the wall drapery.  :D

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