Thursday, March 18, 2010

One Room at a Time

It's been close to a year since I brought my Citadel home from Chicago, via a very ambitious family road trip (from New Jersey!). The house sits in my workroom and I get to it whenever I can. I took a big leap this week and applied wallpaper to a small room off the kitchen. The room is likely a powder room, but I saw it as a sunny sitting room.

This is the "before" paper, which was in very good condition, just not to my taste:


I then went retro and pasted on some vintage papers I found on UK eBay; the challenge was keeping it even and the pattern linked into a consistent swath:


This house is HUGE, so this room only represents a mini step, but I felt good about taking the leap. It's a big commitment to wallpaper, but I want to start myself on a roll of activity, even if it means doing it into the late hours and waking up with luggage under my eyes!

Credits: Pixel chair and ottoman are by minimodernistas; light is vintage Strombecker; plant is from Lolly's; rug is by The House that Jacq Built; side table is vintage German; vases are Barbie by Jonathan Adler; book is AG Minis.

29 comments:

  1. Your remodelling certainly uplifted the tone of the room. Plus you take very good photos.
    Almost looks full size but we known that they are Miniatures. Very tlented Interior Designer

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  2. Just plain brilliant. I think you did a marvelous job with the wallpaper, and that chaise is perfect in that spot! I had to laugh at the "vases are Barbie by Jonathan Adler". Now that is one lucky doll! :D I had no idea he was doing miniatures!

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  3. I just recently discovered your blog (how on earth did I discover it earlier?!) and I love it!! I have long dreamed Citadel, too. I grew up near a house that looked like it. I was so intrigued to know about your progress. In fact, just last I considered requesting an update. Perfect timing - I was so excited to see this post. The room looks terrific!

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  4. Oh Callsmall, I'm rapt away! What a cool scene!
    I really love the contrast of the wooden door and the vintage wallpaper - a very good choice in my opinion - and I'm in awe with the different patterns of the chair, the wallpaper and the vases. they're such a good match.
    Would you make such a combination in your 1:1 house? I admire such a special taste, but I don't have the currage to put such arrangements in my rooms. In the dollshouse everything is possible, that's good!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  5. ooh! I absolutely adore the wallpaper, very retro! the room looks lovely, the wood and the paper go so well! great job :-)

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  6. Oh that is so much better. I read through your old posts about driving to get this house. Wow it is a huge house. Saw it in the back of your vehicle. What a special house though. I really love the wallpaper in this room. I am afraid to venture back to Lolly's because there are things I still want from my first visit. Nice to learn some of their history too. Enjoyed this post and the related ones greatly. Happy Day to You!

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  7. Love this! The wallpaper is perfect!

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  8. Really lovely wallpaper for this room, and excellent work! The chairs and vases are very effective with the paper, though a bit optically challenging. Don't think I'd want to be in there when I was tired!

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  9. Thanks, Studio SWS! I definitely do not consider myself an interior designer, but I really appreciate the compliment! I had fun taking risks and setting it up:)

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  10. Hi Mel! Thanks a lot! Yes, Jonathan Adler did a series of furniture, including a couch, tables, and accessories (such as the vases), for Barbie's 50th Anniversary. They are large-scale at 1:6, but the vases work as nice graphic accents.

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  11. Thanks, Kate! I appreciate your comments. The Citadel is a dream house - I would love to live in all that space! I really hope to post more on the house and show progress on the interior stairwell - it's a very tricky spot to wallpaper.

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  12. Oh, Oese, you are hitting on the paradox of my life! I am simply not capable of putting things together like this in 1:1. I think mostly because it is often very difficult for me to make decisions and I am very cautious by nature. So, both those attributes mean that I am not risky in putting a vision to things outside of my doll houses! My husband says all the time: Have you looked at our living room lately? Why can't you make it look like one of your doll house rooms?! My family has great fun with this, as you can imagine. :) I made very bold choices in this scene that I would not be able to make in my "real" life.

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  13. Thanks very much, diepuppenstubensammlerin! I appreciate the compliment!

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  14. Hi Natalie! Yes, I like the brown scheme with the white floor and wood trim. The only other wallpaper I have now is brown too, but a totally different pattern. I think he house is leaning to shades of brown and cream/white.

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  15. Hi Amy! Lolly's is great, right? I definitely could have bought more there, but I restrained myself. Thanks for reading about my journey. It was really an adventure, but I am glad we did it. The kids still talk about what a fun ride we had! I am actually headed back to Chicago next month for a conference, and found out that there is a miniature show near the airport -- so I am trying to go on my way to catching my flight! :)

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  16. Thanks, Kathi! I am glad you like the paper!

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  17. Thanks, Rebecca! Perhaps I shall call this my Op-Art room???! Given the bold effect, perhaps this is a room for morning coffee rather than afternoon tea? :)

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  18. Hi callsmall, these last weeks my head has been completely non-functional so I haven't been able to put together a single sentence. I haven't done much blogreading either but have been reading your posts and loved them!
    Your Vero house is gorgeous, with it's lovely linoleum flooring, fabulous bathroom window and the entrance with the green wall is to die for!
    So nice to see you have made such progress on the Citadel, great improvement! I love the wallpaper you chose here, and so does Karl Edo, he's looking for something similar in black to use in his shop :-)
    Aside from loving the pattern I think the colour is perfect for this room and I love the lamp and sideboard with the wallpaper. In real life I'm not very bold either, my living room is basically brown, wood and creme and I love grey.
    And agree with studio SWS about the great photos!

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  19. Hey, Pubdoll!! Thanks so much for your comments! I am now working to get the door fabricated on my large VERO, so I hope that works out. I am glad Karl approves of the wallpaper...I'll keep my eyes open for it in black ;) I am debating whether or not to do a border around the top so that it meets the top if the door frame. And I need to think about flooring...always something more to do!

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  20. Love, love, love that paper!

    It's so vintage, but it's so, now!

    Luggage, huh? lol ;)

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  21. Hi Call Small. Lolly's was dangerous for me. I went way over hubby's budget for me. The miniature show is about 15 miles from O'Hare airport and is on the 15th, 16th and 17th of April. Here is the link to this particular show:
    http://3blindmiceshow.com/chicago_spring/index.php

    I've only gone once and missed the last one but have plans on spending the day Friday the 16th. I would love to buy you a miniature cup of coffee if we could connect.

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  22. Thanks, Dale! I am glad you like my bold choice! Yes, I used to not have luggage under the 'ol eyes, but three kiddies and lack of time and sleep = samsonite under the peepers most days! ;)

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  23. Hi Amy! Yes, that is the show I plan to go to. I fly out on the 16th, so perhaps we can meet up that day for a cup o' joe. Let's email about it: chris@chrisandsteve.org. :)

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  24. I think this room (and the house) are thanking you for rescuing it. It's beautiful. And, yes, the wallpaper is quite swanky swanky. ha ha!

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  25. Thanks for the update!! Can't wait to see more finished rooms. That house is so huge, I know its an undertaking, but with results like these? More please!!!!

    I adore the wallpaper. Was that a Lolly's find or where did you score it?

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  26. Thanks, MC! I hope the house appreciates the rehab! I spent yet more time wallpapering today and my patience and visual skills are being tested!

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  27. Hey Mini Dork! Thanks a lot, I continue to work on it. The papers are vintage, found on UK eBay. I am now hunting for different ones.

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  28. wow amazing!

    luv your work
    wish you all sucess from Brazil

    cya

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