THE above photo is the current "Morning Room" in Villa Leone. Right now is all free-standing, in that NONE of the interior walls, floors, columns, windows, door, or stairs are secured and/or glued into their permanent position.
It is good thing too, because I am not finished with the stairs or the entry hall, and to add all of the required finishing trims would be impossible if the walls were glued in place. So therefore, what you're seeing in the photos is, temporary!
This will be a rather long post primarily because of the pictorial demonstrations which I've included for the purpose of further clarification.
The Morning Room of Villa Leone.
This room began with my finding 2 sheets of gold embossed scrapbook paper which changed my mind regarding the original direction of the dining room.
Because the walls were not glued in to place, I cut the paper to the size of the panels and let it free stand against them to see if I actually liked it or not.
|I LOVED IT!|
it had One Tiny Problem which I hadn't foreseen
|As soon as direct light hits it, |
it looked like molten gold running down the walls.
|This is the jacket from |
"The Book of Art"
Volume 2- Italian Art to 1850
the cover detail depicts Botticelli's
"The Allegory of Spring"
perfectly appropriate for an Italian villa
|I glued it to some cardstock which I sealed with|
Matte Mod Podge
|I cut out the door opening and glued the print over top of the old wallpaper, secured it with spring loaded clips and let it dry overnight.|
|This solution was in keeping with the theme of the villa and it was much more interesting to look at than the solid color. |
But with every plus there comes a minus, and perhaps you'll spot the problem sooner than I did.
Below you can see both sides of the muted mural.
|And here's the problem|
The original print has 3 nymphs dancing together, but by eliminating the 2 in the center to accommodate the door, I now had One Nymph with 2 arms,
with a third arm sprouting from her ribcage!
|Once the panels were dry, I re-positioned them inside to form the room.|
I took more photos to see how things were working together
|Initially I used the Adorable little barley twist table which I'd won from Pepper's Mitchymoo Miniatures Giveaway|
and I was going to leave it at that
because the resulting room was looking very peaceful.
thinking that the room arrangement was
I got back to work on finishing the fireplace.
| I've used this technique of mixing layers of oil stains on top of wet water based paints, for many years. Each time I do it, the results will vary depending on the paints and stains I've used and how wet or dry each layer is before the next one is applied. For this project, I also used Gold and Silver metal pulvers made by |
these are Very Messy powders, especially if you happen to spill some, but they added a fine metallic highlight to this project.
Below is the installed panel
I chose a pair of blue and white (bead) jars and and Janine-made lacquered blue vase. These tied in nicely with Linda's embroidered cushions on the sofa.
The orange tulips I made from dried plant materials. The orange repeats the color of the fabric on the sofa.
The trumpet was formerly a broach pin.
|This gives you an idea of how all of it will look with an LED fire blazing inside.|
|A close up of the tulips|
To use the"Morning Room"as a dining room, I cobbled this table together by using the cloth covered top from the patio table, and placed it on a night stand. I've got an HOM round table of the same diameter which I'll assemble as a future replacement.
I set the table for a light breakfast of croissants and coffee.
I had a plastic violin as well as a cello which wouldn't fit anywhere in the room except behind the table. I found some sheet music which I placed on the tabletop with the food.
(obviously one of the occupants of the villa is a musician)
Eventually, I would like to scale down sheet music from Vivaldi's " The Four Seasons" but I already had these mini scores in a drawer, and they'll do fine for now.
|the foot warmer came from my friend Bettie Smith|
|This is the table set for morning coffee, |
JEAN DAY MINIATURE'S
laser cut linen doilies as place mats
| Time for tea! featuring Linda Park's gift|
of a Wonderful needlepoint blue & white tea cosy!
|Dressing the hall table|
|Contented Cat by Sarah Hendry|
|overview of the unfinished entry|
|And this is what it currently looks like|
I hope you've enjoyed seeing the changes in the villa.
Wishing everyone a Terrific Weekend
The 3 armed nymph is also waving you goodbye
ciao for now