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1.29.2014

Issues of scale.


Rosehill Cottage is acquiring a small collection of furniture, including these two chairs. The one on the left is a Bespaq wing chair that I found on ebay. I removed its upholstery and wings, cut it down, and re-upholstered it in a silk from Brodnax Prints. The one on the right is a Cassidy Creations wing chair kit. I did a similar cut-down job and used a white cotton to approximate the look of a modern linen slipcovered armchair. These two armchairs will sit in the living room, across from a sofa. The photo below is one I worked from to try and replicate the furniture.


After finishing the chairs and seeing them next to each other, I was struck by how much bigger the Bespaq looked. I was just motoring along, assuming that since they were both in 1/2" scale they would be the same size. This threw into question the whole project for me, as scale has been a tricky beast to tame. In past posts I have shared how I have cut apart walls and added to them, and am working off of photos to guess measurements. This project is supposed to be a fun hobby, just for me to enjoy, but the issues of scale have been a continual source of doubt. I have to admit, I want this thing to be perfect, and I am positive that my tendency to worry about that perfection has paralyzed me into not working on it at all. I almost considered starting over! That would be crazy, right?

So anyway, the Bespaq chair will just be one of those slightly overstuffed pieces of furniture that a comfy and eclectic cottage has to have. I am positive that my tiny tenant will just love curling up in it with a book and a cup of cocoa.


PS - I found a mini wicker furniture maker who is going to replicate the adorable round table from the kitchen! More to come in a future post.

1.11.2014

Lighting is on its way!

Large range of LED colors available. Image from Evan Designs.
I just placed a giant (but not expensive) order with Evan Designs for LED lighting for Rosehill Cottage. I want to give a huge shout-out to Shelly Jamison, co-owner, who answered my thousand questions and helped me figure out what I would need via email. (Their website has so much helpful information about everything you might need to know about lighting your project - please check it out.) After counting up every lamp, sconce, hanging pendant and fireplace I came up with 44 individual lights. Believe it or not, those will all run off a AA battery! No clunky transformer switch connected to the wall! And LED lights do not throw off heat, so I can enclose my project as I planned with no worries. I ordered three switches so I can light the house in various ways; one switch will handle the fireplaces, one will light the upstairs and one the downstairs.

If this works out the way I expect, I am going to light other projects I have been working on. I hate the copper strip tape lighting I have used in the past, and never could wrap my head around round wire lighting. I have in mind a room box based on the set of "Dial M for Murder" directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Wouldn't it be cool to be able to switch the lighting around to get different scenes from the film, like when Grace Kelly goes to answer the phone and the light from the bedroom streams across the darkened living room? Lighting really makes miniatures come to life, and it sounds like LEDs are a great way to do it for less money and effort.

Please visit Evan Designs at http://www.modeltrainsoftware.com if you are thinking of lighting a project. You will be blown away by the possibilities!