Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Dining Room

The dining room is difficult to photograph. It's a small room behind the front hall. I've put it off photographing it because there are a lot of unfinished projects in this room. The chair seats are covered with bright green and cream fabric that clashes terribly with the wallpaper. The sideboard is an unfinished bespaq piece. The room desperately needs a carpet and the single window a curtain (actually, ALL the windows in my house need curtains!)
 Despite all that, I decided to give you a peak at the room. The wallpaper in this room was a huge headache. I spent one summer looking through stacks and drawers full of wallpaper at three different shops. The dining room was one of the very last. There was  only one problem. The shop where I found this wallpaper only had one sheet,  and that wouldn't be nearly enough! A very helpful manager at another of the shops tracked down and ordered the paper. But when it came, we found out that I'd picked a half-scale version of the paper: the design that came was much, much bigger. The smaller size was much more difficult to find. I started to worry that I'd have to find another paper. Luckily, the manager was able to miraculously track down two sheets of the smaller print just in time!
  The theorem (stenciled painting on velvet) was done by my grandmother for my mother's childhood dollhouse. The white and pink porcelain vase was made by Lucy Coles, who used to make the most gorgeous porcelain dolls dressed in knit outfits. The blue and white plant holder in the corner of the room (behind the sideboard) came from my mother's childhood dollhouse. The silver is from various miniature silversmiths, including Acquisto and Don Henry.

I also had to point out the this tiny tea caddy. It has the tiniest flowers. I think it was made by Carrol Lodder, but don't quote me on that!
P.S. I'm sorry about the photo quality!


  1. Beautiful, love dark blue and white patterns! CM

  2. Some of my favourite things are here together, blue and white, porcelain and silver. Wonderful. I really like the small print on the wallpaper, good choice!

  3. Wonderful! I like the details.
    Bye Faby

  4. Hello Eliza,
    The paper was worth the hard work...it looks fantastic. I also have to say that I love your accessories. I can't wait to see more.
    Keep up the great work,

  5. Everything looks fantastic, like a display in an antique shop with all these marvelous pieces.
    The wallpaper is great, matches the beautiful porcelain vase.

  6. Hi Eliza,

    This is a beautiful scene,I love the colour scheme and the phesant is striking.I love the wallpaper too.

    Fi x