I’m a Giant: From {shabby} to {bling!}

This is a long overdue before and after.  I started way back here.  But I ran into major problems with gold leafing.  The guy at the Art Supply store warned me that it would be difficult.  And I didn’t listen, nor did I read the instructions or even googled for a tutorial.  I just winged it.  My first attempt came out pretty smooth and nice on the exterior with the exception of a few spots that wouldn’t fully take the gold leaf.  I figured I could just add another layer. But then I tried leafing the inside of the open shelves and I couldn’t get the gold leaf to stick.  So I kept adding.

Layer. after. layer. after. layer.

And somewhere between those layers, I began to get frustrated and impatient.  You could see the caked up leaf in some spots by this point.  Stubbornly, I proceeded, confident that I could mask with yet another layer.

The husband, stopped in front of my work area one day and casually said,

“It looks like chunks of gold nuggets.”

He was right.

So, perfectionist that I am, I started to sand. and. sand. and. sand. And sand.

But the thing with gold leaf is that you have to apply a very sticky adhesive, so that the gold will stick.  And when you sand, the adhesive starts to come through like a big gooey mess.  So at this point I was considering trashing the whole dresser, but I couldn’t bring myself to not finish.  After 3(!) coats of stripper and 2(!) coats of Goo Begone, it was ready to be gold-leafed again.

And long story short,


Here is the finished dresser.

Phew!  I am exhausted just thinking about it.

I guess persistence does pay off.  But lesson learned, NEVER wing it, ALWAYS google.


Just a few more days till you see it in it’s proper setting.

Can’t wait to finish!


I’m a Giant: Found Camera!

I just now found my camera cord, yay!  On to the eye-candy.

I shot these pictures today and it was pretty dark and cloudy, so bear with me.The kitchen isn’t done. I am working on a rug and a tablecloth. Plus I have ordered {2} black bentwood chairs to satisfy my fetish.  Oh and the wallpaper here will be amazing…I hope.

I love footed appliances.  Doesn’t it look like it’s going to walk away?  So cute.

The powder room is well under way. In retrospect, I should have bought a footed tub.  But sometimes you have to work with what you got.

I can’t wait to show-off the wallpaper.  It will be to die-for and totally made by me.

The chinnoiserie dining room is coming along. I know it doesn’t look chinnoiserie yet, but just wait.  There will be wallpaper along a core wall.  In fact, I only selected wallpaper for the core walls.  It’s sort of like a feature wall, though I actually prefer a head to toe pattern.  But in this instance, I felt that it was important to keep the exterior walls true to the architecture.

And this is the dressing room.  Though It is still bare, I love the understated femininity of the patterned carpet and the Eames.

So there you go.  Another tease sneak-peek before the new deadline of Feb.1st. I can’t wait myself to see these core walls up!

And if you have missed the process and are curios, click here.

Have a good weekend!!!

I’m a Giant: From {blank} to {blank}

Remember my mini-shopping spree?

I bought.

I painted.

I conquered.

And I love, love..


And because I love you, today you get two mini-before & afters.

Here you go!

I am totally smitten by these chairs!  They make the formal dining area in La Petite Maison look incredibly fab! Not to give too much away, but I am working on some Chinoiserie wallpaper for the little fancy dining space.  And speaking of, don’t you love the word, chinoiserie?  Maybe I am weird, but I love the way it rolls off my tongue.



More mini projects coming this week.

Stay tuned!

I’m a Giant: From {Granny} to {Granny-Chic}

So I admit that I have been a bit of a tease lately.  I know I have promised reveals and not delivered.  But today is a new day!

Remember this?

Last weekend, I went a little fuchsia-happy and am so pleased with the results!

What do you think? Is it not granny-chic!?

It is so saccharine sweet and my little girl is over the moon about it. OVER-THE-MOON!

I plan on making a tone-on-tone striped rug out of the fabric that you see peeking out from underneath.

But that is a story for another day.

Stay tuned!

I’m a Giant: Granny-Chic

Remember this little sample board?

Well, I finally found a perfect bed for this girly bedroom. What sold me was the granny-knitted bed spread.

Imagine how lovely it would be dyed a fuchsia pink. Yes ma’am! I call it granny-chic!

If you think about it, grannies are very cool. Our mothers generation wanted no part in crafting or diy’ing. But the grandmothers, they have so much in common with our generation. Just think about it. Women gathering, perhaps sipping on wine, gossiping and immersed in their craft. Sounds like fun and a whole lot like what my circle of girlfriends love doing.


Stay tuned because I can’t wait to show you!

I’m a Giant: Update

I have started selecting artwork for La Petite Maison. I tend to lean towards graphic and girly. Hoping that I can frame all three by weekend’s end.

I have also started to think about the second bedroom. Remember that the first bedroom will be very pink and done to a five-year olds specifications. The second bedroom will be slightly more grown-up and glam. So I have begun contemplating the idea of leopard print carpet. I would just about die for a space with leopard print flooring.

{via Domino}

Isn’t it dreamy?  And paired with a very masculine Eames, it would tone down the girly.


See you next week!

I’m a Giant: The Scary Stairs

First, as promised, the reveal of the finished kitchen floor.


Sorry for the yellow picture. It is dark outside and could not wait to show.

You have to admit that the tile is awesome.  I made the graphic based of a real product.  These handpainted tiles are made in Marrakech. And they are drop-dead gorgeous! Don’t they look like a modern rug? They add instant drama and  I would highly recommend for a human scale reno.  Find these tiles here.

So the kitchen is bare.  But bare with damn good bones, if I do say so myself.  My plan is to purchase a appliances and make custom cabinetry with open shelving to keep things airy.

Now on to something that is more season appropriate.  I have been thinking about this thing since I first started the dollhouse.

Here is the sweet colonial Kit bought off eBay stock photo.

Does it remind you of anything? Anything scary, that is?

Now, does this look familiar?  If you are a horror movie freak like me, you got it. But if not, here’s another reminder.

If you watched Nightmare on Elm Street like a million times like I did as a teen, you know this song by heart:

one, two

Freddie’s coming for you 

three, four

better lock your door

five, six

grab a crucifix

seven, eight

better stay up late

nine, ten

never sleep again!

So, I always had in mind that if I was going to decorate a colonial house, I would somehow incorporate this little rhyme. Oddly enough while building the stairs, as I was humming, I noticed that there were just enough risers to spell out in a graphic way.

But it is not my style to not do pretty.

Enter toile, my new obsession.

I have posted a few posts on the traditional pattern.

I love how romantic it is and how it depicts parisian settings.

While I have a fondness for the old, I also believe in innovation.  Timorous Beasties produced a modern interpretation where the colors are richer, more saturated and the settings are no longer in paris, but rather the streets of New York.  I had to use it somewhere.  Can you blame me?  It’s modern toile and fuschia.


But enough explanation, I know you are dying to see. Here is the start of my scary stairs.  

Well not so scary, really. They are pretty, aren’t they? Or am I the only weirdo who thinks so?
Happy Halloween!

I’m a Giant: Mini Furniture Shopping

This weekend I curated some amazing finds for La Petite Maison.

The colonial windsor bench you see here along with these hippie-60’s wicker chairs are destined for one another. They belong together. I love how they are similar in form but from wildly different periods. With a coat of new paint and an added colorful cushion, the pieces will be brought back to this era.

These brass hinges and closures will brace the frame of a mini acrylic coffee table.

Here, Lonny shows a real, life-size acrylic coffee table that houses books. In the dollhouse, the coffee table will hold colorful blankets for those oh-so-cold winter nights.


Oh-my-goodness, I am officially mini-obsessed!

Stay tuned for the unveiling of the newly ’tiled’ kitchen floor.

It is to-die-for!

I’m a Giant progress…sort of

I expected to have a lot more done by this post, but a tragedy occurred.

Casualties of a five-year old, I suppose.

So I spent much of my dollhousing time fixing broken things.  But I did manage to order samples and put together a game plan.

First up…

I was able to find this geometric patterned upholstery fabric that I am going to use as wallcoverings-I think.  I am not exactly sure how I am going to mount it on the wall.  Any ideas??? If it doesn’t work out, I fully intend on making curtains.  I am in love with the tone-on-tone polka dot fabric.  It is to die for!


This one is going to be super pink! My little girl wants a hot pink room now that she is out of toddler years. So pink it is. I am planning to use lots of reflective finishes like brass, gold, and this awesome metallic floor that looks pixilated.


I wanted this tile flooring for my own real-size home. But it is pretty expensive folks. Basically you would have to promise your child to Rumpelstiltskin to be able to cover your floors in this product. They are amazing handmade tiles. But I plan on making my own, graphically that is, not handmade.

So there you have it. I am soo ready to begin and can’t wait to show you the tiled kitchen. Weekend warriors here I come!

If you want to se the whole progress, click here.

I’m a Giant: Here I Come!


So this may be old news to you by now, but while on hiatus, I caught wind of this challenge.  And let me tell you how much it made my day.  Oh my, how I love thee, dear Emily!  Basically summarized, my pretend BFF, Emily Henderson conjured up a miniature dollhouse-along competition.   As you know I have a dollhouse project but have been slacking for some time now.  Well, this is perfect opportunity for me to finish up this endeavor.  And thank goodness that I already have a shell in place. Otherwise, it would be an even bigger (tee-hee) race to the finish line.

So I feel a status report is in order.  Currently, La Petite Maison, is 60% finished.  How did I come up with that percentage, you ask?  Well I figure that the exterior was 50% and I have already started to finish out some of the interior.  But the interior partitions are non-existent.  To be honest, I haven’t decided if I want an open concept with columns or traditionally separated spaces with demising walls.  The stairs is another problem. The oddly-planned stairs went right into the living room, leaving little space for actual living.  And the banisters are ridiculously out of scale.  I simply could not install as-is.  I really was avoiding making a staircase from scratch but it seems inevitable.  Huge project, I know (lol).

To keep myself on schedule, I decided to create a timeline where the completion date is December 15.

Phase 1-Interior Buildout

*build interior partitions with selected finishes

*design stairs and build

*install millwork (kitchen)

*finish floors

Phase 2-Furnishings/Art/Accessories

*build furniture

*select furniture/refurbish

*make art


So there you go ladies and gents and if you want to see more on the process, click here.

Feel free to follow me along this miniature trip.