I’m a Giant: Blood, Sweat, & Tears

Remember way back when I first posted my mini-mood board?  How do you think it translated to room?  I think I can def pat myself on the back.  I love how these colors and patterns work together.  The blue and hot pink combo with subtle pattern really sing to me.
In this sad picture with a broken Eames and clock, you can see how the grandfather clock was stained an ebony black.  And now it’s a grey-teal.  I like it so much more this way.  The gold tone pops off it.
This is the picture that made me covet that acrylic coffee table.{via Lonny}

My acrylic table only has two sides right now.  And mine holds pretty blankets instead of housing books.  I will finish it one day.

And the gold, art deco motif wallpaper behind the Victorian mantle is not glued yet.  I ran out of electrical tape that will hide behind it.  One day.
Remember the kitchen mood board.  One could say that a blue based color is really inappropriate for a place where you cook and eat.  But what if it helps to keep you skinny?  Morbid thought, I know.  But seriously, has anyone tested this thought?  Would love to know!

I plan on adding a persian rug in bright red tones and some warmer pops in the artwork over the breakfast area.  Lots of little details that I have yet to finish here.  I posted the formal dining area back in december.  I thought the table needed to be brighter less woodsy.I love the bright table juxtaposed with the fiberglass chairs.  All I need is a working light pendant,a brass bar cart, a tablescape and I will be done.I do love how it has progressed.This watercolor wallpaper was pinned via pinterest by Mrs. Henderson. Initially, I planned on making my own water-colored paper.  But instead I went for a pre-made marbled paper.  And I am delighted that I did.  The colors are amazing-bright cheerful pastels with swirls of gold.  It is divine.  I picked this up at my local art store,  bought for a mere 3 bucks!  I had plenty left over to frame in my real house (pics soon to come.)  I plan on adding wainscoting to the walls.  The panelling frames the wallpaper like the beautiful work of art that it is.

Some day.Oh and remember my scary stairs?  I didn’t finish them!  Argh!  It the last big thing on my to-do list.  But it’s one of the most important features of the house.  Because, what is a colonial without stairs? Needless to say, I will be ecstatic when the stairs are installed.

Here is Blythe taking a bath.  We have since lost her pretty pink pumps. I posted about this swirly motif wallpaper here.  I drew it illustrator and doesn’t it fit so well? Love it for sure.This bedroom scheme was requested by the little misses-a.k.a my 6 year-old.It’s still a bit sparse. That white wall is begging for some interest.  But all in all I am lovin’ the direction.The inside of the dresser’s shelves are lined with leopard print remnants from the other bedroom.  I did this as much as possible, taking bits of color and pattern from one room to another. It makes the whole house flow.This last space I am probably the most lagging space planning and selection of furnishings.  It will come together.

One day.

I have to say that this is the first project where I chose the color story throughout the entire house. And I am so happy about how many pieces are interchangeable and could be switched into other rooms. The house’s palette is cohesive. And it was so much fun.

But the best part is my daughter’s reaction. Coming home from school she said, “My dollhouse is prettier than I ever thought it could be.”
And that means so much coming from her. And I look forward to finishing the house together, at a more relaxed pace. Just buying pieces as they find us-maybe while strolling through a garage sale or at an antique store. It’s not over just yet.

And if you are here for the first time and would like to see the whole process, click here.


I’m a Giant: So not finished!

Before the day gets away from me, I wanted to post some pictures of my current status.  Not at all finished but so much further along.  I stayed up installing studs, sheet rock, and electricity till 5 am.  I am pretty dead right now.  I’ll be back tomorrow with the full narrative.  Hope you enjoy!

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: Yay! Lighting Kit Arrived!

Oh joy! Just in time for Christmas break, the kit arrives. I really wish that the little people who live inside the walls would help me install the teeny-tiny nails.  But I am so excited! I really am.

I will be taking the rest of the year off to work on some side projects.  I hope that you all have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

See you next year!

P.S. I have just updated my blogroll.  Recently, I have found some pretty great new blogs and have revisited some oldies {to me} but goodies.  Hope you enjoy!

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: Mini-Project

Buried deep in my closet, I have a secret of sorts that is overflowing.  It is a box that holds supple leathers, silky fabrics, and strips of bass wood.  These lovely materials peek out in a magnificent array of colors and textures. I have carefully gathered these treasures overtime. And at the risk of sounding like a hoarder, I admit that it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy to ‘save’ something in hopes of  repurposing.

Like this drainage mat below, for example, which a former co-worker of mine handed to me, while cleaning her desk.  I was going to put it up in the resource center’s miscellaneous box, but I somehow knew that I could make something with it for La Petite Maison.  I liked the sculptural form of the plastic.  And at first thought I was going to make mini-art with it.  But it was hard to manually cut.  So I held on to it for about a year.

Do you remember this project?  I had several of the tinyi-screws left over.  And somehow it came to me.  I would make a shower curtain that resembled this modern laser cut version.

I love the way that these translucent panels if laid-out  properly, could define a space.

I merged the screws and ‘panel.’ And voila!

This is definitely a more abstract version of the Tord Boontje panels.  But they look great in the space and are ever so lovely as a modern shower curtain.

Forgive me folks, but I am saving the big reveal for another two weeks.  So all you get for now is this mini-project peek.

I know, I am such a tease.

FRA–GI–LE…must be Italian

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas…

I cannot get that song out of my head.  Especially today, while bringing down our Christmas decorations.  Aww, don’t you love this time of year?  The weather puts me in such a good mood.  I am taking off early tonight to start decorating, but before I go, I could not help and show you just 1 mini-decoration.

Isn’t she a beauty!? She works too!  And she will be proudly displayed at La Petite Maison.

Off to decorate.

…ev’ry where you go…

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: 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!