Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Progress in the French apartment


Making cabinets is definitely not my favourite mini activity but in order to make Emily a home I had to make her a kitchen.  Although I suspect she will spend very little time in here I decided to give her a full size cooker rather than the little bench top hotplate I was planning on. 

The cooker is made from Lea's instructions in her book Le Grand Livre de la Maison Miniature - it's inclined to be slightly too big for this tiny kitchen so I may eventually remake it downsizing it slightly.  However it doesn't look quite as large in reality as it does in this photo, I think it's 'grown' slightly because it's closest to the camera.

You might recognise the flooring - it was originally in the hallway (see post of 8 May below) but I decided it was too 'informal' for that space, after all this hallway provides access to the salon - so it now has a slightly more formal looking floor ...


I probably would have left the wooden flooring had this been a country house but although this is an unpretentious and very time worn property it is still Parisian and there are some standards which one must uphold ;)

By the way, that door is not the salon entrance, it is a linen storage cupboard, or perhaps a doorway to a secret room, whatever your imagination desires.

32 comments:

Margaret said...

Norma your kitchen looks very French, love the stove you made and the flooring goes well there. I must get that book!

Rosethé said...

très belle progression ! Le livre de Léa est une véritable source d'inspiration .
Minima

beachcomber said...

absolutely gorgeous! so lifelike.
x

debbie's mini thoughts and creations said...

Hi Norma
its looking good, I love the French look,

carmen said...

precioso trabajo

Sonja said...

Hi Norma,
Your kitchen (and also the rest of your French house) is so beautiful.
A big hug from Germany,
Sonja

Wee Cute Treasures said...

This looks fab! I love the secret door and the way we can imagine what is hidden behind it. Your floor is beautiful. Best wishes,Carol :)

Anonymous said...

I really like the opening windows!! looking good. Doris

Fabiola said...

The kitchen is wonderful. I like the floor.
Bye Faby

Wanda said...

Hi Norma,
Sorry to be away so long, your kitchen looks fabulous, very French. Great job!
Wanda

Ray W said...

Hello Norma!
You are very kind! Thank you for saying such nice things about my blog. I have been reading and enjoying yours for quite a while and thought I was a follower. Well today I have joined officialy.
Your Paris apartment kitchen is wonderful! I wish I had the ability to create such perfectly aged settings! Congratulations and warm regards from Ray

Claudia said...

Oh, Norma, this is looking perfectly wonderful - aged, worn, stylish and oh so French! I so want a copy of Lea's book. It's on my wish list.

xo
Claudia

Ascension said...

Me encanta el estilo que le has dado, has hecho un fantastico trabajo, me encanta.
besitos ascension

Lucille said...

Dear Norma! What beautiful work you do! I'm just beyond words!

Catherine said...

It is a very French looking kitchen. You did a great job making those cabinets and stove. Everything looks wonderful.

Daphne said...

Oh, Norma, I love the kitchen! You did a wonderful job on the cooker.
I've run into the scale problem with cookers and stoves too - for some reason, they always seem to be huge in proportion to other elements in the room. I have a Roper range that just dwarfs things but I ran into an old photograph of a real Roper in some old kitchen and it looked exactly the same, out of proportion..huge even. When I look in my own kitchen, the cooker and microwave over the top are from the seventies and they are the largest things in the room.
It's a dilemma! ;)

SaMiRa73 said...

Oh wow, Norma! It just looks gorgeous, very vintage and worn :-) Your cabinets are great, love the stove, the walls, the floors....I´m looking forward to see more! Hugs, Sandra

miniacollection said...

Wonderful French atmosphere!
Geneviève

Ana said...

Dear Norma, I love the style and I think you are making a very good job,best regards,
Ana

Lotte said...

Everything looks so nice. Love the French style.

ANDA said...

Beautiful! I love the worn-out items that are "life" is régmúltról and tell us! The stove was very good, not great :)
ANDA

lamina@do a bit said...

Love it... when I get a house can you make a full size one for me :)

Flora said...

Most of all I love the atmosphere created by colors ... I do not see too big,the gas cooker ... You'll see that when you have on the stove a lot of fantastic miniatures, will prove to be TOO SMALL!
A secret room? Hmm ...
Mini hugs :-)
Flora

Lara said...

I like your kitchen very much! Well done.

Piikko said...

Great work Norma!♥
Hugs, piikko

Nina in Germany said...

Wonderful. I love this little kitchen. The stove is not too big, it looks very real.
And the walls are so good colored.
I want to drink a cup of coffee in this kitchen.
Nina

luisa said...

wonderful wonderful wonderful!!!!!!!! Your kitchen is wonderful!!!! :)))) I love the french style and your house is the essence of this!
Luisa

Rebecca said...

I love the kitchen cabinets - very well done! And the hallway floor is perfect.
I think that lavender looks familiar? ;-) It looks very at home here!

Ana Correia said...

Love the all athmosphere of the kitchen,trés chic!:)would love if you visit and follow my blog http://mycupofteaminiatures.wordpress.com/,regards!

Zuzu said...

I am in love with this tiny house, Norma. Absolutely perfect!!! :)

Monica Roberts said...

I'm going for the secret door pitch ... there's nothing quite so fascinating as a mysterious door you're forbidden to open ... had one of those in my house in Ireland, which, sooner than later, got the best of me! Love what you've accomplished so far, and the cookers always look big ... except for some of the Phoenix kits that sometimes look a wee bit small. Emily can't help but be right proud with what you've come up with. Nice new profile pic. as well ...

Sandie said...

Love the flooring here - I agree, it is more suited for the apartment. Sandie