Pat Balazs Mini Cottages

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I always love the articles about Pat Balazs’s houses that appear from time to time in Miniature Collector. I want to crawl into the pages and explore beyond the photos in the magazine. Bless her, she has a website! With many more pictures of the cottages.

http://www.balazscreative.com/minipat/index.html 

The April Min Collector features her Lilac Cottage.

Her miniatures are beautiful and so well crafted, and give me much inspiration.

Big House Bedroom–A Start

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Onward. The next room is the old bedroom, which will become, in a switch–the bedroom. I want to make it elegant, feminine, cushy, you name it. I’ll give it a shot.

The old pink bedroom, stripped down.

While I wait for supplies to arrive (namely the window), I decided to go ahead and put together the bed kit I bought for it a long time ago from Williamson Walton Marble. Checking their website today, I no longer see the kits for sale, but if you emailed them, they might let you know if/when they’d be available again, if ever. (I purchased mine years ago.)

The bed, gold leafed and ready to be dressed.

I discovered that gold leafing on a very dry day is a bad idea. The size dried faster than I could reach for a piece of gold! I perservered.

The bed with mattress and padded headboard finished.

The kit came with enough white fabric to finish it, but I’m going with my own fabric to match the room. Silks I bought from Dragonfly International at shows in the last couple years. (I hoard.)

I will wait to finish the bed until after I’ve installed the walls. I’m running out of places to put things, and I don’t want to ruin it.

Next, I’ll figure out exactly how I want the walls and the window. I’m going to try canned ceiling lights again, plus I have some lovely wall sconces by Luminations by Mr. K standing by. This is fun.

Bathroom mostly done

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I’m thrilled that I finished the basic structure and components of the Big House bathroom. I need many finishing touches–curtains, towels, bath goodies–but the architectural elements are in place. Finally!

This bathroom has a walk-in shower, a window overlooking the beach, a fireplace, and comfy furnishings.

In miniature, you don't have to worry about the nice furniture getting ruined by damp.

A through-the-window look at the platform bathtub

A far cry from the old, worn out room. I kept the flooring and the door--all else was redone.

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