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Saturday 21 January 2012

Miniaturas, Final room count, attic plans, and Loggia furniture!

Hello all!
I hope everyone has been well. First off, I just want to thank everyone who follows my blog. I never dreamt  this many people would take an interest in my work. I hope my blog will keep on inspiring and giving people ideas. Thank you all so much!

Before I start, I just wanted to share some very happy news. "Miniaturas" Magazine is running a series of articles following my work on Dewell Manor. I saw the first article just hours before we left for our trip.  I have to congratulate Pedrete and Madelva for putting together such a beautiful article. Thank you very much my friends! I am honoured!

Jo and I had a wonderful vacation. I was worried about a Caribbean cruise because I'm not a beach person! The inner child in me is still very strong, so I get bored, restless and annoying in very calm situations. However, I did have a lot of fun.
I built a little sand castle , read "The Shining"  and a Hercule Poirot mystery, and of course, I thought of Dewell Manor.

As I sat at the back of the boat, looking at the sea, I made a quick sketch, yet again, of what Dewell Manor would look like from the sunken garden

the vision

the reality
Before I get to exterior work I want all interiors to be complete. The opening panels will be rather large and I'm afraid I might damage them while I work. I always had a 95% clear vision of the entire manor, except for the attic. Happily,  After many weeks of thinking, I commited to a floor plan for the top floor. So here is the finalized list of rooms for Dewell Manor and their measurements in inches:

First Floor
1.Kitchen 20 x 24
2.Loggia 13 x 13
3. Dining Room 16 x 20
4. Game Room 14 x 33
5. Drawing Room 17 x 30
6. Entrance Hall  12 x 34
7. Music room 20 x 36

Second Floor
8. Dressing Room 20 x 24
9. Master bedroom 16 x 20
10. Bedroom Hall 15 x 31
11. Girl's Room 14 x 17
12. Boy's Room 14 x 17
13. Gallery and Landing 12 x 24
14. Library 20 x 36

Attic Floor
15. Morning Room 14 x 24
16. Sewing Room 12 x 16
17.Nursery 15 x 21
18. Attic Hall 10 x 21
19. Bathroom 13 x 13
20. Gentlemans Room 14 x 24
21. Office 12 x 16

There will also be a tower, originally a clock tower, but I'm thinking of making it a room instead. Because I want the plans to be realistic, a tower means another staircase in the attic. Yet again, it will barely be visible, but it will be there!

I originally wanted to have servants quarters on the attic floor, but I've decided they all live in small cottages on the grounds of the estate near the main house.  I had furniture for the Morning Room, Nursery, and the Bathroom, so I got online and ordered a set for the Gentleman's room. This room will be visible only through the office double doors, so I wanted a set that would stick out and be noticed.

The office will have built in bookcases and will be completley paneled in walnut, so I only need a desk, and the sewing room only needs an armoire and sewing machine. With the furniture purchased, I chose my wallpaper. Since I have not worked on the manor, here are pictures of the furniture and the wallpapers to give you an idea what the attic will look like.

Morning Room 

Morning Room

Sewing Room





Bathroom Tile

Gentleman's Room

Gentleman's Room

One other room I originally had not planned on was the Loggia. 2 days before we left, I received the furniture I ordered from the Little Dollhouse Company.
The loggia will be red brick and stone, but I want marrocan tiles for the floor and a light fixture with colored crystals. I might also add curtains between the columns to block out the sun.

Before I tackle the attic, I have 3 rooms left to finish on the second floor. The Dressing Room, Master Bedroom and the boy's room. The next 2 weeks I will work on the flooring for these 3 rooms...very boring...and then I will finish them one by one.

Well, you are now all up to date and I can't wait to get some work done. I hope you all have an absolutely wonderful week. I only had time to pop into some of your blogs, but I promise I will catch up soon.
All the best my friends, and once again, thank you all!



  1. No sé qué decir...¡¡¡¡¡ Me encanta!!!!! la casa, los muebles, la decoración...todo es perfecto.

  2. Dear Giac, It's so good to have you back and I'm very pleased you and Jo enjoyed your holiday. Congratulations on your article success, what an accomplishment. You must be so proud, I know we are all routing for you.
    Your attic plans are wonderful and I love the attention to detail you give to the layout. I especially liked the sunken garden view. I am very intrigued to see how you develope the exterior of Dewell Manor, it will be the icing on the cake!
    Keep up the fantastic work

  3. Que de projets pour 2012 ! bravo ! et félicitations pour la publication dans Miniaturas , le magazine est de très bonne qualité papier .Maldeva a publié certaines de mes créations , ce fut un plaisir.
    J'aime beaucoup les meubles qui se trouveront dans ta tour , se sera un salon Oriental ?
    Dessiner face à la mer , trop bien !

  4. Giac congratulations on the publication I am very happy for you well done fantastic accomplishment. Glad you had a great holiday and welcome back :) Wow i totally love what you have shown us. Every time i look at your posts all i can say is Wow. Your nursery wallpaper is gorgeous.
    Hugs Maria

  5. Bonjour from Vancouver Island!
    Your work is wonderful! I appreciate that you are showing the building of your manor....I need all the tips that I can get to start my dollhouse...looking forward to future posts!

  6. Las gracias te las tenemos que dar ti por tu inestimable colaboración!! Es todo un placer publicar tu maravillosa casa de muñecas en la revista. Estamos seguros de que los lectores seguirán disfrutando de tus artículos. ¡¡Un abrazo enorme en nombre de Madelva y mío y un millón de gracias por considerarte nuestro amigo!!

  7. Hi Giac, I like your vision for the attic. Congrats on the article too! That is pretty exciting. I was in an attic sewing room not too long ago. The owner had put padded fabric panels on all of the sloped surfaces of the walls/ceilings. There were patterns and pictures and sketched pinned to the panels. It was pretty interesting. Keep up the good work.

  8. Ciao Giac e' veramente un'opera d'arte!!!

  9. Ciao Giac, congratulazioni per l'articolo!!Ogni tanto una piccola pausa dalla quotidianità ci vuole per schiarire le idee e dare spazio a nuove visioni... e devo dire che lo schizzo che hai fatto sulla nave è stupendo, adoro il giardino e l'aspetto finale che avrà la tua casa!
    Un bacio

  10. Congratulations on your publications!
    You have got loads of plans, can't wait to see how they turn out (beautiful as always I am sure).

  11. Hi Giac, Bravo on the Miniaturas article! Very exciting news. Dewell Manor is looking ever more impressive.

    I'm not a 'beach person' either but am heading to Hawaii at the end of the week --thanks for reminding me to bring some reading material. I'll have to look for the current issue of Miniaturas!

  12. Congratulations on the article.
    It will be so nice following how your big house will turn out. You already have great furniture and I love the wallpaper for the morning room.

  13. Good Morning Giac!
    Welcome home and thank you for the e-mail. I enjoyed hearing about the trip and more on "Dewell Manor".
    Your remaining rooms are going to be great! I look forward to seeing the "Office" as I am a big fan of glimpsing spaces through doorways.
    Congratulations on your series in "Miniaturias". That is a lovely magazine and you sooooo deserve to be in it.
    Looking forward to your next update.
    Hope you have a great week my friend!
    Warm regards from Ray

  14. Giac,

    You look very at home on the beach and very relaxed. Reading the Shinning must have had you on the edge of your seat.

    The wall paper selection is beautiful, and what a lovely collection of furniture.

    Fi x

    1. I would think warm temperatures, sandy beaches and the beautiful blues of sea and sky would be a welcome relief from your Canadian winter! It looks like heaven to me even living though what has turned out to be a pretty mild winter.

      Congratulations on being published!!! How exciting and well deserved! Your house is gorgeous!!! Every new progress post is such a delight to see.

  15. Giac, my sincere congratulations on being published--someething we all dream about. It is certainly understandable why and how you were chosen: you are indeed an accomplished artist and artisan. The dreams and ideas that you have brought to fruition in Dewel Manor are mind boggeling. I look forward to future progress on the Manor we have all come to admire.

  16. Lots of great news from you! First of course gratulations on the publication, that must be a real boost. And your intentions with The Manor... a grand approach fit for a grand house. Can't wait to see you progress.

  17. Glad to hear you had a good holiday and thanks for posting "what rooms are where" again. It was good to be able to relate the rooms in the pic with the list.

    You have some lovely pieces of furniture just waiting in the wings. I'm looking forward to seeing all those ideas take shape.

    Thanks for your nice words regarding my new blog. I hope I can live up to them all!

  18. La casa, los muebles, la decoracion...¡me encantan!Felicitaciones por tu publicación en la revista Miniaturas...¡lo mereces! Yo adoro la playa, el mar y la tranquilidad que se respira allí...Un beso

  19. C'est un projet titanesque que je vais suivre avec attention!

  20. Muchas felicidades por tu articulo, pero la verdad es que te lo mereces , estas haciendo un trabajo fantástico y a nosotros nos encanta poder seguirlo , Un gran saludo . Angeles.

  21. Hi Giac! Congratulations on the Publication! NOT a Surprise as Dewell Manor is Such a Superb Building! I LOVE seeing all your designs laid out and the chosen wallpapers aligned with the furnishings... a Designers eye indeed! I am much more of a One step at a time... see how it looks kind of planner... it is fun to see others' process. I also enjoy knowing the Dimensions of what we are looking at! And Dewell Manor has the Scale to carry off the Grand House decor like no other I've seen! Can't wait to see more as it unfolds! Welcome Back!

  22. te felicito por tu blog y tus trabajos, admirables, te invito que visites el mio,, saludos, Danae

  23. I can't wait to check back to see how your project progresses. I am in awe!

  24. He descubierto su blog y me ha gustado mucho, sus trabajos son fabulosos.

    un abrazo