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What about a lightweight velvety fabric for the drapes and pelmet, maybe the color of the background of the wallpaper, and lace or sheer panels, open/ pulled back in a pale version of the wallpaper's red (or whatever other color grabs you)?  Is your dining room furniture light or dark (I forget if you mentioned it).

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1 hour ago, havanaholly said:

What about ...

The dining set is dark. Because is it narrow and deep, the room will be dark, even with three windows and two lights, so I'm thinking a velvety finish would absorb too much light. I'm leaning toward something more reflective. The wallpaper has both burgundy/red and yellow in the print, so a lighter tone of either will work. I'll know it when I see it.

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Definitely not the yellow....whoa I thought it was fabric at first :doh:

I nice light white/ off white Voile or batiste with red trim might work. It is hard to see the yellow in the wallpaper from the picture.

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34 minutes ago, Mid-life madness said:

Definitely not the yellow....whoa I thought it was fabric at first :doh:

It is hard to see the yellow in the wallpaper from the picture.

LOL!! Definitely not bright yellow!

The wallpaper is more gold than yellow. Pale gold or ivory with red & gold trim might work well. Lots of hard finishes to tackle before drapes and curtains. Need to work up some courage before venturing out to fabric stores. Or anywhere, actually. Still keeping very close to home.

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The dining room is finished enough that I can move on to the ground floor foyer/hall. See it here.

The plans for the BH call for a shelf beneath the triple window in what originally designated as a kitchen. In the dining room iteration it will be behind the drapes, but I had a feeling that it would be too wide to look good. Thought about cutting it down or replacing it with a narrower one. So I got to the point where that was the next step, but I couldn't find the shelf. Granted, my work table isn't particularly tidy, but I generally can put my hands on whatever I'm looking for. Not this time. Cleaned up the work table. Looked in the wastebasket. Checked other places in the real house where I might have put it down. Gone, gone, gone. So I made a nice shelf from a U-channel. Just the right depth, a neat finish to the wood wall. Took a paint brush to dust out the bits of sawdust that had accumulated and dislodged the original shelf, which the house had hidden in the shadows on the floor of the window alcove. Apparently the house thought that shelf was not suitable so forced me to go to the alternate plan! 

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1 hour ago, havanaholly said:

Doncha just love it when the house tells you what it does and doesn't want?

Apparently it is pissed at me for ignoring it for so long and intends to keep me engaged as long as it can. 

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Working on the inlaid floor in the foyer/hall. See it here. I started out with visions of intricate parquet, but it has evolved into something with cleaner lines and less cutting and fitting. :D 

Now, do I want wainscoting in the hall? :hmm:

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21 hours ago, KathieB said:

Apparently it is pissed at me for ignoring it for so long and intends to keep me engaged as long as it can. 

LOL! I have a couple that must be using the same playbook.

1 hour ago, KathieB said:

Working on the inlaid floor in the foyer/hall. See it here. I started out with visions of intricate parquet, but it has evolved into something with cleaner lines and less cutting and fitting. :D 

Now, do I want wainscoting in the hall? :hmm:

That is going to be one beautiful floor. As for wainscoting, have you considered anaglypta or lincrusta? There are some stamped/embossed dollhouse sheets that would work. I've been wanting to try out the copper ones. You could probably easily paint the white unpainted ones to look like tooled leather, which was pretty common for wainscoting in Victorians.

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I've pretty much ditched the idea of wainscoting in the hall. I think wallpaper is a better choice. Too much wood could get pretty dark, although wainscoting painted ivory ... :hmm: 

The floor construction is finished and it is now getting a few coats of satin polyurethane. Will post to blog when it dries.

I looked back at earlier photos in the blog, where the rooms had been staged.  I knew I'd planned to block one door into the parlor and thought it was the one nearest the front door, although it made the entry very dark. Turns out it is the other door that needs to be blocked. Good thing I checked!

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Thanks y'all.  A friend once sent me a t-shirt that said something like "when creating art, the most important thing is knowing when to stop." I pause frequently to check if I have reached the stopping point.

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Have spent the past several days staining wood trim, enlarging a door opening, closing a doorway, papering the hall and foyer, and doing all sorts of fiddly things. Not worth photographing the processes, but I've updated the blog with the results. See it here

Some of you may be aware that back in the day I owned and operated a stained glass shop in California. I prided myself on smooth solder joints. Had to do a mini review to get anywhere near satisfactory results with the electronics version, however. A few days of practice and a better grade of solder, and once again I'm proud of my nice flat, sturdy joints. :) 

I have a couple of electrical challenges coming up in the parlor/music room, which is the next room to tackle. They are explained in the blog. If any of you have suggestions, I'm open to hear them!

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