Thursday, April 26, 2012

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

Hello everyone. I am sitting in the train between Villefranche Sur Mer and Bordeaux, which for the record is running 75 minutes late! Yay. I had to take the time to tell you all about the beautiful Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild at Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, just around the bay from Villefranche. It was built at the turn of the 20th century by Beatrice de Rothschild and her husband. She was an avid art and artefacts collector and used these items in her (then new) home. She has incorporated carved reliefs, fabrics, tapestries, painted panels, etc into her home, collected from many historical places. This includes a rug from the chapel at Versailles for example. As you enter the house, there is a large 'patio' (made to look like an enclosed courtyard) and the doors to rooms leading off this patio are all different, having been collected from a range of old buildings.

The following photos show the boudoir and bedroom. The magnificent bed is Venetian, and I'm not 100% sure, but I think the dress is 18th century.

The picture below shows part of what I think I think is a dress. It was exquisite but difficult to photograph in dim light.

This picture is a view of part of the French garden. Baronness de Rothschild was also into gardens.

This picture shows part of the house exterior, with the entryway visible behind. It wasn't a huge house, given these people obviously had huge amounts of money.

If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend a visit. It was so lovely. It has given me so much inspiration for my own mini French chateau and I fully intend returning one day, hopefully with a really fancy camera for better pictures! And the hot chocolate in the tearoom was to die for!

And PS also on the band-wagon with the new Blogger interface dislike. It's so clumsy. I don't understand why you'd make it so complicated and non-intuitive.

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Hello from Villefranche-Sur-Mer!

Bonjour everyone. My husband and I are here in Villefranche for a week in total, which is now half over. After a cold and damp start in Paris, we are enjoying the sunny (although a little blustery) days. Of course the architecture is one of the first things we look at, and we have not been disappointed. Although it's not a great photo, here is a stunning mansion to drool over (due to the hills, it's hard to get close-up photos).

Just around the corner from our street, there is this cute little building - no idea what it's for. I had some idea that it was a garage, but on second glance, I don't think it is.

There is much to see down this way. We've spent a bit of time exploring the old town, the waterfront, the old forts and citadel and also went into Nice (for the record, something we could've happily missed in hindsight).

Across from where we stayed in Paris was this boulangerie - it was just so pretty. I took many photos, trying to get the perfect one (I missed the perfect opportunity the very first morning we were there, with all the lights on inside and a wet footpath, but never mind). Also below is a picture of the interior. Just gorgeous. One to make in miniature without doubt.

Hope you like the photos! Will try to post again when I find something else awe-inspiring!

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Easter Shop

A very long time ago, I started this little shop, made from the Old Time Store kit (I don't endorse this store, never bought anything from them, but it was a convenient link). Anyways, it is one of the first minis I ever started. Then as usual for me, I either couldn't decide on how to finish it, or couldn't find the right materials. So I grabbed it out 2 weeks ago to finish. I haven't finished as you can see, as I got sent away for work for 2 weeks, but I did get the panelling on the window display installed and made a few decisions on how it will be finished. As per the title, it will be filled with Easter goodies.

I just can't decide how to finish the panels along the top of the windows and door. My initial thought was to put wreath embellishments, but now I think I might put writing on them (e.g. what the store stocks). Also, I really want an etched glass door, but I don't think the Houseworks (??) ones would fit. So might just put writing on the door too, and leave it clear.

Anyways, enough on that! We fly out to France in 12 days, and it has come around very quickly. We will also be visiting London for the Kensington Dollshouse Festival for 2 days and then Hong Kong on the way home (staying at Disneyland! Can't wait!). So might try to post some pics on our trip!

So lastly, in case you are ever in need of some great music (with cute videos), I thought I'd spread the Darren Hanlon love. An Australian with an incredible talent. Check out his other videos too.

Falling aeroplanes (no fancy video but fantastic song)

Butterfly bones
See you all soon!