Toile de Jouy
Some time ago I bought two rolls of Toile de Jouy wallpaper which I intended to use for the bedroom. Toile de Jouy (literally: cloth from Jouy) originates from Jouy-en-Josas, a village close to Paris, France. After a decade long French ban on the fabrication and importation of the then popular Indian printed cottons, it was in this village in 1760 where they started printing fabrics using only the newest techniques, the best engravers and the finest cloth. Although many colours were used in printing the fabris, it is mainly the fabrics in the monochrome red and blue colours which are known to us as 'Toile de Jouy'. The design of Toile de Jouy always consists of persons and elements of landscaping. On my wallpaper you can see a shepherdess, a man with horse and cart, some houses, outbuildings and shrubbery.
In the bedroom I started (as usual I would say) with the back wall. For this I used the bottom of an orange crate, cut it to size, cut out the holes for the hearth and doors, filled the one remaining hole left by the staples (the orange crates are put together with very big staples) primed it and glued on the wallpaper.
I aged the Toile de Jouy wallpaper with some paint so it looks like it could have been on the wall for centuries.
I painted the Sue Cook fireplace a sandstone colour, I picked out the ornamental details in ivory. After that I used green and umber acrylics to age it. Sometimes it is difficult to attack your beautiful new wallpaper or crisply painted things with a big paintbrush using paint from the 'Grunge' clour line, but it usually gives it just that little extra dimension and realism.
On either side of the fireplace I have made a recess in the wall, the one on the left will house a washbasin, the one on the right will become a cupboard. I have used wallpaper on both sides of the doors, the Toile de Jouy on the outside, a very pretty floral wallpaper on the inside.
On the walls of the recesses is a plaid fabric in the same red colour as the wallpaper.
It doesn't hurt to be frugal. I made the 'lace' curtains on the doors from ribbon which came from a box of bonbons. Behind it some lovely patterned paper used as wrapping material on a package from Laura Ashley. For the doorframes I used wood left over from wooden blinds.
Except for the wallpaper, nothing is glued in place yet. The doors still have to be attached to the doorframes, but I will have to buy some hinges first.
I wanted to make a four poster bed for this bedroom, but then you would hardly be able to see the back wall, so I decided on a smaller version with a little canopy. I printed the silk bedcurtains using the design from the wallpaper. I lined the curtains with a very fine white cotton.
To pleat and drape the curtains,I used a lot of pins, soft foamy material to stick the pins in and strong hair spray.
I have used a bit too much fabric for the curtains, but I rather like the full look on them.
My plan was to use the Toile de Jouy wallpapers on all the walls of the bedroom, but I think that it might be a bit boring especially behind the bed. I'll have to think about a different wallpaper, a small stripe perhaps...
The chair and the cushion came from the drawing room. It is a cheaply made chair (Euro Mini's ) which I changed completely. I actually think it looks better in here, so it will probably stay.
The low winter sun shining through the window creates some nice contrasts and shadows. It makes this photograph of the chair look completely different from the one above!
I've made the floor in the bedroom from some leftover slats for blinds. I have laid the floor in the 'point d'Hongarie' (Hongarian point) pattern. I used a little jig on my circular saw to cut the bits of wood all to exactly the same length and the right angle.
I sanded the floor down and used a dark woodstain on it. After it dried I sanded most of it off again and followed with a watered down sandstone colour. More sanding and then a coat of wax. The floor now looks like an old sanded down floor, exactly the way I wanted it to look!
Work on the bedroom has halted for eight months. During that time I didn't sit still completely, but managed to make a beautiful silver wall sconce and upholster a chair which will be perfect for the bedroom.
After this extended builders vacation I started work again by making a mirror to complement the fireplace. I built the mirror using several materials like bits from an old picture frame (the gold bits) wooden moulding and cardboard. To make the mirror look more like the fireplace I glued on embossed paper ornaments.
I gave the mirror itself a weathered look like you often see on old mirrors. I used a combination of watery acrylic paint and gilt varnish to achieve the effect.
I upholstered the chair during a class by Nancy Summers (Guild School 2007). I still have to finish the trim.
I made the door using my own simple method (see'Workshops'). The doors of the Dining Room, the Drawing Room and the Bedroom are all the same, but with a different ornament above it.
For the bedroom door I chose to make an ornament based on the decoration on the fireplace. Again I used the embossed paper shapes for this. By cutting them up and re-arranging them it is easy to make lovely patterns.
I painted the door in the same colours as the fireplace and then aged it. I cut the doorhandle from a small piece of teak wood.
I deserted the plan to decorate the entire bedroom in Toile de Jouy some time ago. On the wall next to the door I chose to put up a small stripe above waist high wall panelling. The small stripe is a Brodnax fabric, the same fabric I used to upholster the chair. I made the wall panelling from some MDF and packaging material.
Of course I couldn't wait to hang up and connect my beautiful silver wall sconce (made in a Jens Torp class). Because it is real silver, it needs a polish now and then. According to Jens (and he tried it out) we can dip the whole thing, wires, lamp and all, into Hagerty silverdip. To avoid having to take complex measures to clean the wall sconce, I left a lenght of the wires exposed on the wall, just enough to be able to dangle the sconce in a bit of Hagerty. The beauty of the stripes on the wall is that the wires are barely visible on it.
Update 2016: I did hide the wires behind the wall panels after all, but I can still reach them when the silver needs to be cleaned.
I wasn't happy with the bed, so I made it smaller and painted the gold on the edges silver. I even cut the top with the drapes off , but decided to put them back up again. I covered the little canopy with some antique silver lacework.
For the bedding I used some antique linnen, an old lace handkerchief and some silk. I made the comforter from cotton which I dyed to match the walls and bedhangings. The warm and cosy blanket is felt edged with silk.
The cute lamb was made by Shirley Scheibehenne.
A drying rack stands close to the window, so that the bedlinnen can get a nice airing. I made the drying rack after one I saw on a picture in a magazine. I painted it using the same colours I used on the woodwork in the bedroom. For the linnen on the drying rack I used old lace handkerchiefs which are made of a very fine cotton and edged with pretty lace.
At the 2007 Arnhem show I found these beautiful silver coloured leather shoes, made by Judith Blondell from Canada.
At the beginning of 2010 I made a new chair for the bedroom. I made this Louis XV -style chair the same way I made the green chair for the Salon. I used some old white linen fabric for the upholstery.
On the chest of drawers I put a vase with lovely Peonies which I made using a kit by Ria v.d. Kant. I painted the porcelain wash bowl and jug in a class by Cocky Wildschut. The green perfume bottle was made by Gerd Felka of Germany, the cameo brooch comes from England. I bought them both at the 2009 Arnhem fair.
These gorgeous pillows were embroidered for me by Rosanna (of 'La Stanza di Giuggiola'). In 2010 we agreed to do a swap where I made a chair frame for her and she would embroider me something. I think I got the better end of the deal here!
For design inspiration Rosanna used swatches of fabric from this bedroom which I had sent her. The embroidered pillows fit perfectly in the bedroom and have since been amongst my favourite pieces in my dolls house!
At the October 2010 Arnhem show I bought an embroidery kit by Mary van der Stel of Miniworks.
This is my first embroidery in miniature. When I cut off a strand of floss I accidently cut into the linen gauze .With old fashioned darning techniques I managed to repair the hole without it showing too much at the front of the work.
In March 2010 I bought this cute toy sheep from Linda Watson. I don't normally care too much for toys, but I gladly made an exception for this little sheep.
The porcelain tea set below is by Stokesay Ware. Perfect for breakfast in bed.
I still needed to finish some elements in the room. I had to put up baseboards and cornicing and finish the trim around the windows. On the photos below these jobs are all finished and also the curtains have been hung.
Except for the two silver sconces by the bed, this room did not have any other lights. Because I couldn't find any lights I liked (which I could afford) , I decided to make them myself. A rummage through my drawers delivered some items which I could use to make the lights out of.
The hanging lamp above the chest of drawers I made from a slightly odd looking silver brooch. I removed the pin from the back and used glass paint to colour the little hanging parts red. I attached silk cords to the top and suspended a little light between them.
It has become a quite unusual lamp, but I rather like the effect of it.
The second lamp I made is on the mantelpiece. The lamp base is a little vase, similar to the other vase on the mantel, both were made by Leo Reijnders.
I made a lampshade from transparent packaging material which I wrapped with a long string of small glass beads.
The light I put inside it is still a bit bright, but I will adjust that later.
The Bedroom is finished! Of course I could always add more accessories, perhaps some clothes in the wardrobe, or some things to put in the ensuite powder room.
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