Sunday, July 8, 2012

Some Progress on the Newport

Yes, finally, I have something to show you regarding the Newport!  I have been slowly working away on this project, along with the garden shed and bears of course.   Today I want to show what I have done so far, the study and the guest room.  I shouldn't say they are done, I still have more to do to each room, but these are the two rooms I have made the most progress on so far.
I have actually been a bit nervous about posting these photos.  Brae's talent is a lot to live up to :o)  As much as I loved what she had done with this wonderful house before I purchased it, I wanted to make it my own and show my own style.  So, with Brae's assurance that she will have now hard feelings about me changing things, I am ready to share.  :o)  I am going for an eclectic, modern French country style.  ( I hope that makes sense!)

First is the guest room.  I took some pictures yesterday, both during the day and at night so I could show the lights on and off.   I wish I had a nice backdrop picture to put outside the windows, but I haven't been able to find anything I like yet. 

 I have had so much fun with both of these rooms!  It has given me a chance to use some pieces I had and also to do some shopping!  :o)
I will do my best to tell where I got some of the pieces, but if I leave anything out, feel free to ask.

I have wanted to buy these table lamps ever since the first time I saw then in the Hobby Builder's Supply catalog and this room was the perfect excuse!  I love the way they look.  I am undecided about whether or not to add a ceiling light as well.  Opinions? 

The pictures above the bed were printed off the Internet and I made the frames for them.  The bed was a e-bay find that I re-finished and dressed myself.  The bedside table, chair and dresser were also from e-bay, but I like the way they look, so I left them with their original finish.  The mirror above the dresser is one that I made from a large jewelry finding that I have had in my stash for a long time.  I added a small piece of mirror sheet to the back and voila, a lovely mirror. :o)  The doll in the chair is one that I have posted about before, I bought him at the Bishop show this year.  The small rose in the vase came from the Bishop show as well.

The orchid plant on top of the dresser is one that I made from a kit.

I love the study!  I had the chance to use my Bespaq chair and sofa set here!  I also had the chance to make my first fireplace mantle :o)  The firebox inside was included with the house, but I did the rest and I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out!  
The small duck decoy on the mantle was hand carved by Douglas Guy.  He does wonderful work!  I ordered another of his decoys for the opposite side of the mantle which should arrive this week.    The vase on the mantle and also the lidded bowl on the coffee table are by C.W. Lubin.  I have several of his pieces as well. 

The picture above the mantle is another that I found online and I made the frame for it.  It is printed on Painter's Canvas paper, another trick that I picked up by reading Brae's blog :o)
The plant by the window was made by me in one of our mini club meetings.

another shot of the fireplace :o)

The cabinet on the right is also a Bespaq piece that I have had for quite a while.  It is so nice to have a place for these things I have been collecting!  I know it is hard to see, but inside the cabinet is a green glass bowl by Phil Grenyer,  I love his work too!!   I made the little floral pillows on the sofa and chair. 
I hope I remembered to mention everything.   There are still more things to be done.  I haven't decided on window treatments yet and I also need to add the mouldings around the ceiling.  I think the guest room also needs something under the window, next to the chair.  maybe a blanket chest? 

I hope you have all enjoyed the little tour!  Next will be the hallway I think.  I have some ideas for that "room" and I can't wait to get started! 

Thanks for stopping by!  And thank you again Brae, for the chance to "adopt" the Newport and for all of your help since! 



  1. Oh, Jeannette, it's just gorgeous! :D I could not be happier. The poor house was just so lonely here, and you're bringing it back to life.

    I was going to add a ceiling light in the guestroom until I put two table lamps in. Then I fell in love with the soft light that a guestroom ought to have...just like you've created here.

    I love that you did the outlet again! Awesome. Your fireplace is amazing, too! These two rooms are beautiful. Bravo!

  2. It is so lovely I could move in tomorrow!!!

  3. Brae, Thank you! That means so much to me!! I agree about the guest room lighting, I like the warm glow of the two table lamps. I couldn't resist adding the outlets in there again too :o)

    Thank you Kay! I think I'm gonna move in too, LOL! It is turning out nicer than my real house!


  4. Your two rooms are beautiful. I love the bedroom lamps and the mirror. The fireplace is fantastic. Wonderful work.
    Hugs Maria

  5. Your rooms are wonderful. I like the furniture and colors.
    Bye Faby


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