Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Inspired by Claude Monet's Kitchen

 When I went to Paris we took a side trip to Giverney which was the home and gardens of the famous French Impressionist Claude Monet who lived from 1840-1926.  I grew up loving his paintings and reading over and over the book Linnea in Monet's Garden by Cristina Bjork.  When I finally visited I fell in love with his quaint, blue and white kitchen.  I knew my Greenleaf Garfield/Thumbelina had to have a similar kitchen!  The stove unit I purchased is the Mercer oven by Bespaq.  I glued in a delft-blue tile sheet to tie the room together.  It is one of my favorite, tiny details the house has so far.
Shantung Silk Drapery Treatments I made in a Pretty Pleat I by d. Anne Ruff Miniatures.  I find that hot glue works best in keeping the pleats in.  I used a pretty, blue gimp for the top of the pelmets I had in my gimp and passmenterie collection.

I am enjoying putting the bead board and chair rail in.  I used a plastic, embossed tin ceiling.  The small chandelier was brass, and I gave it a coat of shabby chic-esque white paint.  I hand painted the french blue accents with a detail brush.  I added some swarovski crystals that I purchased from Michael's craft store.

The butler pass-through window in the kitchen that leads to the dining room.  It really works!


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