Whimsy! Whimsical house details
The kitchen is open plan to the dining and living room. Throughout runs a highly finished painted plywood floor (or what we locally call Roberts Creek hardwood). It used to have wide sponged green stripes but has since been painted a nice deep maroon and maybe next year, we will make a break from our beloved green and put in hardwood…
The painted floor feels like smooth linoleum, very nice on the feet but it did take much finishing. Still, it’s a great way to go if you have an active gang of kids running through and don’t want to risk an expensive hardwood floor until they leave the nest.
Little spice box with wire mesh door is a makeover of an Ikea cabinet.
Ceramic chicken switch plates by All Fired Up!
The little scottie dog shape comes from my Mostly Teapots applique quilt pattern. These tiles create the splashback behind the stove.
Hand painted ceramic tiles run around the entire backsplash. When we were building the house, the kids and I did a bunch of these tiles for $5 each at a a local paint your own ceramic shop. What fun!
A jolly rocketship inspired by Tintin’s Adventures on the Moon and an amusing cow teapot image make working at the kitchen sink more fun.
More Day of the Dead
decor from Mexico and SPAM
are among the odds and ends on display. Although it’s not in our usual diet, Spam tastes mighty fine on day 26 at sea on an ocean crossing under sail!
The banister is covered with painted and collaged plywood panels with images of Mexican Day of The Dead from a beautiful calendar. Collage elements and stamping add extra surface design to these decorative and functional panels.
Lampshade edge is decorated with old earrings
from early days of jewelry making.
Polyform clay shapes were embossed, baked then gilded before attaching dangling beads drops. I had these leftover and decided they looked just grand as a bejewelled fringe on this vintage lamp.
I bought this piece by ceramic artist Kathleen Raven
last year and just had to put her cheeky little face in my hallway. Kathleen Raven’s small vase with small skull appears in image farther up this page with the rocketship tile by kitchen sink faucet.
Painted dresser features pirates, flying fish and imaginary islands sporting real names from places visited in our sailing days in the Caribbean. I matched the plastic wood handles to the images below them to help the handles dissolve more into the image instead of stand out.
The pink plate has simple flowers like those in Button Bouquet
sewing pattern & a nice chunky border. These ceramics were painted with ceramic underglazes onto greenware clay then glazed with clear glaze and fired at a paint-your-own ceramic shop.
Next – more interior details…
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