Friday, June 8, 2007


Finally the floor is finished! least the first floor: 2 more levels to go! Don't worry about the black patch in the middle; that's where the staircase goes. The interior has a checkerboard pattern of oak and mahogany. The porch is done in dark wood planks.

One tip: instead of using real wood veneers, I used wood textured Con-Tact paper. That was considerably cheaper and lighter than wood, easier to cut and fit into tricky corners. Finally, the floor received a thick coat of Krylon Triple Thick Crystal Clear Glaze. That gave the floor a rich and glassy finish, and I can rest assured that the contact paper will not peel off.

Friday, June 1, 2007

The Oriental Staircase

I think I got a *little* carried away with the staircase decoration! The ruby rhinestones and hand-drawn gilded swirls create an air of opulence and grandeur that is fit for a nabob! Which is giving me an idea of how the master of this manor should be ...

He is a rich (and handsome, obviously) young man: an adventurer, a lover ~ in short, someone whose mere presence makes a girl swoon! He is ever restless ~ climbing mountaintops in Nepal one moment ... and in the next, hunting man-eating lions in Africa. And yet, there is the quieter side of him, that loves to read and explore ~ did I mention he takes a keen interest in archeology?