On the way to Barbie Convention 2014 !

Hi Gang,

While I am working on my next sale, thought you might like to see what’s going to Barbie Convention . I am unable to attend, but I will be there in spirit !  Look for me at the following :

 

Raffle Room  -  A  set of Barbie Moderne furniture :

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Silent Auction  - Furniture suite with free-standing walls and furniture ! :

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Raffle Room  - Couture gown by Hilda Westervelt – Bellissima Couture -

http://bellissimacouturefashions.wordpress.com/

Doll restyle and repaint by Maryann Roy : http://www.maryannroy.wordpress.com

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Centerpiece for New Year’s Even Dinner – Couture Gown by Hilda Westervelt, Bellissima Couture.

http://bellissimacouturefashions.wordpress.com/

Doll restyle and repaint by Maryann Roy : http://www.maryannroy.wordpress.com

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For those attending Barbie Convention, I wish you loads of fun and delightful memories !

Maryann xo

Unexpected Treasures !

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Sometimes switching gears can prove to be a difficult task, especially for creative types who tend to need a break before moving on to a new project. Such is the case for Me at present. 

I have a rather large project that I need to get cracking on, yet I just can’t seem to build up the steam needed to do it.

While the business end of things is not always pleasant,  it is part of what I do and what I need to deal with on a daily basis. Having said that, a recent, less than fortunate business transaction, not only had me stumped but honestly, quite perplexed!  Dwelling on this circumstance only made it harder for me to move along. Those who know Me, will attest to the fact that I am quite sensitive, especially where my Art is concerned. 

Well yesterday, ‘The Bubble Broke’, as it were. I decided to look at the situation from a different perspective. Time to stop wallowing in my disappointment.  

These days I’m quite busy concentrating on the furniture aspect of my business, but I am still a doll lover and collector at heart. So, I thought I’d turn my attention to some of the dolls I’d been neglecting and work on something  just for Me. 

In the bag of dolls I had set aside for primping, dressing, and fussing with, I rediscovered my Barbie “Cat Woman” doll.  Now, you should know that I specifically purchased this doll because she has a vintage look and bendable legs. But most important, a fabulous hair style unlike any of the other reproduction dolls!  It was always my intention to repaint her face and fool with her hair. –  And, she would become my “vintage” doll that never was!  In my anxiousness to transform her, I neglected to take a “before” photo. I know, shame – shame.  However, if you want to see a picture of her prior to my repaint, I’m sure you can find one on the internet somewhere !  :) 

The photo above is indeed my newly transformed “Cat Woman”. I am delighted at that way she turned out !  Yes, I know she is an inexpensive reproduction type doll, but this makes her even more of a treasure.  I saw her potential at our first meeting and darned if I wasn’t going to see if I could  turn her into something even more special. She’s an Un-expected Treasure !

 I would combine this new doll with some of my “re-claimed” furniture pieces, throw in some props and see them all in a new light.  This would fuel my vision for my future project and allow me to move on and enjoy some of the things I work so hard at.

The following photos are the results of today’s creative photo shoot.

 

On The Set ! :

 

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Barbie enjoying the new dwellings – Daytime Casual : 

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Barbie enjoying the new dwelling After 8 !  : 

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Yes, I am an Artist, and I work at it.  Why do I do what I do ? A favorite quote from writer Kurt Vonnegut sums this up nicely.  : 

” Go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living.

They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art

no matter how well or how badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake.

Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even

a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can.  You will get an enormous reward.

You will have created something. ”   

K.V.

 

Email Me : welcomehome@maryannroy.com

 

Barbie’s Knit Skirt – Vince Nowell - https://www.facebook.com/VinceNowellDesigns

Thank you Vince !

 

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“The Cottage”

“The Cottage” 

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This modest, yet stylish living area boasts a lighted field stone fireplace, wall to wall plush carpeting and a reconditioned retro-style TV !

Furniture pieces are modeled after MCM Contemporaries and completely made by hand !  Special consideration was taken when creating accessory pieces like the lattice style coffee table and 3 legged table lamp.

Wall Art is a hand painted, one of a kind original, by Yours Truly.

Structure of the room is solid, with the two outside walls being FREE STANDING.  Hand painted “Ballet Pink” wall compliments the pink and grey hues in the field stone. Fireplace wall also features a large window that allows plenty of sunshine to filter through. Fire place lights with the help of a miniature battery-powered LED.

A tightly woven black and white plaid upholstery was chosen for the two sofas, while the green/blue taffeta silk plays out nicely on the easy chair. Colorful pillows adorn all 3 pieces giving a playful look to the room. Not stuffy – just right !

Foot rests are also included for a weary models feet! Each have button adornment and clear legs which make the piece appear as if it’s floating.  ( A little piece of heaven!)

Each piece of furniture is easily moved about so that you can arrange and re-arrange the room to your liking!

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How your doll might look in “The Cottage” 

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email : welcomehome@maryannroy.com

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 Welcome Home  - “Add a little LIFE to your display”

* Welcome Home is a registered/trademark business. All content including designs, photos and text are the property of the Artist, Maryann Roy, and may not be copied or used without written permission.

Dream Rooms Revealed !

 

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IMG_8629 copy   When conjuring up a mid-century look there’s nothing more stylish than a “sunk in” living room, or at least the appearance of one. Though an abbreviated version, the raised floor with 2 steps down into the living area give diversity a whole new meaning ! Raised area can be used as an entry into the living space or as a decorated extension of the room. Walls are painted in warm burnt sienna and brushed to resemble paneling . Two large windows flood the apartment with light. Far right wall features a built-in mid-century modern room divider. Knee wall, with built-in planter, is movable and can serve as a room divider as well. Color is what makes this apartment come alive! The sofa is upholstered in a coral/white MOD patterned fabric with tapered legs and yellow-gold wood trim. Both accent chairs are  upholstered in aqua and are quite shapely with angled arms and tapered legs, also painted in yellow gold. Accent pieces like the large credenza with horizontal sided front and the generous coffee table with copper wire legs are also painted yellow-gold.   This color was quite popular in 60′s decor and plays off nicely with the Chartreuse area rug.  The rug has a color on color diamond pattern throughout. Vibrantly painted Atomic Clock shows the playful side of this dweller and compliments the room almost like a piece of art. Although the walls to this Dream Room are not free-standing, they are held  in place with corner pinch holders.  This allows the walls to stand securely around the raised floor area so that you can move other pieces like the planter wall and stairs to your liking.  All furniture pieces can also be moved so that you can create several different looks! IMG_8632 copy IMG_8654 copy IMG_8636 copy IMG_8644 copy IMG_8649 copy IMG_8657 copy IMG_8659 copy IMG_8654 copy How your doll might look in “The Apartment”  IMG_8688 copy IMG_8690 copy IMG_8671 copy IMG_8707 copy “The Apartment”  includes : 1 Left Side Panel style wall – approximately 8″ w x 16″h 1 Center Panel style wall – with two windows – approximately 24″ w x 16″ h 1 Right Side panel style wall – with built-in Modern Room Divider/Accent – approximately 24″ w x 16″ h (walls finished on both sides) 1 Raised Floor section – approximately 8″ w x 24″ l x 2″ h 1 Set of stairs (2 steps)  unattached to raised floor and can be moved 1 Knee Wall – with built-in planter. Unattached and can be moved.  Approximately 4 1/2″ h x 12″ l x 1 .5 ” w 1 Area rug – Chartreuse with diamond pattern – Approximately 24″ x 20″ 1 Sofa – Pillow back/side cushions – Fully upholstered with tapered legs 2 Accent Chairs – Pillow back – Fully upholstered with tapered legs 8 Toss pillows – 4 Coral MOD print    -   4 Aqua 1 Coffee Table – Yellow-gold painted – copper wire legs with ball accent feet 1 large yellow wooden bowl – accent piece for coffee table 1 Credenza – Yellow – gold painted with horizontal sided front pattern, tapered legs (doors do not open) 1 Large round glass decanter – champagne color with gold stopper 2 Books – accent pieces for credenza (do not open) 1 Standing Lamp – Two prong style with wire accent. Rectangular “Linen” shade 1 Atomic Style Wall Clock 3 Atomic Star Bursts (wall accents) ************************************************************************************    “Sanctuary”  IMG_8507 copy   Welcome to a Mid Century Modern Bedroom where the living is laid back and easy.  Beautiful clean lines and simple yet stylish furnishings make this room a true sanctuary. Open concept to  the Terrace brings the outside in where you can admire the blossoming garden of wild roses and abundant sunshine ! Modern bed is covered in a beautiful blue/grey tweed and features a black glitter knit header pillow. Tapered leg styling and colorful toss pillows make this an inviting place to rest. Alongside your bed, an  accent table with built-in modern lamp.   Table has copper wire legs and ball style feet. Simple, but oh so perfect in this space! Large Dresser painted gloss black,with multi-drawer front, is a staple piece in the room. A perfect place to showcase the colorful, jewel-like perfume bottle collection ! On the opposite side of the “glass” wall, step out on to the Terrace with built-in garden of wild roses.  The white chaise lounge is the perfect place to catch some rays or relax with a cool drink and magazine.  Round white accent table plays host to your out-door accouterments . The back wall off the terrace is crackled glass for privacy yet still letting in lots of light ! Far Left/Back Bedroom Wall is FREE STANDING and connects the clear glass wall between the bedroom and terrace. You will notice a white floor in both the bedroom and terrace to create a seamless look. Again, letting the outdoors in. Lighting plays a large part as to the mood or setting in this room!  Notice in the photos, the light play between day and dusk and how the scene changes by the mere addition or removal of light. IMG_8478 copy IMG_8487 copy IMG_8482 copy IMG_8509 copy IMG_8516 copy IMG_8519 copy IMG_8483 copyIMG_8538 copy   How your doll might look in “Sanctuary”  IMG_8524 copy IMG_8559 copy IMG_8604 copy IMG_8595 copy “Sanctuary”  includes : 1  Bedroom/Terrace combination wall – Free Standing –   Wall is painted burnt sienna with flecks of brown/grey/black  to resemble artistic paneling, with black wood trim.  Approximate size 24″l x 16″h x 2″ d (Holds center “glass” wall partition.) 1 “Glass” Bedroom/Partition wall – Luxan clear plastic with painted black wood trim. Approximate size 14″h x 22″ l – 1 Crackled Glass Terrace wall – Frosted plastic with crackled glass look. Framed with black wood trim.  This wall rests against the Free Standing Bedroom wall 2 Floor pieces – Both painted white – 1 Bedroom floor – approximately 14″ w x 24″ l    -  1 Terrace floor  - approximately 10″ w x 24″ l  - Pieces fit together, center “glass” wall covers seam 1 Bed – Mattress covered  in tweed fabric with upholstered header pillow.   Tapered leg styling 3 toss pillow ( 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 blue/green) 1 Bed side Table – Painted, with copper wire legs and ball feet 1 Modern Lamp – Curved black lamp shade and copper wire base.  Attached to table 1 Small Metal bowl – table accent 1 Large Dresser – Gloss black with tapered legs and multi-drawer front styling (drawers do not open) Collection of Perfume Bottles – 1 Round mirrored tray with 3 colorful perfume bottles – Collection of 5 Aqua glass perfume bottles. 1 Terrace Garden – Built in rose garden with wild roses and greens 1 Chaise Lounge  - Cushioned and upholstered in white with tapered legs. 2 Toss pillows – For Chaise – 1 red, 1 yellow 1 Round accent table – Painted white 1 Drink – Custom made drink w/straw 2 magazines – Do not open ************************************************************************************ Email : welcomehome@maryannroy.com

*Auctions Ended – These sets have been sold !

* Welcome Home is a registered/trademark business. All content including designs, photos and text are the property of the Artist, Maryann Roy, and may not be copied or used without written permission.

When Walls Matter

As much as I love designing furniture and all the little accessories that make a house a home, it  occurred to Me that the walls these pieces reside in are equally important.

When I create suites of furniture to sell, I am inclined to show them in some sort of dwelling.  This showcases  the purpose of each piece and its necessity in a room.  While furniture is the main ingredient in creating a certain look or style, it is just as  important that the surrounding walls evoke the same sentiment.   Your dwelling and the treasure in it, should play off of one another so that the end result is a complete and beautiful picture.

While I may be working on a less than human (1:6)scale, the principles  for the best advantage and look of a room, remain the same.

In the next two weeks, I will be completing the following 3  “Dream Rooms”. These miniature dwellings are based on some  favorite  interior photos that I have saved over the years.  Yet, each one has My own personal touch.

As this is a rather large undertaking (working on 3 different rooms at the same time) I decided on a different approach to start building.   While it would be normal for me to create a structure and then the furnishings one at a time, I decided to build all 3 structures first and then surprise you all with the furnishings, accessories and the final result once all three are complete.

Walls do matter !  By looking at these 3 empty rooms, you can get a feel for what each room is saying and what each room might look like when it is fully furnished and decorated.

Each of these rooms will be for sale once completed.  Stay tuned to see the end results !

 

Dream Room #1

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Dream Room #2

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Dream Room # 3

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Email : welcomehome@maryannroy.com