I've been remiss in taking photos of the castle, lately -- it's been a busy time for me in other ways :) The Castle is still active and being worked on. Our next room will be a large Tudor kitchen.
But I'm already planning my next project -- a William and Mary era house furnished in the time of Queen Anne (circa 1710). To that end I've been buying and making some bits and pieces in anticipation of the new abode (and, I suppose, a new blog!)
This is the jewel of my early 1700 collection so far -- a custom Queen Anne settee by the extraordinarily talented artisan Kris Compas. I don't have it yet, but it's winging its way to me as we speak!
Isn't it divine? Can I point out that Kris has matched the tiny pattern across the front of the piece, even across the welting? It's five inches long and I can't wait for it to arrive so I can photograph it in the Castle. Don't you think the Tudor family living there will love it, even if it is a temporary visitor from the future? :)
It was inspired by this antique 1710 settee, by the way:
I encourage you to check out Kris's work at her CDHM Gallery (where you can buy pieces she's already built) and her blog, 1 Inch Minis by Kris. She has beautiful items already built, and if you've ever dreamed of working with a great artist on a custom piece, I can assure you that she is friendly, helpful, creative, willing and talented beyond belief! I can't wait to work with her again, and I can recommend her in the strongest possible terms.
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