Friday, April 29, 2016

Raven's Moon....Dream House or Disaster?

Greetings Friends, well here we are back to shop for a grand manor, castle or palace for Hattie, The Count and the wee twins Maria and Irina ~

First I want to thank you all for being here, I see since I reappeared to blogland there is not many of the blogs I followed still posting, it makes me sad but I realize people move on... guilty me missing for almost 5 years but I  am making it up to my readers because I have a story to tell and I thought about my dolls lying dormant in a hat box the whole time.

Apologies over, we will move on.

Remember last time we arrived at Raven's Moon the manor Maggie thought Hattie might like ~

Here we are at Raven's Moon a once grand manor. Let's step inside and take a tour ~

Here we are, the first room is the kitchen, the occupants have left everything in place, they seem to have left in a hurry ~

Maggie says it seems to be all in working order and quite tidy, I don't know if this is a style you like Hattie but it is an easy fix with new appliances and a coat of fresh paint ~

Hattie exclaims " I love everything! What is this style called? It looks so stylish " Maggie tells Hattie she thinks it is shabby chic, Hattie whops out " I love Shabby Chic! I want my whole house in that style "

Here we are in the dining room with it's beautiful gold ceiling, I think the walls need to be lighter but that is an easy fix ~ Hattie informs Maggie she wants it Shabby Chic ~
Up on the second floor is this little room with hideous wall paper and painted floors, what would you do with this room?

Here we are on the second floor, I think this room has been redone already, what do you think Hattie? Is this shabby enough for you?

Look at that beautiful fire warming the whole room ~ I made the fires and fire screens for the new fireplaces, still not finished ~ Love the fire light ~

Here we are on the top floor of the manor, a smaller room perhaps a sewing room for Hattie's sewing business ~ Hattie was a much sought after seamstress before she knew of the Count and the family agreement for their marriage ~ 

And here on the top floor is another room already done, maybe a nursery for the twins?

An open view of Raven's Moon. Do you think this would make a suitable home for the family? What would you do with each room? Is this grand enough for Hattie?

Well folks there is the grand tour. What do you think? Hattie seems to be leaning towards shabby chic which Victoria likes too :)

 I redid most of the rooms a few years ago, the kitchen is finished except for more lighting. I put my most favorite kitchen miniatures in there, not crazy about the floor but I had that wrapping paper and love black and white floors. I put in hard wired lights and put the stairs back in, I usually leave out the stairs as they take up so much room and may end up taking them out again to make more room for furniture. What do you think? Stairs or no stairs?
Please readers let me know what you would do to this house ~

None of the people in this story are real ~
People are only real after midnight ~

Mini Hugs,


  1. I like the stairs and the shabby chic style. I love the painted floor in the room with the red wallpaper. Maybe you could find a different wallpaper and leave the floor?

  2. Thank you De!
    I am really debating the stairs and I dislike the floor so well will see.
    Thank you so much for visiting and commenting :)

  3. Hi Victoria! What a Tour! I LOVE the fireplaces!!! They really set the "tone" of the rooms! Perhaps there needs to be a new category of "Shabby chic" which is really "Gothic Shabby chic"? LOL! It would require lots of black and white and spidery motifs strewn across the dusty white shabby lacy covered furnishings...! I think the kitchen looks wonderful... very homey and old fashioned... and has enough "green" in it that Hattie should feel "at home" ! And I LOVE the chairs!!! As for the Red room... I have to wonder if the Count gets any special territory in this house? Does the Red Room make him "Excited"? Lol! Please excuse me, Hattie, I don't want to offend any sensibilities... but there should probably be some considerations for his "needs"....! And as far as the stairs go... I am a stairs are necessary type... but one can make them "enclosed" which adds to the wall space for furniture... and perhaps makes them spookier too... narrow dark and twisty with doors at the top and bottom! (Just to make things interesting!) As far as Shabby chic goes for Witches... I would think there needs to be a fair amount of black lace and Gustavian gray painted furnishings.... all well worn and shabby, of course... with stars and bats and spider webs galore.... (Well, you did ask! LOL!)
    Thank you for the opportunity to "help" with the decorating! I think this new Manor looks fantastic already! And it's Great to have you back!!! :)

    1. Thank you Betsy! It's good to be back. Thank you for the door to the stairwell idea, I think I might go with it.
      One thing I don't want in this house is and spiderweb or bat fabric, no Halloween looking stuff, that is in Vulture's Roost and I know I wold get tired of it.
      Before I decided to come back to blog land I started the remodel in shabby, I have had modern, Victorian and rustic houses. I just don't have the room for anymore doll houses and want to use mostly things I already have that I can bash and redo.
      I don't know if the Count has any say so or not, Hattie hasn't told me, I think she will let him know if he does lol.
      I still have a surprise or two coming about the house so stay tuned.

  4. Hattie is always worth a surprise or two... I would never have guessed she's a Shabby Chic lover... *LOL* Looks like Maggie made a very good offer to her, well, my magical bearies and I would not hesitate to take this house, but we're talking about Hattie here. And no doubt, if she likes this house the count will to... first because she will tell him so and second because the red room will be his cup of blood tea for sure. About the stairs - I've read Betsy's comment, she's such a good advisor. Personally I like to take advantage of the fact that I'm building fantasy houses... whoever being able to ride on a broom, cast a spell and cuddle with a dragon doesn't need stairs in his home... This is quite a comfortable attitude - at least for me. *LOL* I can't wait to read the next episode!


    1. Thank you Birgit ūüėÉ I just removed the stairs. I will do as Dayderamer suggested and add doors that lead to the imaginary stairs. Please convo me your address on etsy so I can mail you your Patience Potion # 25.

  5. I agree with Birgit... the stairs do not absolutely "have" to be there. It is just implied that the residents get upstairs somehow. Since you are limited on space, I think the stairs take up a lot of room. I think the Count will be happy if Hattie is happy. After all, he can always fly off into the night each evening and probably sleeps most of the day anyway. You have such magical decorating abilities, I am sure you are going to make this newest decor work. It will be fun to watch.

    1. Thank you Maria!
      You always have the best ideas, I will make sure The Count has his own man room.

  6. Hello Victoria,
    It is lovely to see new posts from you. I love the rooms of the house. they are a nice size and I quite like the fireplaces and wallpapers you chose. It has a very cozy feel to it.
    Big hug

  7. I think the house would be perfect for Hattie and her family with some small modifications :) - so it's a dream house if you ask me ;)
    I love the room with the fire already lit - it looks really nice.
    I like the room with the gold ceiling too, except maybe the floor... I don't know.
    And I do like the idea of red room (it would be like Hattie's expression of love to count in my mind), but I would use some other wallpaper and do something for the floor... A bit more "manly" kind - count's own "man cave" *lol*
    I wouldn't use the stair cause they take so much room - I would ditch them and use them somewhere else - I got a vision of box like additional building detached beside the house, sort like a little boutique for all the things Hattie could sell in, after she has made them in her workroom (=sewing room)... And IF it would be box like - then there would be easy to make a little garden on the roof of it (it would be the "green room" the house hasn't go yet *grin*) and use maybe some of those stairs in it... So Hattie could sell both potions and herbs etc. and her sewing work in there...
    Or is she to 'royal' for that already..?? ;)
    Can't wait to see what's next...
    Hugs, Irina

    1. Lol Irina, I will make sure The Count had his man cave :)
      I have lots of rugs so the floors won't be that visable. The red room has got to have a serious makeover, it will be The Counts room I think. I am going to ditch the staircases and put doors like betsy suggested, I just think they take too much room.
      Big hugs to you!

  8. I love the house and I think hattie and her family will enjoy it. for the stairs I say take them out. I like my houses without stairs give it more room.

    1. Thank you so much Shirley! I visited your blog last night and WOW you really have built a city. As soon as I hear from you I will share your blog here :)

  9. Hello, just found your blog. I would keep the stairs otherwise how would they get upstairs to bed? I agree with Daydreamer about a Gothic theme, you could really go to town with that, maybe have a mannequin with a pretty black lace dress on it. I love the black and white room with the cosy glowing fire. I like your background wallpaper.

    1. Thank you Polly! I love the mannequin idea, I have been looking for one for a long time that was just right :)
      Hope you will visit again soon.