Monday, 10 November 2014

The Housekeeper and THE END.

The Housekeeper's Room is the last room on our tour.


When time permits, the Housekeeper can toast crumpets on the open fire.

Although there are no "people" in the house, I felt it necessary to have a vague thread of a story in my head which helped with the detail so to that end the trunk that sits on top of her wardrobe is full of what I consider to be the Housekeeper's memories - items which belonged to her husband.

The "tools of her trade" are displayed on the table - her keys and the Accounts book.

Some bedtime reading (when she has the time) stands on the bedside cabinet and her slippers are tucked away neatly below.

I started this project from the bottom up and I think it's pretty evident how much more aware of detail I became as I moved up and learnt more.

I was unsure for a while as to how the inside of the roof should be completed and I did, at one point, consider decorating it to match up with each attic room but by the time I got to that point I just decided to paint it but to give each window a treatment that matched the room it belonged to so the store room and Janey's room were given blinds - plain and serviceable - and the Upper Hall window was given a decorative finish to match in with the windows in the halls on the lower levels.

I knew from the start of this project that I would be decorating the inside of the doors or the "fourth wall".   It was something I just couldn't not do.

That completes the tour and the Hambleton Hall build.

Thank you to all who followed me and passed on such lovely comments, each and every one has been very much appreciated and I'm planning on a little giveaway to say "thanks".   Watch this space!



  1. Oh Irene as always this is simply stunning and you certainly have an eye for detail. Going to miss any more progress

  2. I just love it, Irene. Well done on a terrific job. Your enthusiasm is infectious and it's been a real pleasure to follow your progress on this brilliant project.
    Si x

  3. I Love it Irene! I have enjoyed all of the tiny little details and Especially those involving the filled drawers, cupboards, and trunks. I think that that kind of extra attention, really elevates your project. It has been quite interesting for me to learn some of the details of daily upper-crust life, that you have so thoroughly researched and that gives Hambleton Hall, yet another layer of a Good Story! :D


  4. Congratulations on your completed project, Irene. Hambleton Hall is beautiful, and I look forward to seeing what you create next.

  5. Hi Irene! The housekeeper's room looks so cozy and warm! I do hope she actually finds time to toast crumpets!!! It seems so sad and final to say the End!!!! This is a wonderful house, and I am sure you will keep finding little bits to add in.... I hope you will bring us back here with you when you do!

  6. Fin d'un magnifique voyage dans cette magnifique maison si bien décorée et si vivante grâce à ces nombreux petits accessoires personnalisés.

  7. Beautiful and heartwarming. :)

  8. Its wonderful and you are a true inspiration :)

  9. Hi Irene, such a lovely residence. I cannot imagine that you can resolutely say you are finished. Do you add something from time to time in your projects or do you simply turn the page and move on?
    I also find that it helps to develop a character that I imagine occupies the space. I wonder if everyone does this?
    I have enjoyed your posts on this house and look forward to seeing your next project.
    All the best for 2015.
    Regards Janine

  10. Hello Irene,
    It saddens me that we've come to the end of such a great journey. Every room is so beautiful and well made, and the housekeeper's room is no exception. Your rooms all feel lived the people just stepped out of the room. Excellent work Irene. Hambleton hall is a wonderful example of greatness in the miniature hobby.
    Big hug,

  11. Una casa muy bonita.
    Un abrazo


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