|Library Sofa, designed by Bespaq, purchased from www.dollhousecollectables.com|
|Sofa for Thumbelina's Parlor, designed by Bespaq. Purchased from www.nancysdollhouses.com|
|Ballroom Sofa, purcased from "The Time Machine" hobby supply store. Designer unknown.|
I pulled the third sofa out of my own collection. I had purchased shortly before I began designing my castle, intending to use it as a parlor sofa for a Victorian Mansion. However, I loved the shape and the sheen of its upholstery so much that I decided it was better suited for the ballroom in my castle. When I purchased the sofa it had a mahogany finish, but I painted the wood gold to give it a gilt appearance. I also added a few more "carved" details to make the golden frame look more intricate, using an idea I had seen in one of my magazines. I took an oak leaf-shaped hole punch and punched a bunch of shapes from a manilla file folder. I painted them gold to match the sofa's frame, arranged them to form a pleasing design and attached them to the frame of the sofa. Once the decorative carvings had been added, I glued the gold cording that you see around the cushions to add an extra point of visual interest. Since my ballroom is Cinderella-themed, I love the idea of it dripping with crystals when it's finished, so I added a few crystals to finish off the sofa.
Working off of the colors from these three pieces, I chose the colors for the Ballroom, Library, and Thumbelina's Parlor. Once I had a general idea, I went searching for wall coverings that would bring the colors to life with a little added magic.