Saturday, 19 May 2012

All change for Trimbles Toy Emporium

Once again it has been some since my last post. Life has been busy and the toy shops doors have been mostly closed. This week however I found time to work on some ideas i have had and finally I have trimbles exactly how I want it and ready to fill with lovely things !
You can see I now have the shop counter in. This needs a till and the toy shop shelves need filling but there will be no more changes to the layout now.
You might have noticed it all looks slightly different.....

I blocked the doorway from the shop to the house with a wall and then placed shelving in front of the wall. The door was never used but I felt the need to leave a clear path to it as you would in real life , so space was wasted.

Now I have lots more shelves and the view in from the side window is lovely . I will be stacking that toybox high with toys and really love the way it all looks now :0)

This little room is a new addition ! I have always been unhappy with the deep rooms in the roof.

The rooms above the shop both have doors in the back leading to the landing. Upstairs there had been a stairwell in one bedroom which had a door leading to the other bedroom..... a most impossible arrangement ! I tried to solve this by hiding the stairwell and making a built in bed in Uncle Morts room, but it really did not please me and I couldnt live with it.

So I have blocked the doorway between the two rooms and added a wall in the back of each room with a doorway leading to extra rooms and an imaginary passageway !

Belles room looks so sweet with her little writing / dressing room !

Uncle Morts room will have a bathroom in the tiny room. I think the house needed one and I am left with a lovely sized room ready to fill with the furniture of my choice for Uncle Morts bedroom.

The trunk is just biding time in there until I get my bathroom furniture :0)

It all looks right to me now and authentic to the rest of the building, and I am very much looking forward to filling it up !

Hope you like the way it is turning out,

julie x


Michelle said...

I totally adore this! I LOVE the little rooms of the main ones...the one with the desk it fabulous!

I love the shop counter shape too. So much to love and lucky you to own such a wonderful project! :o)

Michelle xxxx

Andy said...

Hello, I've just been looking at your work on the toy shop, I think it is a great space to play with in the shop itself, plenty of shelves to display your toys! Taking away the door and adding more shelving was a good idea.

The upstairs looks really good too. What a transformation, love the cosy nook at the back of the bedroom for writing! great work! thanks for sharing it ;)


Dark Squirrel Victoria said...

I love the muted colors you are using and can't wait to see the shelves filled :)

The little rooms are brilliant, I would never thought of that.


Julie said...

I adore this shop Julie's very magical and very elegant , you are such a clever lady xxxxxxxxx

Jain Squires said...

I love the look of it all now Julie. The arrangement downstairs is so much better and all that extra space for toys!!!Jain xx

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Judith said...

I love the changes you've made Julie and those bedrooms are inspired! Judith x

Whittaker's Miniatures said...

Its so beautiful Julie, perfect now the counter is in! It really is magical! Xxx

Patty said...

Julie, This will be the most incredible toy store! I look forward to seeing what you put on all of the shelves. The changes upstairs are wonderful too! LOVE the writing nook.

shannonc60 said...

It looks so gorgeous Julie. I love the concept of partially hidden rooms, the impression of a hall etc. Looks like it has reallycome together.

Craftland said...

I'm so happy to found your blog today. Your toy shop is fantastic.
Hugs from Craftland

Karen said...

Hi Julie,

Thank you so much for sharing your inspirational shop. I bought an Empire Stores kit about 5 years ago and I'm ashamed to say that it is still in its box under the stairs gathering dust. I must confess that I found the thought of starting it quite daunting. I was thinking about selling it and stumbled across your blog. Now I'm fired up and ready to make a start and turn it into the elegant ladies haberdashery I'd planned!

Can I ask you how many brick slips and roof tiles you used? I'm going to order them ASAP and start assembly.

Many thanks,


julie campbell said...

So glad your feeling inspired now karen, it really is a fab building and you can do so much with it !
I cant remember how many brickslips I used, suffice to say I definitely bought 2000 but i did brick the back wall too, I didnt worry too much about matching and just bought them as I ran out. Same with the roof and I did have a problem there with matching but I just used some acrylic paint to age it all and it covered any unevenness in the colour. Sorry I cant be more helpful there, I tend to botch my way through everything and thats what i did with the tiling and bricking :0)
julie xx

maria l. said...

Exquisito gusto. Una hermosa ambientación y elección de colores

Brian Emeney said...

Those little rooms at the back are a brilliant idea. I'm always disappointed when dolls houses are only one room deep, a real house would usually have another room beyond the one you can see and your little rooms suggest that there's so much more to your house. Well done!

Ruth Ramaekers said...

Found your blog through the MIDS thread Blue Kitty Started. Beautiful house! If I only had the and time...lovely blog.

Carina said...

Nice rooms and very good ideas!
Do you mmind if I copy them?

julie campbell said...

Thank you Ruth :)
julie xx

julie campbell said...

Hello Carina,
Thank you, I dont mind you copying some of my ideas at all , I share to inspire. If you mix them with your own I hope you will end up with a beautiful and original dollshouse !
julie xx

julie campbell said...

Thanks Brian, I love the whole "hidden room " concept and use it a lot, even an open door with something barely seen beyond it is intriguing to me!
julie xx