I'm a great fan of those plain wood shelving units either side of the recessed window. I have used them on all three floors of my toy shop, and they will also feature in my Art Deco doll shop.
In the day nursery I will paint, then distress them. I won't use the perspex shelves supplied though, so I will have to cut wooden shelves to fit.
I had another epiphany when I was playing around with the layout. As the wall they're standing in front of is a false wall, (in order to create the recessed window and compulsory cosy window seat) I can also recess the shelving units by setting them into the wall. This will have a number of advantages.
- It removes the necessity to paint/distress the top/sides of the units.
- I can do something creative with lighting behind the false wall to illuminate the shelves
- It creates lots of display space without sacrificing valuable floor space.
I'm a great believer in serendipity. One of the scenes I want to create in the day nursery is two children having a doll's tea party, and I came across this wonderful illustration earlier today which really captures the sort of look I'm aiming for.
My day nursery will be set in a later period 1899/1900 so the girl's costumes will be slightly different, but I just love the opulence and variety of their wonderful toy dolls.
I've started the shopping list for my visit to KDF next Friday, where I hope I will serendipitously come across the perfect accoutrements for my room box. I'll be taking a little pack of samples of the wallpaper and soft furnishings fabrics I'm thinking of using, so that I can ensure nothing clashes.
I'm hoping to find.....in no particular order....
- Large-ish rug. Yes I could stitch one myself but it wouldn't be ready till sometime in 2035.
- Circular table and two chairs for the children.
- Ditto for their dolls.
- Tiny tea party food for the toy dolls. This would probably have to be 1:48 scale.
- Nursery fireguard/fender.
- Tiled hearth
If anyone knows of any artisans exhibiting at KDF that I should specifically look out for, do please let me know. I have a limited amount of time so I have to remain focused and avoid distractions.