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Hi and welcome to my blog. I hope you like my new look, I needed a change from black. Here you can share my miniature endeavours, perhaps be inspired by some of my photographs taken in France and of 'real world' treasures that can be made in miniature. My love of parterre-style gardens and study of horticulture made my decision for the theme of my little shop an easy one. I just hope I can successfully interpret my ideas in 1/12th scale!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Third Incarnation

Well I warned you I have trouble making up my mind, so here is my second version of the little desk. The topiary trees are the ones I made a while back, lovely pot from Small Pleasures, owned by Neridah O'Callaghan who organises the Sydney Miniatures Fair.
The desk looks like it has seen hard times, is well weathered but suits the owner of the Petit Parterre to a tee. It has been cleaned up and may need just a light coat of varnish to give it a slight sheen. Don't want to use wax as, you never know, 'the owner' may decide to re-paint it. I think the contrast of crystal handles will compliment the rustic look of the desk.
A bientot.


  1. It looks WONDERFUL! And those topiaries, you've made them and I love them, have to do some myself :)


  2. Lovely done,like it very much.Jeannette

  3. Great job! I like this little desk very much!

  4. It looks wonderful, I love much nicer than when you recieved it!!!


  5. I like it VERY much Margaret, indeed looks like it's been around for quite some time...

  6. I absolutely love the table and it's look..the topiary trees are wonderful made as well!


  7. Hello Margaret,
    I have ben looking at your posts and I do like your blog!!! It is always fun and interesting to follow someone who decorates a new house.... and in a style I like!!!
    Nice to se your purchases and how you transform them!!!
    Synnøve :)

  8. Both desks are amazing but I must say that I have a preference for the second version. It really looks like if it had a history.

    C. xxx

  9. I love the whole little scene, from the sweet topiary (all of a sudden I've got an urge to try to make topiaries, too -- but there's no way they can be as lovely as yours) to the aged desk. I agree that crystal knobs will set off its patina beautifully.

  10. Un precioso conjunto!!!
    besitos ascension

  11. Margaret, the owner of petit parterre can certainly be satisfied: it is not easy to find around furniture finishes so accurate! The patina of experience that you managed to give, makes it a unique bureau! I am curious to see mounted the handles in glass, although would be nice in iron...
    Kisses, Flora

  12. Keep it that way Margaret and put the crystal handles on, it will be just great!!
    Love, Susanne

  13. The desk looks great!!
    LOVE the topiaries!

  14. Thank you all for the wonderful and encouraging comments. I do like the desk this way, although I lightened the drawers a little as they seemed darker than the rest, you can see in the following post.
    I too get inspired from things I see on your posts, I look forward to seeing your topiaries.

  15. The desk looks really good. Love the tropiary trees too.


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