This is my dream, my passion to recreate the more beautiful parts of Tolkien's world into my own...To merge what I see with what I do not see, to have a blending of his world with mine...To be able finally to walk in the land I have so longed dreamed of...Come walk with me as we make this journey together...

I aear can ven na mar....

I aear can ven na mar....
"The sea calls us home" -Elrond at Grey Havens

Lady Galadriel

Friday, October 3, 2014

More Lothlorien Room Ideas

Just had another thought.  If someone wanted to recreate a woodsy room without alot of stuff this is something that could be done. I will use some of the same "props" for two different rooms, one a bedroom and the other a living room,

1.  The Bedroom.

Myself I would paint the walls a gentle greyish taupe color. The grey part is important because otherwise it looks too pink-yuck, doesn't look good, trust me!  Then find either a lovely white spread that is "rich looking" if you like Galadriel or if you just like the woods part them find a lovely grass green like color of a spread but again make it rich looking...Nothing cheap looking for these elves!
Go to AllPosters.com  and find some larger "nature scenes" with streams running or waterfalls or just a beautiful wood scene. They offer lots of them with beech trees-I am convinced these are the inspiration for the mallorns! I beg ANYONE to differ with me...I did years of detailed research really! Anyways just saying you may want to think about it...Get them framed with cheap poster frames usually a black frame, they work fine and look great...That's what I've done here. Then for a more dramatic look see if you can find a folding room screen with a beautiful forest scene on it. I also did that and it really creates atmosphere! I found mine at SeventhAve.com but know that probably if you looked online at Target or another store similar you can probably find such an item...Its worth it.
I would center the bed that should also be in my opinion of a metal frame with some fancy detail to it. I prefer silver but other colors could work just NOT the shiny bronze look ok? That is soooo not elven here, at least not Lothlorien elven...Sorry.  If you put the framed posters up in strategic places they will really create atmosphere.  Another thing I did is to use a lovely mirror as a headboard until I found the lovely metal framed bed.  Prior to this my bed was actually just on the floor. Some of you may have one of those raised platform beds without head or footboards. (if so the mirror headboard is wonderful) Then I moved the mirror to the wall across from the foot of the bed facing the bed. I placed some smaller revelant ME items in front of it and its incredibly awesome looking. They are nicely reflected back, just really adds. I would place the folding screen in a corner somewhere placing one end of it on one side of corner and the other end reaching to the other side of the corner. Looks good this way. Oh forgot to mention I used off white/pale cream curtains preferably with some kind of tone on tone pattern just because they are airy looking, very elven. You could also use a sheer sage green if you liked in this room.

2. Do the same on the walls as the living room. Then hang some sage green curtains on the windows. I found a loveseat in a muted green that kind of gently fits in without drawing major attention to itself.  I placed the screen as mentioned above from corner to corner. I found a lovely off white chaise lounge that went in the opposite corner from the screen with a floor lamp standing behind it with just enough of the lamp to come up behind chase for reading. I found an old but comtemporary looking little side table to put next to it with a unique vase I found at Sears actually and some small silk flowers that remind me of the niphridil and elanor. I also placed a sandelwood candle there cause the scent is very exotic when resting on the chaise or reading. You could place a little green blanket over the arm of the chaise if you like. Lets see what else did I do that you could do? Oh yes the poster ideas, they work really well here too! Yes, I did that too and get lots of compliements on them. Ok I so need to get some elven beauty sleep so I must go....May add more later...

GG

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Hobbity Gardens

Well Hobbits one and all to me this is your season! Fall!  Apple picking, marshmellow roasting, raking leaves and them jumping into them! Don't tell me your too old! Your hobbits, you are children at heart unless your related to Bilbo's "unmentionable" relatives...

All the fall colors so remind me of Hobbits! The greens, golds, auburns, rusty reds... Now if you want a hobbity garden now is the time to go shopping and get some of those fall colored mums! They are great as they will bloom year after year for a long time...They along with some pumpkins on your table would look lovely! Put some mums and pumpkins on your front stoop! You could also go ahead and get some winter pansies and again look for your golds, reds, yellows...More hobbit colors.

If you want a permanent decor in your home go ahead and buy a fake pumpkin or two along with one of those little woven baskets apples come in. Buy some fake red apples too and put in basket. Your house will look very hobbity...Remember to pull out the warm colored throws to toss on end of your hobbity couches and back of your favorite reading chair.

Back to the yard you could also plant some winter kale next to the mums and pansies...Would look nice. Pansies should bloom, thrive through the winter, its usually the heat that kills them. Pansies are annuals. Mums bloom every fall and if you dead head them they may even bloom a second time that year...They are trying to go to seed and if they lose the flower before it seeds, it may try to reflower to try to make that seed. And don't worry when they seem to die back to the ground, thats normal. They will come back next year, promise! They are perennials. Also remember if you are on a budget you don't need to buy a big mum plant but go ahead and get the little one, IT WILL GROW and pretty quickly. If not this year do to shock of planting it will next year for sure... You know its wrong time of year but it just occurred to me that hobbits would also have at least one grape vine growing in their yard...What about you? Put a trellis, make your own and make it rustic then train the vine up and over for a beautiful setting in your yard. Maybe put a bench under it...wow!

All for now...

GG

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Just for ORCS!!!

Scary but I feel sorry for anyone out there who might feel left out in the cold....because they are out in the cold being from the dark country after all...

SO for all you orcs out there here's a bone for you! No its NOT a hobbit bone either!

Lets start with a bedroom...I imagine a room in a darker gray color...Paint your window trim either silver or black if you truly have an orc's stone heart...Then you could find all kinds of "armor" like at Walmart during the Halloween season which will start any day now...Look for shields, swords, daggers, etc. Hang these around your walls like trophy hunters do when they hunt wildlife. Show the world how you are a warrior! Yeah go ahead and pound your chest like the Urak Hai...its ok, I get it.

If you have light colored floors get a dark black rug hopefully with longer fibers so it looks more like fur...

If you get curtains look for black or shimmery gray, NOT silver unless you have no other choice.  I can't stand the things but I could see an orange lava lamp included somewhere in the room. The orange adds to the disgusting orc feel...  Maybe it will remind you of the orc cookouts over a campfire in the wild lands.

If you want advice on a bed then I'd look for something rugged and rough like something you'd find in a log cabin or if your a more higher ranking orc then perhaps you can find a cold, metalic bed frame with NO frills just simple harsh lines.  Again add black bedspread cause it just goes with being an orc!

Ok this is getting to be too much into the dark world of Mordor so I'm getting out while I can to breathe some fresher air...Hope that helps you out...

GG




Contemporary Tolkien Style???

Not sure how to rate this style but here goes my best attempt...Contemporary or Modern? Maybe?  Instead of recreating a certain realm as I LOVE to do I have created a more quiet and simple flavor of a room with Middle Earth elements or tokens that I love...

For example in "my private space" the walls are a soft silver almost a white...Quiet serene, peaceful.  Against that backdrop I have a soft off white sheer curtain drapes to the floor with this lovely vine embroidered on it. I have accented with black and silver accents where ever I can. There is a nice antique dressing table ( I call it a desk but in its day apparently it WAS a dressing table) that I have placed a large rectangle wall mirror framed in black with these little elvish squiggles all around the interior border. ITS PERFECT! In front of the mirror which is directly facing the end of the silver framed bed I found you will see the three ladies of The Trilogy all in lovely white outfits posed against front of mirror, Galadriel, Arwen, and Eowen. All 12'' action figures in real fabric clothing. Lovely!  The bed itself is beautiful metal with lovely flowing style in silver covered in a deep, ripply looking teal shimmery spread.  On an adjoining wall there is a mural of 12 calendar pages from the main characters from the Trilogy all in an awesome black and white photo style. All I did was to get this awesome sticky poster gum from Walmart and carefully space them four across and three down. Lovely! It perfectly fills this huge empty wall too!  On another wall you will see a small movie clip of the bridge scene with Arwen and Aragorn. On yet another small between door jams space you will see Frodo's sword hanging.... On the one of the curtains if you look you will see the white moth that Gandalf spoke to while imprisoned in Sauruman's tower.  I have two small very elvish looking silver lamps in the room, one on a small plant stand that I spray painted metalic silver.  Such simple details and yet not....There are also two pic's taken from horse calendars showing Shadowfax the beautiful white horse Gandalf rode...There is a small smiling shot of Galadriel's face taken from a movie clip in another small space between doors. Its awesome because the room is simple, tranquil and yet everywhere I look there is something middle earth looking back at me giving me a happy, peaceful environment with my favorite things...

Guess the point I'm trying to make here for those of you who DON'T want to do a total room makeover with a specific theme try going with contemporary themes, something you love in room color, furniture etc BUT find some real meaningful Middle Earth items and ADD them into your existing decor. Let them be a focal point somewhere whether a wall or a table top, dresser top, etc.  Sometimes its the simple "focal" point that can really make an impact on a whole room. Again this depends on your decorating style. If your a hobbit, then well, ahh that's alot harder to have a focal point BECAUSE hobbits have lots of focal points, ie: they love STUFF! Its everywhere! Elves are more spartan and elegant, that is MY STYLE....But no fears my best forever friend is a true hobbit and its totally cool.  And sorry if any orc fans... I have NO ORC FRIENDS, sorry! I can try to help you but  wow thats scary to me to think of all that negative stuff. Maybe I'll do a special post just for you with SOME suggestions but I don't dare go too far into that scary realm, most will be left to your own imaginations...

So if you want a Middle Earth space, you don't have money or you don't want to totally go nuts like me with trying to actually make the space LOOK like the movies then go spartan in your choice of realms. Find one or two things, a calendar thats outdated but you still have...Frame the pics for goodness sake! The dollar store has frames or just do as I did and use the poster putty from Walmart.  Remember also ME stuff DOESN'T have to come from the Tolkien website to be ME quality.  I have found some awesome stuff that is so elven and otherwise at Walmart, thrift stores, etc. All it takes is an open mind AND a good ME imagination.  I know I have mentioned this particular online catalog before but here goes again: Seventh Avenue!  Love that place. They will mail you free catalogs several times a year and are online all the time.  They feature unique quality items that often have ME style of things. I love them for their selections but ALSO because IF you don't have money you can easily get credit paying only $20 a month with LOW interest till you pay off some bigger items. I have done it several times over the years.  I now own a lovely metal elven garden bench that I never could have gotten without the payments. I have a large folding floor screen with the most Lothlorien looking woods scene ever that totally makes my LR which again without payment would not have happened. There is a large Rivendell metal wall clock, same thing.  Hard to remember what else but know there is more...SO again may I suggest you look into Seventh Avenue.com? Think if you do you'll eventually find something whether you be elven, hobbit, or  human....Orc well not sure...sorry.  Maybe if your real lucky.

Happy Searching and Decorating!

GG
















Friday, May 2, 2014

Some thought sharing....

Not sure where to go with this post...

I have been at the new flet just over a year now, its beautiful in a lovely mountainous wooded setting...its near two rivers... the whole house except for 2 baths, and two other rooms is all done in my version of Tolkien style...and yet my heart yearns for travel yet again.  Perhaps its the elven curse of the call of the sea?
I have a strong desire to take the white swan boat over the sea to this beautiful new location where things grow better and year round... If so then some other elf will inherit all the lovely decor here, time will tell.  I have so many ideas for more decor and yet I do not feel as inspired to do them here as when we first came. Again perhaps its the call of another place that reminds me of happier days long ago. Being a single elf again with an elfling, life has dramatically changed. Perhaps thats also the cause. This was a haven for us, a safe place without any orcs around and yet it still isn't quite home either. There is so much here though that will be hard to leave.  The beautiful,  huge stone steps leading down from the front yard of flet down to the back of said flet.  They are massive stone steps weighing about 600 to 900 pounds each I was told.  The kind soul who did that for us knew how I love ME and said it was our own little piece of Rivendell...So true, they are stunning and lovely. Then there is the elven orchard I planted with three pear trees, a peach tree, an apple tree, fig tree....also the strawberries, the lavender, the azaleas in pink and white.  The white crabapple tree and the two willow trees... The roses and peonies, the stone bench that was brought from 2 flets back...So much. The little 6x8 flet that is being slowly built for the elfling. And the flet up in the real tree along with the elven tire swing we just hung.  Short time so many things done to beautify and inspire joy. They will be hard to leave. And yet the lure of a new adventure kind of like Frodo when he also joined the special group sailing away that last time...Like Frodo this adventure for us is also about healing deep wounds. It feels like we also are going to the undying lands. A place of yearly sunshine and warm climates...And yet with the best gardening soil, even Sam would be jealous.  Not sure exactly when this is going to happen but hoping it will be before the cold comes.  If so know that this site will travel with me. Hopefully that is good news for you. Its so great for me to be able to share here...All the dreams that have been held inside for so long finally finding a home here.

Peace,
GG