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

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Website: Middle Earth News, Tracking All Things Middle Earth

Hobbits, Elves, Men all who love Middle Earth,

You really must look at this website!  A fellow Middle Earther had a post from them online with real rooms in real houses that were well INCREDIBLE. Some looked like they were right off a movie set!

There was a room that looked just like Elrond's Library and NO it wasn't from the set but it could have been. Talk about eye candy!

There was another that I truly loved and intend to bank away for my next real flet that allows me to do so.  It was a bath from Lothlorien... I had to look really hard and really closely to try to figure out HOW they did it... It was a wall mural that was so real looking you truly felt like you were in the woods with these bathroom fixtures just part of the trees and woods. I have never in all my elven years seen anything this side of Lothlorien like this. I was absolutely blown away and believe you will be too.

If anyone has issues locating this site please let me know and I'll see what I can do for you. Its a wonderful place of inspiration... Also enjoyed a link they had on site for the set of Hobbiton, some really cool pic's there too...

Enjoy!

GG

Thursday, January 8, 2015

LOR Wall Mural from Calendar



Just a thought...This is a shot of a a black and white calendar I had and wanted to frame but didn't get that far... I found some sticky stuff for hanging posters and just arranged them on the wall.  Each print is regular calendar size so not too small... It was a stunning display that brought me lots of compliments and comments on "oh you must be a Middle Earth fan!" Some were ignorant enough to ask if it was Harry Potter! Hummph....NOT!

Thought I'd share as inexpensive idea for wall decor...Enjoy!

GG

Hobbity Bath Anyone?

Well another bit of inspiration has struck...

Hobbits I know your out there...Here's a nice cosy bath scheme for you that will keep you toasty warm in winter and pleasantly happy in summer.

First off paint your walls in a nice deep warm yellow...Not too lemony, that's too bright. You want something more muted but deep like a warm mustard or even  a nice soft butterscotch... If these are too deep for you then go with a nice more brownish yellow on the lighter side...You don't want anything too bright yellow, you do want more deep, muted and soft...Hope that makes sense to you like it does to me.

Then you can accent with towels in either a nice sage green, hunter green, chocolate brown, or even a deep teal blue/green. You can also layer the towels with two of the colors together, will look rather fancy for a hobbit but then maybe your trying to impress in-laws or ? You can also add the wall color for the accent towel color. I do this sometimes.  When you purchase the towels in the store hold the two colors together and see if you like the combination before you buy. You can do the larger bath towels on the bottom layer then put smaller folded hand towels on top of those. If really fancy then you can add the folded wash clothes in the color of the bath towel on top of the hand towel.  Looks really nice! Then put a bath mat on floor in the color you chose as the bath towel.  Find a shower curtain with something to do with nature: a field of flowers, or just something floral, something in a solid color,or anything YOU find that says that's it! That's what I'm looking for!  BUT it also needs to have your colors in it or it will look HORRID!  Not what we want for you... For example if you choose the chocolate as your main towel color then why not a chocolate colored curtain? You could also if you can find it, find a shower curtain to match your walls. I have not seen any curtains with this color but you might.

You will also want to accessorize other things with your colors,  Toothbrush holder, soap dispenser, toilet bowl brush holder...Remember ONE color is your main color:either the bath towel color or your wall color.  I like to match the wall color for accessories but not always...Sometime the contrast is nice.  I really like this bath set up with either a white or beige sink/toilet/bathtub/shower.

Then finally you NEED some wall decor...This is the fun part for me as this really adds the final touch to the atmosphere...

I highly recommend you going to All Posters.com and looking for the perfect print.  In the bath here which is currently very hobbity I found a lovely framed print at a thrift shop that is a very enlarged photo of a marsh with wild flowers...Its perfect!  Look for something with a field of flowers or a meadow or a nice farm type scene perhaps.  See whats there that appeals to you.  It could be a print with photo of a large vase of summer flowers- like something you'd see on a farm kitchen table or such... Perhaps bit of sunflowers? Very hobbitty! If possible it looks nice to hang a large picture over the back of the toilet tank. Adds nice balance to room.  If space available hang another on opposite wall near shower/tub and over towel rack.  If no towel rack there then hang pic anyway, again for good balance in room.

I also added a clear, tall glass vase with a silk flower arrangement containing sunflowers and some deep almost navy smaller flowers between the larger golden sunflowers. I also added some small white almost like a baby's breath fill just to make it more attractive and full.  It sits on the back of the toilet tank under the framed marsh print, lovely.  If room it would also look lovely on the side of the sink- if you have room. I didn't in this new place. If you are going to do this look at a craft store to find what you need.  You could also add a small candle with the proper color and hopefully with a scent reminiscent of something you like perhaps sunflowers or something baked? Or something with a nature smell... just no SPA scents for the hobbits, thats for the elves-sorry!

Now if your a guy and don't want to do the flower thing... remember unless you want to stay solo the female hobbits would appreciate a little feminine touch now and then...BUT if your hardcore single male then here's something that may appeal to you instead. What about a wooden bowl of potpourri with a nice fall scent to it. Make sure the colors match though! Now a days they seem to dye the stuff all kinds of colors... You could also add a nice tall candle in a clear candle holder next to it with a metalic base. Get either a white or cream colored candle if you do. This is simple and yet still manly!

Ok can't think of anything else at the moment...Hope this helps someone out there in cyber world!

Happy decorating!

PS if you want you could also lay a folded in half hand towel across the back of toilet tank and put the decor on top of that. Just adds little more warmth and color. And if you also wanted too a small bowl of the "plastic/foam" fall veggies like small pumkins, squash, nuts or a bowl of apples, could be used instead of potpourri.  It will last year round cause its not real...Very Hobbity.

Another thing is to find some kind of air freshener thing that smells like something inviting. Nothing tropical ok? That's not going to match up and you and your guest will notice. Need something either cinnamon or apple or you get the idea. And they seem to sell those scents year round. Hide the airfreshner somewhere, behind the toilet, on top of the medicine cabinet...doesn't matter just don't leave it in plain view, you have the candle for visual.

GG









Tuesday, January 6, 2015

More Wall Pic Idea's for Lothlorien

Have so much in my head and don't always remember to actually put it here...sorry.

I had mentioned taupe walls for the elves...Works good for Rivendell too, it a grey taupe not pink taupe, it simulates old stone, old like elves... The taupe is a wonderful background color for all shades of greens (think trees) especially the grass greens and sage greens. BUT dark leafy plants really pop against this color also. And with white trim, wow!

I like to get large nature posters with green woods and water features either waterfalls, streams or you could do a quiet lake too. AllPosters.com  is one of my favorite sites ever! Then be sure to use a BLACK frame. It blends best with nature shots like this and compliments the taupe also.  The green in the scenes will really jump out at you against a taupe wall...Its incredible and wonderful.

White as in furniture also looks awesome against a nice taupe wall. Very classy and clean too. But then you must be able to maintain the "clean" if you use white. I will often use a throw over lighter furniture that is in my color scheme until company arrives and then we "unveil" the piece.

Another thing you can consider for wall pics for Lothlorien is black and white or sepia prints of nature shots. They also look good against the taupe walls and are very classy looking. I have two and always get compliments on them. Again All Posters. com has lots to choose from. If you don't like their prices get on their email lists because they are always having sales! That's when I order!

Remember WHAT the elves chose to live in, nature, beautiful nature.  Lothlorien with the stunning mallorns, waterfalls, rivers, gardens.  Rivendell with the beautiful mountains, waterfalls, gardens. Surround yourself with similar pic's.  Pic's help create atmosphere and that's what your looking for here...Even if you can't have your dream setting outside you CAN create it inside. Remember its all in the details, paint, wall pics, accessories!  Chose wisely and you will be happy for years to come. Remember too that elves have such exquisite things, timeless things, let that help guide you.  If you find something unique and elvish to you get it! You won't regret it,  at least don't think you will, I never have.

Peace,GG

Hope this helps out...Any questions feel free to ask.

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