These two rooms are almost done. What the work room needs is the banister, etc for the completed staircase. What the bedroom needs is carpet. Although wall to wall carpet conjures up images of 1950's America, it's actually been part of American decor since roughly the Civil War era. And for much the same reason it's in use today: because hardwood floors were expensive. For the most part, builders used whatever they had on hand--soft wood, splintery wood, etc etc etc. Floors were, on the balance, so horrible that they had to be covered up to be useful. Canvas floor cloths, carpets, wall to wall carpeting, all of these were solutions. I also thought that, from the perspective of creating a nice sense of ambiance, carpet would give the bedroom a certain cozy air. Or, at least, that's the hope.
In the work room--which could also be used as an upstairs sitting room, or additional bedroom, I suppose (although there's also a bedroom on the third floor), the rocking chair and stool are just there for scale. The pot-bellied stove is intended to be part of the room but, like the other fixtures, is removable. My idea was that, much like with the fireplace downstairs, the fireplace was bricked up and a more "modern" heating source installed.
|The door to the bathroom.|
I've done a fair bit of work on the other remaining rooms as well, but nothing picture-worthy. I've been stalled on the formal parlor, due to some needed supplies taking their sweet, sweet time to arrive. I've also been working on a few pieces of furniture, and on the stone for the mausoleum (which, in response to a question in the comments, will also be made from egg cartons--but slightly differently than before; a separate post on that topic is to come).