Sea House Leadlights Interior, Roof; Scarlett

Hello Sea House Leadlights office

The entrance to the Sea House Leadlights office is up a few stairs and across the deck to the left of the fireplace. A set of leaded glass doors opens into a snug but functional design studio.

Details: Terra cotta pot by Braxton Payne. Basswood deck and siding stained with Minwax Classic Gray. Pumpkins made from tissue paper and thread. Boulders sculpted from air dry clay painted with acrylic washes and sealed with ultra matte varnish. All succulents, yucca and other plants hand colored with W&N Promarkers. Many are prototypes; some available as kits at Modern Miniature Succulents + Sundries.) 

Desk and bulletin board

Beneath the half-loft a large tabletop desk has plenty of room to roll out plans and inspiration. Low built-in cabinets with black leather cushions provide more seating, storage and level surfaces for tea trays.

Details: The ceiling lights are 12V modified for warm white LEDs. Bulletin board is made from cork sheet framed with basswood stained to match. Sketchbooks made from my kits at MMS+S. Various meaningful artifacts including original leaded glass designs for other Sea House buildings, and a drawing of a cat by my then 4-year old daughter. Fèves, prized vintage Monopoly shoe, and an anodized earring from the 1980s.

The white-washed brick loft stores window frames, tools, Sea House memorabilia and miscellaneous treasure — as well as the switch (lift the black basket) and battery pack (hidden in a custom box) for the LED lights.

Details: Oh yeah, the baskets and boxes are also available as kits at MMS+S.

A gazebo-style roof welcomes natural light. (I’ll detail more of that happy construction in another post.) I made the 1:144 scale basswood model of the source kit for the original Sea House Pavilion, built some years ago. The Egyptian cat is a porcelain fève. Best of all is the vibrant painting by Jim Tracey that commands the studio — also another post.

Finally, of course, Scarlett. Here she has somehow managed to fluidly infiltrate an impossibly small entrance to the Sea House Sea Rise Pavilion loft (my ongoing remodel of the original 2013 build.) I swear she does these things just to remind me she can.

Oh, how she makes me laugh.

10 thoughts on “Sea House Leadlights Interior, Roof; Scarlett

  1. 54lizzie says:

    The interior of the studio is very serene and the skylight roof is SUPERB, Nancy! It really opens up the studio and lives up to its name in every respect.
    And it also appears that you made Scarlett an offer she just couldn’t refuse. :)


    • Nancy Enge says:

      Serene studios are very desirable, although this one resembles my own not at all :) And I completely agree with you about the roof; perhaps HBS will bring back the gazebo kit that it started from.
      As for Scarlett, even I was surprised that she could snake up into that loft, especially without upsetting the 9 tipsy containers of strip wood currently inhabiting the shelf space in front.

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Awwwwww, Susan, I love you too. All this tiny world building is really not so different from those elaborate treehouse and starship floor plans we used to draw :)
      <3 <3 <3

  2. Bennie says:

    Does your gazebo style roof have any actual clear plastic cover or is it just open to the air for now? I’m asking because I’ve been trying to figure out how to put a clear cover on my little travel trailer plus the side to keep out the dust. I’m just wondering what’s the best material to use for it that I can cut and not have sharp edges.

    It all looks great! Your cat would drive me crazy though. I’d be too afraid it would cause some damage. Your kitty is still adorable though Of course.

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Thanks, Bennie. I’ve yet to cut the acrylic for the individual panes in the gazebo roof… it’s a bit tedious and fussy, and I don’t know yet if I’m going to have to individually cut moulding or if I can get away with faux trim. Acrylic is easy to cut; the edges are not sharp.
      Adorable Scarlett drives me crazy too, but damage is almost always repairable. Her spirit is too inspirational for me :)

  3. Jodi Hippler says:

    Such a lovely structure to admire and then to admire all of the details…
    I hope some day you’ll show us a photo of all of the pavilion buildings together! What fun!

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Many thanks, Jodi. Being able to photograph all the buildings together is my dearest dream. For now, individual photos and the map I’ve been doodling at will have to suffice…

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