Wednesday, April 13, 2011

More Chicago...Rik Pierce and DeCave Design!

I promised you last night that I would be sharing some Rik Pierce items with you and I'm not one to let my friends down.  For those of you that aren't familiar with Rik's work, there are TONS of pictures on his website (  Rik and his wife are two of the most delightful people I have ever met. The pictures I'm going to share with you are of his newest piece, Rapunzel's Tower.  This structure sits on a fairly small footprint, but rises three stories into the air.  I can't even begin to describe it to you so I'm just going to toss some pictures at you.  If you are a fan of Rik's work or of fantasy creations, you may want to grab a napkin because there is going to be drooling.  Don't be embarrassed...I did it in person. At least you are at home. LOL

Ladies and Gentlemen....Rapunzel's Tower. Surrounded by water and only accessible by the main door.

The main door.  It is striking all on it's own.

 The main floor features a fireplace and inlaid floor.

 The mid floor has the same floor and a door leading to a small balcony (shown in next picture).

 The top floor was more simple (sorry, picture of room didn't come out) and had a door opening onto a small circular balcony.  You can picture Rapunzel up there letting her hair down for her Prince to climb.

Rik also had another structure up for viewing on his table.  This one is called Tanglewood. Gosh I love the names of his structures.  This was a small shop that could be done up in a lot of different ways.  It doesn't matter if Rik's pieces are small, one-story structures or large 3 story ones, the attention to detail is always the same and is magical!

I hope one day you will get to see some of his work in person. Pictures just can not do it justice.

Ready for some more pictures? I thought you might be! We were walking through the show on Saturday and a roombox caught my eye off to the side.  It drew me in like a moth to one of those bug zapper things.  Boy was I zapped.  As I stood there drooling and peering through the windows, I heard a small voice in my ear saying..."I made each of the 763 individual books on those shelves."  Huh? I turned my head and looked into the face of the creator of this masterpiece.  Gerry DeCave stood there smiling at me because I'm sure she knew what was running through my head.  I was looking at her roombox, "Windsor Antique and Rare Book Shop".  I just couldn't stand up straight and stop staring into it.  Finally, my manners slapped me around a bit and I stood up and introduced myself.  Gerry is an amazingly creative person who paints faux-finished furniture, creates STUNNING chandeliers and made a roombox I just wanted to crawl into and curl up with a book. (

Gerry was so friendly. We stood there and talked for a long time, and then we talked even more on Sunday. I forgot to take additional pictures. You can see more on her website. There is even a message board inside the rare book section covered with messages. You just want to stand there and read them all.  Everything she does is stunning. You would never believe her faux-finishes aren't real burl wood or other exotics.  More drooling.  Please utilize your napkins now.

OK, I think now is a good time to stop and let you get some water.  I'll have more up tomorrow.

Till later!


  1. Most Excellent :) My favorite is the book shop, don't know why :) Rik Pierce's buildings are just the best. I'll bet you are ready to create big time now :)

    Victoria ❤

  2. Oh, I love Rapunzel's Tower. I wish I could buy it and make Rapunzel standing on the upper balcony.

  3. OMG OMG OMG!! I just can't get over those books and that castle are just awesom! thanks so much for sharing this with us I love it!!

    Marisa :)

  4. Victoria, you have no idea how inspiring this show was. It was what I needed. It is like my soul is on fire! There is so much I want to do and I've been making massive lists. HAHA

    CW, you can buy is for sale. LOL His work is so awe inspiring and I think a Rapunzel doll would be a blast to make.

    Marisa, you are so welcome. The books aren't readable, but each will open and is covered with real leather. Stunning doesn't even begin to describe it.

  5. how wonderful, its times like that when you wish you could shrink down and envelop yourself within, escaping into the magic of the miniature world.

    Sara x :o)

  6. I'm a huge fan of Rik's work and I'd love to see it in real life..and it's a dream of mine to attend one of his classes, I don't think I'd get that lucky though! lol

    The book shop is so wonderful it looks like a real life shop! Just outstanding and you were so very lucky to see them all these creations in person.

    Michelle :o)

  7. Thank you, thank you thank you! I have been wanting to see Rapunzels tower since Rik posted a sneak peak on Webshots! It's awesome! Oh! to take that class!

    That book shop is truley amazing!

  8. I'm so glad you like the pics Heather. I sent them to Rik also and told him if he wanted to use them on his webshots he could. Such a nice guy, and his wife is absolutely adorable also.

  9. I didn't make it to the Chicago show this year and am so happy to see pictures of some of it here on your Blog!! Thanks for the Eye Candy Dale :D