The Sitting Room ...
a room of memories since forgotten.
Once you exit the elevator, you enter the sitting room.
Complete with a fireplace, old pictures, phonograph ...
a dusty piano ...
and a game of chess.
I bought this "haunted portrait" at Target, used an old
lamp shade, vintage looking record player,
and cane with air-dry clay to create the phonograph.
We used an economy size of baking soda to create the dust.
The mantle is adorned with candelabras I bought several
years ago at Target, the Von Spüken Hotel logo and a portrait of Mr. Von Spüken himself.
I followed a project tutorial found in the Better Homes and Gardens
Halloween special. It was titled "Mount a ghoulish stairway exhibit".
Of course I modified it to suit my needs and taste.