Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Greenhouse

I was sitting on the patio enjoying a beautiful spring day when I focused in on my hurricane jar with a candle and jar filler.   I reverted to the mini world and started thinking about the things I could do with the stuff in the jar.  At the same time, I was also wanting to do something with the glass greenhouse I had just purchased from IKEA, after seeing it at Mini*Aesthetics last month.  It's a great looking little house that looks very sophisticated on a bookshelf. 

The stuff

What a cute little house!

Back wall is the shipping foam the house was packed in,
the picture is a greeting card

I made the sofa and pillows

The floor is corrugated cardboard

The wood "credenza" is a candle holder from the thrift store.
The plants are real, accept for the engineered palm tree.

Did you find everything? 
The "stuff":  Hanging pendants, coffee table, palm tree,
white pillows, items on credenza (driftwood and shell flower pot),
side table, starfish wall hanging, and the wierd green thing
 in the basket.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A One Week Room

I have love for all interiors and all colors, but I know what I can and can't live with in my world.  You know what I mean?  This is a room that I could spend about one week in (vacation).  I imagined it to be in a hotel suite somewhere in France.  I was thinking old world bumps into modern lux.

Once again, this is set up in the short walled box (6 " ceiling height), which makes it hard to utilize windows and doors, but I'm working on it.  

I hope to make as many things as I can, because for me, that's a major part of the attraction.  I'm hitting thrift shops (and actually finding furniture that needs MUCH love), the dollar stores, Target $1 bins and re-purposing items.

This was my second room, and at the time I had NO IDEA, I'll repeat that, NO IDEA that I'd be posting pictures.  The armoire needs handles and needs a second coat of paint along with the fireplace, but like I said..... NO IDEA!   So now, I'll try to take better pictures or at least make sure the project is finished.  The armoire was a thrift shop find.  Hobby Lobby fireplace (brand new to our area) and I got the chair online but changed the fabric.  Do I really have to remember where I got this stuff?  I'm old and have to save my memory for the really important stuff!   The tables, lamp, pillow, bed and bedding were made by me (man, if you could only see the mess under that comforter).  The sequin ottoman was a tape measure from Pier I and I added beads for legs.  Let's see....Jim's Printables for books and magazines (was I supposed to create a link here?) and some accessories from the thrift shop, Michael's and some home made stuff.  I thought I was "the bomb" after making the perfume bottles!  They're just so cute!

I don't intend to be this chatty, and I'll cut down on words once I get going (I think).

Thursday, April 12, 2012

I've Officially Started

Some years ago I owned a dollhouse that I got from a thrift shop.  I painted it, wallpapered and furnished it very cheaply and cottagy.  I put it on display and never did anything else to it.  I made a move and no longer had room for it, so it went back to the thrift shop.  That was about twelve years ago and now my interest has been sparked again after making a 1:12 scale framed structure for an interior design class.  So I decided that I'd like to explore miniatures again, except this time, I wanted to do modern.  I thought my idea was original since I had never seen any modern dollhouses before.  Low and behold!  You all have been doing this for years!  My brilliant idea was not original!  You guys are awesome and I'm so impressed and inspired.  I've been soaking it all up for the past five months.  I'm not computer savvy, but it looks like soooo much fun, I just have to give it a try.  As I was trying to set up this blog my heart was beating fast, my mouth was dry, and I couldn't carry on a conversation.  No lie, but I keep reminding myself that you don't know me, so it's all good!  I can do and say anything I want.  Me likey.  

OK, since I don't have room for a dollhouse, I decided to purchase a large storage box.  I cut the two front edges so I could lower the front of the box.  Nice size box, but the sides of the box are only 6" high and that's not going to work for very long.  I made most of the assessories.  I'm all about the stuff, I'm not a minimalist.  I made the chaise lounge, and the tables.  You'll recognize the CB2 chairs painted black (yes, I've been paying attention).  Now for some pics.

Changed the paper on the back wall to brick paper.  Gives it a Brownstone or loft feel.

Oh yea, this is the project that got me started.  There's electrical and 
 plumbing through that door.  That was the fun part. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Don't Know What I'm Doing Yet, Be Patient!

This is my first post.  I'm not quite ready to get started; must study up on this stuff!