A lot has happened in the last 15 months--LIFE! I retired in July 2015, and the hubby and I have done some traveling to some fun cities in the U.S. and in the Caribbean. We've also been making some changes around here to make it more "resort like" since I'm on permanent vacay and hubby's off during the summers. Things haven't been all fun and games around here though, because that's just not how life works. Am I right? But I try to stay positive even while I'm working through the crap, so I'll just spare you all the "ugly".
So, even though you all have been gone for awhile :), I've still been making and thinking minis. I had completed most of the rooms in my huge house, and by that I mean the walls, floors and large pieces of furniture were in place, but I was working on the little details because I like little details! Well, we needed to use our spare bedroom that my house was set up in, so I packed up everything and put the house in the shed. The bedroom has now been available for three months, but I haven't felt like hauling that monstrosity of a house back in. So, about two months ago I finally purchased the "Loft to Love" house from Target. I had been eyeballing this house since Christmas. Had it been in the toy section, I never would have seen it, but at my Target store it was displayed on an end cap right across from the food section, so I saw it every time I went in (at least three times a week). Anyone else do their grocery shopping at Target? I don't know what took me so long to buy it, and for only $49.99. I love it! I've graduated from the IKEA Lekman! (not really). I'm definitely loving the style, size and the portability. It has a loft area and brown kitchen appliances were included. I might have to paint the interior white, paint the appliances, remove the yellow pendant lights and replace the front door. There are all kinds of possibilities with this house. The ladies at Modern Mini Houses and Call of the Small have purchased this house and have some great pictures of it.
Here are some pics of the lower level. I'll share the loft next time since I feel some changes in the air.
The stuff: I made the sofa, pillows, console table, white floor vase, coral, necklaces, two large plants. The black floor and little rug are made from place mats. The bookshelf is from IKEA. The plant stand is a napkin ring. The coffee table and wall shelf are by Patie of minisx2 (Etsy). The wood side table is a stamp of an elephant turned upside down (Cost Plus). The "coral" is made from a sea sponge painted white. The tall branches and table branches are from the back yard. Other little accessories are from the thrift shop, Hobby Lobby, HBS and Dollar store. Throw and rug are pieces of fabric.
Okay now, don't be strangers! This took FOREVER since I forgot how to navigate the blog and forgot to save and had to retype some things. I even forgot how to use my camera 'cause I use my phone 24/7. Can't let this happen again.
That's it for now.....Beany
I so enjoy your text ,not only your photos. I wish I could share with you my thoughts on the same lavel. This would never happen thouhg. English is not my mother toung you see.ReplyDelete
I am quite tempted with this Target house and some other europian house I've seen / At the moment I am about reviving my house after the decorators are finally out. Minis will have to wait again. I waisted all summer on that....
All the best
Hi, it's so nice to hear from you, and you do a great job communicating in English. I've seen what you can do with the Lekman box, so I know you would love the house from Target!!! I've never been through a house renovation, but it sounds exciting. Don't wait too long to start your minis again. I miss them!Delete
You did great work! lovely to see a modern house like yours.ReplyDelete
Thank you Tessa! Your work is amazing and has so much architectural detail. I'm always so impressed by people who build their own houses. I've never built a house before and I have no plans to start either.:) That's for the pros!Delete
I LOVE the decoration and it's exactly the style I'm working on right now, only that your's looks 100 times better. This is gorgeous and the pictures are great. Can't wait to see more...ReplyDelete
Thank you, and that's very sweet of you! But, I just checked out your record shop and girl, you have some serious skills, so I know whatever you're working on now is fabulous!Delete
Welcome back! I so get the forgetting how to blog. I have been gone a long time too and didn't remember how to post and save and upload pictures. But I am glad you got it back.ReplyDelete
I love what you have done so far and all the minis you have made. Very clever! Looking forward to more!
Thanks Veronique! The house was ready a month and a half ago and for some reason I couldn't bring myself to take pictures. I guess it's just a slow process for me...AND I've been gone so long that I don't know how to follow you!Delete
OK 1. Going to get that house! 2. Ripping out stuff in other houses to be more creative like this, 3. drooling at your house some more.ReplyDelete
Well alrighty then--1. I'm laughing! 2. You definitely should get this house! and 3. I'm laughing some more.Delete
Brilliant decor! I just love the sofa and pillows. Great work! Oh, and glad to see you are still "making and thinking minis."ReplyDelete
Thank you! Yes, ALWAYS thinking minis! I can't go anywhere without scoping out "small stuff".Delete
Your new house is Beautiful!!!! I love the way you have made it look light and bright and very livable. :DReplyDelete
Welcome back and Enjoy your traveling and your new retirement!
Thank you so much! Even though I was looking forward to retirement, I found myself feeling a little guilty that I could just hang out and do whatever I wanted or didn't want to do, but I'm happy to say that period is OVER!!! Yes, I've been cured!Delete
I keep looking at this house too. This may make me break down and buy one!ReplyDelete
You have the talent to build any house you want, but I think you'd still love this house. I think it'd also be easy to store and stack.Delete
your tiny house is just lovely, I too have a big house that I haven't touched but I really like working on my small cabins so far Ive made 3 beach cottages but Im on my way to making a small house I love them because they are just so cozy :)ReplyDelete
Thank you Marisa! I think I prefer small houses at this stage of the game due to storage issues, but ultimately I'd like to have a she-room dedicated to dollhouses and a work area. It's gonna happen one day!ReplyDelete
I love it! The whole color scheme is fabulous. I am particularly in love with those pillows. And I bought that same napkin ring to use as a side table!ReplyDelete
Thank you! I was going for a tribal look with the "mud cloth" pillows, and I've seen those napkin rings used in some different ways.ReplyDelete
Congratulations on your retirement! Good luck with your travel to the United States and the Caribbean. I think creating a resort vibe in your new home is a great idea because you are waking up in a place that makes you feel happy. You did a good job with your mini loft; I almost thought that was your actual home.ReplyDelete