Thursday, October 13, 2016

We bought a house! A real house!

Okay, I've been MIA, again, but we bought a house!!! After a lifetime of renting we bought our first real house. I started a new blog for anyone who wants to follow along as we renovate this mid-century knock-off to create our modern dream home

Our first dilemma is what to paint the kitchen? We are planning to demo and replace with a modern kitchen when budget allows but that will likely be a 3-5 years. Any suggestions? We are painting the main rooms light grey and white. The granite counters are a hot mess of navy blue and muddy white swirl. What's a girl to do?

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Calling all UK Dollhouse builders

Do you live in the UK? Do you build dollhouses? Do you want to be on TV?

A television production company contacted me looking for any UK crafters who build their own dolls houses. Each year they have competitions on the programme and this year they’re having a ‘Toys’ competition and are hoping to find some dollhouse builders.

If you are interested please email me and I will send your information to the production company. You must be from the UK as that's where they film the programme.

modernminifan (at)

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Looks like a dollhouse to me

The B&B Italia Arne low swivel bookcase looks like it could be a 1:12 scale dollhouse. Designed by Antonio Citterio in 2005 the bookcase measures 2'4"L x 2'4"W x 2'2"H. I'm trying to figure out how much it costs but it's no longer on the B&B Italia website so I'm guessing it has been discontinued. Bummer, I would have loved to decorate this as a dollhouse. I found it in the catalog of Autodesk's Homestyler Floor Planner, free software to help you design rooms.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Target is selling Lundby?!?

I was surfing on to see if they were still selling the Loft to Love Dollhouse (they are but still not the furniture), when lo and behold what do I see... Lundby! Target is selling limited supplies of the Lundby Smaland Doll's House $99.95 and the Lundby Garden Bundle $128.75. It's exciting to see more modern dollhouse and big chain stores like Target. I really wish this was an indicator that they might start selling some furniture to go with them. Come on Target, let's get modern!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

"My Design Life" on Mode

Mode spent 5 hours at my house filming my collection and interviewing me for their web series “My Design Life”. It’s a cool series of eclectic artists and interesting projects; the Samurai Hairstylist is pretty wild.

I was so nervous in front of the camera but they did a great job editing it. I'll post pictures tomorrow and more details about the rooms that were edited out.

Here are all of their "My Design Life" videos:

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

I had cancer.

Well, it's been a long time, but I'm back! This past year has been a whirlwind as I've had several projects keeping me away from blogging. I spent a lot of time styling my dollhouses for photo shoots and magazine interviews. I was featured in The Dolls' House Magazine Sept 2015 issue, Bust Magazine Dec/Jan 2016 and Dolls Magazine March 2016. I'll be posting photos from these interviews over the next few weeks.

"Meet The Grown-Ass Ladies Making Tiny Dollhouses": Anna-Maria from The Shopping Sherpa, Christine from Call of the Small, Emily from Go Haus Go and myself were featured in a fantastic article on modern dollhouses written by Johanna Gohmann for BUST Magazine. It's a great read; you can check out the full article here.

Last month, I had a film crew come to my house to film my collection and interview me for a video series called "My Design Life" for I'll post more on that when the video is released.

For the past 9 years, I had been happily working from home for a small web design company, but my dream job found me and I went back to work full-time again. The new schedule has been quite an adjustment for my family. I'm out of the house by 7am and then back home with the kids at 6:30pm, make dinner, check their homework, and often fall asleep at 9pm when my daughter asks me to cuddle with her. I was exhausted. As it turns out I had cancer. 6 weeks after I started my dream job at Pandora Radio I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I started another blog Cancer Free Countdown to document my journey and keep family and friends updated. Amazingly, it was stage 1 and the cancer hadn't metastasized. I had a mastectomy in February and just last week I had my final reconstruction surgery.

As much as I'm still obsessed with miniatures, they have definitely taken a back seat. I'm hoping to carve out more time to getting back to blogging as I have a huge backlog of posts to share, but my main goal is getting through recovery and physical therapy to get full mobility back.

I hope you are well and please check back as I'll have more posts with new modern dollhouses on the market and some exciting events to share.

Monday, November 30, 2015

20% Off EVERYTHING + Free Shipping on all orders $50 and up!

Shapeways Cyber Monday savings are here! Check out with promo code CYBER2015 to save 20% on your ENTIRE order, including your own designs, customized products and any products from the marketplace. Plus, get Free Shipping on ALL ORDERS! But hurry, these deals expire at Midnight, Pacific Time!

Use code CYBER2015 at checkout.
Expires November 30, 2015 at 11:59PM PDT.

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Target is killing me. Loft of Love by Our Generation. Yay Modern!!!

Target just dropped the $49.99 price for the Lori 6" Doll - Dollhouse down to $37.50!! BUT it's only sold in stores, so check if it is in stock before running to your local Target. Also called "Lori by OG Loft of Love Dollhouse" (OG is for Our Generation) it is going for RIDICULOUS prices on ebay (seriously, shame on them for selling for $175-$500!)

I'm hoping this is a new line and not just a one-off for the holiday season. The loft comes with the kitchen/bar/bar stools, but the living room, bedroom, office and outdoor furniture come in four separate sets. The furniture seems to also only be available in store and not online. On ebay the sets of furniture are selling for about $115 for all 4, Target is selling them for $12.99 each but only in some stores.

The loft fits 6" dolls and measures 18.5" tall, 20" wide and 12" deep which makes it great for 1:12 scale. It's made out of plastic and wood and requires 3 AAA batteries to operate the lamp in the kitchen.

Below is a video tour, plus click here for a blog review with more pictures

The hubs put his foot down on yet another dollhouse unless I get rid of one, so I may have to hit up Santa to bring this one for "my kids". Heck $37.50!?!?! Who can pass that up?

(Super thanks to Modern MC and Call-small for always keeping me in the loop on new modern houses)

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Featured in Holiday Gift Guide and FREE SHIPPING this weekend!!!

My Efficient 1:12 scale Bookshelf was selected to be part of Shapeways 2015 Holiday Gift Guide! It's featured in Miniatures section of the Gift Guide here:

Shapeways is also offering Free Shipping on any order. Whether you're shopping for unique gifts for your friends and family, or want to get some 3D prints shipped before the holiday season, right now is the perfect time to save. Just use code FREESHIPNOV at checkout and the shipping is FREE. Order by Sunday night!

Get Free Shipping on all orders through November 8.

Use code FREESHIPNOV at checkout.
Free shipping applies to lowest-price carrier.
No cash value.
Expires November 8, 2015 at 11:59PM PDT.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Battery operated lamps were at CVS

I found these miniature architecture lamps at CVS - "House to Home Smart Book Light". I dissuaded mini2b from buying a similar one at the Good Sam Showcase of Miniatures, only for her to find out these flew off the shelves. She went to 3 CVS stores and they were sold out, but a manager said they might sell them again during the holidays since they were so popular. So sorry mini2b!!!

They come in a variety of colors. They are about 4" tall. The yellow lamp is in a 1:12 scale setting. The green is in a 1:24 scale room. They are a little too small for 1:12 and too big for 1:24, but they only cost 2 for $5, so I'm trying to find a way to make them work.

The neck and the middle joint flex but the base does not. Pictured is the range of motion you can get out of them. If you happen to see these for sale at CVS again, please let me know. :)

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Today Only: 16% off all metal products!!

Shapeways is having a flash sale! Today September 16, you'll save 16% on all of their Metals with promo code FLASH16. There are 24 metals to choose from, so try one of your own designs in a new material, stock up, or shop the Shapeways marketplace.

Hurry, this sale ends tonight at midnight Pacific Time, so don’t miss your chance to save.

Many of my decor items are available in metal, if there are any products not listed in metal that you would like to purchase in metal let me know and I'll update the listing.

Happy Sale Shopping!
My store: shops/ modernminihouses

The fine print: FLASH16 promo code is valid once per customer and is applicable for 16% off 3D prints in Platinum, Gold, Silver, Brass, Bronze, Steel, and Precious Plated Metals, with a maximum savings of $250. Discount applies only to 3D printed products, not shipping or other services, and cannot be combined with any other offers. Excludes Aluminum and Interlocking Metal pilot materials. No cash value. Expires Sept 16th, 2015 at 11:59pm PDT.

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