Saturday, November 27, 2010

Interviewed by San Francisco Chronicle

Extra Extra! Read all about it! I've been waiting for this article to hit the press for weeks, but SF Chronicle writer Leilani Marie Labong's editor loved the article so much that they waited to run it in the next available Sunday issue, Nov 28th. I'll pick up my copy tomorrow to see it on the cover of the Home and Garden section. Woo hoo modern minis!! Read the full article here and check out the great photography: "Bauhaus meets dollhouse: miniatures go midcentury"

Seriously, how cute is Doris? I love this shot. I think The Chronicle photographer, Michael Macor, did an outstanding job capturing the DWR event.

The photos showcase the work of the four designers featured at the Design Within Reach Miniature Modernism: “The next generation of dollhouse designs” last September. You can read my recap of the night here »
Paris Renfroe, PRD Miniatures,
Tim Bolye, Brinca Dada,
Doris Nathanson, minimodernistas,
Modern MC, (opted not to be interviewed, hence no mention in the article)

My Antrim was on display as part of Paris' work, as I've been working with him to turn this dollhouse into a modern dwelling. You can see pictures of my Antrim Dollhouse at the DWR event here »

I get a little giddy and nervous when being interviewed. It's awkward and fun rolled into one, but I must say, I think my quote came out better in this article compared to the kicker I got in the New York Times article which eluded to me being a total control freak. I'm not really, well, maybe just a little.

(Images from San Francisco Chronicle article on

Monday, November 15, 2010

Back to the Antrim

Sadly, I have totally neglected my Antrim, but now that I've finished Doris' website, I have time to focus on it again and get it finished. Paris is going to build a custom kitchen, but I'm still wavering on layout. Here are some options I'm toying with. The green minimodernistas' ottoman is a placeholder for where the spiral staircase will go. I think the room is a little too open without an island, but then might be too cramped with one, so maybe an L shaped kitchen unit is the way to go. I'm not sure if there is room, but I think I might be able to squeeze a buffet behind the custom PRD table, but I'm going to hold off on that until the stairs are installed.
Paris designed the table based on this photo I found, and I want the kitchen cabinets to compliment the table, but I also love the look of the white frame around the dark cabinets in the kitchen photo. I'll keep you posted as to what we decide after I talk to Paris.

Friday, November 5, 2010

minimodernistas' website is up

For the last few months I've had the pleasure of working with Doris Nathanson to create an online website for all of her wonderful mid-century modern furnishings. I have been a huge fan of Doris' work, but had a hard time tracking it all down. Now you can see it all in one place (all 176 items!! Seriously, who knew she had so many!?!) A lot of sweat and tears went into the site, so I hope you enjoy it. I feel like I have done my duty to help make more modern miniatures available to the world, so now I can sit back, relax and blog about it. It's good to be back. :D

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Look who's back...

I know I know, it has been a long time, but I have a good excuse. I've been building an ecommerce website for minimodernistas, which will be live very very soon and I will be back to blogging again. In case you haven't heard, look who is back...

Thanks to all of you modern miniature enthusiasts we have the return of some beloved modern houses that were discontinued. The Citadel is back by Lolly's (thanks for the tip mini2b), DHE brought back the Malibu Beach House, and Ocean Drive now comes in a black finish compared to the old "wood" exterior finish. For links and details on these houses, please read my updated post on modern dollhouses.

I added some more houses by Miss Schumetta, Studio SWS and Dave Slater's Apartment Building, read more about these here.

I was surprised by the 500 EUR price jump for The Arne Jacobsen house that Modern MC pointed out. At 1,340 EUR, it's out of my budget, but I hope Minimii finds a way to make more affordable houses, as I love their concept.

Please send me houses I've missed as I continue to update this post as a resource for modern houses on the market. December and 2011 have much more to come.

Thank you for all of the email inquiries about my absence, I plan to back in full force soon. And when you see Doris' website it will all be worth it. :)

Mini smiles,