Monday, September 30, 2013

What's new in the Antrim?

I finally found some time to share some of the new pieces I've added to my collection. I backed the kickstarter Modern MC tweeted Tiny Out Loud : A bigger than life miniature film and received this beautiful oil painting on the right side wall. I can't read the artist's signature, so I have to follow up with them to find out who painted it. The Paris wall art is a magnet from a set from Typo, a giveaway from The Shopping Sherpa. And of course, I took advantage of the PRD Miniatures summer sale and got some fab addtions to the house. Click on any image to enlarge.

NEW PRD Miniatures: ottoman and matching pillows, spatial side table, framed abstract art poster, bolero bench, emerson console table (matches the kitchen). The uno sofas, cole entertainment console, and custom fireplace are also PRD, along with some books, accessories, rug and metallic tribal cubes. Can you tell I love Paris?

The Repeat Bookshelves are by me and for sale at my shop here along witht the blue, purble and white vases and planter in the corner are available in a variety of colors here and the white tray on the ottoman here. Stag Head is Dotsan. Accessories: minimodernas, pouff by Pepper, orchid by fortunate island minis, CB2, Tap Plastics, local DH show, ebay finds. Coming next is some new minimodernistas!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Farewell Kaleidoscope House

We had a good run, but it's time to move on. I love my Kaleidoscope House but the colorful panels make it difficult to get the lighting you want and the floor plan is a bit tricky. I've debated swapping the panels out with clear plexi, but with the time and effort that would take, I might as well just build another house. So the KHouse has been relocated to a corner in the living room for the kids to play with. It's filled with the IKEA Lilabo dollhouse furniture, but is often stuffed with cars and legos.

Here is one last look before saying goodbye to "my" dollhouse.

Living room: Fixation bookcases, Efficient bookcase, trays and designer chair pillows are by me. Stag head by Dotsan (he now has a mini rhino and tiger head too!) Sectional, rug and coffee table are minimodernistas. Framed art, picture frame stand, decor, paintings, art books are PRD Miniatures. Orange barrel chairs are Welcome Home by Maryann Roy.

Kitchen/Dining: 3 piece modern kitchen set on ebay $35. Green IKEA bookcase and table by minimodernistas, chairs are Reac Japan.

Entry: Daybed and rug are PRD Miniatures, chairs are Reach Japan. Vases KHouse accessories and one of mine.

Accessories: Mighty World Town Cafe, Re-ment, Tap Plastics, CW Lubin, Petite Princess, Kaleidoscope House Accessories, ebay and dollhouse shop finds.

Bedroom 1: The bedrooms are so tiny! I took the headboard off the Kaleidoscope House accessories bed and reupholstered the footboard as the headboard. Frames are PRD Miniatures. Rugs, shell art and pillows are minimodernistas. Chair is Petite Princess. Wood cutouts are Kaiser Craft. Dresser is ebay find. Accessories are William Maranville, Gilbert Mena and dollhouse show finds.

Closet (small room between bedrooms, originally was the bathroom): Who needs a closet for clothes when you can have a closet full of toys. Ms. Pac Man arcade game is by Retro Heart. Robot heads are key covers from CB2. Can't remember brand name of animals from mom and pop store that went out of business. Stool is Lil' Bratz. Rug is free fabric sample.

Bathroom (technically bedroom 2): I finally have my modern bathroom set up courtesy of Studio Seven swap (mini*aesthetics); pedestal sink, mirror panel, accessories, bath salts, shorter plant, tub. Hatbox toilet is PRD Miniatures. iPad is lilu. Wood cutout is Kaiser Craft. Brown stools are HBS miniatures.com. Bath faucet is from minismodernas.com. Tower shelf and accessories are ebay find.



Patio: The wood cord and ModFire is from Meagan (tinyfixation) built from plans by Pepper (MitchyMooMiniatures). Verde plant and Ribb Chaise is PRD Miniatures. Green topiaries are place card holders from minis2b. White stools are HBS miniatures.com. Pillows by minimodernistas. Watch dog and chairs are CB2.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

20% Sale at My Shop Ends Friday!

Last chance to save 20% OFF all of my products made in the "White Strong & Flexible Polished" material!
Use code odj9a at checkout. The coupon is valid once per customer. Sale ends FRIDAY, September 20th at midnight PDT. Here are a few of the items waiting for you.
Start shopping today »

http://www.shapeways.com/shops/ModernMiniHouses

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Wee House is for sale!!

This is your chance to own a piece of Paris. My jaw dropped the first time I saw the WeeHouse. I love the kitchen and that gorgeous floating woodstove. So cool with so many possibilities. Here's more information on the house if anyone is interested in making Paris an offer before he puts it up on ebay.

This model was created for an exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum called 'Imagine Living big in a small House', part of an overall Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit that was shown for the better part of last year. It was built at Feyereisen Studios in Minneapolis, Minnesota (www.feyereisenstudios.com)

A unique model, as it's a one-of-a-kind signed by the artist Paris Renfroe. The original design is by Alchemy Architects in St. Paul, Mn. The model comes with it's own landscaped base with concrete/like finish, deck, outdoor bench, built in floating kitchen wall unit with built in lighting, floating woodstove, and LCD (non working) screen mounted to interior wall. Interior furnishings shown in photos are not included. The 'cable' on the railing has been damaged, but it's actually just silver elastic cord which Paris can send you for replacement. There are a total of 8 sliding bypassing doors allowing access from either side of the structure. The exterior is an authentic rust finish, and the interior is trimmed in Douglas Fir.
The dimensions are 32" wide, 28" deep, by 18" high. Weight of the whole structure including the base is around 35lbs.

Please contact Paris with any questions regarding this collectible piece. Item will ship from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Local pick up is available, please submit all reasonable offers to Paris Renfroe paris@parisrenfroedesign.com This house needs to go to a good home, and has been kept in storage for the past year or so. The item will be listed on Ebay soon if no offers come through.

Monday, September 16, 2013

It's on! 20% Off Sale until Sept 20

A few times a year Shapeways (the company that builds my miniatures) has sales on select materials. Right now my favorite material is on sale, "White Strong & Flexible Polished".

Shop now and take 20% Off all of my products when you select the "White Strong & Flexible Polished" Material! I added some new products that come in a variety of colors and materials, but only the white polished material is 20% off during this sale.

Use code odj9a at checkout. The coupon is valid once per customer. Sale ends September 20th at midnight PDT. Start shopping today »

Here is a room setting with some of my new pieces. See all of modern furntiure and decor at my shop: www.shapeways.com/shops/ModernMiniHouses

(other items: minimodernistas sofa/pillows, PRD Miniatures, Peter Tucker, The Shopping Sherpa, Susan, Dotsan, Tiny Tim light, Kaleidoscope House accessories, dollhouse show finds)

Sunday, September 15, 2013

MCHUCLA: Contemporary Beach House 1 by Jeffrey Alan Marks and Elizabeth Dinkel

Here is one of the 10 custom dollhouses featured in the Designer Dollhouse Showcase at the Kaleidocsope Ball that helped to raise almost $1.8 million for UCLA Mattel Children's Discovery and Innovation Institute. This is the Contemporary Beach House 1 by Jeffrey Alan Marks and Elizabeth Dinkel. Click on the images to enlarge.


Jeffrey Alan Marks designed the first floor, including a dining room, kitchen, living room, and gym, in his now signature color scheme of breezy blues. The design features custom dollhouse furniture modeled after Marks’ actual furniture line with Palecek, with the living room including Marks’ “Spindrift Sofa”, “Spindrift Chair”, “Brockton Coffee Table” and “Bryant Lounge Chairs” and the gym utilizes Marks’ “Wind & Sea Folding Screen” to create a private massage area. In addition to the Miniature versions of Jeffrey’s Palecek Furniture, the living room includes a custom wool and silk area rug inspired by vintage Fortuny fabric and provided by Decorative Carpets, while the private massage room includes walls covered in custom de Gournay “Fish” wallpaper, replicating Jeffrey’s personal kitchen and two massage tables covered in Cowtan & Tout Linen. Credits go to PRD Miniatures, Monte Allen, Cowtan & Tout, Decorative Carpets, and Larsen for their contributions to the design.

www.jam-design.com



Elizabeth Dinkel designed the second floor combining the spare and minimalist elements of a modern beach house with the natural beauty of the Pacific Ocean as her backdrop. Her design features clean, modern white lines paired with the some of the more organic tones found in the natural world. She designed the space with a professional art collecting couple who use their house to escape city life and catch their breath in mind. Her intent was to design a house that is sophisticated architecturally but not too fussy or overly serious.

www.elizabethdinkeldesign.com



I pretty much want everything in this house. The architectural deisgn of this house won me over with that open staircase. Not ideal for kids or drinking house guests, but why sacrafice saftey for stlye? (It's only a model). How many pieces of PRD Miniatures and minimodernistas can you find? The heartbreak of this house, is there weren't any good pictures of the bathroom. I can see glimpses of a custom PRD Miniatures bathroom suite, but I want to see more! Next year, I'll have to go in person to see all of the amazing details.



Publicity information provided by bluPRint. All photography by Jon Hugstad.

For more pictures of the Contemporary Beach House 1 see the event coverage on smallisimo.com.


Read full coverage of the event, features on designers and see more photos in all of my posts here. Or visit my main MCHUCLA Designer Dollhouse Showcase page with links to all 10 houses here.