Tuesday, August 8, 2017

My How Time Flies

My gosh, I can't believe that my last post was a year ago this August.  I knew it had been a while, but not that long.  It seems like it was just a few months ago I was looking for a new job, and it felt like only a few months before that I had graduated college and put the final touches on my 1:48 San Francisco row house.  In reality, it's been two years since my last build, and lots has changed.

I am very thrilled to see that, in that time span, interest has grown in quarter scale modern dollhouses and furniture (move over 1:12 mod, you're not alone anymore!).  I was also quite shocked to find that my own house is top in the Google and Pinterest searches for 1:48 modern dollhouses.  Lol, I thought that looked familiar!

I now have a mini modern dream house, a cute little cabin, in the works and look forward to sharing it as time goes by.  Granted, I'm not sure how active I will be given my other hobbies and a LOT going on in my personal life, but I have made it my goal to share some progress on my little cabin at least once a month with a few filler articles each month as well (things like blog round-ups from other mini modern and quarter scale hobbyists, or 1:48 offerings from Etsy and the like).

Looking forward to some quarter scale mini modern adventures this year!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Fab Transformation: From the Beach to the Rocky Mountains

Unlike my prior fab transformation articles, this project will span a series of articles as I spend the next few months building my next quarter scale dollhouse.  So, without further ado, let me formally introduce you this the lovely little kit I'm working, a modern beach house designed by John Jensen of JManLaserCrafts on Etsy.

Key Changes

As I had briefly mentioned before, I first saw this not as a beach house but as a cabin much like the many of modern cabins here in Colorado.  And as you can see from the photos below, they are very similar, both with big windows, bright rooms, locally sourced materials and lovely angles.  The cabins are just darker, due to darker woods, stones, cement or stains an paint. 

A real-life example of what the JManLaserCrafts house is intended to look like. 

And it's mountain cousin. See how easily this kit will transform?

Kit Bashing Goals

What I will be walking you through these next few months is commonly referred to in the dollhouse hobby as a kit-bash (the act of intentionally modifying a purchased kit). Kit bashing is a great way to give a twist to a house people are familiar with and to test your building skills before you dive into making a house completely from scratch. 

Aside from using darker paints and stains, the key modifications of my kit bash will be the addition of a ground level (namely a garage), allowing one of the sides to open on a hing for greater access to interior rooms, adding an extra room upstairs, carving the MDF to mimic lap-siding, and adding a "metal" roof.  

My global goal is to keep this project as budget-friendly as possible using around-the-house supplies or cheaper modeling supplies. 

The Interior Inspiration

Clean modern and mid-century boho are my favorites to mix, and these aesthetics will be the dominate forces. But like the Victorian rowhouse, this project will reflect it's roots and fuse rustic cabin charm and industrial chic as well.  Bright walls, wood floors, rustic metal, sourced wood, bright kilim fabrics and pops of color will be found in this house.


Micro Modern Decor FB is Moving

Back in 2015 when I dove back into dollhouses, it helped to just post my mini house and decor adventures alongside my mini horse projects, but since the horses have taken off, it made since to keep that page separate and give Micro Modern Decor it's own Facebook page. From now, if you'd like to see the quick updates and behind the scenes to projects I am working on, just search Micro Modern Decor on Facebook.  And for those who enjoyed seeing the horses, you can still find them under the Blue Mountain Stable name.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Quarter Scale Mini Modern Round Up July

Quarter Scale Miniature Sofa Couch 1/4 1:48 Mid Century Modern Dollhouse Diorama
Lovely Mid Century sofa by  on esty.com

July is coming to a close, and here is my round-up of sweet little 1:48 modern furniture and houses.  Click on the images to see them in detail.

Quarter Scale Record Player Dollhouse Miniature- 1:48 1/4 Mid Century
A retro record player complete with magazines and coffee table by  on esty.com

Wooden crate by  on etsy.com, perfect for the industrial chic office!

1:48 Chinese Chippendale Chair - Set of 4 in Frosted Ultra Detail

Chinese Chippendale chairs by Pretty Small Things on Shapeways.com

1:48 Wedgewood Stove in Frosted Ultra Detail

Wedgewood stove by Pretty Small Things on Shapeways.com

1:48 YY Chair Set in Frosted Ultra Detail

Y chairs by Simplybill on Shapeways.com

1:48 Barbeque in White Strong & Flexible

Barbecue by Anshuman Bhatia on Shapeways.com

And last but not least, this quarter scale beach house kit by a new arrival to the laser cutting circles, JManLaserCrafts on etsy.com.  This particular kit will be the focus of the blog this year as I convert it into a Colorado mountain retreat.

Quarter Scale Beach House KIT Custom Laser Cut

Friday, July 28, 2017

And up next....

I finally got my hands on a modern quarter scale dollhouse kit. Here's a sneak peek! More to come and for those who have seen this kit on Facebook,  nope, it won't look like what you think it's going to look like!  ;)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Throwback Thursday

To wet your appetite while I work on new content, here are some photos from the 1:48 scale San Francisco row house.  This kit was designed and lasercut by Leonard Ficki of Laserdollhouses.com.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Hello World, It's Good to Be Back!

Long time no write!  Last I left off, I shared a little of my adventures of graduating college and starting the job hunt.

Then I disappeared.

I landed that new job as a graphic designer in a marketing organization pretty quickly and the months flew by as I rolled up my sleeves and dove into all the graphics and branding projects I could desire.

Nearly seven months have gone by since I was regularly blogging, which for me has felt like a blink of an eye.  But, for avid readers, I know seven months is a long time to wait for new content, so imagine my surprise to see that, not only were people still reading my blog, it had outgrown my professional design blog by a few thousand page views!  You guys rock!

Thank you so much to those who have stuck with the blog.  I am slowly getting back into this blog and my hobbies in general now that I've settled into work and have found a new home.  For those who came across this blog more recently, stick around.  All of you can now look forward to new content.  It may start to trickle in at first, but it will come!

And for now, here is a peek into what's on my workbench.  

I purchased 1980's plans by the Scale Cabinet Maker for a 1:48 scale Victorian row house but, rather than cut it by hand, I've decided to bring the plans into the latest decade by converting them to Illustrator files for lasercutting. And, being a graphic designer, using Illustrator lasercut files is another way to fuse my vocation with my hobbies. Stay tuned!