Thursday, August 27, 2015

Fab Transformation - Shabby Chic to Industrial Chic Armoire

Simple Transformation, Massive Impact
In this mini tutorial, learn a few very easy tips to transform this shabby chic armoire kit from Petite Properties Ltd into an industrial chic centerpiece.  When finished, you'll have an item that will make a lovely centerpiece in your industrial-chic, bohemian or contemporary bedroom. Enjoy an item that has heritage, a modern twist, female elegance and masculine appeal.


The original kit from Petite Properties is unpainted, lasercut heavy cardstock with working doors and separated door frames that you'll glue to the doors after you apply a great little trick to make this armoire industrial-chic.

The neutral black color and the embossed metallic paper are the key elements in making this kit evolve from shabby-chic to industrial-chic. Look for metallic paper in the specialty scrapbook section of your favorite arts and craft store and select one with a small, fine pattern appropriate to the scale you are working in.  Paint your armoire in black or another neutral color like grey, silver or bronze and be sure to keep the door frames separate.  Spray the armoire with the gloss spray for a varnish mimic, then glue the door frames to your metallic paper.  Cut the door frames from the paper, glue to the wardrobe and you are done! A super easy, super chic project you can complete in an evening.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Introducing the 1:48 San Francisco Row House

Victorian Fusion
What happens when a retro-loving graphic designer stumbles upon a miniature house small enough to fit into a shoe box? An experiment in miniature interior design is born. And if jumping from graphic design into interior design isn't enough of a challenge, why not try to contemporize a Victorian mansion?

This house was an eBay score and is a 1:48 scale kit designed by a Virginia Beach small business, It is about 13 inches long and nine inches tall. The ceiling heights are two and a half inches high. It is TINY! Never-the-less, it is possible to get great detail and wonderful design into a house this small almost as much as the popular, larger houses. Here's a little peak into the construction and more photos of the finished rooms will launch next month, so check back with this blog for some design goodness.


The interiors are clean, elegant and industrial-chic inspired while retaining Victorian elements like wainscoting and traditional staircases. The house is a neutral pallet to allow for trend changes and easy application of bright colors, textures and patterns later.

Some rooms break away from the industrial-chic style and incorporate my use of graphics and my love for graphic design.  Besides, a home is a house that reflects you; a home is a self-portrait. So stay tuned for updates on a house for a retro-loving, eclectic, hipster graphic designer.

Tips for An Inviting Bohemian Living Room

You'll be hard pressed to find a design style that's more eclectic, vibrant and fun than Bohemian-chic. A 1950's-60's décor movement, it's wonderfully retro too; perfect for fun-loving, old-soul hipsters.

Boho-chic rooms let your imagination run wild with bright colors, crazy pattern combinations from around the world, excessive pillows and Moroccan tiles.  This post will give you some tips to stay true to the movement while expressing your unique style and tastes.

Try These Key Style Aspects To Have Fun While Staying True To The Look

Mid-century furniture fits in very well with Boho rooms, but feel free to mix in period pieces, especially Victorian. For a more contemporized room, throw in a couple recent, iconic pieces. In my room I chose mid-century, Danish inspired chairs with retro prints, an IKEA inspired sofa and credenzas with contemporary color pallets.  What ever you do, go for bold color, rich textures and vibrant patterns (have fun and express yourself!)

Vibrant rugs are a characteristic of Boho. Often they are cultural, such as antique Tibetan or Navajo. Select colorful rugs from your favorite culture and period. For a contemporary look, select rugs with geometric patterns, like the one I designed for my room.

Cultural textures and patterns are a key element for Boho and extend beyond rugs.  Look for pillows, tiles and artwork from around the world (Moroccan is especially popular).

Interesting artwork is an easy and effective way to extend the vibrant colors and patterns.  Mixing and matching is the key, so choose different frame colors and different types of art from photos, to drawings, to paintings. You can contemporize your artwork collection with graphic posters or typography artwork.  Type art is very trendy right now and they are quick and easy to make yourself.

You can't go wrong with mid-century patterns, shapes and bright pops of colors.

Don't be afraid to pile on the pillows.

Ta-da! Now gather your favorite minis and start designing your own fabulous Boho rooms.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Pardon the Construction :)

You've found a blog for modern miniature interior design, DIY style, especially in the smaller scales (1:48). 

So if you love mid-century to contemporary design and sofas as small as your thumb, you've found the right place.  Just pardon the dust this next week or so as this blog is constructed and check back soon for juicy design inspiration, tutorials and tips!

In the meantime, here's a little sneak peak of what's going up in the next few hours and next few days!