Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween

Wishing everyone a safe and fun holiday. Here's a little sneak peek of new work in the 1:48 scale San Francisco house. Stay tuned for more as I finish off this scene and put the finishing touches on some new tutorials for November.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

This Blog Is Growing!

Basement living room in the 1:48 scale San Francisco row house. Scratch-built Knoll sofa (left) and 3D printed Eames lounge chair by Pretty Small Things.

Last year, I bought a 1:48 San Francisco dollhouse kit and experimented in seeing how well a graphic designer could apply herself to interior design, with an emphasis on eclectic modern style.  It started as an interior design bug and a way to try out ideas for my real house without the major commitment, but it went so well I decided to stick with it and share it on a blog too. 

Micro Modern Décor was launched in late August and just a couple days ago this little blog went past 1,000 page views. Not bad for a blog that doesn't focus on the more popular and better known 1/12 scale minis.

This blog will continue to focus on the 1:48 scale modern minis with style tips and tutorials on crafting minis. If 1/12 is more your style, you'll still find tips perfect for your larger scenes.  Coming up soon are articles on 1:48 bottles and glasses, converting a Young At Heart Oui Oui tub into industrial chic goodness, and featurettes on what's new in the San Francisco house.  This blog will get new articles and photos at least twice a month--more as my last semester of college allows!

I had to rush the progress of the San Francisco house to meet a show deadline, so some rooms, like this designer's studio, weren't fully realized.  So check back for the updated scenes!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Tips for a Mid-Centry Mod Living Room

Mid-century design is so versatile: just add some contemporary touches and it will swing from masculine to feminine, from bold to cute, from sophisticated minimalism to bohemian. Today I'll share my top tips to getting the look pictured here.

Get The Look
Bold rugs. Go graphic and select black and white rugs in geometric patterns.  I choose a dark navy striped rug to keep with the subtle blue themes in the room.

Period artwork. Bring the past to life with the rich colors of midcentury artwork, be it travel posters or vases.  I replicated a 50's patterned round vase with a bead (shown on the bookcase) and chose a Victorian circus poster as my centerpiece artwork, which I hand-framed to match the furniture colors.

Sheepskin chairs.  I created this trendy look using the modern lounge chair kits from Lindsay Pastore of Small Scale Living and short-haired plush felt from a craft store.

Mid-century accents.  Stay true to the period with furniture items like a mid-century credenza or geometric bookcase (also from Small Scale Living).

A contemporized touch. Bring your living room into the present with a few modern trends. I choose inspiration from the industrial chic movement and added over-sized letters, a huge riverstone coffee table and floor mounted artwork. 

The letters were created by purchasing tiny wooden letterforms from the scrapbook section of my local craft store (each letter is about a quarter inch tall) and spray painting them in bright metallic. 

For the artwork, purchase the small or medium sized pictures from the 1/12 scale dollhouse line, or make your own (as I did).

I replicated the riverstone coffee table by sculpting air-dry clay, spray-painting metallic antique gold, and glossing with high gloss spray paint.  In a matter of minutes (minus the dry time), I had a fab modern table.

Personalize.  Give your room a lived-in look with items unique to your inhabitants.  I was modeling this room off plans for my real living room, so I filled it with my "necessities of life" for a graphic designer: books on travel and famous artists, graphic posters, and trade magazines for designers and illustrators.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Industrail Chic Desk How-To

Transform a traditional desk kit from Petite Properties Ltd. to a hip industrial chic desk with beginner friendly techniques.  All you need is black spray paint, metallic paint, brown acrylic paint and a protective spray sealer.

Getting Started
The Petite Properties kits are made from mattboard and cardstock and since they are paper products, it is good to prep the surface before applying water-based products. I seal my Petite Properties kits with a clear spray like Krylon Matt or Gloss and apply very, very light coats until the kit is sufficiently sealed.  Ta-da! Your kit is now ready for the next stages.

Using the black spray paint, lightly spray your desk, leaving some areas almost blank and other areas almost black.  Don't cover it evenly or you won't get the weathered look that's needed for the next stage.

Dry Brushing
Your final stage will give you that nice weathered wood look with a metallic shine.  Using a water-based metallic paint, such as the one shown above, dip a dry brush and drag the brush across a blank sheet of paper.  Once the paint starts to drag and doesn't leave an even mark, drag the brush across your desk.  The uneven marks make for an easy woodgrain texture.  If you find that your desk is too metallic, coat it with an acrylic brown wash.

The Finishing Touches
Paint the desk top in brown and coat your desk in Krylon Matt spray.  I also used a gloss spray on the desk top to mimic a heavy lacquered surface. Add the beads for the drawer knobs and you are finished.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Inspiration from the Denver Modernism Expo

Photos from the Denver Modernism show to inspire your contemporary and mid-century miniature creations.

Pretty Small Things just came out with a curved sofa that would paint up well as mini of this couch. Just add matching pillows!

Totally in love with the chairs, ottoman and end table. Next 1:48 furniture projects?