Friday, September 15, 2017

FYI: For Your Inspiration

Aside from the facebook page and this blog, I am also starting an Instagram account of my 1:48 quarter scale modern minis to inspire your modern dollhouse decor.  Right now I am catching up with photos of my previous build, the San Francisco row house, and will then upload progress photos of the mountain cabin and my own laser cut furniture experiments.

And for those of you who love Pinterest, I have a few boards dedicated to interior design, and the two of particular note are the mini modern decor boards and the mountain cabin boards, which pertain the most to projects you will see on this blog, and perhaps to your own projects.


Saturday, August 26, 2017

August Blog Round Up

Better late than never, here are some of the quarter scale blogs I found in August.

The Covered Chipboard

This blog features three 1:48 scale projects, the Inn of the Prancing Pony from Lord of the Rings, the Woodcutters Cottage, the Ravin's Perch and more. She also has an assortment of tutorials and printables.

Angelic Creations

While not modern, her lovely mill pond project showcases some smashing skills in 1:48 scale that would be great for those looking to create wood floors, natural walls and other rustic/organic elements to their modern interiors.

Quarter Scale Creations

Another lovely 1:48 blog with useful DIY tips perfect for modern homes.

August Quarter Scale Modern Round-Up

Faithicus on Etsy

This shop keeps launching quite a few very eye-catching midcentury modern items. Take a look at this smorgasbord of sideboards, lol!
Quarter Scale TV Stand KIT- 1/4 1:48 Mid Century Modern Dollhouse


Fresh bohemian, with a lot of bright pinks to pop, is the trend this season and IckleFingz on is doing a good job offering some very on-trend boho rugs (that also look great in Shabby Chic houses for the more traditional 1:48 scale builders). 


Continuing the fresh boho-theme, this etsy shop offers several kilim and southwest items that would blend very nicely with the hot colors of this year's trend. She also has quite an impressive offering of accessories, especially for the kitchen, such as a microwave and a blender.

Shapeways 1:48 Heaven

Visit this page on Shapeways to keep abreast of all the newest and most popular 1:48 scale 3D prints, many of which are modern or mid-century.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Kit Bashing with a Lasercutter and More

Progress was made this weekend on the beach house to modern cabin conversion, particularly the basement and roof.  A metal roof went onto the modern cabin-well, mostly! The other sheet to finish it is on it's way.  This roof was created with scale model plastic "metal" sheets from the local hobby shop and will get a coat of red metal later.

Thanks to some Illustrator savvy, plans for the lower-level garage were drafted for a lasercutter, featuring fancy stonework and a barn style double garage door.  I'm a little anxious about my math on these, especially the working garage door, but if I am correct in my calculations, then this will be a lovely addition to the cabin.

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.