August! The last full month of summer and usually quite lovely here in Toronto since the nights start to cool just a little. We had such a busy July with most of it being spent in Finland that I am looking forward to being home this month. Hopefully, I'll be able to leisurely work on our house and finish off the dollhouse too. Maybe I'm being ambitious here! It is summer after all and I'm sure the majority of my time will be taken up just enjoying summer days with my boys. I hope your summer is going well and that you enjoy this month's calendar.
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Happy Canada Day from middle Finland! We're spending the day visiting family and enjoying the countryside. You can see some pictures of our vacation over on Instagram and/or Facebook if you're interested in what we've been up to during our vacation.
We've had a lot of ice cream here in Finland and since July is National Ice Cream month, this month's calendar features ice cream, of course!
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I hope you enjoy this month's calendar! Also, don't forget to enter the $100 giveaway to Miniatures.com on my previous post.
I didn't quite finish my dollhouse in time, but I do have the the bedroom to share with you today as well as a sneak peek at the living room. I ran out of time a little since we headed off to Finland for 3 1/2 weeks in the middle of this month. I'll be sure to share updates as I finish off the last couple of rooms in the dollhouse.
For the bedroom the main piece that I made was this bed. I decided that a low modern bed would work well for this modern farmhouse. I cut the pieces from basswood and used small dowels for the legs. I sewed the bed linens using a few different prints including a Marimekko Luovi blue and a white throw pillow. My mom crocheted the round cushion. The artwork you may recognize from the kitchen, but I tried it in the bedroom and really liked how the colours worked with the bedding and decided to leave it there.
The bedside sconces were made from wooden beads, dowels and small squares of craft wood. I started by sanding one end of the bead down to make a flatter end so it would look more like a real lamp shade. Hubby then drilled some holes near the top of the bead to accommodate the "arm" (dowel). He also drilled small holes into the square "mounting plates" (craft wood) for the other end of the dowel to go into. The whole assembly was then mounted to the wall. I added small pieces of baker's twine to mimic electrical cords.
This room has a full light door that I'd still like to add a balcony too, but you do get to see another angle of the bed and sconces from this side. :)
The dresser in the room was a little furniture makeover project. I had a small Queen Anne style dresser that I took the legs and hardware off of. I painted it white and then added dowel legs and "bar pulls" (black wire) with beads for a much more modern look. I gave the flower pot a little two-tone paint job to add another hint of blue.
A little shot of the three finished upstairs rooms.
Here's a sneak peek at the living room. I managed to give the fireplace a new "marble" surround. I also made a sofa. I tried to make it look like our own Muuto Rest sofa. I think it resembles it a little. I even used the same Maharam fabric that is on our real sofa. The rug is also made from some wool fabric. I sewed the pieces together using an overlock type stitch and my mom helped me with the tassels on the end. She also knit that little cushion. I still have to add some side tables, coffee table, chairs, artwork, etc. before this space will be done, but I thought I'd give you a peek inside since I had originally hoped to be able to finish this room as well this month.
One last look at the room that I actually did finish! ;)
I've had such a fun time working on this Little Modern Farmhouse and am so glad that my friend Cassie asked me to cohost this fun Dollhouse Therapy challenge. Go check out my cohosts: Cassie, Emy and Alice's dollhouses this month for some amazing miniature decorating!
Now for the link party and giveaway! I'm excited to see your dollhouses this month. You can link up both your Instagram and/or blog below. Also below the link party you'll find the Rafflecopter where you can enter to win a $100 credit towards Miniatures.com!
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It's the final month of Dollhouse Therapy with my friends Cassie, Emy and Alice. I'm supposed to have this dollhouse finished by the end of this month, but I'm quite certain I won't have it entirely finished. My target is to finish the bedroom and the living room, but since we're leaving for Finland in a week and I'm not sure how much I can tackle before then!
Today you'll get a little before tour of the two rooms and I'll be sharing some of the design ideas I have for the spaces.
Let's look at the bedroom first:
For the bedroom, I have all the windows, baseboards and floors in place so I'm going to be focusing on making some furniture. I plan on making a bed with a plywood headboard and am trying to figure out how to make some sconces to use as bedside lamps. Side tables are also on the to make list. Right now I placed a crocheted doily down as a rug (my mom had it in her stash), but I won't know if it works in the space until I get the furniture in there. One of my favourite features of the room is the full light door. I may even make a little Juliette balcony so that the squirrel family can have a step outside. ;)
Next up is the living room:
The living room is the largest room in the house and I'm a little nervous about how much furniture I will need to fill it. I'm planning on making a mini version of our own Muuto Rest sofa and adding some "marble" or tile to that fireplace. One idea that I'm pretty excited about is for a little built-in window seat. I had the intention of ordering a mini Eames rocker for this room as well, but I can't seem to find one for a reasonable price/reasonable shipping cost. If you know where I can get one, please share! Then if I could fashion a diamond chair, I'd pretty much have my current living room in mini size. :)
I'm pretty excited for these rooms and also to see what my cohosts come up with. Stop by Cassie, Alice and Emy's blogs to see their dollhouse therapy plans for this month. Also, don't forget to come back on the last Tuesday of this month for the reveals and to enter a great giveaway with Miniatures.com!