1 Jul 2016

July 2016 Calendar

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!

To download the calendar click on the image below (for personal use only):

I hope you enjoy this month's calendar!  Also, don't forget to enter the $100 giveaway to Miniatures.com on my previous post.  

28 Jun 2016

Little Modern Farmhouse Master Bedroom & Giveaway

It's the final Dollhouse Therapy reveal day with my friends Cassie from Primitive and Proper, Alice from Thoughts from Alice and Emy from Semigloss Design.  We also have a great giveaway from Miniatures.com that you can enter at the bottom of this 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! a Rafflecopter giveaway

14 Jun 2016

Little Modern Farmhouse Bedroom and Living Room Plans

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!

31 May 2016

Little Modern Farmhouse Bathroom and Workspace

I'm so happy to be able to share the bathroom and workspace of my Little Modern Farmhouse.  It's the second set of reveals for the Dollhouse Therapy challenge with my friends Cassie, Alice and Emy as well as the link up for everyone who is joining us in this dollhouse fun.

This month's rooms were quite a bit of work since I made almost everything in them myself.  I think two pieces are not DIYs of some sort!  It made for a month of a lot of work with some teeny tiny materials which was fun for the most part.  I must admit thought that I did get pretty frustrated handling little tiny pieces on those 30 C+ days when my hands felt like swollen sausages! ;)  I think it was worth the work and the frustration when I see the end result and I hope you like these spaces too.
Here is a first look at the two spaces.  The rooms are right beside one another which was kind of fun since I was able to capture both of them in one shot. :)
This overall shot of the layout of the dollhouse will hopefully give you a sense of where these rooms are before we take a closer look at each space. 
In the centre of the second floor was this small stair hall which I thought would be perfect to make into a workspace.  I continued the black railing that you may remember from the kitchen to close in the stair opening.  I'm supposed to add another set of stairs to go up to the third floor, but I haven't decided whether I will put them in this space or not. I kind of like seeing that railing.
The workspace features a mint green dipped wall to break up all the white.  I also made the trestle leg desk out of basswood which was inspired by the ones I saw in this dollhouse and this Instagram.  The desk chair was one I already had.  I just gave it a coat of grey paint.  Above the desk I printed the quote off and hung it from a mini clothespin.  I also had to include a mini version of my own DIY calendar.  The hanging light was made from an electronics component that was found in dad's toolbox along with some wooden beads.   On the desk the "pencils" were made out of toothpicks and the cup is just another wooden bead. 
This little bookshelf was a really simple diy.  I simply used some strips of basswood for the shelves and brass tubing for the rails. I had to use a little hot glue to keep the shelves from sliding down on the brass tubing.
This little bag beside the desk was made out of a pieces of wrapping paper and actually holds some little pieces of wrapping paper rolled up. :)

Now for the bathroom...
This room has so many elements in it that I really love.  I kind of wish I could just blow it up and put it in my real house. ;)
 Let's look at the vanity side of the bathroom first.  The vanity I made has a modern feel with a bit of whimsy in the form of some mint ankle socks! ;)  The counter is made from the same marble paper I used in the kitchen and the sink is just a painted box that I made from balsa and basswood.  The toilet is the same one that you saw in my bathroom plan post.  I just cut the base and back off to make a modern toilet with a hidden tank.  The mirror was another little DIY from a small round mirror and some black leather cording.  
This rug!!!  It took me way too long to make.  I had my littlest "helping" me and the string just kept getting all tangled.  I eventually ended up getting the pattern right and am in love with this little pink number.  I'm thinking of making a life-sized one for my house.
The wall-mounted faucet was a must and was super simply made from some bent brass tubing.  I just can't get enough of those mint-dipped legs on the vanity!  They echo the mint-dipped wall in the workspace next door.
On the opposite side of the room is the bathtub under a really lovely window.  This is actually a side access door that opens so that you can access the back of the room better.  The "artwork" I painted onto a piece of balsa wood one evening.  The little hanging plant might be my favourite part.  I made the wall bracket from some more balsa wood and the planter from a wooden bead and strip of gold leather.  The bench came with a lot of dollhouse furniture I already had.
I'm seriously considering this shower layout for our bathroom in our house when we decide to finally reno it.  I love how it opens up at one end and has these Muuto Dots-like hooks (actually wooden buttons from the dollar store) for towels and such.  I didn't bother hanging anything on them for these pictures since I liked the look of them just like this.   A little wooden stump serves as a spot to sit and/or put your shampoo bottles on. The brass shower head is actually part of a miniature old-fashioned telephone that was part of that same lot of dollhouse furniture I mentioned before.
So those are the mini renovations that I tackled this month!  Let me know if I missed any of the sources for anything and/or if you have any questions about anything.  

Now, I'm so excited to see what you have been up to this month.  Please share your dollhouse in the link up below.  You can share from Instagram too.
Don't forget to check out the room reveals from my co-hosts:

Cassie from Primitive and Proper
Alice from Thoughts from Alice

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