Sunday, November 12, 2017

Mini Modern Paintings Grand Opening

I am loving these vibrant paintings on the newly opened Mini Modern Paintings website.

Diane La Fontaine is having a Grand Opening Special. Use coupon code MINI20 for a 20% discount on any single item or gift card. Good until the end of November.

Mini Modern Paintings website and social links:

Monday, September 25, 2017

MiPad is up and running

So we bought our first house a year ago, and I'm finally getting around to setting up some of my dollhouses. We've had renovations that have gotten in the way but I found a corner in this room where the MiPad now lives. I think the bathroom turned out a little too large so I'll shrink that down a bit, but for now I have a least one completed dollhouse. Many more to come as I unpack more of my minis.

Monday, September 18, 2017

It's not you, it's me.

Dear Blog, I've been cheating on you. I got hooked on Instagram and I've been neglecting you. Instagram is just so easy and fast and you well, you're slow and time consuming.

It's not over, I still want to make this work but if you want to know what I'm up to more often, follow me on Instagram @xsmodern (mini world) or @notaneichler (real world)

So, it's been almost a year since we bought our first life size house and I'm finally finding permanent homes for my mini houses. This weekend I dusted off the MiPad, The Antrim and Kaleidoscope House. I realized I REALLY need to find some better organization options for my mini storage. It was a hot mess finding everything.

I didn't make a ton of progress but I got 80% of the furniture in place. I need to find all of the accessories.

I bought my daughter the Lori Loft to Love dollhouse and most of the extra sets. This weekend was the first time she was really interested in minis. I think I'll bring her with me to the Good Sam Show in San Jose next month.

I'm loving the Lori Accessory sets sold by Target. The bathtub is great and everything except the sectional sofa is 1:12 scale and at $13-18 you can't beat the price.

More to come as the houses get accessorized.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Eames Tandem Sling Airport Chair

I'm sorry it's been so long. Working on the real house has taken priority over the mini houses. I'm hoping to find some time this summer to start unpacking and get back to mini life.

I forgot that I never posted about this chair before. A few years ago a woman reached out to me for a custom order of an airport chair. Once a week her son flew to grad school, slept at the airport, spent all day in classes, then flew home to work his full-time job. As a graduation present she wanted a miniature airport chair replica to commemorate his strenuous year. I made this
Eames Tandem Sling Airport Chair for her. He loved it and uses it as a business card holder.

In other news... I'm finally starting to update my big house blog. Here is the
before & in progress Master Bedroom of my real house, more pics at My So Called Eichler.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

minimodernistas 20% off sale

Doris is having her biggest sale ever over at 20% off all new items and 20% off all sofas and chairs in all scales. Check out all of her new items here and see all of her sale items here. She has some great new rugs and pillows. I'm loving her new plants and lamps, and these couches!!! I need to get a couple more.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

We bought a house! A real house!

Okay, I've been MIA, again, but we bought a house!!! After a lifetime of renting we bought our first real house. I started a new blog for anyone who wants to follow along as we renovate this mid-century knock-off to create our modern dream home

Our first dilemma is what to paint the kitchen? We are planning to demo and replace with a modern kitchen when budget allows but that will likely be a 3-5 years. Any suggestions? We are painting the main rooms light grey and white. The granite counters are a hot mess of navy blue and muddy white swirl. What's a girl to do?

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Calling all UK Dollhouse builders

Do you live in the UK? Do you build dollhouses? Do you want to be on TV?

A television production company contacted me looking for any UK crafters who build their own dolls houses. Each year they have competitions on the programme and this year they’re having a ‘Toys’ competition and are hoping to find some dollhouse builders.

If you are interested please email me and I will send your information to the production company. You must be from the UK as that's where they film the programme.

modernminifan (at)

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Looks like a dollhouse to me

The B&B Italia Arne low swivel bookcase looks like it could be a 1:12 scale dollhouse. Designed by Antonio Citterio in 2005 the bookcase measures 2'4"L x 2'4"W x 2'2"H. I'm trying to figure out how much it costs but it's no longer on the B&B Italia website so I'm guessing it has been discontinued. Bummer, I would have loved to decorate this as a dollhouse. I found it in the catalog of Autodesk's Homestyler Floor Planner, free software to help you design rooms.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Target is selling Lundby?!?

I was surfing on to see if they were still selling the Loft to Love Dollhouse (they are but still not the furniture), when lo and behold what do I see... Lundby! Target is selling limited supplies of the Lundby Smaland Doll's House $99.95 and the Lundby Garden Bundle $128.75. It's exciting to see more modern dollhouse and big chain stores like Target. I really wish this was an indicator that they might start selling some furniture to go with them. Come on Target, let's get modern!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

"My Design Life" on Mode

Mode spent 5 hours at my house filming my collection and interviewing me for their web series “My Design Life”. It’s a cool series of eclectic artists and interesting projects; the Samurai Hairstylist is pretty wild.

I was so nervous in front of the camera but they did a great job editing it. I'll post pictures tomorrow and more details about the rooms that were edited out.

Here are all of their "My Design Life" videos:

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

I had cancer.

Well, it's been a long time, but I'm back! This past year has been a whirlwind as I've had several projects keeping me away from blogging. I spent a lot of time styling my dollhouses for photo shoots and magazine interviews. I was featured in The Dolls' House Magazine Sept 2015 issue, Bust Magazine Dec/Jan 2016 and Dolls Magazine March 2016. I'll be posting photos from these interviews over the next few weeks.

"Meet The Grown-Ass Ladies Making Tiny Dollhouses": Anna-Maria from The Shopping Sherpa, Christine from Call of the Small, Emily from Go Haus Go and myself were featured in a fantastic article on modern dollhouses written by Johanna Gohmann for BUST Magazine. It's a great read; you can check out the full article here.

Last month, I had a film crew come to my house to film my collection and interview me for a video series called "My Design Life" for I'll post more on that when the video is released.

For the past 9 years, I had been happily working from home for a small web design company, but my dream job found me and I went back to work full-time again. The new schedule has been quite an adjustment for my family. I'm out of the house by 7am and then back home with the kids at 6:30pm, make dinner, check their homework, and often fall asleep at 9pm when my daughter asks me to cuddle with her. I was exhausted. As it turns out I had cancer. 6 weeks after I started my dream job at Pandora Radio I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I started another blog Cancer Free Countdown to document my journey and keep family and friends updated. Amazingly, it was stage 1 and the cancer hadn't metastasized. I had a mastectomy in February and just last week I had my final reconstruction surgery.

As much as I'm still obsessed with miniatures, they have definitely taken a back seat. I'm hoping to carve out more time to getting back to blogging as I have a huge backlog of posts to share, but my main goal is getting through recovery and physical therapy to get full mobility back.

I hope you are well and please check back as I'll have more posts with new modern dollhouses on the market and some exciting events to share.