Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Went to Chicago, Sorry I couldn't take you ♫ ♪

What a week!?!? My mother-in-law flew out to watch the kids while I jetsetted to Chicago. I stayed with good friends, scored free tickets to The Joy Formidable's concert (my new favorite band that is UhMazing live), went swing dancing with friends I hadn't seen in 10 years, made new friends and oh yeah, went to Chicago International!!!

I had high hopes of blogging while everything was fresh in my memory, but then work, kids, Easter and my daughter's birthday threw a wrench in my mini plans. I'll try to post the rest of the trip and the fun minis I bought over the next few days. On Monday after the show, I had the pleasure of meeting Brae (Otterine). I always geek out a bit when I meet someone whose work I admire so much, but Brae really knocked my socks off. First, she drove 45 minutes across town to pick me up and then brought me back to her place where I got to drool over all of the amazing projects she's built over the last few years. Second, O.M.G. Brae's work is even better in person.

Brae truly is a Renaissance woman, jack of all trades, if I can dream it I can build it kind of gal. From a very young age she was encouraged to follow her artistic talents, learning to sew, paint and draw. Her miniature obsession started in 2009 when she renovated her childhood Lundby style dollhouse as a birthday gift for her cousin. Since then she has been bashing dollhouse kits and winning contests left and right. All of her builds feature amazing realistic details and clever structural tricks for hiding electrical components and removable walls to access smaller rooms. I was truly blown away by Brae's incredible eye for details.

I'm always curious where other people's houses live. Here is Brae's collection throughout her house. Please visit her website to see the amazing details on these houses, these pics from my cell phone don't do justice: Walnut Bay Light, Baxter Pointe VillaThe Artist's Studio, The Haunted Heritage, Baslow Ranch and The Aero Squadron Lounge.

Besides being uber talented, Brae is super nice to boot. If I lived in Chicago the miniature world would hate me as I would be pulling her away from building and blogging to go hang out. I hope to meet up with her again next year, but until then, I'll be following along and continuing to drool over her latest builds, otterine.com/blog/blog1.php/.

Monday, April 14, 2014

It's here!!! MiPad is now available!!!!

Miaim is back and open for business!! Elaine Shaw has finally brought her dream to reality, hoping to make your dreams a reality too.

"Build your miniature dream home.
Elaine's idea was to make what can be an expensive hobby more affordable, so she developed this new and exciting system to build a dolls house just the way you want it.

Choose just one floor or as many as you like whenever you want to extend.

Place each floor in the order of your choice and change the order at any time.

There are different styles to choose from (more available soon) or you can have the same floor as many times as you like, allowing you the owner a choice in the structure of the building itself.

MiPad comes finished in white matt both inside out, with white gloss floors so there's no need to decorate unless you want to. Very easy access and maximum visibility means you can see all your beautiful furniture at a glance but with enough wall space to arrange it too.

Sleek, large space, open plan, modern interior means that most floors can be used as any room, all it needs is your imagination."

Elaine is bringing dollhouses back in fashion by making more fashionable dollhouses. You can check out all of the details and order one today on her newly updated website: www.miaimminiatures.com

Monday, April 7, 2014

For the apple of your eye

The Apple House and Pear House would make cute starter dollhouses for any of your real life minis. (Although, not for kids too small as the furniture pieces could be choking hazards.)

The Apple House is just under 12" and the Pear House is under 16".

Sold by ROCK & PEBBLE for $110, the initial launch includes a set of peg dolls and free US shipping. More information at http://rockandpebble.com/

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Elaine Shaw is back and OPEN for Business!!

Elain Shaw is back and she has been busy! Go check out her etsy store with these gorgeous sofas and cool coffee tables. I love the "chorme" detailing! www.etsy.com/shop/MIAIMminiatures.

I LOVE this dining room table and these chairs.

And the modern bathroom!!! LOVE IT ALL!

This is just the beginning for Elaine. She has been slaving away at a new website for the launch of her new MiPad custom dollhouses. She is working with her manufacture and the houses will hopefully be available to purchase in a few weeks. She has some incredible design options to choose from. I'll share more details as soon as her website is live. For now you can enjoy her work on her etsy shop: www.etsy.com/shop/MIAIMminiatures

Friday, March 21, 2014

"The Gallery" by Phillip Nuveen - A little project making a big impression

Phillip Nuveen has a new miniature structure with endless potential.

You probably remember Phillip Nuveen from his amazing PMN086 Highrise. Phillip started making miniatures professionally about a year and a half ago. He has always been a builder, with a love for Legos as a child and making very elaborate buildings and structures.

"The PMN086 structure began as a break from paintings, I had grown restless working in the second dimension and have always wanted a model of some sorts in my home. Almost like a fancy nightlight, which is pretty much what it has become haha. I had been stumbling upon miniature blogs and was almost set to buy a modern mini from a talented artist and I thought I should try making one first. So one day in the early spring of 2012 I simply went and bought raw materials at the usual artists supply stores that I frequent. I had made an informal sketch or two of how I wanted it to look and I got started. And within a few days It started growing vertically, I never really intended it to reach over 6 feet tall but I just went with it. I was having so much fun figuring out the engineering and making everything, the addiction was started. So I worked on the structure diligently over the next few months and voila!"

Since Phillip started in the miniature world his skills keep getting better and more refined. He has designed and built several modern dwellings like his Minimalist's One Bedroom sold on his etsy shop. "As soon as I finish a new structure intended for selling I post it to my etsy account. I have recieved requests to remake specific houses again and am happy to do it. I always love making new ideas become real, its just having enough time to do it seems to be an uphill battle. When I get a request I can usually build it with in 2-3 weeks and generally range from $500-$1500. The price really depends on the structure and the amount of furnishings."

Phillip just finished his newest miniature, The Gallery! "Its been so much fun telling people I'm a gallery owner! Sure its only 14 inches tall but the purpose of it is to actually house exhibitions of artists work. I'll just simply scale down 2 dimensional art work, put it in a minimal frame and curate an exhibition. I have so many talented artist friends lined up to do shows with. From photos you'll never know its a model so i'm hoping it may just boost some peoples careers now that we'll have gallery installation photos of our artwork! Plus in general I think the concept is a scream! I'm very thankful that i'm able to work in this medium, I love it!"

When I see work like Phillip's I'm always curious "how do they do that?" Phillip uses an exacto knife for about 80% of the work. He relies on 3 different types of glues/adhesives. His biggest tool has been learning 3D rendering so he can design furniture that his hands can't make but can be printed and look perfect. "This is such an exciting frontier that I have so many pieces of furniture in the works! Can't wait to perfect them and get them out there and able to buy!"

Next for Phillip is finishing the Stansted Home. His freelance design projects exploded right after he started and he's hoping to have enough time this spring to finish it. The home will be furnished with some really fabulous 3D printed pieces.

Phillip also has plans to make a Mies Van Der Rohe style office building and a Chanel boutique. "With enough coffee and time on my hands who knows!"

Fore more information or to contact Phillip Nuveen, visit his website at phillipnuveen.com

Keep an eye out for future miniature gallery openings at phillipnuveen.com/the-gallery/

(all images provided by Phillip Nuveen phillipnuveen.com)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Marion Russek's amazing Glenwood Dolls House

Marion Russek from Switzerland learned how to work with LEDs, 3D printing and 3D Live Interior (to draw the house plans) to create this gorgeous dollhouse. It is simply stunning. Check out this incredible video she put together displaying the house WATCH HERE.

Marion is also selling the bathtub, sink, toilet, faucet, shower fixture, laundry basket and spiral staircase that she created on her shapeways shop shapeways.com/shops/MarionR

Great work Marion!!

Take the video tour here http://vimeo.com/88540537.

And check out her shapeways shop here https://www.shapeways.com/shops/MarionR.