Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Mini Makers: Zzeng Mini

Image by @zzeng_mini

Hi all,

Sorry for the radio silence! A few curve balls behind the scenes to deal with but excited to be back at it and writing up some new blog posts!

Keeping it short and so, super sweet this evening and sharing one of my absolute fave mini makers with you all.

@zzeng_mini is a miniaturist from South Korea.
I stumbled upon this breathtaking work on instagram a year or two ago and my mind is continuously blown by the skill and sheer level of patience it must take to create these pieces.
Would you look at this light. Just LOOK at it.
(Incidentally, looking is all we mere mortals can do as the artist does not currently make to sell, these beauts are purely for admiration!)

The most recent show stoppers for me, with out a doubt are those pastel and gold chairs.
They look good enough to eat don't they?! (Is that a weird reaction to have for a chair? Either way, they are STUNNING.)

Image by @zzeng_mini

Image by @zzeng_mini

And this table setting is pretty much what my sister has been describing for a real, life, full-sized wedding. Handy way of trying out table settings ahead of the big day, hey?!

Image by @zzeng_mini

If you're on IG do hop over and make sure you're following @zzeng_mini for more, dreamy, 1:12 scale inspiration!

Monday, 19 March 2018

Book Club: Miniscapes by Clea Cregan


I'm pretty sure this is the first Book post we've had here on FLW so I'm excited to share this one with you today not least because we're combining it with a cheeky little give away. (Details at end of this post.)

Miniscapes: Create your own terrarium, leapt off the shelf and into my hands a while back now, the combination of tiny things and delicate looking plants was too much for me to resist!
That and gardening that can fit into a jar, which in turn fits into tiny, rented accommodation holds huge appeal!

Clea Cregan authors this comprehensive and beautifully photographed guide to putting together and caring for your own terrarium.

My favourite chapter, predictably, has to be 'Pimp your terrarium' where Clea shares tips for styling and adorning your own miniscape.

Top props include, miniature figurines and crystals, so many options to play around with!!
I would of course advise that, unlike me, you don't skip the other chapters detailing how to keep the plants alive.

This is exactly the inspiration I needed this week as am currently crying out for Spring and the end of this cold, grey, terribly British weather!!!

If you're feeling inspired to give Terrarium making a go and would love to get your paws on a copy you're in luck!

To win a hard back copy of Miniscapes simply share this post and comment below to be entered into the draw.
A winner will be picked at random on Sunday 25th March. 

Good luck you green fingered bunch!

Can't wait to see if you're a winner?
Miniscapes is available online and in good book stores now!
Full details below.

Miniscapes: Create your own terrarium by Clea Cregan
Published by Hardie Grant Books
RRP: £14.99
ISBN: 9781743791400
ISBN-10: 1743791402 

Thursday, 1 March 2018

House Tour : Hello Little Darling

In a week of snow storms and icy cold temperatures I couldn't be more thrilled to share this house tour with you!

Timoney Honeywood, aka. Hello Little Darling, created this Bohemian beauty for her young daughter. Setting herself a budget and some creative challenges along the way the result is this vibrant doll's house, modelled on her own family home and packed full of exciting textures and lovingly, hand made pieces, it really is something special.

It's always brilliant getting to know a little more about the person behind the Instagram account so I was really chuffed when Timoney, a London girl now living across the pond in theUSA,  kindly took some time to talk more about this eye-catching, labour of love.

Hi Timoney, thanks so much for having a chat with us!
We're huge fans of your Bohemian style, what do you feel inspires your projects the most? 

As a child I was always creating, drawing, painting and making things! 
My Mum dressed me in a Dutch clothing brand (Oilily). The clothes were covered in very vibrant and colourful patterns. I absolutely loved the Oilily clothes magazine that would come out twice a year, (I still have a lot of the magazines). I would sit for hours and hours, studying the designs, colours, patterns and textiles. 
I didn’t realise it at the time but I think this was one of my major inspirations and strongly influenced the way I decorate and combine colours, patterns and textiles today. Interior design and mixed media art are my main two creative outlets.

So tell us, how did the doll's houses start?
A few years ago I was given an old and very simple, wooden dollhouse, I decided to paint it white and decorate it for my daughter Evangeline.

The house was fairly basic, I didn’t want to spend too much money on it so I bought most of the furniture from eBay, the rest of the items I made or repurposed from small items I had. Evangeline loved the dollhouse so much, she played with it constantly for two years. When I saw how much she played with it, I decided to do another dollhouse project and make her an “upgrade”. 
 And what an upgrade it was! Looks like you had a lot of fun creating this little house.
 How did you go about it?

A few months before Christmas I saw a beautiful dollhouse for sale on Facebook market place, it was only $25 , I bought it with the intentions of renovating in time for Christmas Day. I set my budget for this project at $100. My plan was to create her a dollhouse based on the style of our real house. I didn’t want it to be for show, I particularly wanted my daughter to have a dollhouse that she could actually play with. I would describe the style as a real mix up of what I love, mid-century modern furniture, lots of plants (I love plants!).  As much as I love mad , crazy “maximalist” design I also love minimal , Scandinavian design, (as you can see from the black and white rugs, sofas etc.) I guess it’s quite bohemian. I do have a lot of fun mixing things up and fusing all the styles together. I especially love combining crazy patterns and colours together! 

I found lots of colourful rugs on eBay and I had a shoebox filled with kantha scraps that I used to create more rugs and bedding. I tried to find as many miniature items of the exact things we had in our house.
Some items I bought then customised, the skull mounted in the living needed something extra so I hand painted a design on it with the tiniest paintbrush I could find. 
My friend Chloe Avery, who is an incredible fiber artist made me a custom miniature suzani, to match the hand embroidered Indian suzani I have in my bedroom. I tried to stick to 1:12 scale , however I didn’t stick to this too strictly, if something was off scale but really cool I just included it anyway. The rest of the items came from eBay, Etsy shops, craft shops and Instagram stores.

I just discovered a @smallfunshop a week before Christmas and ordered the finishing touches from there! My real size home is a rental and I’m quite restricted to what I can do with it. I’ve always wanted to cover an entire wall with beautiful colourful tiles, because I couldn’t do colourful tiles in my real house I decided to do them in the dollhouse instead! I found the small scale tiles on Etsy. I think my favourite things in the house are the suzani hanging above the bed and the Frida Kahlo portrait in the bathroom! My Grandfather and I were still finishing up the last details of the dollhouse on Christmas Eve. The project took a few months, that time was mainly spent gathering the items. It was absolutely worth it, my daughter loved her Christmas present! 

See more of Timoney's distinctive style and work over on Instagram, @hellolittledarling 

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

House Tour: Sina's Modern Farmhouse

We're in for a bit of a treat today as we're taking a tour around this stunning 1:12 scale, Farmhouse build by Sina R.

If you're already following Sina's Instagram profile you'll know what a stunning project this is already shaping up to be.

I immediately loved Sina's distinct style and her fun use of colour, I'm so looking forward to following the progress of this unique project, but for now it's over to the lady herself whom was kind enough to share a few words with me for the blog;

Sina, thanks so much for taking the time out to chat to FLW, we're terribly nosey so please do tell us all a bit about yourself and how this fab project began to take shape?!

My name is Sina (pronounced sign-uh). I live in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. I work for a corporate bank as a business analyst. Nothing glamorous, but it pays the bills (and supports side hobbies such as this). I went to school for Art History and Studio Art - so I think that that has fuelled all of my interest in projects like this.

I started this project the day before Christmas Eve. I spent a lot of Christmas Eve at home sitting with my boyfriend and dog, watching Christmas movies and starting the building and outside design process. At this point, I honestly have no clue when the house will be finished. I am a TERRIBLE decision maker, and doing this all on my own and making all of the decisions by myself is tough, but I am doing it! Slowly, but surely, I am doing it! I would guestimate (that’s a word, right?) that it will be “done” by April. I think done for me means more along the lines of walls painted and things in each of the rooms - but I don’t know if it will ever be truly “finished”. There could always be something more to make or to add. I am also struggling with what to do with the house when I am “done”. Sell it? Keep it as is in a nook in my basement? Re-do it? Time will tell I guess!

We certainly understand that 'never finished' feeling!
You've got a great eye for detail and all of your miniatures in the farmhouse are really coming together beautifully,  how did you decide to go about decorating and filling the house? 

I'm doing a combination of buying ready-made items and making things myself. 
Some things are easier or less expensive to buy them ready made, or I don’t have a strong passion for the product, others I want to spend time and money to create them myself. A lot of my making has been trial and error OR me wanting to use power tools and figuring out how I can make something using a tool! 
I would say generally, I find an idea of something I want to make, figure out supplies I have and ones I need to buy to make it, and then attempt to make it! I have SO many extras of craft supplies that only came in a 20 pack at the craft store when I only needed 1 or 2 pieces, and I have a lot of things I tried to make and didn’t like the end result. I have looked up some tutorials online, either following them exactly, or amending them to be more “me”. I have also done what my boyfriend calls “looking to the bones” of an item I like online or in the store, and trying to figure out what is underneath and what doesn’t meet the eye. I don’t know how successful that has been, but I like to think it has a purpose. I think the people at my local West Elm think I am a little crazy since I go there are stare at the chair I love from there. I don’t think it is in my budget right now to buy a human sized one - so I am trying to figure out how to make a mini version! That’s the same thing, right!?!

It's such an exciting project, what's next for the Modern Farmhouse? 
I am not currently collaborating with anyone (if anyone out there wants to though, I would be willing!). I have done a lot of research on products for my own home with no success in actually adding them in to it. SO…. I have made minis of things I love and have thought about adding to my human home. I first made a mini Cedar + Moss for Rejuvenation light and that was received SO well from people! Cedar + Moss posted a picture of it on their Instagram and actually sent me real life (human house size) versions of a different sconce I had been looking at for my bedroom remodel. I have also made a fireplace with tiles from Cement Tile Shop, wall sconces for the master bedroom that are created after Kelly Wearstler, a chandelier based on Justina Blakeney/The Jungalow. I have a few more ideas and some things in the works right now, I am excited to see if I can figure out how to make them!
Thanks Sina, we can't wait to see your progress and what mini projects you have up your sleeve!
Follow Sina's Modern Farmhouse in Instagram @sinasmodernfarmhouse

The exterior: Follow Sina's progress over on Instagram!

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Monday, 19 February 2018

New Arrivals : Feb 2018

This weekend bought lots of sunshine, loveliness with our favourite people and not least, some new, and re-stocked mini treasures over in the FLW shop miniatures department!

Just thought you should know.

There'll be some more newbies arriving in March, watch this space, or better yet, sign up to our newsletter for new and re-stock alerts!

Our personal fave, tasteful, pink Persian rug!

This play house is adorable, it comes ready built but is super easy to paint if you want to make it your own. 

Bare wood trestle tables - a firm favourite and back in stock!

Back in stock- Modern bed, comes with x 2 pillows and a yellow duvet. 

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

FLW Project: Ice Cream Retro TV Reno

Blank canvas, what was going to be the sunken lounge has taken a slightly different route...

Some of you may remember back in 2016 how I was going to renovate a retro TV case into a fabulous, midcentury mini space for an Instagram challenge, #dollhousetherapy ?

Well, not to make excuses or anything but we had 5 close friend and family weddings in just over 3 months so quite frankly there wasn't a lot of anything getting finished unless it was assembling cakes or fluffing a few hundred paper pom-poms. The TV has sat gathering dust ever since and to be honest I lost my enthusiasm for the midcentury theme, until now!

All it took was the endless, grey British Winter to have me craving an injection of colour, some fun, some joy! What could I draw on for this sad, old TV set that would kick off a bit of a creative spark?

Image: Property of Museum of IceCream

If you're on Instagram you'd be hard pushed to have missed this place.
It's a pure, unadulrated celebration of all things sweet, pink, delicious-ness and oh, so cool.
With locations in Miami, San Francisco, LA and NYC the Museum of Ice Cream has gained something of a cult following, fans flocking in their droves to get a taste of this immersive, AMAZING wonderland. 
I would definitely be one of them, alas, the Atlantic Ocean and a sad bank balance is something of a barrier, SO guess what's been installed in that empty shell of a TV?!
In the About section the MOIC state their belief that " - sprinkles make the world a better place.", I knew I had found my people, and a super fun, mini project. 

So without further ado, here's my homage to the Museum of Ice Cream, a work in progress but I wanted to show it off a little!
There's still some fine tuning with finishes to be done, thinking tiles area must and may re-think the back board, not loving the half height any more. Honestly I could play around with this for weeks, it's been really fun to work on something other than a standard doll's house. 

Let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions for future TV set installs?

Thinking some pink tiles on the back wall are called for. (And a touch more painting and sanding!)

Let's all go swimming in sprinkles!