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!

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Etsy Valentine Wishlist

Nutella Breakfast board by NsyCreationsSay it with Nutella, or don't say it at all. 

Incase you hadn't noticed from the eruption of hearts and flowers out there, it's Valentine's day tomorrow.
It's easy to be cynical but I do love a little bit of love!

This year I have the added novelty of a real life boyfriend thrown into the mix, we're going OUT out. Traditionally this day has been reserved for M&S meal deals, a good rom-com and generally squeezing as many Bridget Jones cliche's as possible into the 24 hours, so it'll be interesting to see how a dinner reservation goes. Would a heart mani and a red jumpsuit be too much do you think?

Of course I couldn't let the day pass without checking out some of these fab, Valentine's miniatures.
Strictly speaking, they're not all Valentine themed, more tiny things that I love and adore, and would quite like to get my paws on.
Predictably, my eye has been drawn to baked goods with a tiny dash of Chanel thrown in for good measure.

Surprise Cake by Paris Miniatures
Have you ever seen anything so cute?!
You'd be forgiven for thinking I'm dropping not so subtle hints to the boy with this little wish list, though I can say with absolute certainty he won't be reading, so my advice ladies and gents, treat yo self!

Happy Valentines Day!

Heart Baking Pan by Mini Fanaberia
A real life version of these would be fab too. Heart shape food just tastes better doesn't it. 

Coco Chanel parcels by Philip NuveenI've had to stop looking at Philip's Etsy store this close to pay day, temptation is TOO MUCH. 
Valentine Marshmallows by NatAcademyI LOVE these, so cute, tiny and original. 

Monday, 22 January 2018

Mini Maker: Wickerville

Originally featured in December 2013 issue of Doll's House & Miniature Scene
Images property of Marie @ Wickerville

Today we meet the maker behind these stunning, wicker miniatures.

My first glimpse of Californian based, Wickerville ,was via Instagram, after oggling at various breathtaking photos’s the profile then lead me an Etsy store where my eyes were met with some of the most intricate, miniature wicker work I’ve had the pleasure to see in ages!
Of course the next logical step was to get in touch with Marie, the maker behind Wickerville , who was thrilled to share details of her miniatures and how her small scale enterprise came to be!

What came first for you, collecting or making miniatures?
'I started making miniature's 31 years ago when my daughter was two years old. I came across a dollhouse while out shopping one day and when it came time to furnish the dollhouse, it was hard to find items in the era I wanted to set it in, which was the Victorian.  What I did manage to find was very expensive at the time, so I decided to try and make some items myself, the rest is history!
I’ve been making pieces for Dollhouse Boutiques, Press and Museums. My pieces have been featured in local newspapers as well as Dollhouse and Victorian magazines.  I’ve done a few trade shows, but now I like to create at my own pace and have recently tapped into larger scale for dolls 8-10 inches." 

How long does it generally take to create a Wickerville piece?
"It ranges from 3-6 weeks. I like to give each piece  a lot of thought, each one has been carefully researched to its origin of time of the twentieth century, where I blend it with my own personal touch.  Also no two pieces are alike. I prefer to use old vintage materials and lace for the trimming. Many of which came from family heirlooms dating back over generations."

 What would be your dream Wickerville project ? (if you've not created it all ready!)

"I have created many items, including clothing, baby shoes, bouquets made from real flowers, frames with real antique family portraits. Whatever comes to mind I'm determined to create it, there is never an end to new designs. I'm always trying to find new inspiration everywhere. I don't have a particular goal or piece that I am aiming to create. My goal is to keep on creating for as long as I can. Hoping that people enjoy my work as much as I enjoy making them."

All aboard to Wickerville!
Be sure to visit Marie’s Etsy store at: