Thank you to everyone who posted. It was great to get feedback and it gave me a bunch of new ideas for the blog. I hope to get started soon. Congrats, Gina I can't wait for you to get your MoMA house! E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your shipping address and it'll be on it's way.
The MoMA house came this afternoon and I could not be more impressed. I tried to document everything from the start. To begin with it was packaged extremely well, entirely encased in foam so there was no chance of damage. It's looks like it is made from cardboard but it is thick and looks to be very durable. The packaging unfolds to provide full color assembly instructions for all of the furniture provided. It's quick to assemble, tab and slot construction, but if this may be helpful for younger kids.
It also comes with a little introduction book that looks like it is geared towards getting kids to think about spacial design. Also on nice cardstock. No detail was overlooked!
Here are all six of the interchangeable surfaces on the front....
and the reverse. This is my absolute favorite feature of this house. There are four panels that can be placed in the recessed areas of the wall to show a modern painting, real life aquarium....wait for it....
a giant plasma tv and a FIREPLACE!
Next on to the flooring and ground cover. It is made of the same thick, glossy cardstock. You can see how thick this is! It will definitely stand up to some hard use and not show a nick or scratch.
It even comes with vinyl cling accessories. Check out the chiminea! Love, love, love the goldfish bowl.... The furniture was incredibly easy to to put together. I had the pieces put together in under 10 minutes without needing the instructions. The parts are clearly labeled and snap out of the cardboard without ripping. In my excitement I tore a little piece of one of the chairs but since the paper is pre-scored it didn't tear the design. Now THAT's great thinking! The furniture is a little small for 1:12, I'd say it's definitely closer to 1:16 scale.
And ta da...the FIRST scene!
This was a breeze to put together and SO much fun. I thought about adding in some of my other pieces but just wanted to see how it all worked together for now.
Outdoor seating - dig the grass!
This would be a great introduction to the hobby. It's a tremendous value for any budget and provides limitless possibilities in a compact design. I can't wait to try this out with my other pieces. The walls would be excellent room dividers in the K House and the Stockholm too.
So now for the good part. These wonderful people at Chronicle Books want to give you a chance to win your very own MoMA house. Leave a comment or e-mail me telling me what you would like to see more of on this blog. It can be anything, set ups, tips, where to find stuff, just whatever you'd like to see more of. Anyone who comments will be entered to win. The house can only be shipped to the US and Canada right now, that is the only stipulation. I will pull a winner this Friday! Good luck!
Lots to talk about today and LOTS of exciting news.
First off, the wonderful people at Chronicle Books are sending the new MoMA Modern playhouse my way as a giveaway for one of you lucky ducks! It comes complete with furniture that can be restructured for tons of patterns and it retails for only $19.99! More details to come on the contest, stay tuned. Click here to check it out.
Check out this pop up dollhouse from Katherine Davis that you can print as a PDF here. I can see a lot of potential for interesting wall art and accessories here. It's definitely worth checking out and a super creative approach. Wanna try it out? The piano in the picture below can be downloaded for free from her website.
If you have been looking for the Miele kitchen set then get thyself to Mini Bijou Miniatures STAT! I saw one on German eBay going for considerably more last week. I have been looking for the cabinets for over a year and this is the first time I have found them. They were sold out a few days ago but it looks like they are back in stock. The people there are great and shipping, even internationally, was fast. Plus, the cabinet set is only 15 pounds, so roughly about $25.
Lastly, on my quest for a wedding dress I went to Cincinnati and while we were there I had my first IKEA experience. I found drawer handles that will make perfect side tables and tons of inspiration. More to come on that too!
After all the excitement of the big article there was alot of talk about who was and who wasn't included. It made me think of all the hours I spent poring over The Shopping Sherpa's blog. This post is a little tribute to her and her love of all things black and white. Just my little way of saying thanks for all the inspiration :)
The Goods - Couch, silver pillow - AG Minis, Table, Black Urn, I Shop Therefore I Am- K House Accessories, TV, Black and White Plate, Plant, Panda - Rement, Hanging Lamp, Room Divider - minimodernista, Tv stand - Miele Kitchen cabinet, Red pillow, polka dot pillow - swap with Oese, mini chair and table - "borrowed" from fiancee's train stuff.
Looks like the modern dollhouse movement is taking shape, we're news baby! If you haven't seen today's article in the New York Times click here. I am thrilled to see our hobby in such a great light. Who knows, maybe this exposure can even lead to more modern miniatures on the market. It would be great if companies started realizing people want to model the world around them.
Nothing like a major news story (ahem, front page of the Home section) to lend some credibility to the hobby no one knew you had.