Sunday, June 10, 2012

Excuse Me While I Procrastinate...

I'm officially uninspired to do the bedroom of the Nomad House. I may still post a finished bedroom tomorrow morning but so far, I'm not feelin' it. While I wait for inspiration...
I'll respond to Mini Dork who asked about the wooden branch art in the Nomad. The branches are KaiserCraft. I buy tons of KaiserCraft wooden embellishments to decorate my houses. They work well as art and accent pieces for most scenes--whether you decide to paint them or not. See that big wooden doily on the lower right of the pic above? I'm anxious to use that as a rug in a scene. You know how I do over here. Chuckles!

What else can I babble on about?...Oh! I really really wish that Restoration Hardware (RH) would drink the modern dollhouse Kool-Aid already. I'd love to have many of their furniture pieces in 1:12, particularly their Deconstructed furniture collection, etc.:
 
After seeing what Sandra did with the Chippendale Wing Chair kit by The House of Miniatures, I entertained the idea that I could possibly make my own RH chairs that have a similar raw modern and deconstructed look. We all know the first problem with this scenario is getting me to actually do some craft making. The second issue (if we somehow magically solve the first one) is where would I get the fabric to match? Well...did you know that Restoration Hardware has free 5"x4" fabric swatches?
Yes, I ordered a large quantity. Even if I fail to make a RH chair, the swatches with larger weaves and prints will make nice rugs and tapestries, etc. My favorite swatches are the leather ones. *GASP* Dude, I think I just found my inspiration for the Nomad bedroom... Ha ha!

Additional images: Restoration Hardware

11 comments:

  1. What a fun way to procrastinate? And since I'm an interior designer, I'll share a secret with you: there are lots of free samples of fabric, wallpaper, tile, and carpet swatches to be had if you know where to look online. Try some of the manufacturers' sites. Most of them advertise in magazines like Dwell or Interior Design or Elle Decor. I used to have a huge box of swatches. Now I wish I'd saved them for my dollhouses!

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    1. Thanks Tiffany,
      Great advice that I will use. One of the things I would love to do for a future modern miniatures festival/showcase is to have a place set up with free samples and swatches from a variety of vendors. A lot of manufacturers don't realize that their scraps are our treasures and that instead of discarding them, they can be put to good use/given a second life outside of the landfil.

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  2. I have a Bergere chair 1:1 I have been trying to reupholster for ages, when I saw the Restoration hardware catalog with the back removed and the stuffing showing I said OK, this I can do.

    But I don't think it would be as cool as they look in the catalog! C

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    1. If I had the skills, I would try to rework that Bergere chair in the RH fashion. I think you should try it!What harm could it do? Wait a minute...Nah, try it.

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  3. Very clever and creative! Thanksfor sharing!
    Hugs
    Kikka

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    1. Hi Kikka,
      Absolutely. Let's see if I work it out somehow. Ha ha!
      Hugs back at ya!

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  4. You just made my heart skip a beat. I didn't realize RH had free samples, gonna get me some. And Kazaam!! KaiserCraft I love you, I'm stocking up now. So cool!!! You really should get some kick backs for all of your great shares. THANK YOU!!!!

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  5. Wow, loving the KaiserCraft. Are you ordering them directly from Australia or did you find them in a craft store over here?

    I so love that RH deconstructed furniture as well!

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  6. I know its a couple years too late, but I just discovered free samples from RH, and ordered a LARGE quantity, lol. I really hope they don't freak out because of that and not send my samples.

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    1. Ha! No worries. I'm sure it will be just fine. I've ordered more recently and they arrived without incident. The samples really do come in handy. And Never Too Late, friend!

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