Friday, March 29, 2013

Night: Kitchen II

Another angle on the kitchen. From here you can see the table and sink better. The calendar is cut from a full-size 2010 calendar page that showed the year in review; the very midcentury-looking illustration of chocolates was too cute not to use. The crate of Coke bottles came from my brother's collection of Coke memorabilia and, incredibly, is in perfect scale.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Night: Kitchen

The kitchen, illuminated, at night. Somehow I failed to notice the crooked chandelier...d'oh!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Night: Hallway

My little hallway, taken at night, with the house lit.

More to come...

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Music Room

Lea Frisoni has this room set up as a nursery, but I needed somewhere to put this piano. I found it in an antique store when I was about 12 - it's one of the few surviving pieces from previous houses (and even then, I painted it gloss black primarily to disguise multiple repairs to the legs). I used a full-scale plaid fabric on the stool after seeing large-scale plaids used on 1:1 chairs to good effect.

The little drum set and double bass are both Christmas ornaments, if you can believe it. I originally bought a Heidi Ott bass for this room, but the Christmas ornament is proportioned much more realistically (I played stringed instruments for years, so imperfect 1:12 violins, cellos, etc. annoy me) - and cost about one-quarter of what I paid for the Heidi Ott bass! (The best miniature violins in existence are made by the mostly-retired David Edwards and cost about as much as a high-quality 1:1 violin, which is why I don't own one.)

In this room, you can see the opening windows a bit better - my attempt at scratch-making them didn't go well, so I took a cue from Otterine (who occasionally uses 1:24 or 1:48 items in her 1:12 builds) and used half-scale French doors, tweaking the dormer measurements a little to ensure a good fit.

(In retrospect, I should've bought an earbud splitter and concealed another pair of earbud "speakers" in this room, then loaded a bunch of live acoustic music on my iPod to suggest the occupants having a jam session. Whoops.)