Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Happy Birthday to Me, Part 3: Master Bedroom

Last "birthday" post, I promise.

Looking through minisx2's sold items, I fell in love with this Paul McCobb bedroom set, and had to have it (in cherry). Now I just need to accessorize it. (The bedspread won't actually be green; I just grabbed a batik swatch I had on hand for the picture.)

I'm currently working on building the upper floor of the house, and should be able to take some progress pictures soon.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Happy Birthday to Me: Part 2

As mentioned in my last post, I got an Etsy gift card for my birthday, and commissioned some midcentury furniture from Patie at minisx2. Besides the record cabinet and a few pieces detailed in the next post, I really, really wanted my imaginary occupants to have a couple of Heywood-Wakefield pieces.

Heywood-Wakefield is an East Coast company. However, its clean, Streamline Moderne lines and light finishes pair beautifully with sun-filled California homes and midcentury modern anything (and it reminds me of one of my favorite antique stores). I asked Patie if she could make an X-base coffee table and a 1534 dresser - thankfully, she was game, and they look exactly like their real-life counterparts.

I couldn't resist trying out a living room setup. (The bungalow is undergoing some dusty construction right now, and I don't own a light box. These scenes were photographed using the top of my record player for the "floor" and a vintage barkcloth skirt wrapped around a board for the "wall.") Here, you can see the X-base table and record cabinet, along with the scratch-built sofa and Eames chairs.

The dresser is destined for a little girl's bedroom (I haven't assembled the bed yet). The Lundby-esque dollhouse was scratch built, the VW Beetle is a Micro Machines car my little brother gave me for my childhood dollhouse circa 1994, the Snow White doll is by Ethel Hicks, and the Bad Badtz-Maru t-shirt peeking out of the drawer was an incredibly lucky gift-with-purchase at the Sanrio flagship store in San Francisco in 1998 (it's scaled a bit big for a child, so I might put it in the master bedroom).

Next time: the master bedroom set.