Sunday, January 29, 2017

Beginning a New Dollhouse Project

When approaching a new dollhouse project, I tend to circle around for weeks, getting my bearings. As you can see, there's a LOT of work to be done here on the 2017 Creatin' Contest entry. I hope to blog my steps along the way...

1. Order the kit that's the centerpiece for the contest. (I ordered two kits, actually. You'll see why later.)

2. Open the box and ponder, ponder, ponder. Use a lot of masking tape to "dry fit" the pieces together.

3. Make a commitment.

Yeah. Step #3 is the hardest part. I have to quit circling the project and start making decisions that are largely irreversible. I also try to get a handle on the 3-D aspects of the dollhouse project. I have to consider how I'll handle lighting. Where will I hide the batteries and wiring? What sorts of flooring and wallcovering will I want? What about the landscaping? How much of a base will I need and how will the house fit on that? And finally, how will people be able to view the interior of the project? This will be a big consideration as I think about the floorplan. It won't do much good to create rooms that can't be seen.

As you can tell, all of this should be planned in advance.

The fabric is to the left of the piano and to the right of the orange kidney table.

I already know that I want this project to reflect Mid Century Modern sensibilities.

To help me, I have done a lot of research and pinned it on Pinterest. I have been looking  for architectural styles, floorplans, and decorating boards that will guide me as I move forward. Of course, I'm also influenced by what I've seen and experienced in RL (Real Life). Two weeks ago, I went to a museum of modern art that featured furniture and stairways from the Mid Century Modern period. I found them fascinating. I was also able to pick up two trinkets that will work well as accessories.

Getting a handle on where all the rooms will be -- how big, how they'll flow, and what they'll contain -- requires spacial awareness. Furniture can't overwhelm. It has to work with the doors and windows and make sense.

This is the time for dragging out all the bits and pieces of furniture that I've squirreled away. For the living room, I bought that yellow chair a while ago, but now I'm thinking it won't work. I will plan to take it apart and  turn it into a sofa. To tie everything together, I will be sewing a new rug, using the colors in my head. I also want to design pillows that add pops of bright color. Room dividers were really big, and I want one that's iconic and ultra-cool.

The kitchen will be lots of fun, but I will have to make most of the pieces from scratch.

As for the bedroom, well, once in a while, synchronicity weighs in. Can you see that scrap of fabric? It's white, yellow, gray and aqua. My dog wore it home from his groomer--and it's a perfect combination for the bedroom and its accessories. I'll be making the bed myself. I'll need to research what I want.

Do you have a favorite Mid Century Modern piece? I'm thinking about copying a 1950s issue of LIFE Magazine and re-creating it in miniature. What else should I do?


Linda O. Johnston said...

Sounds like an intense and detailed plan. I love the idea of Mid Century Modern. Good luck with it!

Michelle said...

I love Mid Century! My father's parents lived in a house that was a mid-century time capsule. They eventually remodeled the kitchen , but everything else stayed pretty much the way it had been when the house was built in the 1950s. Blood red shag carpet, gold floor length drapes, ornate ash trays... I loved that house, and the one that my mom's parents owned for about a decade. Those floorplans would be so amazing to raise kids in!

Joanna Campbell Slan said...

I used to hate it, but I think if done right, it's pretty cool, so ... we'll see. thanks for the shout out, Linda O.

Joanna Campbell Slan said...

Michelle, the floorplans are incredibly open, with small bedrooms to encourage family time. A nice concept, eh? Remember those cheap metal TV trays for TV dinners?

Heidi Keifer said...

I enjoy the look, it's certainly light, airy and minimalist. It's great for those just starting out, or downsizing, but the rest of us need substance and storage in our furniture. I didn't like over-sized, bulky furniture that was in, but it does hide electrical cords and and such. I've always just been middle of the road, and therefor rarely stylish. But that's the beauty of decorating, we can do what works for us.
I think of it as the furniture version of bell bottoms and skinny jeans. The designers build up one extreme and then swing to the other.
Hmmm, the clothes are going in the same direction as the furniture at the moment! I wonder if that's often true? Skinny legged clothes were in style mid century.
Now I'm've really got me thinking. :)