Monday, June 17, 2019

It is a man's world and loft ...

... and that it why the sofa HAS to be leather!!
I personally would not even consider leather as an option because I always slide around on this material. But all my male friends are totally set on leather couches....


Granted, with a carpet and some accessories leather looks pretty cool!


The reading spot that clamps onto the iron pole needed a bit of creativity. I found the shade in a model building shop for ship models. After spending some one hour in there I found these metal parts, hoping that I could use them for the clamp..



And now this guy needs a TV and some sort of a bookshelf....

Hugs, Marion

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Kitchen Loft Style

Going to the 1:12 Fair in Rheda, Germany, and seeing my mini friends has inspired me again!
So, I finally completed the kitchen in my loft.

I thought that this kind of apartment does not need a kitchen fan - enough air circulating ;-)
I found these handles in a shop for model airplanes.

Here some details...
Note the light in this cupboard and I managed to put rails for the shutter on the sides. Bending the brass without losing the grove of the rail was the challenge...
The toaster and kettle are from Minifanaberia - just perfect as always!
I even fround garlic, onions and potatoes for the basekt!

Oops, the soap seems to fall over just now! But the industrial look faucet from Mini Arquitect Fransciso is super realistic!
The tools on the wall are from various sources: Minifanaberia, Pierluigi and the brush I made myself.

And the bathroom is now fully equiped with toothbruh, towels and all. I have not managed to find a shaver as yet, since Ulus Miniatures does not sell online any longer... just at fairs ;-(.


Next up: making furniture for the lounge...

Marion

Friday, April 19, 2019

Miniature Console Table and real life...

It has been a while - but then: I was in South Africa for a while and came back with more of this funky fabric. I finally could make a real cover for my real life sofa!!
Gervasoni Ghost sofa cover


My new-old home is now pretty much how I wanted it. Except for a custom made hallway console table. I scouted without being successful. So, I designed my own fit-to-measure. First a mini model...


And in the end, it all turned out differentlv :-)....

Not terribly active on the mini side at this moment. I had to catch up at the business front and now that the inside of my house is done, the garden is next!
My loft project is still pretty much where it was 5 months ago - and I am a bit stuck with the color of the kitchen cubpoards...

However, I am going to 1:12 in Rheda in May and hope to get inspired again....
And then I can hopefully show you some progress!

Marion




Sunday, January 20, 2019

1:1 renovation completed



I promised to show some before/after photos... here they are!

before
after
Fireplace before

Fireplace and lounge after 

Kitchen before
Kitchen after: movable bar counter, and a dishwash drawer (!) at working height 

before; TV corner

after : dining area
Entrance before


Entrance after - with a open closet for ALL my shoes, coats and handbags!!!

Before, my office
After, my bedroom with en suite bath



Before: sun room and where I stored my mini houses (round the corner on the left..)
After: sun room with foldable guest bed.. and I just love this wallpaper!

After: making one room out of the kids bedrooms for minis and office



Building can be painless with the right workmen: mine were tremendous, they worked hand-in-hand with each other. They were done in 9 weeks with all the new floors, walls, false ceilings, electrical wiring, new bathrooms, custom made kitchen, plumbing and all. I was afraid that all this indirect LED lighting would not be homely - but, boy, the technology today is just fantastic!

Moved in mid December again - love the wood and bright-airy look. My mini models certainly inspired me to design this concept. And - cleaning out loads of stuff was such a relief! 

So, now I am walking around with a constant smile :-))))
Still need to make a few curtains and things and then I am back into mini-building again.

Marion


Saturday, October 20, 2018

Renovation in real life..

No minis at this stage!

I live in this room (tiny house living!) with a sliding door into the yard (if it only were warmer outside..)
have converted the laundry room into a kitchen

and have a bathroom behind the zipper door on the right!

The builders removed 8 tons of rubble and we are now down to the concrete.
opening up the entire 160m2!
this double room will be my new workshop - yeah!

and on Monday the floor goes out...

Good thing though because I can replace the 50years' old water pipes as well!

What fun!

Regards from the building site 😀
Marion


Sunday, September 2, 2018

Industrial miniature bathroom

Let me first share with you the completion of the bathroom in this loft.
Industrial is industrial - and that is why the corrugated iron looks perfect in here
This spotlight was a bit of a find in a railway model bulding store. More below...




Spotlight: it even moves...


The 12v bulb was not strong enough though - so, I replaced it with this one
Supplier


Mini Group in Switzerland

And then, I met a great mini group here in Switzerland at the Fair in Rheda in spring. They meet regularly, mainly in the Basel region. But this time, we met at my place and had a fun evening making toothbrushes.
We tried out many materials, mainly cocktail sticks. And I told them the story of Pepper losing her clear toothbrush handle on the floor ... spending hours to find it again!
Guess what????? Carmen dropped hers as well - but even on my parquet floor we never found the (one and only) she made 😉😉 !!! She went home empty handed... 😒😒



But now my mini activity will come to a stand-still for a while!

I have decided to re-do my entire ground-floor apartment in real life: kitchen, walls, bathroom, floor - the works.

Funny, how one can plan and re-design for others - but my own home....
So, I hired an architect friend with a really creative mind and he came up with a plan that totally convinces me. And since I am the only person living here I can decide about everything :-)

It will change from this....

to this...
... with double the size studio than I have now! So, I can build and store many more houses!!

of course, I had to make a model ;-)

This means putting everything in storage once I start building - just as if moved house. Perfect occasion to clear up and throw out. 

I will 'camp' in the guest bedroom and bathroom (these rooms only get a new floor) during construction to be here to supervise work. And for the weekends I count on my friends...

Since I already renovated a number of flats and houses in real life, I will do the project management. Right now I am busy doing the specs for the builders and getting the quotes. 

It is all sooooo exciting! But it means as well loads of decision making.... 

I will keep you updated though and share this adventure to some extent with you all ;-)

Take care
Marion