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    Drawing & painting, Theatre - directing, acting, set & costume design, Travel, Antiques, Gardening, Vintage houses, Reading, History

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  1. My first house was already assembled when I got it, but needed some restoration, finishes and decorating. It is Victorian but we had already amassed a rather eclectic collection of furnishings and accessories that weren't all in keeping with that style. At one time we owned a real full sized Victorian home and had furnished it similarly, so our backstory was that a contemporary family was living in this vintage miniature house and had filled it with a combination of family heirlooms and newer pieces. The décor honored the period style, but included modern conveniences such as a gas stove, ele
  2. Welcome, Brad! I feel for you trying to assemble a house with inadequate instructions and pieces that don't fit. Been there, done that! First, I am wondering if there is a base that the walls attach to so that they will stay square and not splay out as they appear to in your photos! If not, I think I would create one to hold it all together. Though I am by no means an expert, here is a suggestion for fitting the existing floors. It appears that there are supposed to be some sort of long narrow pieces with a square cross-section that are meant to be glued to the inner walls to suppor
  3. Wonderful and incredible price!!! Any chance you can post photos of the inside?
  4. Lindsey - Since you love those books so much, I have another recommendation for you, if you haven't discovered it already - and i have found that is very little known (pun intended!) The book is "Mistress Masham's Repose" by T H White - the same man who wrote "The Once and Future King" - the book that mas adapted for "The Sword in the Stone." It is about a girl who discovers a colony of Lilliputians who were descended from some brought to England 150 years earlier by Gulliver after his travels. It describes their adventures together and is absolutely delightful. If you can find it I think you
  5. Have you considered using mission style furnishings? The name indicates that it was inspired by southwest mission pieces and it is characterized by very simple, clean lines that work well with the adobe style of architecture you mentioned. In addition, I would look at specific items rather than searching for a category of "Southwest furniture." You can find individual pieces of furniture that have a very generic look that can be customized. A basic table with straight legs or a trestle table and ladder-back straight chairs can be stained or color washed to give them the more rustic atmos
  6. Here is an update. The rippled wallpaper dried out thoroughly but was still somewhat wrinkly. I decided I would redo it and replace the bad part. Since my granddaughter is about to turn 5 i found designs that would coordinate with the parts that are still good and also something that is also her favorite. I chose two designs again - a rainbow on light blue background for the inside gable and pink background with white unicorns for the side walls. Here is a photo of wallpaper after I fixed it. This time I used better quality scrapbook paper that is heavier and not as absorbent.
  7. Designing, building, and decorating are only part of the fun. The other part is re-arranging! I add, remove, upgrade, replace, repurpose, and move things from place to place and room to room, just as I do in my full-sized house. That's the part that my grand-daughter loves: playing with it! Sometimes we may end up with a bed in the dining room or a table across a doorway, but we enjoy it.
  8. Kells - wishing you a full and speedy recovery!
  9. Welcome, Brittney! What a bargain you got! I'm sure you can turn it into a treasure. I have found the folks here to be a wealth of helpful information - and very friendly and willing to share. I hope you'll post photos so we can follow your progress.
  10. What I often do - and I started this while designing stage sets for plays - is to draw a scale floorplan and then make same-scale cut-outs of the footprints from colored paper for the various pieces of furniture. Often on a mini furniture sales page, it will give the dimensions of the piece. Then I can see exactly where the windows and doors are, how much space the furniture takes, and if there is reasonable clearance for opening doors, foot traffic, etc. It is easy to rearrange them. And it can save money by avoiding purchasing an item that does not fit or takes up too much room. It is also k
  11. LeeB


    WOW - That is so cool!
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    Beautiful! I used to live in Glasgow where Macintosh lived and worked and got a lot of exposure to his designs and became a huge fan. I look forward to seeing what you will do with this.
  13. My wife just mentioned to me that there are also rulers made for cross-stitching crafters that have 1/12 as well as other increments that are used to scale a pattern to different kinds of fabric according to how many stitches to an inch. Places that have needlecraft supplies should carry these.
  14. I do not know why I did not think of this sooner. In a previous life, I used to work as a graphic designer and we used a system of measurements consisting of points and picas. Most people now are familiar with points because you can specify the size of type on your computer using that unit. But there are 12 points in a pica and 6 picas to an inch. So if you use a pica ruler and figure that 6 picas equal 1 foot and 3 picas equal 6 inches and 1 pica equals 2 inches and so on, you are able to make very accurate measurements. You can buy pica rulers from a number of vendors on line. I have a tran
  15. Here is an online rule that can be custom calibrated. The Imperial scale is in 1/12 increments and even shows the equivalents in feet for 1:12 scale. Maybe it can also be printed? https://www.ginifab.com/feeds/cm_to_inch/architect_imperial_scale_ruler.html
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