featured artisan: paris renfroe, prd miniatures

Note: I did not receive compensation from PRD Miniatures for this post. I highlight products that I love and I endorse designers I admire because talent deserves a pedestal, humble as this site’s pedestal may be. Every once in a while, I like to highlight artisans I find as I build my mini homes. ThisContinue reading “featured artisan: paris renfroe, prd miniatures”

a “pre-” preview of the remodeled westville

OK, I give! The new furniture for the Westville is still pending. I ordered it on 1 September, and unfortunately, the maker has a lot of obligations in front of me. Rather than wait any longer, I’m going to do a “pre-” preview of the house. This is what it looks like today. I’ll doContinue reading “a “pre-” preview of the remodeled westville”

the remodeled westville (exterior)

The Greenleaf Westville remodel is complete. I’m waiting for some new furniture and accessories from a wonderful miniaturist, Paris Renfroe, PRD Miniatures. I’m going to hold off on the interior reveal until they arrive, but in the meantime, here are a few shots of the exterior. Changes: Paint: pale straw yellow to bright white FrontContinue reading “the remodeled westville (exterior)”

what’s in the (remodeled) westville attic?

Several posts back, I mentioned I gain inspiration from Tim Gunn, formerly of Project Runway. He was the designers’ mentor and his catchphrase was “Make it work!” It was usually said to contestants whose designs fell short and the clock was ticking. It’s Tim’s admonishment I hear whenever I get into a tough spot whileContinue reading “what’s in the (remodeled) westville attic?”

reconsidering greenleaf kits: a conditional thumbs up

As I mentioned last week, I’m in the midst of my Westville remodel.* At the risk of repeating myself, the finished house was a disappointment. Part of the disappointment was due to my wallpaper and furniture choices, along with both interior and exterior paint and decor colors. But the other part was the product itself.Continue reading “reconsidering greenleaf kits: a conditional thumbs up”

update on the update

The Westville remodel is proceeding, but–early days–I’m not sure this project can be salvaged. It’s definitely getting more “cheerful,” which was the goal, but it’s just not clicking. It might would have been better to scrap the whole thing and invest in something new. I began by painting walls and dark stained wood white. ItContinue reading “update on the update”

the part where you realize you’re lost in the woods and the sun is about to set

There is that moment when you are enjoying a life-affirming walk through the woods when you realize you’ve taken a bad path. You turn around but it’s all woodsy and green-y and forest-y and you have no idea how you got here or where you are in relation to the car. And the sun isContinue reading “the part where you realize you’re lost in the woods and the sun is about to set”

still teasing the beautiful bride: postponing the reveal another week

I’m getting closer to the reveal of The Beautiful Bride (AKA the Tilton room box). I finished the interior. I’m putting up siding and doing more brickwork on the exterior. I can’t wait to share it. It’s my favorite project, with the Rye and the Beachside Bungalow tied for second. Because I’m nearing the end,Continue reading “still teasing the beautiful bride: postponing the reveal another week”

this week, i’ve been dollhousing for a year

July 12, 2021 is the first anniversary of my new, old dollhouse hobby. As I mentioned in post #1 here on realsmallrealestate, my initial interest in “dollhousing” (verb: the act of constructing a miniature house, not the Urban Dictionary definition, however interesting their take might be) began in my early twenties. At the time, IContinue reading “this week, i’ve been dollhousing for a year”