Sunday, 15 March 2015

No news

Progress is slow. I caught a bug that is currently doing the rounds at work, so I've spent much of the week sipping warm drinks and napping.

The roombox has a second storey, made from two pieces of 3mm hardboard. The stairwell has been routed (the two boards are clamped together during the routing)  and holes for the lights have been drilled into the underside of the ceiling. Instead of using one piece of wood for the floor and cutting channels into it to lay lighting wire, I chose to make a sandwich of wood with braces in between to keep it rigid. It's personal preference since both methods take roughly the same time, however I'm trying to reduce my wood stockpile. 


Once the chandelier for the stairwell is in place and I've tested the electrics, I'll glue the second piece of wood on top.


I've put the stairs offcentre rather than to one side because I think this will help to create different areas, (i.e a kitchen, dining room, living room).

I ran out of LED's and because I was feeling grumpy and sick, I asked Hubby if he would find me some. He came back with these -


 the sort used in home decor...still attached to the willow branches. These are actually perfect because they come with a battery box and switch. You just strip the LED's out and rearrange them with new wiring.



 


 The surround for the lights is a personal favourite of mine - eyelets. They look fab in modern interiors and are really easy to install. 



I like how the room looks. If I had the choice to live anywhere it would be something like this - a really old, industrial building with lots of character, light and room.


Before I go I wanted to give another shout out for the Shapeways 3d printed miniature houses contest I hope more people enter - not because I am in anyway affiliated with Shapeways or because I'm one of the judges, but because I know they're are  a lot of very talented miniaturists out there who have already blogged about their scenes with 3D printed miniatures in them. This is your chance to show how fantastically diverse and talented our community is. You don't have to construct a whole room. Something simple like my scene below would be great


The idea is to show how 3D printing can enhance our hobby, how imaginative we all are. The cherry on top is you could win one of four prizes to buy even more miniature goodness. 

If you want to join, please click on the link above and follow the 'How to enter' information on the page.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend
Pepper =0)

68 comments:

  1. Marvelous idea on the sandwich method and I like your use of eyelets. :] I have a bunch of those LED branches in a vintage vase in my real life home. As I was reading your post, I saw them shiver a little and act like they were invisible. haaaaaaa! This is a gorgeous space!

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    1. Ha, poor things don't know how precarious their lives are. Everything in my house is on the endangered list ;0P

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  2. Love the windows! The stairs look good and the idea with lichting is just great! Need to find the lights like that over here. ;)
    Hugs,
    Ewa

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  3. I love the amount of natural light those windows let in and then the recessed lights under the upper floor i imagine give a great effect when dark against the natural timber stairs, its coming on brilliantly and i cant wait to see it once its complete.

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    1. Hi Tony, I love a lot of natuaral light. This would be my perfect home...if I had a couple of million spare =0)

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  4. Wow, your industrial loft is beautiful. Very inspiring. I look forward to seeing the next steps, and I hope you feel better soon!

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    1. Thank you Neen. I feel great now, just had the regular sniffles that go around every couple of months =0)

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  5. Las luces led quedan ideales,y esos aros de ojales sirven perfectamente para decorar el empotrado.
    La manera de esconder los cables en el suelo, es estupenda, mejor que hacer rozas en los suelos, es muy ingeniosa.
    Te esta quedan de lujo,
    Espero que estés recuperada del todo.
    Un abrazo
    Maite

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    1. Gracias Maite , me siento mucho mejor. Yo creo que era más fácil poner los cables entre dos plantas en lugar de tener que cortar ranuras en la madera =0)

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  6. Wow! Great idea and fantastic work! I love the lights. This house looks very realistic. Hugs, Melli

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  7. Las luces han quedado muy bien. Un buen método para colocarlas.

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  8. Great tip about the recessed lighting. Thank you for sharing.

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  9. Your loft is really nice. I love the staircase. Great !

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    1. Thank you Dominique, glad you like them =0)

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  10. I wish so much you lived near me so some of your genius could rub off on me! Your work is amazing and always beyond what I can imagine!

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    1. Haha genius? Bless your sweet heart. Thank you for that lovely compliment =0)

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  11. OOO I want to live there too! Such a beautiful warehouse artists loft feel. Love how it is coming out. Hubby did a good job finding those lights :)

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    1. Thank you Linda. I really hope to keep the warehouse type feel and not make it too cluttered =0)

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  12. so beautiful :) love the light in the room, via the windows AND the LEDs :D

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  13. I bought those LEDs to try recess lights on my last project but I was too afraid I would mess it up. Its really coming along nicely. Hope you feel better!!

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    1. You wouldn't mess it up...and even if you did, it's all about experimenting and learning. Trust me, i've cocked-up loads of times =0)

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  14. The sandwich method for the lighting is absolutely marvelous, just like you're using the eyelets for the spotlights :)! You're lucky with a hubby, who chose the right lighting for this loft....mine wouldn't even find the shop ;O!
    I love the stairs and the warm color of the wood, it's so beautiful to see.
    I hope you will feel better soon. Have a nice week.
    Hugs, Ilona

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    1. Haha, I think I've trained my Hubby well. He even asks me if I want something before he throws it away because he knows I like to recycle everything into miniature =0)

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  15. You have a lot of great ideas! Ceiling sandwich have a great idea !!
    I love this technical space! Thank you for sharing!
    Hope you feel better!
    hugs
    Tatiana

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  16. What a sight for sore eyes on a Monday morning! You just made my day ;-) This looks great and will be fun to furnish.. eventually....

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    1. Ah yes, hopefully before Christmas =0D

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  17. It looks absolutely fantastic, and a great idea, the eyelets work perfectly too. Here here for more people entering the competition! Maybe you should do a separate post, with the competition in the title, just to catch peoples eye. I remember having to put someones name in a post title so they would come and collect their prize, worked like a charm, if a little aggressive, but at least they got the prize and it didn't roll over :D

    P.s.That little horse is divine! Great to see Mr Bonsai enjoying his new home too. How sad am I? :/

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    1. Hi Sarah, probably a good idea with the post. I'm actually surprised more haven't entered. I know quite a few bloggers who have bought 3D printed miniatures off Shapeways *shrugs* Yeah, Mr Bonsai loves his new room. How often do I need to water him? =0D

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  18. Hello Pepper,
    The roombox is looking amazing. The stairwell is great and really divides the space nicely. I love your idea for the lighting and the sandwiched floor. It is such a wonderful space. I love this project!
    Big hug,
    giac

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    1. Thank you Giac, I did hope that the stairs dividing the room up would make the space more understandable. ?? Is that the word? Oh, you know what I mean haha =0)

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  19. Thanks for sharing the photos and tips; good angles on the photos and all great ideas. Hope you are feeling better!

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    1. Thank you Alison and yes, I feel tip-top now =0)

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  20. Awesome! when I did the Butterfly house, I made a sandwich of sorts, I put down a few strips of 1/16" wood and then put the flooring on top which left room for the wiring between the flooring and the base. I LOVE this industrial chic look it looks fab!

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  21. Awesome! when I did the Butterfly house, I made a sandwich of sorts, I put down a few strips of 1/16" wood and then put the flooring on top which left room for the wiring between the flooring and the base. I LOVE this industrial chic look it looks fab!

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    1. Oops, Apparently, I hit the button twice...

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  22. Also nice job on your hubby's part, I really like the shape of these lights. Probably cheaper than buying separate LED's too!

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    1. Haha, you got an itchy comment finger?
      I think it was definitely cheaper. The lights were £5 and I think a battery box and switch alone were close to that =0) I'm going to use the sandwich technique much more in future. Far easier (and cleaner) than cutting channels into the wood *nods*

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  23. Hope you feel better. Your work on this project is so good that it really is interesting to watch your progress.
    I love the modern ceiling lights.
    Hugs, Drora

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  24. Its fabulous the pod lighting is perfect! It already looks like a place I would give my left foot to live in..So umm unless you want me to hobble around in it.. you might want to let..me live.in it ;)

    I hope you are back to health soon!

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    1. Hahahah, you can move in anytime you want =0)

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  25. Can I move in? Pleeeeaaaaase??? Your roombox takes my breath away - it looks so realistic, "stylish" but also friendly and inviting. Your sandwich method for the floor is very clever and your way to create those typical ceiling-spots is stunning (Btw - compliments to your husband... that man knows what his wife needs for sure! *LOL*) And I must admit this eyelet-idea was very inspiring... maybe I'm going to borrow this one day from you... *tweet*

    Hugs
    Birgit

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    1. As long as you don't mind sharing with me and Jane =0P Thank you Birgit, that's very kind =0)

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  26. Wow! This just gets better and better! I Love the loft as it sits to the front of the box... leaving the back with the tall window-lit space! I wasn't sure how you were going to position it... this is so real looking! I feel like I have been here in RL! Nothing should get in the way of those windows! But now the loft gets it's own up front and center stage position.... just Brilliant! I really should try to dig out a pic of my Dad's stairs... they are positioned next to a loft and large window/solar panel wall. Ironically, your room box feels like it is on a bigger scale! LOL!
    I hope you feel better soon!

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    1. Thank you so much. I could really do with some inspirational pics from your Dad since I'm kinda winging it at the moment. I have the ideas in my head - not sure how they translate into a 3D object =0)

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  27. Hi Pepper! Whatever do you mean "no news?" There is a LOT of News here!!! I LOVE this space and you have made a great decision about centering the staircase. It does allow for the sense of separate spaces and makes that wonderful staircase a real feature too! I am gong to file the sandwich method away for future consideration; what a terrific idea. :)) I have used the eyelet for pot lights in a past dollhouse project and it really does work well! I love the look of yours which give a clean contemporary feel to the entry. I also Applaud the mix of Industrial and the contemporary. It makes the interior really interesting even without the fittings. I am intrigued by everything that you have done thus far and would have to say that in my opinion,your "No News" has been nothing but GOOD NEWS! :D

    elizabeth

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    1. Ah, you know what I mean Elizabeth, no news = nothing exciting. Just lots of building and wires =0P I'm really happy about your view on the stair placement. That's what I was trying to achieve without errecting walls to divide the space. I hope I can do it justice when I start putting furniture in =0)

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  28. just sent off a mail to all my shapeways 'clients' to make them aware of the contest... hopefully this will generate more entries :-)

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    1. Aww thanks Marion, I really appreciate it. I hope that a lot of people will join and that our community gets some well deserved publicity. I'm really keen to show off how wonderfully talented the miniature fans are =0)

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  29. This looks great! Love those LED lights...

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  30. I love, love, love your house and as you, I would love to live in a place like that....just the same!!! And I love, love, love the spot lights you put because I actually have the same, in my real house, in the living room. They look the exact same and as you said, they give a modern look to any space. Your house is going to be stunning....even empty, or with just a very few things, it will still look fantastic. I love modern or vintage feels and yours tick all boxes as a modern house. Fantastic job Pepper!! Big hugs!!

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    1. Thank you Simona for your lovely comments =0) Big hug back atcha

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  31. I am really loving this project so far and I love the idea of using the eyelets.

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  32. Hope you are feeling better! You solved an annoying problem for me... I've never removed the LED shrink tubing/casing from string lights so that it was just the bare wires. I've been fighting, trying to bend the plastic tubing into place. haha. Duh! So much easier! THANK YOU.

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    1. Ah, another case solved haha. I've tried just bending the led with heatshrink but it's a pain if you don't have much space. I just tend to start from scratch now to save the cursing and tantrums =0P

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  33. The lights looks great! I have never dare to try electrics in my houses yet, but one day.. I hope =)
    The eyelets really does looks fabulous as lights!! Thank you for the tip!
    Hannah

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  34. The second-last photo really made me do a double take - the lighting makes it look completely full scale! Great idea with the eyelets too - I'll need to bear that in mind for any future builds.

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  35. This project is already absolutely stunning, I so admire your patience! The brick wall in my project is just printed paper but yours is actually real miniature bricks! And love the detailing of the ceiling lights, it's impossible to telll they are minatures.

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  36. Hopefully you're over your bug now, Pepper. I love the example scene you created using 3D printing, and your modern lights look amazing! xo Jennifer

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  37. Holy cow... those windows are fantastic! And those lights! The eyelets are just the detail needed to take it to the next level! *taking notes* haha! :D

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