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Thursday, May 29, 2014

1:6 Housing Solution

It’s no secret that I love to design little spaces. Not a stage setting consisting of three walls, but something detailed - rooms leading into rooms, doors, windows… but it is all pretty labor intensive, which is a huge problem.

When my mini-me Rowena (no, my name is not Rowena) wanted a city apartment it was hard to justify a new build (think time, effort, cost and storage) when she already owns a beach cottage, especially since other dollies are clamoring for their turn to own Roville property. But Rowena gets what Rowena wants.

SOLUTION: Condo. Imagine a condo complex overlooking the river. Expensive real estate for dollies with expensive taste. But the units would be compact and modern in design, with the most important part being multiple units, all with the exact same floor plan. See where I’m going? The only thing to change would be the décor that would be designed to suit the taste of individual occupants.



Rowena’s unit was completed in a blue color palette with contemporary design. A second unit was completed in a green color palette with more traditional design elements. Images illustrate the concept. 










Voila! Multiple units help solve Roville’s housing shortage. 

Rowena has moved in and is busy entertaining her BFFs and enjoying the good life.

I haven’t decided yet who will own the second unit (no matter what she thinks).

Plan is to complete a foyer with downstairs half-bath, a second entrance leading into the kitchen, and stairs leading upstairs. And more interior designs are in the works. Stay tuned.

Cheers!
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44 comments:

  1. Whoever said you were talented made an understatement. This condo is way__________ (fill in the blank...sick, tight, gorgeous, da bomb...) Please bring us some stories in them soon!

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  2. Hi Ro! I really love your designs! Do you make all your furniture and accessories or do you buy them? If you make them, please tell me how. LOL. I could use some more design ideas for Moreville's housing shortage. Some of the residents are getting antsy! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Cindi. I’m rubbish at making furniture and don’t do much by way of accessories either. Vanessa would be the go to person for help fulfilling Moreville residents’ wish list. (You do realize the slippery slope you are on, right? hee hee…)

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  3. So are they actually individual units or is it one unit decorated differently for each doll or family? Either way, a lot of work! And your attention to detail is astonishing. I wouldn't mind living in one of those units myself -- 1:1 scale of course!

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    1. Thanks oodles, P. It’s one unit decorated differently to look like multiple units. I'm experimenting like a mad woman to stretch the housing resources.

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  4. The condo decor is absolutely beautiful!

    dbg

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  5. I LOVE the condo idea.

    I wanted a dollhouse forever as a little girl. Never got one that fit my playscale dolls and action figures, but someday ... an apartment complex, a street block, oh, I have LOTs of settings and scenes I want to create. A library, etc.

    In the meantime, I the exquisite range and variety of the Rovilians and your other settings.

    P.S. I remember one series where you had a playscale jail. The editor/publisher's police woman friend - Timbor? - might have checked in criminals there. That sleazy action figure, Scorpion, was an inmate.

    P.S.2 Thanks for sharing your fun stories and projects. Always a joy to stop by here or at the Roville story sites ;-)

    P.S. 3 Where is Harper? Doesn't she want a new place? Or is she canoodling with that foxy Max? Oops, never mind. Snooping out.

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    1. You crack me up!

      1) RAD (Timber & Rutman). It didn’t work out for me. But hey, success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.

      2) The thanks belong to you, it’s always my joy to have you stop by.

      3) Let’s not go there, okay.

      Dolly hugs!

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    2. Re #3 and "Let's not go there." - LOL okay.

      Dolly hug back ;-D

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  6. Amazing! I can't believe that you made two units :) I really like the modern feel of the blue unit, it looks very luxe... can I move in? At the same time the second unit's living space is super inviting and cosy looking too. Very inspiring work, I hope you find space to store both these spaces ;)
    Kristine

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    1. Very cool to have beautiful you visiting! Yes you can move in. I’ll prepare the blue unit and put the tea on. In the meantime, thinking heaps about your sofa tutorial, so tempted to try a 1:6 version.

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  7. OMGosh how lovely. Do you decorate big spaces too? I think my favorite was the blue color palette. Both condos were simply fantastic!

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    1. Thanks so much.

      I can’t afford 1:1 design, which is a good thing because I’d drive tradespeople nuts with my ideas.

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    1. Thanks so much, stoked you like it.

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  9. Totally awesome as always! I love love your attention to details. The color palettes are perfect. I need to adopt this technique. The colors flow so well. Looking forward to seeing the new interior designs!

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    1. Thank you for your kind compliments. Color is a helpful technique for keeping a scene looking cohesive, especially since the exact right 1:6 furniture is not always available. I see by your safari theme room you already know how to work the color angle. :D

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  10. Your dios are perfection! The new cast member is gorgeous, can't wait to find out more about her. Does Harper know there's an available apartment? ;-)

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    1. You’re making me blush here. (I dismantled the dio before Harper had a chance to sniff out a chair. I won! Ha-ha!)

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  11. I had already admired Rowena's apartment in the last chapter and, wow! It's a wonderful piece of art and design, loved it! I see you have A Touch Of Frost Eugenia, mine will be here the next week, can't wait :-D

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    1. Oou… how lovely to know you visited Roville. Thank you so much for your support. I hope your enjoy Eugenia, she’s a beauty (no matter what rude comments are made about her bump. LOL)

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  12. What a great concept! I love doll homes but I definitely have no room for more!

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    1. Thanks so much, D. I have no room either, so the concept of one structure to create the illusion of multiple dwellings is working for me. Will you be doing the same with Sabine’s fabulous office? A little restyled décor will give all her (management level, of course) co-workers a chance at an office with that spectacular view. Check it out, folks: http://vitaplastica.blogspot.ca/2014/05/introducing-sabine-and-dasha.html

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  13. your dollys are so spoiled mine are happy to live in a box :)

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    1. I wish my dollies were less demanding like yours. ;-)

      p.s. My condolences on the loss of Baxter. Your barnhouse is an amazing tribute to him.

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  14. Hi, Ro, your apartments are sooo beautiful and elegant. Also, I can't wait until the wedding day, I know it's going to be beautiful,interesting ,and funny.I also give my me dolly the best.

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    1. Thanks for your vote of confidence ツ I hope the wedding(s) live up to expectation.

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  15. Oh my, what a gorgeous place you have there, Roville! I once dreamed of a multi-room diorama but I thought I gotta take one step at a time I can just imagine how much dedication you have given to create this :) Congratulations to Rowena for owning the first unit - I'm envious :) Looks like Eugenia is getting the second one, or else... Hahaha!

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    1. You’re right about taking one step at a time. Playtime with the dollies should be about pleasure, not pressure.

      You’re also right about Eugenia. I see a battle ahead of me. hee hee…

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  16. I'm so very impressed. Every detail is just stunning. When you start giving courses in this let me know so I can sign up!

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  17. Hello from Spain: Fabulous apartment. I like the fireplace, the living room, kitchen ... all your work is always beautiful and inspiring. You are the best. Keep in touch

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    1. Thank you, Marta. Always a pleasure to have you stop by.

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  18. Both spaces are amazing! One good thing about having extra time on my hands, is that I am completely caught up on my Roville stories. So I got to enjoy Rowena's party with the ladies in her wonderful condo. I am drawn to the warmth of the second unit, so I'm anxious to see who will live there.

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    1. Happy beyond belief to have you visit la ville. (^◡^ )

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  19. You are beyond amazing. I was attempting something similar with a townhouse idea, but it's slow going with all the kids around. Someday!! Keep inspiring 😊

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    1. Thanks, Celeste. Understand about the little ones but enjoy them now because all too soon they grow up. One day you will complete the townhouse – it sounds like an awesome project.

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  20. OMG! I just love this. Your diaramas are to die for! The color schemes are perfect. It acents the furnishing of the apartment. You never cease to amaze me with your scenes. Well done.

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    1. You just put a huge smile on my face. Thanks, man.

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  21. Love the interchangeable condo idea! Reminds me of Tuesday Taylor's Penthouse window. While reading the comments, I noticed you replied to a post and said wedding(S)... So.. is this a teaser for the upcoming wedding, is there more than one couple getting married in Roville? :)

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    1. Yes, there are two. I don't know what I was thinking! Please cross your fingers for me that I meet my goal of publishing them in June. This year.

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