How to Get StartedMy biggest piece of advice is to obtain a house first and then get the accessories that best fit the house. I started collecting accessories before I had a specific house to put them in, and now that I’m filling my Kaleidoscope House I’m realizing 80% isn’t what I want and is taking up space in boxes in the garage.
Step 1: Do some research. :D There are more and more great mini mod blogs out there but I recommend reading The Shopping Sherpa and MiniModern first. Most modern mini bloggers would credit one of them for inspiring them to start their own blog. The more you see, the more you’ll be able to pinpoint what you want to own.
Step 2: Find a house that best fits your personality, skills, time, budget and space. Do you have the patience, skills, time and tools to build a kit from scratch or renovate a house? Do you want a built, but blank canvas to paint and wallpaper? Do you want shiny, new, already assembled house ready to drop furniture and accessories in? What kind of space do you have for mini storage and to display your house(s)?
Out of the box and ready to playM112 Pods 1:12 scale ($225 - $485) by Paris Renfroe Design www.parisrenfroedesign.com
Villa Sibi 1:10 scale? ($750-$850) by Wolfgang Sirch and Christoph Bitzer
Emerson House 3/4 scale (pre-order $299) by brinca dada www.brincadada.com
MH1 1:12 scale (wait list $299) and MH2 (check website for details, you have to REALLY want this big boy as it is a beast to ship) by Wes Christensen mymodernmini.blogspot.com
Kits (not many modern, but there are a few contemporary)Clearview 1:12 scale (kit £395) by MIAIM based in London www.miaim.co.uk
Ocean Drive 1:12 scale (kits start at $99 but not available in US) by Dolls House Emporium based in London
Lake View 1:12 scale (kits start at $179.52) by Dolls House Emporium www.dollshouse.com
1, 2 & 3 Waterside Way 1:12 scale (kits start at $250.24) by Dolls House Emporium www.dollshouse.com
1:12 scale ($102 and up) by Greenleaf Dollhouses www.greenleafdollhouses.com
Contemporary Ranch Dollhouse
1:12 scale ($162.95) by Real Good Toys
Summer House 1:12 scale ($121) by Celerity Miniature Homes www.celerityminiaturehomes.com
Auction sites, ebay, craigslist, garage sales, etc.Look for an older dollhouse you can refurbish. Check out Craigslist, as many people don’t want to deal with shipping so you might be able to pick up a gem.
Search auction sites for discontinued houses
Kaleidoscope House 1:12 scale (discontinued) by Bozart Toys - Laurie Simmons and Peter Wheelwright
Malibu Beach House 1:12 scale (discontinued) by Dolls House Emporium www.dollshouse.com
Mackintosh House 1:12 scale (discontinued) by Dolls House Emporium www.dollshouse.com
CustomGo to your local dollhouse shop/hobby shop/toy store, they might know someone who could assemble a kit for you, or someone who could design and build an original for you.
Put an ad on craigslist for a custom modern dollhouse. You might be able to find an interested architect/woodcrafter/design student that could build you a one of kind within your budget.
Please send me websites of other builders, but here are a few that do custom one of a kind modern houses and roomboxes.
Mark Turpin www.markturpin.com
Peter Tucker www.roomboxes.com
Tom O'Dea www.virginiadollhouses.com
Gidon Bing Australian sculpture www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/yourgallery/artist_profile//81041. Scroll to the bottom of his gallery to see the dollhouses, you can email him through this site.
Henry Colbert He doesn’t have a website, and last I heard he has a 2 year plus wait list.
Step 3: When you get a dollhouse, PLEASE share your photos. Start a blog or add pictures to the Modern Miniatures Flickr group. We just can't get enough!
Step 4: After you buy the perfect house, inevitably something better will turn up shortly after. It's easy to end up covering every flat surface of your house with this hobby/obsession. With enough money and space, we could all be so lucky to end up with a basement like Mary's Dollhouse Nook.
Thanks to everyone who has checked out my blog after the mention in The New York Times, and thanks to all of my readers who have inspired me to keep blogging.
Coming soon, where to buy modern miniatures...