It was the oddest thing to see my Crate and Barrel Tissue Box House in a vitrine, as part of an exhibit, this weekend. There were feelings of excitement mixed with shyness, mixed with wonderment (is this actually here? will people like it?). But, there it was!

Then, I noticed that two pieces had become unstuck so of course I started obsessing over this and the other feelings went away! By the way, the house is in the Members' Musings exhibition at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ, not too far from me. It was great to see the show, which included painting, sculpture, and digital art. The kids got a kick out seeing the piece, as did our friends who met up with us for a visit in the park. A few more shots of my piece, titled Repurpose:

You can read more about the piece in this post from February. Then it was out to walk the park, and I'd have to say that the kids (and us) were completely taken with the peacocks, who were making a spectacle:

while barring access to the bathroom!

A lovely white one made an appearance as well

This one was near some dollshouse-appropriate artwork:

If you are near Hamilton, NJ, stop by the park for a visit -- there is a ton to see, and lovely walks to be had!

Later at home, I was inspired again to use some of my swap items from The Shopping Sherpa, namely the one of the vintage posters, in the fish condo:

See the black lacquer desk and the pedestal for the bead in the corner? Both are manufactured by AMAC, a renowned plastics company that I discovered at the New York International Gift Fair back in February. The boxes, which come in array of colors, work so well for accents and as actual furnishings. I love the sleekness of these boxes, and I know will come up with other uses for them! Should you see them in the gift shops and other stores you frequent, do pick up a few!!!

Credits: Chair is Reac; desk and artwork pedestal are AMAC boxes; base of desk is AG Minis; plant is Manor House Miniatures; newspaper box is a dollshouse store find; laptop is by Lilu Shop on Etsy; shoes and bag are Barbie; bench is a vintage drawer pull; poster and yellow book on bench are from a swap with The Shopping Sherpa; flooring and back wall covering are from the Paper Source.


As I was photographing this scene in my midcentury modern bungalow, I kept thinking moody, moody. Not sad, just moody. Perhaps it is the lighting, or the color scheme that developed as I put it together, but in the end, I am happy with the way the moodiness reigned.

See those ottomans? They are quite minimal, modular pieces by Concord, $4.95 for the pair! Lemon Cadet tipped me off on them. I decided to use them without the tops, which are slightly rounded and come right off. Lemon Cadet used them here, and removed the legs but kept the tops -- check out the rest of her Flickr stream too, with lots of Petite Princess treasures and other vintage pieces.

The artwork on the wall is by Mark Manders, who has a traveling show on view now at the Aspen Art Museum -- Parallel Occurrences/Documented Assignments. Very interesting work, and I do like the piece pictured here, Ramble-room Chair (2010).

A last bit, no moodiness here: my Crate and Barrel tissue box house featured in a post last month was chosen for an exhibit, Members' Musings, at Grounds for Sculpture, here in central New Jersey. You can read more here about the show, which opens on April 9 and runs through June 5. If you are nearby, check it out!

Credits: Dining table is Bodo Hennig; couch (VERO?), credenza (Crailsheimer?), and watering can (Bodo Hennig?) are vintage German; Arc lamp and lucite dining chairs are eBay finds; rug is vintage TOMY; plant is AG Minis; Barcelona chair is Reac; pillows on couch are by Annina; pillow on chair is by minimodernistas; ottomans are Concord Miniatures; artwork is by Mark Manders. Accessories are beads from Pubdoll, AG Minis, Re-ment, Delph, and eBay finds.