Sunday, January 3, 2016

New Year, New Project...Sort Of

As you may know, I decided a few months ago to ditch the idea I had for the 2015 HBS contest house and gut what I did and start over.  Well, that's exactly what I did. 

Now that the holidays are over, I've had a little time to work on Don Draper's Mad Men office. Primarily, I've been working on doing a dropped office ceiling.

 I started by adding 1/2" x 1/16" wood to the bottom of the center beams and 1/4" x 1/16" on the sides.  They leave just enough of a shelf to rest the dropped ceiling on. It also leaves plenty of room for the wiring. I found this sliver of plastic overhead lighting cover at work.

To make acoustic tiles for the ceiling, I cut to size pieces of mat board to fit in the spaces then attached self adhesive cork and painted it white.

 To make sure the acoustic tiles and plastic conform to the curve of the beams, I put in little blocks to keep them from moving.

Voila, a dropped ceiling. 

While I'm in an MCM mood: I decided to do a little scene in the CItadel.

 The TV is a vintage salt shaker ( I got the idea from Otterine), The phone, coffee mug,, end table and some other accessories are from Ebay.  The floor lamp and magazine rack are AG Minis, The light and dark coffee table and incredible clock are by Minisx2. The book case is vintage German, the cat statue is from an Egypt Toob toy,  the yellow ash tray is by Mike Urkovik of Atomic Miniature, the table lamp is from Minimum World, Tha african sculpture is by Minismodernas, The sofa and pillows are by me.

Merry New Year! Cheers to new adventures!



  1. Loving that ceiling. You may have just given me the kick up the pants to pull out my HBS build again...

  2. es una preciosidad de escena , me encanta



  3. La idea del techo estupenda
    ¡Feliz año 2016!

  4. What a great idea, and I love what you used to execute it! Can't wait to see how you do the rest of the build!
    Love the scene, too! I want to lie on the sofa and watch Bewitched!

  5. So cool! Every detail is groovey. CM

  6. I love the textures and colours to your ceiling. Wonderful to see you doing more to the Citadel!

  7. Neat idea for the dropped ceiling.

    Love the scene...the TV and clock are fab!

  8. I just love that wallpaper =) and the floor and sofa is wonderful
    happy new year

  9. The ceiling is really cool. I was wondering what happened to the pool house? You were doing such a great job. I hope this isn't the project you scrapped.

  10. don't know what happened, but blogger had decided to remove you from my bloglist so didn't know you had a new post.. Now I will be seeing them again :D. I think your ceiling is amazing, looks so authentic, good thinking! And I already liked your plans for this project, really look forward to its progression! The room looks very nice too, nice touch to place the floorboards diagonally. I find it amazing that things like a saltshaker or a pencilsharpener often make better miniature than the ones commercially manufactured.. that tv looks awesome!