Saturday, January 23, 2016

Working on the Citadel

Now that the HBS Contest is done, I've had a little time to get back to working on the Citadel. First I've been working on the lighting.   Several months ago I purchased a couple of the Alvar Aalto vases from Modern Mini Fan (AKA Modern Mini Houses) to make a light out of.  I started thinking about it and thought a larger version would be really cool as an overhead light so I contacted her and asked if she could make it in a larger size. She was very acomodating and quickly made a larger version.  I was originally going to use it for a dining chandelier, but since the ceilings are tall in the Citadel I thought it would be a great ceiling light. 

 Though the room has no finishings and I haven't decided what room it will be (probably a bathroom or office) I think the light looks awesome!

Next I got the recessed lights working in the kitchen.  

I've been admiring the colored cookers at Elf Miniatures for some time and of course my favorite color is orange.  I wanted to make a fridge that matches the cooker so I asked Elizabeth at Elf if she could either make one or send me a piece of the same orange plastic to make a matching fridge myself.  She blew me away by making a kit version of a picture of a fridge that I sent her. First, it's awesome and second very affordable.

I started laying out the kitchen using the cooker and fridge kits that I already put together from Elf Miniatures. 

 I  "planted" some succulents in the built in planter and added some paneling in the entry way.

The clock and cactus coat tree are from Piccoleidee Moderne on Etsy. I blogged about them recently hereI used pre-made single french doors for the rooms, but frosted the windows for privacy.  I started making my own doors but then decided it was a bit of a pain in the ass so I bought these from  They are by Houseworks and you can remove the "glass" part to paint the frames and in my case frost the "glass".

I addition, I have done a little bit on Don Draper's Mad Men office

 The ceiling is done and the windows installed.

This is my third try on the carpeting.  The first one I cut one inch short, the second showed glue (water based) on the nice side that could not be remedied and the third time I tried spray glue to install the "carpeting" which is just faux suede. As you can see, even the spray glue shows through the fabric.  Next try will either something I already have or felt but I really don't want to go back to the fabric store. Besides when I was there I looked at the felt and I couldn't find the right shade of grey.



  1. It all looks amazing. I love the light! How did you make the paneling?

  2. This may turn out to be your best one yet! The use of the Aalto vases as light fixtures is brilliant! I can't wait to see this project completed.

  3. It is looking great. Keep up the good work!

  4. what a fun lamp! Love the fridge, great that it now looks from the same line (and in fact is ;) ). Annoying isn't it that things can go so difficult, especially when seemingly easy like fitting a carpet. I know I can be very surprised when something very simple can take longer or more tries than something way more difficult. It's a weird hobby we have, haha :D. The carpet does look great though, gluestains and all, hope you'll find something that will work (have you thought of or tried Aslan? It's doublesided contactpaper that might work, depending on the fabric used and if it sticks, but aslan is very sticky, so changes are most fabrics will. When applied right it's easy to work with (as with all contactpapers peel of a cm of the backing, place it over the length of what you're using and carefully peel back the rest while guiding with your hand to assure smooth adhering). I use if for things that are otherwise impossible to get right.