My mini obsession started back in August. My husband blames the Wire (Lester Freamon makes and sells dollhouse miniatures during his spare (and work) hours). But in reality, the seeds of my obsession were planted back in 2000 when my husband (then boyfriend) purchased an "action figure" while in Taiwan on vacation. In reality, the action figure was a knockoff Sean Lo figure and his fascination with urban vinyl and simultaneous disdain for bootlegs was born. He dragged me around the city from Toy Tokyo to the then nascent Kid Robot. Eventually, on one of these trips, I spotted this adorable figure called Pinky St: . . . and the rest is history. From time to time, I'd add to my Pinky collection, even grabbing a few in Kyoto while the husband and I were doing our around the world trip. I also started buying miniature japanese figures, like Re-ment and Megahouse, simply because . . . well, who doesn't need a miniature sushi diorama?
Fast forward to August 2008: I had just purchased a new batch of Pinky St: girls and started thinking about buying a house for them. I came quite close to buying the Calico Critters manor aka Grand Hotel, but something about the aesthetic didn't quite sit right with me. My apartment and furniture in real life skew towards the modern, inasmuch as budget and cat's claws will allow. Somehow, I couldn't quite pull the trigger on that plastic quasi-victorian model. Then I stumbled upon one of the few modern dollhouse blogs out there (the tremendous Mini Modern) and soon couldn't get enough.
My collection is expanding, by leaps and bounds. Here's my meager contribution to the online community of modern dollhouse fans (and to my friends who think I've gone off the deep end).