Baxter Pointe Villa - 2011 Greenleaf Spring Fling

by brae  

Presenting Baxter Pointe Villa!  :D  Many of the photos in this post can be clicked to enlarge.  For a list of posts about how I made things, please click here.

And, from the back.

Here is what the original kit with the side addition looked like on the Greenleaf website.

Mine's a bit different, no?  ;]  I took a front wall from a second addition kit to make a deck on the second floor of the main house.  I also added depth to the side addition.

The cottage is named after my current dwarf hamster companion who won the lottery by being featured in the Greenleaf Gazette's Critter Corner as Hamster in Half Scale (well, to a hamster, $25 worth of yogurt yummies is decidedly a jackpot).  :D  Baxter is now an old timer (nearly three years old) and has retired to a luxury beach cottage right on the water.  Here he is in his younger days...

The scene in the background for some of the shots is appropriately captioned On the Beach.  Though I am a hobbyist photographer myself and I've been to the beach many times, the only photos I have seem to be in mid-autumn or have a lighthouse in the background.  Not necessarily a bad thing but not what I was going for.  And, any 'sunlight' you see in the photos, well, that's just my dining room ceiling fixture with its GE Reveal lightbulbs.  :D  Even I can't believe how well this fixture lights this house from outside!

I tried to make as much as possible and used some tried and true techniques from the Newport as well as diving into some new territory for me.  I'm very pleased with how the build turned out overall, but I must say the aquarium is my favorite!  I used the Greenleaf tutorial for it, adding my own sculpted polymer clay fish and LED lighting.  :D

I would love to sit in this living room, honestly.  It has such a serene quality to it.  That's real water in the pitcher, and yes, I spilled it three times while photographing.  :O

The painting above the fireplace is Racing with the Moon by Jacqueline Penney.  The candles in the fireplace are polymer clay and are lighted...I just haven't been able to train my camera to actually take a decent photo of them lit up.  I made a lot of the books myself but supplemented the collection with some from The Miniature Bookshelf and other miscellaneous suppliers.

The aquarium divides the living room from the kitchen, and there's a breakfast counter in front of the tank that I made from a curved scrap piece from the kit.

Here's the door I made and posted about's a means to feed the fish!

This is an efficiency kitchen with only a range top and a half fridge.  When you are vacationing on the beach, you don't need to be indoors cooking.  :D

What a view!

Upstairs is a minimalist and serene bedroom.

Adjoining the bedroom is a bathroom with a soaking tub under skylights.  I have a lot of detail shots I'll be sharing in a separate post.  I love how this room turned out especially!

Outside the bedroom is a covered deck inspired by an Amanda Nisbet design.  I painted the ceiling Lilac Love and reproduced the brown and white fabric in her original design using Illustrator and having it printed by Spoonflower.  The journal is by Glenda of Peppercorn Minis.

The cedar shake exterior with white trim was inspired by Catskill Farms.  They have countless beautiful cottages on their blog that are perfect inspirations for miniature homes.  I had to hand split approximately 1,700 1:12 scale shakes to get the right proportion for the build...first lengthwise and then across the grain.

This was easily a six- to nine-month project crammed into three.  Even with all of the things on my idea list left undone, I still think I accomplished a lot in the time I had.  Lots of long hours and late nights.  :D  I plan to continue checking things off the wish-I-had-had-time-to-do list, so you'll see more of this house in the days ahead.

I also want to say a big thank you to everyone who helped with ideas and support throughout the whole process.  Your kind words and friendship mean more to me than you realize.  Thank you!

...more details to follow...but not tonight.  :D

UPDATE: Baxter Pointe Villa took 3rd in the contest.  :D


Comment from: kay y [Visitor]
Oh my! This is absolutely beautiful! Your workmanship is spectacular.
07/03/11 @ 19:19
Comment from: Casey [Visitor]
Brae! You have a winner!!! It is beautiful!!!!!
07/03/11 @ 19:38
Comment from: Lyssa [Visitor]
I have to make sure I tell you every where I see it, AMAZING. I love what you did with this kit!
07/03/11 @ 19:50
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]
Fabulous! I knew it would be amazing, but wow!
07/03/11 @ 19:57
Comment from: Natalia [Visitor]  
Bravo! Very beautiful masterpiece and a lot of imagination, nice collaboration of colors. Natalia
07/03/11 @ 20:05
Comment from: heather [Visitor]
Brilliant. Love it. Are you renting it out! I can't imagine what you didn't get done. It has lovely details. It was worth the wait.
07/03/11 @ 20:14
Comment from: Julie [Visitor]
you are so right about it being so serene!!! I love it~! and awesome job on those fish and well everything!!! wow!!!! so so so impressed once more :o)
07/03/11 @ 20:34
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you all so much! I am wowed by those of you who also submitted entries. So much wonderful art to be shared! :>>
07/03/11 @ 20:39
Comment from: Josje [Visitor]
All this in just three short months! The house looks fabulous! The finish on all of your pieces, your attention to detail and your use of colour is wonderful. The way you have used the light and the backgrounds in your photographs makes the villa come to life.
07/04/11 @ 01:26
Comment from: Teresa Martínez [Visitor]
Genial. Me encanta tu casita, cualquier detalle es perfecto, la cocina es mi preferida. Felicidades es un gran trabajo!
07/04/11 @ 01:34
Comment from: kathi [Visitor]
I am SO excited to finally see your contest entry! You have done it again! I absolutely LOVE everything about this! The fish tank is amazing. Congratulations!
07/04/11 @ 05:13
Comment from: Raffa [Visitor]  
wow !I would like to have a house like this one!ahahaha if I didn't know that it's a miniature I would say it's a real house!
07/04/11 @ 05:14
Comment from: Tam [Visitor]
Truly amazing. That is called a transformation. Congratulations.!!
07/04/11 @ 05:18
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you so much!!!
07/04/11 @ 09:18
Comment from: Modern MC [Visitor]
I really love your work. This is quite beautiful!! I actually just purchased one of these modern windmills the other day. The linens and the bathroom and just everything = cool.
07/04/11 @ 11:11
Comment from: Plushpussycat [Visitor]
Wow! I'm speechless! What beautiful, beautiful work! Jennifer
07/04/11 @ 15:37
Comment from: Ann [Visitor]
Wow. You are AMAZING! Really! The Baxter Pointe is just awesome.. and the aquarium is my favorite too! I really can't imagine you not blowing the socks off the judges!
07/04/11 @ 18:45
Comment from: Eliana [Visitor]
I want to live in this house ... : D Your customization is amazing! Congratulations.
07/04/11 @ 20:17
Comment from: Jeannette [Visitor]
Amazing!! I love every little detail you have put into this!! I could stare at it for hours! I am blown away by your imagination and workmanship!!
07/04/11 @ 21:56
Comment from: Deb G [Visitor]
My dear, you inspire and depress me almost equally! I mean that in the very best way, honestly. This has to be the perfect beach house, not to mention the perfect use of the Spring Fling kit. I'm totally blown away. I don't have the gift for visualization of the details and imagining the possibilities. I'm deeply envious! I keep searching for a better word, but perfect will have to do for now.
07/05/11 @ 00:58
Comment from: Pepper [Visitor]  
Superb. All of your hard work has certainly paid off. Well done =0)
07/05/11 @ 02:36
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]
I'm back, looking at your pictures again. My favorite part is that unless you know better you can't tell you're looking at miniature rooms. Fabulous :D
07/05/11 @ 08:09
Comment from: Kabrina [Visitor]  
OMG your fish tank is breathtaking! Everything looks so real! Great job!
07/05/11 @ 12:04
Comment from: JAT [Visitor]
This is another winner! I love your creativity. Brae, you inspire me so much. I thank you for sharing your information on how you do things. I love reading your blog, viewing your miniature builds and your photography.
07/06/11 @ 19:31
Comment from: brae [Member]
Aw, all of your kind comments really make my day! Thank you, thank you!
07/06/11 @ 19:41
Comment from: Margriet [Visitor]
I'm so impressed with what you did with this kit!!! You turned it into a house I would love to live in!
07/07/11 @ 01:15
Comment from: Kathi [Visitor]
WOW. If you don't win this contest, there is something wrong with this world! I have not seen anything that even comes close to what you have done with this kit! Congratulations!
07/13/11 @ 06:29
Comment from: Aunt Cathy & Uncle Dan [Visitor]
Brae--Truly fabulous. You are one of the most talented people that I know. Wish you all the best.
07/13/11 @ 06:41
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you, thank you!
07/22/11 @ 08:02
Comment from: A. Bouwman [Visitor]
When you look at the pictures you feel like you can smell the salty air near the sea. Miniature greetings
08/05/11 @ 00:44
Comment from: Matgo [Visitor]
WONERDFUL -A- WONDERFUL I want to stay here or at least vacation there!
08/30/11 @ 22:39

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