The Maple Room

by brae  

What's one more log on the fire?!  :D  Behold the beginning of The Maple Room.  Why that particular name?  I just thought it was nicer than "that there room box."

This is the Traditional Room Box Kit from Real Good Toys.

I was in a shopping mood the other day and had the monies I won for Roland's Retreat, so I ordered the room box kit and some miscellaneous trims they had on sale.  I like having the room box mockup I used for the Shapeways room, but it is very narrow.

It's also not a permanent structure.  It was built on the platform for the now defunct Mt. Sydney Chalet.  I still have the room set up, but over time this will wear out.

I usually make quick scenes to photograph minis on the fly, but this takes more time and more space than you would think.

This type of setup isn't easy to move since everything is just propped in place and scattered.  How am I supposed to make microwave popcorn in this chaos?!

I've thought for a long time now how great it would be to have an actual room box I could take out, plug in and go.  :]  I especially like that this has a plexiglass front and top to keep the dust out and perhaps to store items I'd like to see but not have to dust in between photography studio use.  It's a large room but will fit on my bookshelf easily.  It will also be easy to place tissue over the top plexiglass to diffuse the lighting.

I will be making both the front and top removable since the front piece would cause glare in photographs.  My plan is to also make channels so I can use different papers as needed for the scenes.  Hmm...like the changing seasons...maybe The Maple Room name makes more sense than I realized.  :D

I did think about buying wood supplies and doing it all myself, but that would have defeated the purpose of a quick build and I had the monies to spend!  :]

14 comments

Comment from: Lyssa [Visitor]

Ha! I was wondering when this would happen!

What are the odds that you will cut a side and stick a winder in it? &#59;)

06/01/15 @ 17:41
Comment from: Debora [Visitor]

Love the photos of your staging setups. Hope this works out well for you, it’s a great idea :D

06/01/15 @ 18:18
Comment from: Blondie [Visitor]

Fantastic purchase! You’ll get so much use out of it. :) :)

06/01/15 @ 18:29
Comment from: Blake [Visitor]

How have I never seen room boxes like this?! It’s great! I’ve tried similar things with various things rigged together to make a backdrop, but everything I have ever done has fallen apart! (Or like you said, taken up too much room!)

Also, you can never have too many logs in the fire! Haha

06/01/15 @ 18:41
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]

Mt. Sydney chalet is defunct? Awwww.

06/02/15 @ 02:29
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thanks! :D

Yes, Mt. Sydney Chalet needed to be knocked down mid build. The walls warped without a roof to keep them steady. I have the walls still so they can be scratch built someday. :yes:

06/02/15 @ 05:29
Comment from: Mad for Mod [Visitor]

The Maple House sounds like a swanky breakfast place.

06/02/15 @ 09:06
Comment from: Bill [Visitor]

I, too, am sad to hear that Mt. Sydney is presently relegated to “someday". I loved so much of the work that you had done on it, and I was looking forward to seeing more.

Of course none of that work was wasted because, with each project, you continue to learn- and teach the rest of us.

On a positive note, The Maple Room is brilliant!

06/02/15 @ 09:53
Comment from: The Grandmommy [Visitor]

I like interchangeable things so naturally I like this! To Bill Don’t worry the chalet will be in good company in the world of “someday". We have all contributed to it. :-)

06/02/15 @ 12:42
Comment from: Pepper [Visitor]

I think a room like this is a must for anyone taking photos of different set-ups. It’s a great idea and I love that you will be able to change papers and see from the top and side. Are you intending to put any windows/doors in or make dummy ones that you can put in as and when you need them?

06/02/15 @ 14:23
Comment from: brae [Member]

I think it will have to be dummy windows/doors. Otherwise, I will have to always cut holes in my papers. And, having a window or door can be limiting for what the room is able to become.

Yes, the Chalet…someday. :yes:

06/02/15 @ 14:27
Comment from: azteclady [Visitor]

Count me as someone who’s at least a bit sad about Mt Sydney Chalet, while remaining hopeful that ‘one day’ will get here eventually…

Also, I never considered the sheer amount of work (and space!) the mini scenes and vignettes entailed–holy smokes! I’m now so much more grateful that I was (and I was quite grateful, I love seeing your work!), that you’ve been so generous sharing your work with us in that way.

06/02/15 @ 16:10
Comment from: Betsy Rogers [Visitor]

Hi Brae! And here I thought you already had a solid set up for your photo shoots!! They are always so professional looking! Now you have me thinking I need one…. Lol! I know better… I would set it up a certain way and then a Family would move in and I’d never be able to evict them! I started a whole set of “temporary rooms” in a bookshelf to tell Daphne’s story… two or is it three years ago? I am still mid story so I can’t “undo” any of the rooms… I just keep borrowing the pieces like doors and fireplace depending on which scene needs them! I was thinking they would be like theater stage sets…. but the “show” is still running!! I am sure you will “manage” your temporary room better than I do! It already looks so well “put together"!

06/02/15 @ 16:58
Comment from: brae [Member]

:>> Thanks, everyone!!!

06/12/15 @ 14:42


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