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16 Intricate Miniature Rooms

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Furniture is just furniture and rooms are just rooms, but when they're tiny they suddenly become fascinating and adorable.

1. A Library Within a Library

Courtesy of Tim Sidford/Sweetington

Tim Sidford makes amazing "shelf rooms" meant to be displayed between rows of books.

2. A Cupful of Czarina

Courtesy of TinyT42

This miniature of the last Russian Czarina's Mauve Room was made inside a teacup.

3. The Summer of 1885

Courtesy of Knoxville Museum of Art

This room is styled after a 19th century summer kitchen. It's part of the Knoxville Museum of Art's Thorne Rooms collection, miniatures commissioned in the 1930s and '40s by Mrs. James Ward Thorne.

4. Pretty in (Mostly) Pink

Courtesy of SDKMiniatures

This room is only 1 inch tall and 1.5 inches wide.

5. Reaching Nirvana

Courtesy of BelinaTLV

This room has a music theme—records, a guitar, and a Kurt Cobain poster on the wall.

6. Traditional in the Orient

Courtesy of DollhouseAra

An Etsy seller in Korea made this miniature room.

7. A Toasty Little Cubebot

Courtesy of Mini Modern

This designer used a Cubebot toy to make a fireplace in this mini room.

8. Ready To Go

Courtesy of DollhouseAra

Aww. It's a miniature foyer with tiny matched luggage.

9. Red Corduroy Couches? It was the '50s.

Courtesy of The Toy Box

This vintage living room furniture is the right size for a Barbie
doll. Too bad Barbie's dress doesn't match the midcentury modern look.

10. Cooking in a Cigar Box

Courtesy of JanelLovesCrafts

This rustic kitchen was made out of an old cigar box.

11. A Living Room for the Classic American

Courtesy of MiniPlacesStudio

This classic American living room is very convincing.

12. Just Right for the Dowager Countess

Courtesy of Ginny'sDollhouse

A room inspired by the drawing room of Highclere Castle, where Downton Abbey is filmed.

13. Reclaimed Wood for the Hipster

Courtesy of NapkinMaps

Reclaimed wood is apparently a selling point even for miniature people.

14. Borrowing a Little from Greece and Rome


Courtesy of Knoxville Museum of Art

This Federal era drawing room is also part of the Knoxville Museum of Art's Thorne Rooms collection.

15. A Room with a View

Courtesy of Stewf

Check out the carved wood around this diamond-paned window.

16. Inception: Miniatures Inside a Miniature Room

Courtesy of Shenghung Lin

This nursery scene has three even tinier miniatures inside it.

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AI Tool From West Elm Suggests Furniture to Match Your Pinterest Tastes
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Curating a Pinterest board is often more fun—and always less expensive—than filling a space with actual furniture. Now, there’s a new tool from West Elm designed to put your time spent pinning decor ideas to practical use. As Fast Company reports, the home retail brand’s Pinterest Style Finder uses an AI algorithm to recommend furnishings that best suit your tastes.

Users start by pasting the URL of a Pinterest board they love, whether it’s their own or someone else’s, into the web tool. Then, they select a category of furnishings to browse through, such as bedroom, kitchen, or office.

That’s when the AI gets to work: A neural network powered by the startup Clarifai analyzes the images and finds products in West Elm’s catalogue that match the style. If you input a board of boho-chic furniture, for example, the tool brings up reclaimed wood nightstands and funky quilts. Search for products related to your vintage kitchen board and you’ll get retro stools and mid-century bar carts.

Of course, the results are limited to what’s in the retailer’s inventory, so if you would never shop at West Elm to begin with this may not be the tool for you. If you'd rather pick out furniture the old-fashioned way, here are some neural network-free design tips to follow.

[h/t Fast Company]

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Rental Furniture Company Offers Hip Design With Low Commitment
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When you're just starting out in a new apartment in a new place, compromising on furniture quality can be tempting. But shopping for flea-bitten sofas on Craigslist isn't the only way to find stuff you won't mind parting with once your lease is up. As The Verge reports, Feather is a startup that rents out chic furniture at reasonable prices.

The service, only available in New York and San Francisco for now, is geared toward Millennials, a generation that tends to choose renting over homeownership. Whether they're working gig-to-gig or jumping between sublets or cities, the lives of many twentysomethings are in a state of flux. Feather offers furniture choices that are as flexible as their customers' living situations.

"Maybe you want to furnish an entire apartment with your new roommates," the company's website reads. "Maybe you're testing out a new city and aren't ready to commit to staying … With Feather, you can have furniture there when you need and gone when you don't."

Unlike some rental services, Feather makes their products affordable without sacrificing style. Farmhouse dressers, tufted love-seats, and upholstered bed frames can all be rented for less than $50 a month. All Feather furnishings must be rented for a minimum period of three months and include a $99 delivery fee, a $99 pickup fee, and a $99 deposit (so if West Elm is having a sale, it may be a better bet after all for smaller items). And if you do decide to leave your apartment to move to a new city or travel the world, canceling your furniture lease is always an option.

[h/t The Verge]

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