Julia Valka – I am an interior design lover with a diploma in sports science.
How did Mini Modern Designs begin?
I started my first dolls house reno in 2016 and it soon become my favourite thing to do. Being a busy mum of two I barely have time for myself and this is something I do to relax and have fun.
I have decided only recently about taking this hobby to a business level so I am slowly working on a logo and on a catalogue (and probably a website in the future). However I prioritise my orders so I am only expecting it to be ready beginning of January. To be honest I didn’t estimate such a huge response to my work!
Do you make everything by yourself?
I make many of the miniatures myself like beds, bedding , tv cabinets, plants, mini decorations ( pom Pom garlands, mini cameras, mini peg dolls, mini houses , mini mountains , stacking cubes, button hooks etc ), side cabinets, coffee tables, swing shelves, scalloped shelves, floating shelves, hanging shelf with vase ,terrariums, faux marble coasters, couches and armchairs, picture frames, trays , round hanging chairs, washable paper bags, little stools, peg boards, soft furnishings like cushions and rugs , lights (working and non working ) ladders …to name a few.
Where do you look for inspiration?
I look for inspiration mostly online in real life interior design websites and magazines. I have lots of screen shots in my phone of the things I would like to make in miniature so usually I think of what I need to make it and go for it. I would take measurements before cutting wood etc but I am not very good with sketches.
Where do you work from?
I work from home. I have a room ( that used to be a play room /guest room ) where I up a little working space. I also have the shed in the back yard where I keep all the power tools.
If you weren’t a dollhouse interior designer/maker, what would you be?
A personal trainer
What’s a perfect day in Mini Modern Designs?
A perfect day at Mini Modern Designs is a day that I create something new … a day that I see that people like my work … a day that I get a message from one of my customers saying that they love their items. Kids go to kindly twice a week and those are usually great days for me to do the loud work like cutting wood etc … Making miniatures requires a lot of preciseness therefore I need a quiet house to focus.
What does craft mean to you?
To me craft is the ability and skill of making something from nothing.
Placing your orders with Mini Modern Design
I usually get contacted on my Instagram page for orders. Orders vary from one item to few random items to a whole room or a full house fit out. At this stage I make to order and yes I do customise some of my items (eg. customer can choose colours for bedsheets or for different little pieces) or when designing a whole house interior I take in consideration little details they would like but keeping my own modern style.
I have been enjoying making every little piece. I am booked out until the end of January 2017. I will be releasing 4 full fitted doll houses (two rooms and attic) and few room kits ready in for Christmas. My online shop will be up and running at the beginning of 2017.
Would you offer any discounts for the blog readers?
Yes of course ! I can offer a free mini grid board with any orders.
Thanks for reading and looking forward to create for you!