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Linda Gavin BJD Clearview Dollhouse

Linda Gavin: BJD Interior Designer (Part 2)

In the second installment of our interview Linda talks about furniture, accessories for your BJD dollhouse, and shares some photo tips with us.

BJDmagazine: Your doll house has beautiful furniture. What are your favorite sources of miniature furniture?

Linda: I love the custom-made pieces the most because I love the originals. I love the REAC series of designer furniture too. The Eames Elephant is on my wish list. I bough one for my son in 1:1, and I hope to make a miniature version of his room one day.

Linda Gavin BJD Dollhouse

BJDmagazine: You chose wonderful accessories for your BJDs to “play” with. What are your favorite sources?

Linda: Cellphone charms and keychain charms are my favorites! I find them on eBay and various online stores, but also in normal stores near where I live. I get a lot of gifts from friends and they find stuff everywhere too. You can just not get enough of miniature toys :)

Linda Gavin BJD Dollhouse

BJDmagazine: What are your sources for wallpaper and rugs? Can you give us advice with regards to pattern choices?

Linda: eBay and The Doll House Emporium. You can find exciting stuff in the train hobby shops too. Especially if you’re making a garden.

BJDmagazine: What are your inspirations for your dollhouses? Do you have favorite dollhouse creators?

Linda: http://www.flickr.com/people/anninja Annina Diston is my hero. Look at her work, it’s so realistic! I love it. http://www.flickr.com/photos/10657188@N07/ Helle Gavin makes room boxes and can change interiors in the blink of an eye. She has thousands of miniature items, and updates her flickr stream on a weekly basis. I love seeing what her toys are up to. My main inspiration comes from the world of interior design and photography.

Linda Gavin BJD Clearview Dollhouse

BJDmagazine: What advice would you give our readers for taking great photographs of their BJDs in their miniature world?

Linda: The lighting and lens are the key to taking great photographs. Play with the light. Use real light, desk lamps, candles. Use a tripod so you can take crisp photos with long exposure time in the evening. It’s really nice to take small houses outside, to the forest, beach, or to a creepy alley. Let your imagination run wild. You can create very interesting photographs if you change the environment. And while you’re at it, why not make a little stop motion film?

Linda Gavin Victorian BJD Dollhouse

BJDmagazine: If you were to give advice to a first time dollhouse builder, what would it be?

Linda:  Take your time finding and buying accessories for your  house or you will run out of space very quickly and wish you had bought a bigger house. Enjoy the process of finishing your first miniature home since this is the most exciting part of the hobby. Read reviews keep track of the market value.

Linda Gavin Clearview BJD Dollhouse

BJDmagazine: Is it more fun to have a dollhouse for your BJDs? Why?

Linda: Everyone needs a home :) It’s a good place to store your dolls and miniatures, and to take photos. The dollhouses makes great backgrounds for toy photography. I’m very amused by the dolls in the house. It wouldn’t be the same without them.

Linda Gavin BJD Dollhouse

(All images are the property of Linda Gavin.)

You can find Linda Gavin on: 

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jusum/

Her Photo Blog: http://www.mokona.org/

Her Toy Blog: http://www.jusum.com/blog/

Her Website: http://portfolio.jusum.com/

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Linda Gavin: BJD Interior Designer (Part 1)

Linda Gavin is known in the BJD world for her wonderful dollhouse interiors. In the first installment of our interview with her, Linda talks about her dollhouses, and gives us simple advice on how to create our own, while delighting us with her wonderful photographs.

BJDmagazine: Have you always had dollhouses? When did you start making your own?

Linda: I had a Lundby house as a kid, but I think my mother sold it at the flee market.

Victorian BJD Dollhouse by Linda Gavin

BJDmagazine: What made you decide to create a dollhouse for your BJDs? What size BJD did you create your dollhouse for? What scale is your house in?

Linda: I decided to buy my first house when FairyLand announced their new series of PukiPukis that fits in a 1:12 scaled world. I’m interested in interior design and in creating worlds and homes for toys.  So, in 2007, I started creating more realistic surroundings for my toys.

Victorian BJD Dollhouse by Linda Gavin

BJDmagazine: Can you tell us more about scale and what it really means?

Linda: 1:1 is the size of the real world and 1:12 is a 12th of it. For example, if a ceiling is 12 feet high in real life, then in a 1:12 scale dollhouse the ceiling is 1 foot high.

Victorian BJD Cafe by Linda Gavin

BJDmagazine: What was the first dollhouse you created for them? Why did you first chose that style?

Linda: I chose to buy a Victorian dollhouse because I didn’t know that there were modern houses out there. It was only 70€, came with windows, and was easy to assemble. So it was a good house to start with.

Victorian BJD Dollhouse by Linda Gavin

BJDmagazine: What attracted you to the Clearview House and the Pod M112?

Linda: I’m attracted to minimalism and contemporary design. I loved the Clearview house because of the open spaces.

M112 BJD Pod by Linda Gavin

BJDmagazine: Did you plan a lot before starting the decoration of the houses? Can you describe the process for us?

Linda: It’s just like planning to move in to a new house. I get a lot of inspiration fromFlickr and interior design magazines like Elle and Dwell. I purchase items from eBay, and custom order design pieces from miniature artists. I also print lamp shades, wallpapers, and artwork for framing.

M112 BJD Pod by Linda Gavin

BJDmagazine: How long does it take to complete a dollhouse?

Linda: It can take anywhere from a few hours to years. I will never finish my Clearview house.

BJDmagazine: What are the most important points to keep in mind when designing a dollhouse?

Linda: If you’re a newbie, buy a house that is easy to assemble and doesn’t take up more space than you can spare. If you fall in love with this hobby, you might want to buy more houses, so it’s good if you can stack them, or hang them on the wall. It can be very expensive to buy a house and all the furniture, so it’s good to make a plan before you start buying,  because you might not be able to buy everything at once. Do you want electricity in your house or will you go for LED? Do you want a 1:12 scaled house or do you want to get a playscale (Barbie-sized) house for your taller BJDs? Dollhouses are often fragile, and the longer they’re traveling, the bigger the risk that it’s broken when it arrives. Paris’ Pods are very sturdy though. They would survive a planecrash.

There’s another alternative to dollhouses. You don’t need a house that looks like one from the outside, but something that looks like a house from the inside. You can build your own room boxes from things you find at IKEA, such as IKEA cube shelving. A box room will look nice if you buy some windows, wallpaper, and flooring. Even pictures of windows can look great.

M112 BJD Pod by Linda Gavin

(All images are the property of Linda Gavin.)

Join us Thursday, 9 am (Boston time), for the second part of our interview with Linda!

You can find Linda Gavin on: 

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jusum/

Her Photo Blog: http://www.mokona.org/

Her Toy Blog: http://www.jusum.com/blog/

Her Website: http://portfolio.jusum.com/

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