Tea and a chat
Steph Wallace of Mostly Miniature thinks the best things in life are small
There’s something about scaling down the ordinary that makes grown women (and the occasional man) go gaga. And I’m no exception – several years into making contemporary doll’s house furniture and I still get lost in the wonder of the tiny worlds I create. It’s as close as I’m ever gonna get to the magic of childhood again and that’s a special feeling. Ironically, my three-year-old daughter couldn’t give a monkey’s about the things I make – she’s more interested in ‘helping’ me glue and cut and drill all the things… She’s definitely her mother’s daughter! I do have some favourite pieces though – it’s all about the details for me. My new spring collection (I’m in Australia!) includes tiny quilted sleeping bags in linen and retro florals. Seriously, I could eat those babies up they’re so yummy.
Speaking of retro, I’m obsessed with emerging interior trends, so my top pick for the tail end of 2018 has got to be 1970s-inspired textures and colours. Much like my childhood home, the design world is filled with velveteen textures, dark timbers, retro fonts, wicker furniture, rusty oranges and apricots with a liberal sprinkling of pampas grass. It’s a look I loved to hate circa 1986, but now it’s my jam. I can’t wait to translate these trends into my tiny world and I’m fantasising about making a mini version of my vintage caravan to match.