Sunday, 8 December 2013

Miniature Palladian House for a New Kitten

I am going to be getting a new little kitten next week, and so have been planning and collecting supplies for her arrival. Despite extensive searches I couldn't find a cat bed I liked. They all seem to look like giant bean bag chunky things with bad/ugly fabric. As such I decided to create my own.

I had a pile of card board outside and decided to recycle it. I wanted to use my miniature skillz to create an architecturally correct cat house which is a good hidey-hole for puss but also looks novelty.

I am particularly enamoured of the great neo-classical architecture of Palladio. Especially the Villa Chiericati.


I decided to copy it in miniature. The cat house measures 38cm square. 


There is circular door in the back of the house for puss to enter. 


I decided to replace the Palladian statuettes with neo-classical cats.


It looks surprisingly inconspicuous in the lounge room.  


The test will be whether the little cat is actually interested in it...

  

12 comments:

  1. Hi Emily! What an fantastic and original idea to make this cat house, I really hope he/she will like it too :D! Is it your own interior/furniture, which you have converted into miniature? Can it be that I've seen it in your blog posts? If so, it is fantastic and original work!!
    Ilona

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    1. Hi there Ilona, yes I hope the cat likes it too! Yes, the full size blue chairs I have were inspiration for my miniature mid-century room, though they aren't exactly the same. Glad you like them.

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  2. So cool with cat statues! Persevere if you can, it took my cat almost 3 months to start using a very nice cushion, I'd bought specially for her.
    I love the chair, it looks really comfy, wouldn't be surprised if the cat preferred the chair...

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    1. Thanks for the advice. Tha cat hasn't arrived yet, so I hope if it has that house from the start it will like it. In any case a cardboard house can easily be upgraded if she doesn't!

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  3. I think it's a wonderful Idea but little Kittens like to claw things..I dont think it will last very long (I just got a kitten that is now 7 weeks old and crazy I have claw marks all over my body but I wouldn't give him up for anything..he's my little sweetie *im going to trim his nails though they hurt*

    Hugs
    Marisa

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  4. OMG!!! That is the cutest and best cat house/bed I have ever seen!!!! I just love it, and how adorable to be getting a kitten, I do hope for everyones sake she doesn't scratch it, it's way to purrrrrfect....; )

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  5. I can't believe you made that out of card board!!! I love it!! But what I love most is the furniture you made. Absolutely stunning and not the usual that you see around.

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  6. Just wondering: did the cat arrive and is the house a succes? :-)
    VĂ©ronique

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  7. It has been my experience, that cats do not go near or use what you intend for them :D But good luck! The house is brilliant nonetheless. And I want to see photos of the kitten as well from now on! In your miniature settings too. I can just about squeeze my fat cat into the dollshouse, which I must take a photo of! She did it herself, I didn't really force her in, though I will for a photo :D Your door grime technique is really good, I thought about doing stuff like that myself, for the realism, but my own house is so grimy, I would prefer to keep the miniature house spotlessly clean, to get a break from reality :D

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  8. Lovely cat house! Has the kitten decided to use it for a hidey-hole at least? We got 2 kittens this year too, but sadly the tortie was stolen and her tortie sister was also stolen from next door :((. But Max is now 10 months old and sooooo much fun! We are looking for 2 more to keep him company. I looked and looked for a cat bed that I liked and in the end bought one meant for a dog and spent hours unpicking the bone embroidered on the front lol! I wanted one that would be good for winter but not too hot for summer in Sydney. Our kittens soon abandoned their cosy bed and adopted a new blanket that I had left lying on the lounge after a snooze. And that was that! Though now with the warm weather Max has decided that one of the armchairs (with no blanket) is better. Hope you have posted photos?

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