Naomi’s Place

I did a review of Heartlake Cupcake Cafe (41119) for Friends Bricks back in April 2016. At that time, I had a fairly clear vision of what the modular version would look like. It’s only taken 10 months to finally get around to turning the vision into an actual building!

I’ve called this one Naomi’s Place, since Naomi runs the cafe.

I loved the entrance for the Heartlake Cupcake Cafe, especially the stained glass window above the front door and the windows framed using the ornamental arches.  This section of the building was 16 studs wide and was therefore a natural starting point for the conversion to a modular building.  There was the matter of the gaps on the sides of the arches, but I filled those using a technique similar to that used by LEGO in the Winter Village Toy Shop (10199).

I also loved the outdoor seating area and was able to incorporate a similar structure in the rooftop terrace.  My daughter also decided that this was the perfect place for the rotating cake display.  So, while it lost the round windows, it didn’t lose the whole display!

The ground floor and rooftop are furnished with the fittings from the official model.  The first floor remain empty, but this could readily be converted to more seating (maybe move the couch there?) or the bakery / kitchen for the cafe.

You can find more images of Naomi’s Place on flickr and you can download the instructions for the structure here.

Doughy Goodness

Suzi More’s Dunkin Donuts, with its custom stickers and bright colours, looks like the real thing and good enough to eat.  OK, maybe not the whole building, but the donuts definitely are.

The ground floor is furnished and includes the ultimate selection of donuts, displayed on a clever shelving system:

Who would have thought that orange, pink and tan could ever look so good?

Head over to the Flickr album for lots more images of the Dunkin Donuts.  Thanks for the inspiration, Suzi!

Modular Conversion Review: 41101 Heartlake Grand Hotel

Your first thought may be, why a modular conversion, as this building is most of the way there already, right?  Ditch the elevator and make the floors a bit wider and there you have it.  That would be too simple.

And it was.  Read why here

Sea Breezes

With its bright light yellow facade and open spaces, you can almost feel the warm sea breezes coming off the the gorgeous Modular Seaside Hotel created by Azurekingfisher.

I love the way that the main entrance is framed by the frame and the double story arched windows.  The rear of this building is just as gorgeous and could easily be mistaken for the front.

There are no furnishings, but the interior layout (here and here) looks like it allows for a reception, dining room and three guest rooms.

Head over to Azurkingfisher’s Flickr stream for more images of the Modular Seaside Hotel.

Modular Conversion Review: 41093 Heartlake Hair Salon

When I see a new set, the first couple of things that I ask myself is how I could convert it to a modular building and whether it would make a good parts pack for an MOC modular building.  To help answer these questions, I’m going to start a new type of review, which I’m calling the modular conversion review.

First cab off the rank is the Heartlake Hair Salon (41093), which was released in January this year.

Read the full modular conversion review!

Hearthstone Bakery

The fully furnished Hearthstone Bakery by Klikstyle (Jme Wheeler) is bursting at the seams with details, both inside and out.  On the outside, the details that caught my eye were the cheese slope awnings, particularly the shape of the one over the entrance, the textures and colours of the brick work and the simple, but very effective, roof edge.

My favourite room on the inside is the bakery, with a great display cabinet, functional kitchen and bakery items that look good enough to eat.

There’s loads more inspiration in the Flickr album for the Hearthstone Bakery!

Advent calendar time!

As some of you might know, my other LEGO passion is the Friends theme and I am also involved in the Friends Bricks community.  Being 1 December means it is Day 1 for the advent calendars!

TLG has kindly provided Friends Bricks with a copy of the 41040 Friends Advent Calendar for review.  If you want to follow the daily reveal and review, head over the Friends Bricks flickr group, our Facebook page or the forum.

Friendly Modulars

It’s no secret that modular buildings and Friends are my two favourite LEGO themes, so any building that combines the two is sure to catch my eye.  Even more so when it’s done really well, as is the case with these 16-stud wide modulars from DDoshni (hs0104c).

DDoshni’s Friendly modular line up is based on, from left to right, Heartlake High (41005), Summer Riding Camp (3185) and Heartlake Vet (3188).  My favourite of these is the Heartlake Vet, with the Olive Green working surprisingly well with the Medium Azure and Tan.

More angles of these buildings, as well as lots of inspiration from DDoshni’s other 16-stud wide modulars, on Flickr.