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A brick-built home is always in fashion

When it comes to LEGO houses, Sarah Beyer builds some of the best. We’ve taken a look at her jungle holiday home previously, and whilst this house might be less exotic in its setting, it’s no less accomplished in its construction and fit-out. The tan walls with their black detailing offer a sharp contrast to the feature wall, letting its striping really stand out. The landscaping and planting around the house create a sense of a cared-for property situated in a pleasant urban neighbourhood.

Vanilla House MOC kitchen corner

As ever, Sarah has included a detailed interior, including this stylish upstairs bedroom with its floor-to-ceiling windows. However, all that natural light comes at a cost — I notice there are no curtains, so the privacy may be somewhat lacking.

Vanilla House MOC bedroom windows

Click here to see more photos of this lovely model

Cell blocks

It’s like a LEGO version of an HBO melodrama: when your environs change from stylish loft apartment to gritty prison cell in the blink of an eye. The master of LEGO interiors, Heikki Mattila, does it again with this latest creation — a stark departure from the signature modernist style of previous models. A classic “institutional” colour scheme complements some well put-together furniture, including an uncomfortable looking toilet. The whole thing is rounded off with that brick-built cell door. Great lighting on the photography too — those shadows create an appropriate sense of gloom.

Prison Cell

Dive into a tropical paradise

We’ve featured Sarah Beyer‘s tropical holiday home LEGO models in the past, but this latest creation takes her architectural style and moves it out of the jungle and onto the beach. This Tahiti-inspired holiday hut is a delight — a showcase of effective texturing, nice landscaping, and cool water effects.

Tropical Holiday Bungalow

It’s worth diving-in to take a closer look at some of the details, like the path towards the veranda with its mix of stones and plants…

See more views of this tropical LEGO paradise

Come in and have a seat, build your own chair [Instructions]

Making LEGO furniture that meets the needs of your minifigures usually means utilising some of the smaller, more fiddly LEGO parts.  Sarah Beyer has created some beautiful LEGO homes, each furnished for the most discerning of minifigures. There are instructions for three different chairs that feature in Cocoa Jungle Cottage and House on Striped Pillars. So take a relaxing seat in a comfy looking armchair…once you have built it of course!

House on Striped Pillars reading chair

Arm chair instructions (House on Striped Pillars MOC)

Click here to see the instructions for two more chairs

What lurks within?

Back in the 80s, it wasn’t a proper thriller or horror movie without someone, or something, hiding in a louvred door closet. Heikki Matilla perfectly captures the peculiarly sinister aspect of this kind of cupboard in this excellent LEGO scene. Heikki is a master of LEGO interior design, but it’s nice to see an interiors scene which evokes something beyond an appreciation of brick-built furniture. What makes these doors so creepy? I think it’s the thought that whoever, or whatever, can see you through the slats, but you can’t see in until you’re foolish enough to open the door…

What's in the Closet?

Stylish jungle living

Tropical living has never looked more appealing than in Sarah Beyer‘s stylish LEGO creation — Cocoa Jungle Cottage. This house manages to look completely at home amongst the surrounding foliage with a colour scheme of natural tones — simple enough to let the striking striped wall stand out as a signature design feature.

Cocoa Jungle Cottage MOC (I)

Don’t miss the smart-looking rooftop terrace with its awning made from tan garage-door sections. Looks like I good spot to wile away the hours with a Mai-Tai or two…

Cocoa Jungle Cottage MOC roof terrace close-up

Click to see more images of this stylish jungle house, including its full interior

The temple of paperwork

In an office as fancy as this one by Sven Franic, paperwork is no longer a chore, but a joy. Warm earth tones, elegant ornaments, and a comfortable chair make for a great atmosphere. Anyone spending most of their day writing would be envious of such an office.

Writing desk

The centerpiece of the build is literally a piece – the light gray minifig microphone piece, used in ingenius ways throughout the build. Do not think that is all, as there are unique uses for exotic parts everywhere. The radio and typewriter obviously stand out, but I strongly suggest looking at all segments of the scene more closely, because even such background features as the wooden window frame turn out to be tiny little masterpieces of their own.

Expensive furniture deserves an expensive floor

This is a nice set of LEGO furniture from gonkius — four modern chairs and a smart-looking table. The colour choices are great, and I love the use of the wood-grain printed tiles for the tabletop itself. The bowl of fruit adds a pleasing splash of colour, and the whole scene is well-captured with clean macro photography. But what really caught my eye was the use of ingot pieces for the parquet flooring — imaginative parts choice to create an interesting texture. Might be a bit expensive in real life though!

LEGO furniture

An exercise in loft poetics

You don’t need a lot of LEGO bricks to build something fascinating. Moreover, you only need a handful of plates and tiles to tell your viewers a (love) story. Nikita Lazarev explores modern spacious lofts, which seem to be so empty that every smallest detail becomes too important to be neglected. And once you’ve pictured the owners of the room, even that huge empty wall and a cold wide window suddenly become sweet and cozy.

Cool, cloudy, cozy... Evening loft

An elegant room from a more civilized age

Any gentleman needs a place to do his paperwork and this fancy room built by Ryan Howerter looks just about pefrect. Though simple at first glance due to plain walls, a few seconds of looking at the creation reveals an incredibly intricate floor, which is at least 3, but probably 4 studs deep. It is made of brown bars set between sand green tiles stackedsideways, with dark green tiles in the middle.

Andrew Johnson

In the description, Ryan says he is not a fan of the minifigure per se, but he was happy for any excuse to built apropriately scaled furniture – and he designed it very well indeed! The chair is made out of plant elements, pneumatic tubing and similar fine detail pieces, and the ink bottle on the table is an especially interesting part use, although on the border of purism – a carefully cut piece of a ribbed hose.

Who wouldn’t want to live in this LEGO house?

Despite all the different “genres” in LEGO building, there’s something deeply satisfying when our beloved bricks are used to build a really nice house. This creation by betweenbrickwalls is stunning — a stylish contemporary home, with a hint of Modernism about the design. You might imagine a predominantly dark grey and tan colour scheme would look drab, but here it lends the model a smart contrast, and offsets the surrounding autumnal tones. I particularly like some of the details of the structure — those four brick fin-like pillars, and the raised section over the stream.

Autumn Stream House MOC front II

Don’t miss the detailed interior, including a beautiful spiral staircase…

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Living space for living it up

We’ve featured a few of Heikki Mattila‘s stunning LEGO interiors, but they just keep getting better and better. This beauty uses a touch of forced perspective to create a sense of space and openness — the shelf on the far wall, and the TV and speakers, are built lower and to a slightly smaller scale than the rest of the apartment. As ever, the clean lines of Heikki’s scene wouldn’t look out of place in a fancy furniture catalog or interiors magazine. Personally I think it’d make a great venue for a stylish party. Where’s my invitation?

Evening in the Living Room