I think I'd always wanted a "real" wooden dollhouse, even if one never made it onto Santa's list. I did have a metal dollhouse complete with a bay window and molded single-colored plastic furnishings; there was also Barbie's van, if that counts.
But just like my Liddle Kiddles 3-Story, most of the decorating choices weren't mine to make, groovy as they may be.
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Like a blank canvas, the dollhouse was primed and ready for experimenting without worries of practicality or cost! I could "install" a white-washed brick wall, I could hang expensive wallpaper ... With a little trompe l'oeil ... design intended to trick the eye.
I began to search online for patterns and prints and rugs and clocks. I measured the approximate size each item needed to be, downloaded images, re-sized, and printed them.
Not one to worry about scale, I began to size-up things around me for their small possibilities. See the little London calendar in the lower-right corner? It's from the thumbnail page of an actual calendar. I gathered things like ornaments, toys, doilies, jewelry charms, and more.
In keeping with my tinkering-ethics, most furnishings needed to be handmade and as simply as possible. Three flat toothpicks and a small craft stick were fused with glue into an easel shown above. Paintings were found online, printed to size, and backed with card stock; I even painted over them for an authentic look (but mostly because it was fun). The ice cream parlor chair is a Martha Stewart/K-Mart ornament from years ago.
All original windows have been replaced (for now?) with dotted vellum scrapbook paper.
How could I tinker a dollhouse and not include a bottle cap?
More peeks inside:
Wood Items and More painted and then decoupaged with floral paper. The lantern is a project from my first book done on a smaller scale. Actual miniatures are from Michaels, Playmobil, or childhood. A scrap of fabric serves as a roller shade.
Scale-schmale ... obviously I'm decorating this house as a tinkerer and not a miniaturist.
And I haven't even started on the exterior!
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Thank you for reading and happy tinkering, always!