Dollhouse Done!

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2005 - 2008

Well, the interior is finally done! Baseboard and crown moldings installed... staircase railing and opening finished (thanks to Mary Lou at Dollhouse Cottage!)... windows framed... fireplaces finished... lace curtains hung!

These pictures are arranged from bottom floor to top, and left to right.

Kitchen: The glass bird in cage hanging in the window was my mother's when she was a little girl. I made the gingerbread house, using Fimo candies made by various artists. The dolls are by Sammy Smith of Happiness Is..., although the baby's outfit was made by Jeannette Fishwick. I had to send Sammy the doll to dress her - it required removing her head and restringing her after! High chair: Bespaq. Hutch, table and chairs: Sonia Messer (circa 1973). Icebox: Shackman (circa 1965).

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On to the foyer... Featuring a faux finished laser-cut floor by Renee Kutcher of Private Collection. Doll by Sammy Smith. Note the special Art Nouveau curio: it is cast gilded metal and in its former life was used in a jewelry store window display. Staircase by Lawbre. The chairs are by JBM miniatures (JBM-UK).

If you click the close-up shot (near left) you can see the bronze sculpture of a "full hipped" woman by Jim Pounder. The Victorian sugared fruit is by Kim Matthews of MiniKim, Bird's Nest Fern by Barb Plevan, Cloisonné poinsettia (floor) is by Dolls, Dolls, Dolls and holly vine (railing) is by April Showers. Screen: Brooke Tucker Originals.

Dining Room: The table is set for Christmas dinner, and a fire glows in the fireplace. On the mantle is a plate of fruit by MiniKim, a plate painted by Margie Paruszkiewicz, and a lidded jar by Beate. The picture hanging above is silk and possibly an antique.

In the bay window are a wicker desk and chair by Sammy Smith. The Welsh dresser and table and chairs are by an artisan in B.C. Canada, Georgie Prokiw of Edmonton. The table is set with Christmas dishes by Lisa Engler, Lisa's Little Things. I bought the By Barb 25th Anniversary plate the year of my and my husband's 25th anniversary (2002).

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The little boy's room: This boy (another doll by Sammy Smith - yes, she made the whole family!) loves toy soldiers and animals - and he has a lot of both! If you look carefully, you may see the wee elephant carved out of ivory on his dresser.

The soft metal fireplace is an antique from France - perhaps circa 1700's. Its flames are of a heavy red foil. The dresser is another Sonia Messer piece. Hanging above is a watercolor of New Orleans' famous restaurant Commanders Palace by Sister Olivia (a nun and miniaturist in that still fair city).

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The Parlor: At the center of the house, this room may be my favorite. I love the greens, reds and golds. And the Christmas tree, of course! I share how-to instructions for making this tree here.

The colorful cabinet in the back of the room is an antique, and made of paper covered wood. The two red chairs are by Bespaq. The gold velvet upholstered pieces are from the early 1980's, by the George Spencer Collection.

The painting above the stair opening is an old painting from Europe, on paper covered wood. The "secretary" desk is by Sammy Smith's husband, Jerry. The open book of Orchids is by Barbara Brear in South Africa. There are orchids "growing" in the turret room (not pictured).

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Now we come to the little girl's room: pretty and pink! She is playing with dolls by Joy Parker Swallowhill Dolls and Sammy Smith, a wire haired dachshund (by Lundby) plays with a red ball. Near the fireplace is a tiny porcelain baby doll by Pat Boldt in a cart by David Krupick. The top two pictures are older. I have since replaced her dresser with the cupid Bespaq one shown in the bottom two pictures. Also replaced: framed picture above the dresser. Added: various doll's dolls.

Speaking of dachshunds: there are 12 in this house. Some are small figurines inside glass doored cabinets. Others are knit "soft toys" on the children's beds, by Annelies de Kort.

This room also features two hand painted pieces by Rosemarie Torre: the sewing box (with legs, in front left) which contains the little girl's shell collection (because she hates to sew!) and the nightstand at the window, with the goldfish bowl on it. The dresser and washstand were unfinished pieces by Sonia Messer, which I painted.

Under the left dormer is the baby's nursery. The ornate wicker bed's high head fits right in the dormer opening (made by the same Canadian woman who made the dining room furniture). There are three dachshunds in this room (one you can't see, because it is a stuffed knit one in the bed). The "slinky" one on the table on the right is by LoriAnn Potts. A christening gown made from an antique hankie hangs on the Bespaq armoire.

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Center top is the master bedroom. The "Hitchcock" rush seated chair was made by Sammy & Jerry Smith. The bed was dressed in antique fabrics by Diana Scott. Hanging on the dresser drawer handle is a silk camisole knit by Joy Perkins.

The two green and white chairs are by Sonia Messer (circa 1973). Climbing out of the hatbox on the floor near the dressing table is a Pussy Willow Persian by Billie Joy (BJ) Eller.

On the dresser is a pincushion doll by Pat Boldt. I have one in "life-size" (she is about the size of a dollhouse doll) that was my grandmother's. She was the mommy in my first dollhouse. So I love having one in miniature now, too.

Beyond the bed is the doorway through which you can see into the orchid turret reading room.

 

The bathroom is tucked under the other dormer (with the toilet tank in that opening). You can see the doorway into the turret room behind the tub. The tub, toilet and pedestal sink are of a greenish tinged cast resin and originally had a large out of scale bas-relief floral design. I sanded them smooth with my Dremel tool, and then painted them a high gloss white.

If you look very carefully, you might spot the pussy willow mouse (also by B.J. Eller) next to the clothing hamper, and the mousetrap he is too smart to get caught in behind the toilet!

Turret Room. You can only see it by taking off the roof, or peeking through the windows. It has a floor lamp and wicker chair, for relaxing and admiring the orchids (by Barb Plevan) that live in the room.

 

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