Dollhouse Reveal: The Foyer and Living Room (#10)

Today’s reveal should be pretty quick… its pretty straight forward.

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Would you believe that originally I had a blue plaid sofa and chair and blue and yellow window treatments? I guess that was way back when I first came into possession of the house – like the 90’s or something. Instead I went for black leather for the seating. I love the red hue of the entertainment center which I tried to do with the other wood pieces, but for some reason, I just couldn’t get it to match.DSCN4960The dividing wall is not permanent, but can be easily removed. I really haven’t figured out if the space works with it or not. The space for the piano is a bit tight, but then, the piano doesn’t really fit with the living room stuff.DSCN4975I like the living room set up. These two leather (and yes, real leather!) set me back a bit. I believe this purchase was the most expensive of anything I bought. Note the television program is one of my favorites – VEEP – staring Julia Louis Dreyfus. DSCN4976The drapes weren’t my first choice and not really my favorite. They are a bit too thick and therefore don’t hang nicely. I am considering trying to fold them accordion style and throw a clip on them, see if a little time won’t help them hang better. I do love the unique black sheers under them though… found in a Halloween clearance bin (those are a spider web design)!DSCN4977I have a key keeper almost exactly like this in my real house! This was a fun project to do. All those handles on the room doors each came with a couple of keys, so it was a project just waiting to happen.

The flooring in this (these two?) rooms were the small rectangle samples I picked up in Home Depot. A quick cut on each to square it up and they look like a million bucks. I had intended to only use them on the entryway, but once down I liked the way they looked, so the decision was made!

I really feel like this room cries out for details. I think I will take some time from working on the dollhouse and then re-visit the idea of adding details.

Sometimes you can just spend too much time on a project! Come back tomorrow for more room reveals!

julie

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Miniatures, Doll House and Dreams

So having gotten most of the projects that I had started (over the past year) completed, I am going to take advantage of avoiding the cold and work inside. On my dollhouse. With the help of my son and his best friend (my other son from another mother), the dollhouse has been safely moved and placed into its working spot. I expect that I will work on this a long time: until I either get finished or I get sick of working on it. I am finding working with 1:12 miniatures is a lot more tedious and time consuming than the 1:3/1:4 miniatures for the 18″ dolls (American Girl-style dolls).

It seems to take a lot more time and energy to do the smaller scale. Not to mention it seems to cost more! What I have been working on so far is getting a rough idea of how I want to proceed with each room. Originally I thought I would approach it on a room by room basis, but found that as I worked through the furniture and decorating needs, it seems to make more sense to more than one at a time. I mean, like when I pick up the flooring needs for one room, it just makes sense to get what I need for all the rooms that have similar needs.

I have numbered the rooms so that when I write about the rooms, I can also refer to the room number in addition to what I am calling the room.

 

dollhouse-numbered-roomsSo the rooms are designated to be:

  1. Attic Sewing Room
  2. Home Office
  3. Second Bathroom & Laundry
  4. Attic Storage
  5. Master Bedroom
  6. Master Bath
  7. Hallway
  8. Boy’s Bedroom
  9. Baby Girl’s Nursery
  10. Living Room and Entryway
  11. Dining Room
  12. Kitchen

So, yes, this is a large dollhouse and now takes up a large chunk of living room real estate:

dscn4885But is always in view to keep my creative juices flowing. I’ve begun planning floors and colors and the necessary cabinetry for the kitchen as well as stove, refrigeration and cabinet with sink and a microwave. Rough estimates are in the two hundred dollar range! And the kitchen is one of the rooms that requires copious amounts of extras… including a diner style booth and table and food and dishes. I bought a set of flatware tonight for a whopping $1.67! But, WOW!, it all adds up.

I have a couple of furniture pieces that have to be finished and written about still. I just couldn’t resist giving y’all a sneak peak at the project that is going to be consuming much of my time in the next year!

julie

Getting Closer to Completion (Just One More Day)!

If you’ve been following, you know that I have a small assembly line of dressers being restored/redesigned. Last night, we were able to move the cabinets into the foyer – which has now become the de facto showroom! As I was getting ready to leave for work this morning, I had to do one of those little “dances” maneuvering around them on my way out the door!

The drawers are still in the garage awaiting handles and hardware – some of the drawers need a little construction work to make them easy gliding and to fit in the cabinets. That’s The Kid’s job today. My hope is that these are all ready to be posted tonight and we can move them quickly in time for the holidays. 2014-11-20 15.18.59

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2014-11-20 15.19.07We are also doing a quick update (and cleaning ) to the dollhouse we made earlier this year… come hell or high water, this is being sold to someone for Christmas! As much as I love it, I am done with it taking up so much room in the foyer!

DSCN1929And as luck would have it, I found out this week that my employment contract runs out tomorrow. So, I will have some extra time to work on projects in between job hunting. Sigh. I really loved this job and really hate job hunting.

Maybe I will have time to work on the foyer “chandelier” project that I have been designing. I promise to share all the details and steps and the wonderful online company that I have discovered that is enabling me to do this project!

julie

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