Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Lakehouse Custom Dollhouse

I am done with The Lakehouse dollhouse!

This house is 14 1/2" tall x 13 3/4" wide x 14 1/4" deep. I got the design from Kim Saulter's Instagram picture: https://www.instagram.com/p/9uj5Y6IjCW/I loved the quaint & adorable look of it!  So I went to work cutting out my design. 
I thought of it as a little cabin you would own on a lake.
  There are 2 rooms: a living room and a bedroom.
I picked happy and bright colors for the interior. 
For the picture above the mantel I printed out a Modigliani portrait. It has a very distinctive look and style that I thought  would bring a little modern into the room. 
In the entry I made a very thin profile armoire.
I used different wallpapers all around the room. 
 For the bedroom I kept the green wainscoting all around the room. But I used fabric above it on 2 walls.
 There's a ledge/cubby hole above the front window. 

The LED light switches for the lights and mantel "fire" are hidden in the chimney. 
This house is available in my Etsy shop. I hope you enjoyed your visit! Thank you so much for taking a look. Have a beautiful day!
hugs,


Sunday, January 10, 2016

The Lakehouse: How a Project Begins

Many times I'm asked how I put all the designs together for a house. First, I make a Pinterest Board: 
 
You can put anything that catches your eye on this board.Sometimes I even go a totally different way then the first idea I had.  Before deciding on The Lakehouse I wanted to do a more modern structure. But after putting all these photos together on a board , it became clear to me that a different project was emerging.
Next, make a list of everything you want and need for this project. I also order things I will need like the lights http://www.modeltrainsoftware.com/mi.html.
Then I do a little gathering of some of the things I have to see an actual representation of the project. Seeing these items in front of me keeps me focused.
My next step is to cut out my walls.  I buy sheets of birch plywood at Michael's craft store:
I draw out my floor plan on what will be the floor. This way I can see if the layout works and if my furniture will fit.
I'm off to cut this out. I use a scroll saw now.  It's about a $70-$80 investment for a cheap one. I bought the Ryobi 16" variable speed scroll saw. What I like about it: it's easy to make straight cuts. What I don't like about it: making interior cuts (like inside a window where you can't come in from an outside edge) is a pain. You have to fiddle with a screw in a tiny place to get the blade off. And I have very slim fingers and it's still not easy. If you spend the $700-$800 on a scroll saw I hear that is not a problem and the saw blade easily pops in and out. 
I hope 2016 is treating all of you well. Great things are ahead. Believe it and know it.  I'm so happy you came over and spent a little time with me!
hugs♥,

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy 2016 everyone!  I hope this new year brings all of you the best things life has to offer.  May you thrive and prosper, accomplish your dreams and have a few lovely surprises tucked in there too for fun.
You all have been such incredible support for me in 2015.  I truly do appreciate and cherish each and everyone of you!
Enjoy life. Love your family. Create tons of happy minis.
Go out there and wow the world in 2016. Happy New Year!
And Thank You God for all the wonderful blessings in 2015.
Hugs,
Caroline 

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas

I want to wish everyone the merriest of Christmases!  
And I also want to take the opportunity to say thank you for all the support and comments throughout the year. I love you all dearly. Enjoy all the festivities, your family and make lots of new wonderful memories!
Big hugs,
Caroline 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

La Belle Maison Custom Dollhouse

call my new custom dollhouse "La Belle Maison." 
I designed and built this dollhouse from scratch.  It's 12"wide x 16 3/4" tall x 12 1/2" deep. 
I used wood I found at Michael's for most  of the structure. 
The siding is pine shingles and birch wood siding. 
I found a weathervane in the fairy garden department at Hobby Lobby.
To do the walkway, I applied a generous amount of white glue and patted down sand. This is candle filler sand. The grass is a moss mat(see my resources page for links). It comes with a sticky back. 
This side of the house is concrete. The base of the house is also concrete.

I made all the furniture inside. 





I looked at a Pottery Barn Kids bed for inspiration. For the bedside table I googled vintage nightstand and combined a couple of designs.





This dollhouse will be available in my Etsy shop: CinderellaMoments.etsy.com
Hugs,
Caroline