Thursday, January 18, 2018

Maison Francaise Custom Dollhouse Completed

Maison Francaise is done.
This house is 1/12 scale. It measures 20  1/4" tall x 15 1/4" deep x 17 1/4" across. There is a light above the door.
There are 2 bump out sections- one for the entry and one for a little studio or sunroom.
The exterior is aged plaster.
I kept a very neutral and sophisticated simple palette for this house- greys and whites.

The batteries and switches are hidden in the chimney. One push switch is for the lights and the other is for the fire in the fireplace mantel.
The bump out has massive windows for extreme amounts of light and peaking!
Let's look inside.  It's a classic interior that will go with any d├ęcor.
Inside the walls are plaster well aged. There is a coffered ceiling and crystal chandeliers.
The bump out has a "tin" ceiling.

A fire in the fireplace mantel to keep you warm.
The entry is a separate bump out so the door swinging open does not impede on the interior space.

The upstairs is also full of light.
Thank you so much for visiting!  It's back to commissions for me now.  I'll list this house in my shop if you are interested.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Maison Francaise Custom Dollhouse

Finally, my first post of 2018! Are you ready for an awesome year?
My first freestyle project this year(not commissioned) will be Maison Francaise. This will be my signature type of French style town house.  With a plaster exterior, whites and greys throughout. Just like my previous house Under Paris Roofs. 
I had a lot of requests to make this one again. So here goes.
I start off by using 2 sheets of hardboard. I use hardboard because it's nice and straight, no warping!  I bought a ready made door and stairs.
I cut out my design with a scroll saw. I use the one below. It's not perfect. There are things that are annoying about it. Like the tightening knob to hold the foot in place keeps undoing. And the blade is hard to change. But it is a very affordable saw. And it does the work.
Attach the structure together with hot glue.
I found the ultimate hot glue gun! It's by Surebonder. You can get it at Hobby Lobby. It is incredible. I was looking for a new gun when I stumbled on this one. It was new. I hot glued Christmas lights around my real doorway(on steel and on bricks). The lights withstood everything! After Christmas, I had a very hard time getting them off the house. Lesson learned! Use tiny bit on real house...
But to put your dollhouse together forever- this glue gun works!  I use hot glue sticks from Joann's. But any will do.
By the way, I don't get paid by any stores or brands. All the materials you see are purchased by me. There's no fake reviews. I try to let you know what works best or what I find out there that can work for minis.
And if you are on the fence about building a dollhouse this year- just go for it!  You will love being able to make your vision come to life. Start with a small kit. Like the Primrose. Just to learn the scale and how things are put together. Then you'll be ready to jump in with both feet! And remember there are no rules. Whatever you decide to do and however you do it is the right way!
big hugs and the best year ever to all,

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Under Paris Roofs Custom Dollhouse

A last dollhouse for the year, Under Paris Roofs is a custom dollhouse that will be the perfect backdrop for minis.
I kept this one very neutral so it could go with any style.
The aged exterior is smooth white plaster with a grey faux metal roof. The trims are done in grey and white.
I covered a bead with white nail polish to give the doorknob a porcelain look. 
This house is 20 1/4" tall x 16 1/4" wide x 16 1/2" deep.

 On the side of the house is a bump out section with a huge picture window. Perfect little veranda or artist studio.
 I used a crown plaster embellishment above the door. This is one made by Melissa Frances.
 The aging is done with brown ink pads.

The lights are battery operated. The switches for the chandeliers and the fireplace mantle fire are hidden in the chimney with the battery.
You can see the porch light above the door. 
 Inside is filled with trims! Coffered and beam ceilings, window trims, moldings...
 Here is a roaring fire in the mantel. This is controlled with a different switch from the lights.
 The bump out entry has picture frame moldings on the walls.
 I made all the crystal chandeliers by hand.

Upstairs is nice and tall for furniture.  There are plenty of windows for lots of light. Ready to move in? This house is available in my shop:

A very Merry Christmas to all of you. Enjoy your time off with your family. The best New Year too! May 2018 be the best year ever!
big hugs,