Saturday, April 25, 2015

Summer House Custom Dollhouse

This is my little "Summer House" dollhouse.  It oozes Cape Cod vintage style with the ease of summertime furnishings.
 This dollhouse is made from scratch with a bump out section in the front for the entry.
 This house is 11 3/4" wide x 18 3/4" long x 15 3/4" tall.
 I had this design in my mind for a long time.  The cozy front yard has a sand path that leads to the front door.
 I love the roofs on this dollhouse.  That top front window is such a charmer!

 I decided the dormer should have the shingles. It's so traditional.
I made a screen door for this dollhouse instead of a front door. I didn't want a door to take up any space inside the house.  I use real screen from the hardware store between two pieces of veneer. 
 I made this little bistro chair from Evangelione's wonderful tutorial and a wooden box. 

 The switches are in the chimney. One is for the fireplace and the other controls all the lights.

 I made the entry armoire from bass wood veneer.
Downstairs I made 3 chandeliers and working fire all battery operated.  I also made a sink, vintage style cooking range, upholstered chair, mantel, kitchen table, stool, laundry basket, ladder steps, baking scene, rug, artwork, plate drying rack, shelves, rolling pin, clay houses, bunting, curtains. I think that's everything!

 I tried to make these curtains like they were blowing from the wind of the open window.
Here you can see the little lights in the logs.
 I also put a little apron back there.
 Non of the furniture or accessories are glued down.
If you want to make the stove here's my tutorial:

 Upstairs, everything is handmade.

The tutorial for the tray table is here:
Here's the space empty. 

I hope you enjoyed seeing "Summer House."   Jennifer is the proud new owner.  ♥♥♥


  1. Ok, Caroline...
    I know I say this about every house you build...but this is my absolute favorite. Love the whole "Cape Cod" feel. If I wasn't spending $$$$ on my real house, and working as a starving author/Catholic school teacher, I'd already have this on my charge card.
    Absolutely fabulous!
    Best to you and yours,

  2. Troppo troppo bella!!! Un incanto! Vorrei avere quei soldi anch'io per portarmela a casa! Un vero sogno! Compliments, Caroline!

  3. ¡Qué bonita! Tan llena de detalles y con esa decoración tan acogedora. Me encanta como has dejado el exterior.

  4. Wow!!! this house really is gorgeous. Nice job.


  5. !!!!!!!!! Maravillosa Caroline, me encantan todas tus casas pero ésta me ha enamorado !!!!!!!!!.
    Todos y cada uno de los detalles son preciosos y el patio es increible, auténtico. No tengo palabras.
    Feliz domingo

  6. oh my god! that nice house, Caroline, is precious. the iron gate is awesome! I love and apron is adorable. cooking stoves out just wonderful and bistro chairs, I love how you are. an awesome job as always surprising. congratulations on a great and elaborate work.
    A big hugs ;0)

  7. I love the summer house, the sand in the walkway is so cute...its like your really on cape cod during the summer.all that's missing is the Andrew sisters on the so WWII outdid yourself on this one


  8. Preciosa!!! Como todo lo que haces :) Admiro tu trabajo!
    Un beso!

  9. Es una casita encantadora!!! Me gusta mucho el aire campestre junto con la elegancia perfecto! Y adornarlo todo con pequeñas rosas hace los objetos únicos y románticos! Un gran abrazo

  10. Hallo Caroline !
    Wow, was für eine fantastische wunderschöne Arbeit. Das Haus ist mit soviel Liebe gemacht. Mein Favorit ist das Eisentor. Es ist der Hammer !!
    Danke auch fürs Teutorial vom Herd.
    Liebe Grüße und ein sonniges Wochenende.
    Liebe Grüße

  11. This new house is absolutely fantastic... I love her so so much and I envy the personne who will have it! The colors are brillant..I love that! Each time you make a new creation, it looks like you have reached the top but the next one is even more beautiful! Great job Caroline! Hugs

  12. Wow, you know I love all your builds but this one just really stands out for me. I love love love it. I love the design of the house and the landscaping. Beautiful.

  13. I have no words...just no words! Your tiny homes just keep getting better and better!!! That tiny attic...OMG! And that little aqua chair you made is adorable!!!

  14. Hi Caroline! I imagine that Jennifer will be OVER THE MOON with Joy when she receives this Summer House!!!! What a pleasure to take this mini tour! Every inch is pure delight and it reminds me of the kinds of cottages that one sees here at Crescent Beach. Your little cottage by the sea has such Wonderful Flavor and is just downright PRETTY! The garden is just enough and is PERFECT and PERFECTLY CHARMING! Well Done, Caroline!!!


    frankly, I don't know how you could bear to part with it!? I couldn't ! :D

  15. Dear Caroline! Summer house is so beautiful that it is difficult to find the words. This is fantastic!
    Hugs ♥

  16. That Summer house is absolutely beautiful <3 ! I love the colours and you have decorated the interior so cozy! The exterior is full of lovely details and rustic looks!

  17. Wow!!!! No es que me guste,es que me encanta!!! ese patio es de lo más bonito que he visto en miniatura,se ve tan real!!! El interior es precioso,y cada mueble tiene tu toque de distinción,es una verdadera joya esa casa!!!!

  18. I dare say that, so far, this is your home more successful!
    Although I know that soon you will overcome ;-)
    Love from Italy,

  19. Each time I see a new house you create I'm open mouthed with wonder but this time I'm completely owed. Bravo for this gorgeous one and thank you for the delightful photos.
    A big hug,

  20. Wow, Caroline, the sandway in the front yard to this lovely summer cottage is such a wonderful find. The cottage looks so romantic and beautiful :D!!
    Great work!!!
    Have a nice weekend. Hugs, Ilona

  21. Caroline OMG, what a wonderful, charming and adorable dollhouse, it looks sooooo comfortable and fresh, but with the feeling that it's always been there, it reminds me of a summer from long ago .
    I'm totally enthusiastic, I LOVE IT :)
    Have a great Sunday.

    Hugs Mieke xxx

  22. This is a fabulous house. I like the details and the small garden is perfect.

  23. Always so stunning and beautiful! Your work is so inspirational, everything you hand craft looks perfect in its setting.

    Such charm and classic feel, *sigh*.. I want to stay in it for just the weekend... Please????

  24. Wow Caroline I can only repeat what everyone has said this house is stunning. I love all your houses but this one I truly LOVE. Everything about it is just gorgeous. Lucky Jennifer :)
    Hugs Maria

  25. I love the trellis! Jennifer has to be uber excited to own this house! The house is beautiful.

  26. Love your new dollhouse! The little garden and the gate are very nice. The double roofs I really like! And all the things inside, really, so great! Thanks for showing this pretty, romantic house! Hugs, Sandra

  27. Well, I am speechless. So amazing. I will have to come back to take a closer look. I am updating both of my blogs today; it is raining, so it is a good day to work on the blogs. I love all of the little details that you add, knowing that you are an artist. And thank you for your encouragement. My favorite piece: the screen door.

  28. An absolute masterpiece, Caroline! It takes my breath away! I thought the first photo was your inspiration for the house. Then I realized it WAS the house. You've topped yourself--amazing! xo Jennifer

  29. Love the summer house! It looks like a summer cottage I would like to stay at for a retreat. Probably near the water in a charming old fashion town. ; D

  30. Can I please live here? Everything is perfect! Love the curved gate/entry with the screen door. All the details are... for lack of another word--- perfect! Love all the pinks and blues and creams. :)

  31. How did I miss this one? LOVE! I especially love the dark wood floor, and I always love the little flowers you use. Every time I visit Hobby Lobby - which is rare nowadays - I can never find little flowers that are that pretty.

    Quick Questions: 1). Which cutter would you recommend on cutting craft sticks for the floors? The tool I use for my fairy houses is horrible, and I have no idea what works best. 2). Do you use different cutters for different materials/projects? (The furniture, bass wood, etc).

    Thanks for any advice. I meant to ask you before, when I asked about the kits, but it completely slipped my mind.

    1. Hi Kristin! I use the Easy Cutter for the craft sticks. You can find it in lots of places including Ebay.|dc&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=&utm_campaign=Shopping+-+Crafts&CS_003=10131488&CS_010=[ProductId]&gclid=CjwKEAjwp_uqBRClvrrXmsbPog4SJACK4gIPL1hpHbXad96qCLK6c7d0YJkvcpK1HDaKoQ2sq6gk-RoC4Qzw_wcB
      If the wood is thin enough I always like to use box cutters I get from Lowe's. I have small ones for detail work and the average size one for the rest. The trick is to always have sharp blades. The one's from Lowe's have 2 or 3 extra blades that are in the handle so you can use them for a while.
      My favorite cutter is always the box cutter. Even for the dollhouse walls. I just cut on both sides of the wood and it usually works. These box cutters are just a neater cut. So low tech and cheap I know. But I still haven't found a perfect saw. I do use the Dremel Trio when I have lots of cuts to do. Then I sand things smooth and straight.
      I should do a post on this with photos of the box cutters. Great questions! Thanks!

  32. Continuo a guardare questa casetta! È davvero poetica! Io sono nata in una casa che aveva il numero 88! ❤️

  33. I am in love with this house! Such beautiful work!

  34. I am in love with this house! Beautiful work!

  35. Set only a short separation far from your home, you or your visitors can discover unwinding and comfort at home while really feeling just as you are a million miles away.

  36. Just saw this now - late getting to the party. All I can say is WOW. I wish I was a tiny person & I could live here!