Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Sweet Life Custom Dollhouse

I wanted The Sweet Life dollhouse to be a super cozy place with lots of vintage charm. 
To welcome you home, I made a little front yard. This house is 18 1/2" tall x 15" wide x 14" deep.
I made little pavers out of concrete. Use water to dip your knife or spatula to shape your stone. It will help things not stick. Same principle as icing. You can find all the materials I use on the 'resources' page.

It's hard to see in the photo, but that's a crystal in the door knob.

I used real chalkboard.  This is a paper from the scrapbook section that has chalkboard finish. You can find the links to all the vines and other vegetation on my 'resources' page. I just cut everything into little bits to look to scale.
As always, I hide the battery and switch inside the chimney.

These shingles are from Hobby Lobby. They get dunked in a little bath of paint and water, glued on to the roof, and then white is applied for that extra bit of charm with a dry brush technique. I never use measurements or grids to put my shingles on. It's all done by eye. If you measure you will get a very sterile look.
Come on in!  I made the wreath with moss and the Heather flocked flowers.  The door has stained 'glass' done with a product called Gallery Glass(Hobby Lobby).
Inside, I made 2 crystal chandeliers, a lace armchair with matching footstool, a mantel, hutch, table, bed, bedside table, artwork, rugs and curtains.  The chairs are from Hobby Lobby. I painted and aged them and added lace cushions.  That little hutch is also from Hobby Lobby. With paint it looks wonderful. I added all the little accessories that I made myself.
I did the ceiling using my hot glue technique.
You draw a pattern on cardboard. Outline everything with hot glue. I use a professional glue gun because it gets hotter.  Then cover with a thick layer or two of paint and age with ink pads.
 I used stair spindles to make the legs of the table.  To age it, I used ink pads.
 I found the tiny sand dollar on the beach in Florida. I got the wallpaper off the internet. Just type in what you are looking for. For this one I typed purple floral wallpaper. Then find a site that shows enough of the pattern so you can easily match it up on the wall.
 I think the entry looks very vintage!  I used ridged corrugated paper used for scrapbooking.  This one was from Michael's craft store. All the curtains get sprayed with hairspray while pinned into position on a piece of cardboard. Allow to dry completely(or use a hairdrier). Then you can remove the pins and the little folds stay in place.
I found tiny little teal roses(they're beads) that I used as candleholders for my chandelier.

The loft is a little bedroom with oodles of pillows on the messy bed.

Thank you so much for coming by and taking the time to visit The sweet Life. I appreciate you!!
This cottage is available in my Etsy shop :


  1. Love all the gold and floral details. Very pretty! I was actually searching for that white corrugated paper, because I'm out. I can't find it anywhere! I looked at two Michaels and at Hobby Lobby and nothing! I thought they stopped selling it in stores!

  2. !!!! Preciosa !!!, esa pequeña entrada a la casa me encanta, está llena de vida.
    Como siempre una casa maravillosa, encantadora y con tu sello personal.
    Un abrazo

  3. Todo me gusta! Se me va el tiempo mirando cada detalle encantador! Admiro tu trabajo! :)

  4. This is new little cottage of yours is REALLY SWEET, Caroline! I find that it has an has English country feel to it which I think is Delightful! :D

  5. Como siempre es una maravilla. Tus casas nunca son iguales, pero todas tienen tu firma.

  6. I love the front yard and the structure of the inside. As usual plenty of gorgeous accessories and furniture.

  7. What can I say that has not been said before? I am speechless. This house is full of charm, every detail is a dream come true. Gorgeous!

  8. I love this home, is super!
    Big hugs!

  9. Enchanting, Caroline! I love just immersing myself in your photos. Such a lovely respite from a country full of uncertainty.

  10. Beautiful! Great work! I love all the details!
    Thank you so much for sharing and showing these wonderful photos.
    Hugs, Drora

  11. The Sweet Life dollhouse is very cozy. The details are perfect and so romantic.

  12. Es una casa preciosa y llena de encanto. Saludos

  13. The house has become so beautiful again, with a charming decor. I particularly like the bed, looks so comfortable.
    Great work.


  14. Ahhhh, I want to move in! :-)

  15. Wat een ontzettend leuk huisje is dit geworden.
    Groetjes Thea

  16. Boy, if I had this in my life I might have finished that novel by now! So peaceful! Thanks for sharing.

  17. Me encanta!!! no sólo la casa en sí por su maravilloso exterior,sino la decoración interior tan confortable y bonita y ese pequeño patio a la entrada,me ha conquistado el corazón!!! Es preciosa y adorable!!!!!!

  18. Felicidades Caroline! Hermosa casa y el pequeño jardin es adorable. Hugs, Marisa

  19. That house is so beautiful ! Interior is very lovely and cozy. So many cute details <3 !

  20. Love the details and style of the sweet life house 💕 The little paintings you make yourself right? Also love the rosebeads on the chandelier 💕💕 Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful houses. Big hug Sandra

  21. So cute little house. I love the wallpapers and that rustic looking roof is so beautiful. Everything fits together brilliantly.

    Hugs: Lea

  22. I love this sweet little doll house and thank-you so much for sharing some of your tips. I have a doll house I've had for years in much need of renovation and plan on using a lot of your ideas and tips. Thank-you !

  23. Oh my goodness! I came here from another blog, not sure which one, and have been sitting here with a huge smile on my face. What a LOT of love, patience, skill, time and wonder went into this creation. I love it.


  24. Every time I read your posts I fall in love with another house and this one grabbed it too. So gorgeous I cant pick a favorite item I love them all.
    Hugs Maria

  25. Het is ongelooflijk het lijkt wel of ze steeds mooier worden prachtig gedaan Carolien lieve groetjes Danielle

  26. I love it! I could so easily take a vacation there right now! Very pretty.

  27. Each time I see one of your beautiful houses, I think you cannot come up with any more wonderful details - and then you do. The messy bed just kills me, partly because it is so difficult to make a bed in a loft. How appropriate. Thank you for sharing all these beautiful creations.

  28. Hey Caroline,
    I just get better and better every single time.......loved all the lil things you made and loved the addition of the lil yard, it looks so real...
    Simply adorable......I just want to move right in, that bed sure looks cozy....
    Such fun.........
    I am excited....we are celebrating my birthday on isn't until next Wed. actually, but much easier for the family if we do it on the weekend....
    I am turning is strange to be an offical Senior citizen cause you
    don't really feel like your mind at least, and most of the time
    on the outside
    Thanks for coming by today....I left a comment for you.....
    Have a super duper weekend.
    Love and Blessings,

  29. How many times can I say "beautiful," "wonderful," "astounding?" Or even find an appropriate new adjective to describe your work? I always learn a new trick or product or tip from you that I can't wait to get downstairs to try. Right now I am trying to figure out a brick backsplash for my kitchen in the house that will be what I am calling my modern Texas farmhouse. Don't know why Texas since I live in Colorado, but I love Fixer-Upper and my brother lives in Texas. Anyway, I love your work. In this house my favorite is the painting of the old farm house above the fireplace and the rose candle holders on the chandelier. I have watched your chandeliers evolve and they they are so well done. Once again Caroline, spectacular.

  30. It's always so hard for me to decide my favorite part of your dollhouses! Your attention to detail is always so perfect. I appreciate the way you paint your shingles and place them by hand so that they look beautifully aged and natural, not sterile.

  31. Brillant. It s so cozy inside, I'd be the happiest person if this house was my real house! I love your work dear Caroline, it has that magic all over it.


  32. Cheers Caroline! Well, try as I may, I can not find this gorgeous 'purple floral wallpaper' anywhere. Do u know what wallpaper site you found this paper? I love this color and floral pattern and I must have it. Lol. I am tinkering with a smaller Brockshire cottage for my nightstand. The original Is great but won't fit on my night stand. Ps. Do you give free advice? I trust your decorative skills so much more than mine. ; )

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