Monday, April 22, 2019

Paris Shop and Apartment Dollhouse: L'Embellie

The Paris Shop and Apartment custom dollhouse is ready.  The shop is called L'embellie. It is a fond memory of Paris it's new owner Gail.
The house is 19 1/2"across x 17 3/4 deep x 24 1/4" with the chimney.(21 3/4"tall for just the structure.) The downstairs room is 18 1/4"across x 141/4" deep x 11' tall. Upstairs is 9"tall.
 Gail's vision was for an old Paris building with plenty of feminine touches.

 The 2 bay windows are handmade.  I needed something tall. And any pre-fabricated ones would have been too short for this building.
 All the plaster elaborate trim was from Ebay. This was the very first parts of the building I shopped for.

The greenery is all from Hobby Lobby. If you go to my resources page you will find links for everything I use on my dollhouses including the plaster and concrete.

 The aging is done with brown ink pads. I use Stampabilities.  It's the right shade of brown. If you add water it also adds a totally different look to the ink.  But on this wall it's just put on directly with the pad. You can use a brush to get into those hard to reach places.

 Here is the shop. I'm leaving that for Gail to fill up the accessories.
 The shelf is something I got at Factory Direct Crafts.  It's quite substantial. And I added trim and embellishments to make it even more interesting.

 I love Christie Repasy's work so much. I'm always inspired by her work.  I will pull up her roses images while I work just to have some sort of reference. My roses are nowhere near as perfect as hers. But I'm just trying to get that feel like her roses have not a carbon copy.
This was a sink but off scale. It was just too tall. So I re-purposed it by sawing off the top sink and turning it into a cabinet.

 Upstairs, I really wanted one of those tight stairways like every Paris apartment has and everyone complains about. LOL!
 The stairway walls created an adorable area in the bathroom where I put the toilette.
 The wallpaper and wood work really gives the impression of an old space well lived in and yet totally sophisticated and charming.

 The living space is where everything else is. I went on Youtube and found all these apartment videos. They were all tightly packed with everything in one space. It's a very cozy look.
 I made a sink with a curtain. The hutch came from another piece of furniture which I cut in half. 
 I followed my stove tutorial for this piece. I just made it narrower. See tutorials page.
 This room just came together so well. It's so girly.  I saw the rug pattern by searching Aubusson rugs on the internet. At first glance I thought it was too simple. But when I had finished it it reminded me of the movie "Gigi".  Old opulence from a bygone era. It just pulled the room together. LOVE!

 I made the little table with stair spindles.
 These chairs came from a dining set. Painted them with an aging mix(brown & black paint with water) and I glued 3 handmade cardboard roses. Painted everything with glue and white paint on top of that (do not let glue dry just add the white right away) and let dry to crackle. 
 The bed and all the furniture is made with birch veneer woods I get at Hobby Lobby. Some are 1/16"thick and some are 3/32" thick.  Sometimes you need thicker because the veneer can warp when you paint it. So like the back of the bed or the back of the stove will be thicker so it doesn't roll at the top. I also added roses here.  Just used cardstock petals and glued 3 layers of them together.
 This must be one of my favorite rooms ever. I just love the softness and shabby chic  look of it.
Thank you so much for visiting! I appreciate each and everyone of you dropping by and taking a look.


  1. Oh Caroline... you far and away exceeded my dreams for my Paris Shoppe... just looking now I see so many surprises.. beautiful surprises. Oh and by the way.. Gigi .. one of my all time favorite movies!!! Xox

  2. Be still my heart! This is by far the best yet!!
    What a thrill as I go by could have been coming to my house hahahahaha!
    As always it is so kind how much of your creative process you share!

  3. This is awesomely gorgeous and I would move into it in a minute! It looks like a beautiful fabric and custom-made dress/hat shop that I would love to visit...your details are fantastic and you are so resourceful with creating the pieces for this house!!

  4. The facade is wonderful and the interior is so romantic and elegant.Every detail is perfect.

  5. Toda ella es espectacular y adorable. Una de mis favoritas !!!

  6. This is some of your most brilliant work, Caroline! It's incredible, and Gail is one lucky lady!

  7. ¡Es espectacular! Me encanta por dentro y por fuera.

  8. This is just so inspiring and charming!! I love it so much Caroline!

  9. Beautiful the outdoor greenery it brings the house alive. Interiour what great job amazing work!
    groetjes van Marijke

  10. Every little pieces of it is fantastic so together they achieve something really spectacular with lots of touches of whimsy and casual elegance. Love the idea of the repurposed sink unit! I agree with you about Christine's roses, her work is always lovely but I also really like the rose touches you've brought to this project. Gail must be over the moon.

  11. hola, lindo sus proyectos, tengo una duda,e la parte trasera de la casa le ponen pared o lo deja sin ella para que se miren los muebles ? o como hacen para que se pueda ver el interior con la pared. gracias

  12. hola , bonitos sus proyectos. tengo una duda, en l a parte trasera de la casa le ponen pared o no? o como hacen para que se pueda ver el interior? gracias

  13. What a Lovely shop! Every detail is so well done! Thank you for sharing all your materials and techniques! It really helps some of us timid slow learners! :)

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