Month: July 2013

Take a Tour of My {Doll}House

For those of you following me on Facebook, you know that yesterday, I added a new section to my site featuring various pictures from my home.  When I get our master bedroom remodel done, I’ll add those photos as well.  Until then, I thought I’d give you a tour of the house I had when I was little, my dollhouse.  I’m sharing this because it is sentimental to me and also because I think it sparked my love of decorating!

Believe it or not, but my grandpa made this for me by hand to give to me as a birthday gift when I turned 5 years old – quite a while ago!  It’s been in storage at my parents’ house until just last year when I gave it to my daughter for her 5th birthday.

My grandpa had a book with plans (Willoway Farms Victorian-style Farmhouse) and used those plans to build this for me.  It stands almost 3′ tall and has wood siding, individual wood shingles, a “brick” chimney, front porch, shutters and window boxes.  He painted it light green with dark green shutters to match his own house.

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There’s even a mailbox and faux stained glass above the front door.

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Ultimately, my dad built a lazy susan for it so that I could just turn it around when I wanted to play.

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There are three stories, but the third is hidden in the roof!

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Most of the furniture is wood and was given to me over time for various birthdays.  I used to love rearranging the family and dining rooms!  And yes, this house has a definite ’70s vibe!

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To me, the kitchen is the cheeriest of the rooms with its bright red wallpaper and matching table.  And I love the accessories that my grandparents hung on the wall to make it authentic and the “hardwood” floors that are used throughout!

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The bathroom always seemed cozy to me with the clawfoot tub and “His” and “Her” towels hanging on the back wall.  And I love the window treatments that my grandma made for privacy and the doily that my great-grandma made being used as a rug!

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There’s even a bakers rack holding small bottles and tiny rolls of toilet paper.  And look at that brown and white jungle-themed wallpaper!

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The master bedroom features a four-poster bed, floral curtains and a matching floral lamp.  My grandma also added a row of potted flowers on the wall.

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At the top of the stairs, there’s a small sitting area with a window that overlooks the front porch.  Check out these detailed window treatments my grandma made, complete with curtain tiebacks!

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Upstairs, I decorated one room as an office/work space.  The small chair was made by my grandma out of cardboard and stuffing to match a slipper chair that she had in her bedroom.  Love it!

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The middle room had pink wallpaper, so I used it as a little girl’s room.  There’s even a different wallpaper border that surrounds the door.  Such attention to detail!

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And since I had some baby furniture, I used the last room as a nursery.

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When I was little, I never played with the dollhouse.  Instead, I could spend hours cleaning it and rearranging the furniture.  Hmmm…..I guess even at a young age I loved decorating!

My daughter, on the other hand, puts every dolls she owns in here to play house.  There are usually Barbie dolls living on the roof and fairy princesses and their ponies throughout.

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Unfortunately, not all of the furniture has been able to withstand her enthusiastic playing, but I don’t mind in the least.  I love seeing her enjoy the dollhouse that was so carefully and lovingly crafted by her great-grandpa.


I hope you’ve enjoyed this tour of my {doll}house!


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Guest Bedroom Inspiration

Jackpot!  I found a piece that I LOVE on my local Craigslist last week.  For those of you following me on Facebook, you’ve already had a sneak peek at this amazing piece and know that it’s now jumped to the top of my To Do list.

To be honest, I don’t even know why I was searching Craigslist.  I wasn’t looking for anything in particular but just wanted to see what was out there and so typed “French” into the search box.  This was the first post in the search results and with one look, I was hooked!

I’ve written before about finding an inspiration piece and how important this first step is when creating a design plan.  I’ve been wanting to decorate my guest room for a ridiculously long time, but until now, haven’t really been inspired.  This is now my inspiration piece for my guest bedroom.  I can now visualize the room coming together!

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First and foremost, this is such a unique piece of furniture with lots of character and interest.  So many beautiful details!

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And function is important, too!  There are two deep drawers where I can store my guest bedroom essentials, plus two smaller drawers where guests can store jewelry, watches, wallets, etc.

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The top can slide forward, allowing for a slight overhang so that it doubles as a  While this isn’t practical as an everyday desk, it would be fine for a guest’s laptop if they wanted to keep up with emails or check an itinerary.

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I love the wire front cabinet doors because they show the piece’s age and allow items on the shelves to be visible…and I love to style bookshelves!  There are two shelves, but I removed them when transporting the piece home.

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Even the key is charming.  (I actually had lost it by the time I got home but then realized it might have fallen out in the parking lot when we were loading it up.  The whole family piled into the car and we scoured the parking lot where I had purchased it and luckily, found the key!)

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I also love that this piece is solid wood construction with dovetail joinery, a sign of craftsmanship and quality.

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Currently, she is a pale shade of yellow with gold flecks and gold accents on the molding.  Not quite what I have in mind for my guest bedroom and so I’ll need to paint her in order to realize my vision.

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I’m thinking of painting her with a warm coat of CeCe Caldwell’s Virginia Chestnut, which is a rich brown.  On top of that, I’m planning to paint a coat of Buckley Coal and will then distress it back to show areas of the brown.  And I might add an unexpected color in the drawers…we’ll see…

Inside the cabinet, I’m planning to line the back of the bookshelf with burlap secured with upholstery tacks.  This will help give the piece some added texture and will also help tie it in with the other neutrals and textures I’m planning for the room.

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I might replace the hardware, but it’s rather interesting so I’ll wait and decide after the piece is painted.

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The piece came with a matching chair but yikes has it seen better days!

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The structure is sound, though, so a fresh coat of paint and a new seat and the chair should be good as new.  In fact, now that I think about it, I have a vintage grain sack that I picked up at the antique faire that might be just right for the seat cushion! (And I already have Rachel Ashwell bedding that I picked up at Target!)


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So, my antique chairs that need to be reupholstered are now on hold as I tackle this project.  I keep walking past my guest bedroom and looking in just to see this beauty and she brings a smile to my face every time.  Must be love.


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Tidbit Tuesday: Get a Little Boost from Books

You can use stacked books as pedestals to give height to art and other objects in a display.  This concept works well on bookshelves, but can also be used on coffee tables for giving a vase of flowers a little boost, and on mantels, such as shown in the image below.  I’ve even used larger books underneath a lamp that wasn’t quite as tall as I wanted on an end table!

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So if you need to add a bit of height, don’t forget that books can make a convenient and inexpensive pedestal!




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