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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