It All Starts Here

Sometimes our ideas flow from an existing kit to bash, a house style to scratch (aka custom) build, or from an interesting doll who needs a place to live. Our settings are always modern-day (ca. 2001 when we started this hobby). We try to create things that will make people smile and feel good.

We think that if we had to build the same house twice, we literally could not do it! Fortunately, we have very unique little people who have definite opinions and so far, no one has wanted a house “like so-and-so” has.

We work as a family unit: my wonderful husband, my beautiful sister, and I. We don't always agree as to the direction of the build, but I think that we end up with a better dollhouse because of all our grumblings -- and we do have a lot of fun!

The Purpose of this Blog

We needed a place for all we wanted to say about the background of the build and the nuts and bolts of the design and build process. Thus this blog.

All our dolls' homes have families living in them and a story is built around their personalities and lifestyles. This story is an integral part of our building process. We would like to share these stories -- actually, the little people insist upon it!

Many of our houses are located in Fredericksburg, Virginia because that is my sister's favorite place.

Also, we have started a Rouges' Gallery with photos of our little people and information about the dolls.

If you would like to start with the dollhouse that "started it all", it is the Original Rowbottom Manse; if you would like to see the scratch-built Georgian that our first build gave us the confidence (or fool-hardiness) to do, it is Sunnybrook Farm.

Let the stories begin!

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Interior Design-Master Bedroom Suite: La Malcontenta

The second floor has the most “unfinished” areas but I will post the current photos anyway and explain what I plan to do—which with me, is a “maybe”, but first I will talk about the finished rooms because they are easier to explain. The den, library niche, hall landing, and the master bedroom suite are on this floor, along with the "hidden" stairs to the attic rooms.

The Floor Plan:
La Malcontenta- Floor plan, second floor
The Master Bedroom:
Master bedroom looking toward entrance
I wanted a pleasent oasis for resting and sleeping. I did see a Bespaq Art Deco bed and vanity but I never could decide if I really liked them. I sort-of liked the vanity but the seller wouldn’t sell it without the bed, so that was that. The other thing was that I was given some items for the room and I really wanted to use them even if they were not Art Deco. So I made a happy compromise: Art Deco “-ish” night tables and table lamps, an Art Nouveau lamp on the vanity, and all the other items I wanted to use. Eclectic was the operative word, again. The bed is by Reutter.

The open doorway goes to the hall and the bathroom, and hides the “hidden” stairs to the attic rooms. (Only a couple of the steps are visible in the hall and go nowhere.)

This is the bathroom area; at rear the door to the hall and the "hidden" stairs to the attic rooms.
 I wanted the bedroom to look calm with greenish-blue colors (also to go with my plans for the bathroom). The wallpaper is scrapbook paper. I loved the color and texture but … the paper is a double paper which turned out to mean that just because the bottom layer stuck to the wall, that the top layer would stay attached to the bottom layer! It was really weird! What a mess! The top white paper is also scrapbook paper but I had no problem there.

The carpet is just a piece of the right color fabric. The bedspread material came with the drapes. For a touch of color I added the salmon chairs—I think it works. The green paint is Delta Creamcoat Moss Green.

I picked crisp-looking pictures for the walls.

We made the working casement windows with transoms--should have been easy to make, but weren’t.
Master bedroom and casement windows with transoms.
The Bathroom:
The master bath, tub alcove with walk-in shower behind it. The window has a suncatcher as "stained glass".
I designed a tropical-looking bathroom. OK, next set of problems. As with the kitchen, it was too small--only 7 inches wide! Thus once again, my ever-patient husband helped me “bump out” the back wall.
The bathroom & kitchen "bump-outs".
The scenic wallpaper is real-house wallpaper, as is the solid blue wallpaper. The blue paint is Delta Creamcoat Blue Heaven. The floor tiles are acrylic pieces from a craft store. The bathroom set is from Dolls’sHouse Emporium. The “stained glass" window in the bathroom is a suncatcher.

Next problems—I built a lovely area for the bathtub but forgot to remember that I was going to put a tall walk-in shower behind it. This meant that I could not put the shower together as a unit out of the bathroom because I could not get it behind the half-wall. I had to put it together in-situ, one piece at a time, gluing to the wall, floor, and itself, over and around the half-wall. Yuk!!

All is well that ends well!
Then I glued the tiles to the floor forgetting to put a guide wire in the floor groove for the ceiling lights from the kitchen! Thus the kitchen had to have hollow ceiling beams to carry the wires to the back of the house. Surprisingly, the bathroom did not take long to build and did turn out the way we wanted it.

The best laid plans of mice and men ...


  1. I like the idea of eclectic. If you look at any real home, there is a variety of styles and treasures. I prefer eclectic, really. :D The one thing about mini-ing, it certainly drives the brain to problem-solve!

  2. Problem-solving, yes!!! Over and over again! You just have to love this hobby for keeping the brain active.

  3. I love your sense of color. The bedroom is very restful and I like to touch of color with the chairs. The bathroom is so clever. Great work.