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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Monday, December 9, 2013

Santa Claus is coming to town ... ho, ho, ho

Eat, drink, and be merry!
I have been doing very little with the Montclaire – real life has a hold on me for the rest of the year—this time of year is very hectic.

I have been try to figure out what, and then how to do whatever I should do for the Montclaire front exterior. I have some things, such as the bricking, worked out, but the window and the porch designs are a little “iffy” right now. Well, that’s a next year project! No sense doing something today if you can put it off until tomorrow!
I have managed to get the party underway and everyone seems to be having a good time and the house looks very festive.

~~Pictures of the Montclaire party:
Dining room
Living room
Music room
Game room

~~We have added another dollhouse video to YouTube:

… Hawthorne’s Rare Books …


May your holidays be the merriest of merry for you all, and may Santa make all your dreams come true.

Many hugs and kisses from my family to yours.



  1. What a great party! Looks so festive and well attended. I would love to hang out in the music room singing carols.

  2. I haven't been able to mini much this year either. Going to your party was a was such a nice break. I REALLY enjoyed it. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

  3. Hello Iris,
    How lovely. It looks like a great party. The rooms really do come to life with the people having fun! You did a great job of the Montclair. your changes and finishes are all just superb.
    Have a wonderful holiday season.
    Big hug,

  4. Hi Iris! I am so glad to see the party has begun!!! I will have to drop by later when I have more time and pore over all the wonderful details!!! It looks like your people really know how to party well... great costumes.... great food... drinks, music and lots of friends!!! I particularly LOVE the balloons floating along the ceiling!!!! (Really great touch!!!)

  5. You always throw such great parties, Iris! The house looks so festive, all decorated for the holidays. Your bookstore is marvelous, too --though I have to wonder why you even started with that kit, I mean it is unrecognizable! Hope you have a very, Merry Christmas, my dear.

    Jingle bells,

  6. It looks so festive! Merry Christmas to you!

  7. It's a very late comment, but looks like a great party was had!! ;)

    Andy xx