I’m dreaming of a new bedroom. This dollhouse master bedroom. Can I please just move in? The whole house really. I mean re-decorating a whole house at once is a total blast. Dollhouse decor is so quick and easy compared to the real deal it sort of fools me into thinking it would be that easy in real life! Again – many thanks to HBSminiatures.com for sponsoring this house and my Neena for making it as a gift so many years ago. The remodel is almost done and they have been such a huge help with this project. As always, let’s look at where we started, poor thing. This dollhouse has been loved over the years, but it was REALLY time for a facelift:
For starters, let’s talk about this wallpaper. I am currently obsessed with large scale floral wallpaper and WILL have it in my next house if it kills me! Fifty cents skipped right out of my pocket and snatched up this roll of gorgeous black and white floral wrapping paper. That was last year, I bought it for no reason other than love. Love comes in handy friends. You can’t really tell from the pictures but there is a slight glimmer to the paper. It’s fantastic. An exacto knife and some Mod Podge met up and the paper was hung. I’m pretty sure the angels sang.Next we look down at the floors and all I can say is, “Ginormous craft sticks, where have you been my whole life?” Did y’all know about these because I didn’t! I ran out of regular popsicle sticks and went to the store to get more and stumbled on these babies. PERFECT for super wide plank wood floors in a dollhouse. I used the same methods as on the herringbone floors downstairs. Sometimes those bumps in the road really pay off, am I right?I really feel natural wood making a comeback and while I’m a super fan of painting anything that will sit still I was wishing for a pretty natural wood to tone down the botanical garden going on in here. This traditional sleigh bed was perfect, I found it on HBSminiatures.com. The biggest tip I can share if you are looking to decorate a dollhouse is look past the fabric (this goes for big girl houses too). So much of the dollhouse furniture out there has great bones, but the fabric is dated. I get it, most people are decorating traditional era homes, but if you are updating, fabric is so easy to change. You don’t need to know how to sew. Trust me!
I used an old white pillow case for all the bedding in the house, simply cut to wrap around the mattress and held in place with fabric glue. I used a remnant of fabric left from some cute stuffed animals I made for the comforter and pillow shams. The lacey looking fabric was sort of reversible so I put it to work. Since you can hardly have too many flowers I opted for a floral decorative pillow on the bed. Again – all glue with a tiny bit of hand stitching for decoration. If I can do it, you can do it. Sewing is NOT my gift.
The side table is a Frankenstein piece. A conglomeration of broken furniture glued together to make something new and painted the same green as the book shelf in the living room. A wood bead serves as a cute vase with dried baby’s breath.
Since we have a fireplace in our master bedroom I decided it would be fun to add one in the dollhouse master bedroom as well (along with a little German schmear look on the chimney stack). Another HBSminiatures.com find, I painted the raw wood fireplace black and white then sanded it to look worn and used. A quick trip out the back door to gather wood and now I’m ready for a fire! I also made a burlap bucket to hold extra fire wood. Don’t you just want to snuggle!? Beware, we all know what snuggling leads to. 🙂
Round Top Antiques Week is a great source for all things old and I gathered a few watch faces on a past visit. They made the perfect antique clock face mantel decor. (I like to use them as jewelry too.)
I had an old set of Victorian living room furniture in a lovely shade of lavender. Just like a real re-upholstery job I took apart the chair and recovered it, all with fabric glue. You guys know I love some houndstooth, so it was an appropriate touch.
Large chair webbing is perfect for a chic rug for my sweet doggie. She isn’t a greyhound, but close enough! (look for Borzoi on the HBS website)
There is tons of architectural elements you can buy to build a dollhouse, but they also make great DIY furniture. This shutter bench is a perfect example of star rails cut down for legs and glued to a shutter (all the architectural pieces like this plus moulding, trim, etc. in the house came from hbsminiatures.com.) Tiny seashells from a beach vacation are perfect for natural decor.
Seriously y’all, I just wander around my house and look for little things that would make sense in the dollhouse. It’s kind of addicting! I was so anxious to hang this floral wallpaper in the master bedroom that I skipped straight over the hallway on the second floor, so it and the master bathroom will be coming at you next. Plus the outside need a complete paint job, I’m not looking forward to that. I should have done it first and got the dirty work over with!!! Let me know what you think and feel free to send me pictures of your dollhouses, I LOVE to see all the fun ideas, you guys are genius! Please share (pinterest, facebook, whatever!) if you love this floral wonder of a room, I would greatly appreciate it!
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