Monday, November 19, 2018

Farmhouse Stone Manor Dollhouse

 The Farmhouse Stone Manor project was inspired by the new modern farm decorating trend.
The large portion house is hand stenciled. I used a pre mixed sanded grout, and then when it dried highlighted it with sponge painting in three tones.
 The smaller part of the house has a vertical siding look. The roof is very rustic and earthy. I painted and cut apart sheets of formed barrel tile roof and applied them with a gray compound. then the roof was white washed in gray, so just highlights of the terra cotta show.
 The lattice gable piece on the front porch was custom made.

Bricks Bricks Bricks!
 For this house I made more bricks than ever before. Trays and trays. Each brick was hand painted, cut and  applied. the bricks are in three tones with two different highlight colors.
 These two dormer windows have the yellow blooming vines stained glass windows.

 Cascading over the front porch is a super lovely climbing rose bush with both pink and white roses handmade in Thailand.
 The whole outside of the chimney has the bricks as well as the first few inches going up house.

 The house design has a fun staircase design with one going up from the small portion of the house, with a door leading into the other part of the house.
 The two story brick fireplace was custom made for this house. I love the view of the front of it through the side door.

 This pic shows the three ceilings that have  beams with  patterned brick inserts.  Each room of this house has some special custom feature.

 Another miniature show find that got used , was the yummy walnut wood piece of chair rail that was a perfect fit in the upstairs loft room.

This house was a super fun project and I got to try a few things I had never done before.

No 9 Gray Brick Manor

No 9 Gray Brick Manor

This brick manor is a newly finished project. The historic look brick wall pieces are painted a soft gray, and trim is a nice crisp white, and accent colors of a deeper gray for contrast and depth.
  The focal and curb appeal are the porch and No 9 stained glass window films on the lovely double French doors. A floral stained glass was also used in the second set of double French doors in the same room , leading out to the side yard.

The foundation has the hand done rustic stone look for extra texture.
The railing over the front porch and front window balconies is a wonderful 2in. wood from the U.K.

 The steps I made for the side doors on the house are straight, but the front just popped with the half round look ones.

 The wood shingles were stained in a mid tone gray, and both square and octagon style were used.
 Just under the roof line I was able to use a gorgeous vintage wood bracket molding that picked up at a miniature show and had just exactly enough for this house.
This piece I made to sit on the roof.  I re did a longer dormer window to be the front focal one. The two side windows have the flower circle design in the stained glass.

The beautiful laser cut staircases and railings on all three floors are stained in English Chestnut. 

 Hard to really photograph outside with bushes, but the stained glass doors are beautiful from the inside.
 All the ceilings have a fun special treatment. Why not?

 The landscape pieces were made using mostly white and pink florals. Just a touch of purple, raspberry, and of course red roses.  Also just needed a little cherub bird bath....

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Willowcrest Manor Dollhouse

This is the Willowcrest Manor Dollhouse. The project was started using a Greenleaf Willowcrest . The original kit has a friendly footprint and architectural details that lend themselves well to the cherub theme and overall feeling I wanted for the house.

The windows frames are embellished with pairs of cherubs and flowers. A single cherub adorns the peak of the front fa├žade.

A focal point of the house is the lovely Romeo and Juliet balcony on the third floor . All the windows have ornate In a hammered finish. The other main point of interest is the amazing front door. The door is solid wood that was laser carved in an ornate pattern to scale. It was artisan made.

Let's take a look inside.

The interior color pallet is variations of golds and rose tones. Warm rich colors are used in the wallpapers, floors and ceilings.

Turning staircases always add a lot of drama , and offer lots of decorating opportunities.

The double French doors between the main entrance room and front room have full color floral stained glass window films.

The double entrance into the front room has a laser cut room divider, and is stained in warm English Chestnut .

The bay window has 4 matching staind glass window films that compliment the grapes in the wallpaper.

Let's look upstairs...

The side window has two Belcher style stained glass window films that work nicely with the toile wallpaper.

Up to the third floor...

This large room is full of possibilities. The bay window was made into a seat and the stronger rose tone color was used in the fabric to balance the lighter colors of the floor and walls.
Let's go back outside and see the flowers and the last details of the exterior.

The flowers custom selected for this house , are crisp white roses and filler flowers, lavenders and purples, and soft pink hand made hydrangeas. Also added to the landscape is a willow tree to match the name "Willowcrest "of the house.

The window boxes follow the same color scheme , however use different flower selections.

The fence and railings were done in gloss black. That stronger color choice was a good balance to the lighter and softer tones of the house.

Two matching cherb planters were made for each side of the stair entrance.

The mansard roof has a top railing, and two double chimmnies. The house has many fun features, and details, so we will finish with that. Enjoy!