Monday, March 22, 2010

The Key West Island Paradise Home #2


This dollhouse was my second house depicting a Victorian Sea Captain’s style Key West Island home. On this house I had a stronger focus on the tropical landscape. I think this time I really captured the feeling of these island homes and their lush gardens. I lived In Key West for three years before moving to Ft. Lauderdale. Using the three large Royal palm trees helped balance the profile of the house. I love looking at them through the second story windows from the inside of the house.

The house started out as a “house that Jack Build” Lady Anna or Ashley model. To capture the open airy feeling I needed, I cut 9 extra openings from the original design for additional windows and doors. More natural light coming into the rooms gives them the relaxing warm breezes feeling. The exterior is a crisp clean white with an accent of the color “sea glass”, a very trending color right now.



I chose not to use the original Mansard roof, but create a tower for watching ships out in the gulfstream. The laser cut trim in the design of a ship’s wheel defines the space with a nautical flair. The tower really opened up with the additional windows for a scenic view.

I used many of the same wallpapers as on my first house which is in my personal dollhouse collection. I just loved they way many of them lent themselves to the theme and worked well together in the design. I kept the pallet for this house in the blues and yellows to bring in both the shades of the water and the yellows of the sunsets.

~ Robin Carey


The beautiful palm trees were created by Marilyn Heath Lauffer, of http://www.virtualdollhouse.net/Customer/Earthscapesbyheath.htm

10 comments:

Belén. said...

Lovely house! ♥

Kathi said...

This has got to be the most beautiful house I have EVER seen! I love the landscaping too! Gorgeous!

Eva J said...

I find your house and your work
simply amazing!

Eva J

maria said...

Wow, i love the house!
I really love the round stairs,the stained window, the ornaments, the ceilings, the landscaping...well you can say i love everything about it.

Shonassie said...

Beautiful! Perfect job! I love the stained glass windows, the landscaping and the overall "Conch" style!

Maria Narbon said...

Fantastic house!!!

RobertaM said...

This beautiful house by Robin is mine and it is so much lovelier in person. It is bright and cheerful and has such a Key West charm.
I am honored to be the lucky person to have this house made by a wonderful, talented person.

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Carey Robin said...

You houses are beautiful. I used to collect as a child. They are amazing!

The House of Lisa said...

I like the blue wallpaper! Regards from Sweden!