Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Key West Island Manor Dollhouse


This is the Key West Island Manor dollhouse. Another theme house project capturing the allure of the island of Key West. The house began as a "Newport" kit made by RGT. The windows were all replaced with a more fun and theme appropriate style.


Cuban design style influences are seen all over the island. A very Cuban addition to the house are the ornate grill work pieces installed on the two dormer windows.


An additional side window and French door side entrance were also changes to the original profile of the Newport kit. Custom laser porch and roof trim, and two additional balconies completely changed the original house shell into a true Victorian island beauty!


These beautiful Victorian homes in the "old Town" area of the island are on small close lots with intense lush tropical gardens. This landscape captures this look with a mix of many tropical plants and trees that all thrive in a zone 11 climate.


Many homes have brick walkways and bricked areas for enjoying the the beautiful surroundings. The two brick platform areas created have many display possibilities, for seating, bird baths, fountains, etc. and can be changed out to give a totally different look to the front of the house.


The interior color pallet runs through the many colors of the ocean, from cobalt blue, to light aqua green. The companion colors are the sand and coral tones, a mix of tropical earth and sunset.

The floors are a mix of cool tiles ( important in a tropical climate) in solids and patterns. The front room flooring is representative of a freshly cracked coconut,with the deep rich brown tones against the pale white of the insides.


The peacock theme is the secondary subtle theme that runs through the house. There is a full length peacock stained glass window in the new front door, and another peacock in a second floor window. A third scenic pattern stained glass window was also installed on the first floor. The full color pallets of these windows are stunning against the white canvas created by the outside color of the house.


The stair railings are laser cut wood and are painted in a clean bright white that really makes all the details of them just "pop". The risers of the stairs have a tile finish that appears to have come straight from Cuba. Cuba, by the way is only 90 miles south of Key West!


A spiral staircase leading up to a tower is always a great fantasy addition for a Key West house. The possibility of a treasure ship crashing on the coral reef was a common occurrence at the turn of the century.
The staircase is wood, and was embellished with wooden laser scroll work and then spray painted in a hammered metal finish. the same metal finish is on the dormer window inserts, and the three placements of the tone make a nice balance from the inside view.


This is a very large house with plenty of decorating space inside.It has a great footprint with a very efficient use of space. it was an awesome, fun project, and now it is time for something on the smaller side, going into the summer months...... Thanks for looking!

21 comments:

Josje said...

A beautiful, beautiful house.
I LOVE the detail of the tree growing through the fence!!

contar said...

me gusta muchísimo esa mansión es perfecta
un abrazo

Lori said...

It's gorgeous!!

Mona said...

A fantastic house, so beautiful!
Mona

cristina said...

a wonderful job!!!!
Let me ask you something ....
how you did the spiral staircase?
receives greetings from puerto vallarta mexico

maria l. said...

I haven´t words enough.
Wonderful
Me parece preciosa
Have a good day and enjoy it

Robin said...

Link for buying a spiral staircase is now on the blog. I believe they are hand made by the eBay seller. They come raw wood and are simple and basic. I have added laser cut outs to all of mine to make them one of a kind, and blend with the designs. This one I spray painted with hammered metal color.
My email is on the home page of the blog if you need to contact me about special questions, or intrest in buying a house.

arrielle_p said...

Very impressive this dollhouse design! Looks like real :) Like it.

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elvira said...

..incantata dalle tue meraviglie ..sono senza parole ..!!! ..Complimenti!!
Un bacio
elvira

Rachel said...

All your houses are so beautiful i want them all lol..... i love them xxlol..... i love them xx

Jennelise said...

Oh my goodness! What a dream! It is the perfect dollhouse! Absolutely perfect!
Jennelise

John said...

Love the 'flow' of the colors between rooms. So important not only in a dollhouse, where all the rooms are seen together, but also IRL (in real life). Beautiful and inspiring!

Aunt Kristin said...

I love the spiral staircase! I've never seen one in a dollhouse before. It really is gorgeous.

Kristin

Anonymous said...

I love this I have always wanted a dollhouse. Its beautiful!

Suzanne said...

What a beautiful house and such amazing detail!

philippines homes said...

Wow! Beautiful property and I really love it. How I wish to have this kind of property someday.


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Chabel de Feber said...

Ohhhhh... It´s beautiful!!! I like very much!!

Contrastes-Rosa Mª said...

¡Espectacular! felicidades

CC said...

Your houses are fantastic! I've built both of those houses, but your work is just beautiful!

The Duke of Swann said...

I am blown away by you do. We don't get miniaturization on this level in South Africa where I'm from. Your work is incredible. Perhaps one day I could order something from you when I'm properly set up with credit cards etc. To see what I do pls check my blog. I'm new at blogging and your opinions would be greatly appreciated. http://daniel-s-world.blogspot.com/

Ingrid said...

OMG! Unbelievable imagination and skill.