Friday, April 6, 2012

Key West Palm Island Estate Dollhouse

This is the Palm Island Estate Dollhouse. It started out as an Alison JR. kit. A lot of modifications were done to make it much more interesting, and realistic. The original kit is a bit box like, so by adding more windows and doors, the house just opens up, and has a flow. It becomes a beautiful airy tropical home full of light and decorating potential.
The front and side steps are done in a Spanish tile look, similar to those often seen on Key West homes like the "Southern Most", and Earnest Hemmingway"s. Accents of beautiful patterned Spanish tiles are found all over, especially in the private gardens.
The landscape design includes two focal , artisan made palm trees. There is a large variety of tropical fruit trees and plants, including papaya, banana, and mango. Along the fence are colorful crotons, lush green palms, and a mix of assorted plants and textures contrasting against the crisp white pickets. Most of the tropical flowering plants were hand made in Thailand out of clay, and the tiny detailing is stunning.
The walkway is a matching tile, a crisp white with the printed tile for stepping. The small touch of the fancy pattern compliments the complex textures in the plants. The trendy coral/orange color is enhanced by the rich colorful tones in the lush foliage. Just a touch of this color from the Martha Stewart paint line was painted just under the roof line under the tower. This small "pop" of color creates a nice visual balance, and pulls some of that fun colorful tropical feeling up on to the house. The rest of the house is painted a soft white.
The house front door has stained glass windows, as well as three other windows in the downstairs. Aqua blues and orange shades are the main colors that run through the house. Tropical bird theme wallpapers were selected for the main entry room and the large top floor room. 
Three large oval windows were aded to the tower, making it the perfect place to look out over the endless ocean, or watch a beautiful golden sunset.

16 comments:

Kathi said...

Beautiful! When can I move in? :D

Crafter's Delights said...

Truly amazing work!!!

Susanna Zanchi said...

Beatutiful Blog bravo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ciao!

contar said...

es una casa realmente hermosa me encanta la elección que hizo de los papeles pintados.
un abrazo

is a really beautiful house I love the choice you made ​​wallpapers.
a hug

Maria said...

Gorgious! I looove this house and all the details.
I wish you a Happy Easter.
Hugs
Maria

FabShabbyRoses said...

OMGosh this is absolutely gorgeous. The type of home I'l like to live in in real life! you do amazing work! Thank you for sharing! carolyn

Chabel de Feber said...

Hi from Spain,

Ohhh my god!!! Is beautiful!!!

Is an artistic work!!
Is completely precious, divine..

I like much!! Congratulation for his work!!

Peter said...

Truly amazing work!!!
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dollhouse miniature said...

It is really amazing what you can do with one of those budget dollhouses if you are willing to put the time and effort into them.

Anonymous said...

Robin, I have tried Captain Sawdusted web address and it doesn't work, can you fix it.

Robin said...

Sadly, I think captain sawdust is no longer in bussiness.
I will ask Sumaiya to remove the link.

Playmobil said...

Really beautiful and creative creation. I also love the idea of getting inspiration from classic designed houses.

Andrea said...

Wow. What an inspiring artist you are! My daughter and I just purchased this dollhouse kit as our first build. Your work has inspired me to try beautifying and modifying the house.

Andrea said...

Hello again! May I ask where you found the materials to build the tile steps, stone foundation, and wood strips for the porch? We just love your porches! We are working on our Alison, having cut holes for 6 extra doors and windows, with plans to add a two story addition, and fancier windows and trim pretty much everywhere. Thanks again for the inspiration!

Anonymous said...

I am new to dollhouses. I bought a kit from Greenleaf that is 1/24 scale and don't know WHERE to find furniture and dolls to fit! Is 1/24 and 1/2 the same? It is so confusing. Please help me, Robyn. I don't want to assemble the house if I can't get OR AFFORD the furnishings. Thanks, Nancy in Florida

Nan in Florida said...

Thanks