Sunday, August 26, 2012

La Maisonnette French Dollhouse

La Maisonnette French Dollhouse

This darling project was from a vintage kit that I found last year on Ebay. It is dated 1986 and was manufactured in France. How fun is that! It actually was the most beautiful wood I have ever worked with in a kit. It assembled differently than another kits, which seems hard to believe that anything so simple at this point could actually stump me construction wise, but I took pause more than once.
   You will notice this house having many different textures used on the outside. Each unique texture adds another layer of interest. From smooth to chunky, and gray to pink, all coming together to give it a great visual experience.

The textures on the outside of the house give it a bit of an earthy, country feeling. The inside is done in very clean, fresh, feminine colors and prints. Here is an overview of the inside design.   

The first floor rooms in detail.

Second floor detail views.
 Decoupage paper cutouts on the doors.

Up to the attic.
 Fun French newsprint wallpaper.

The color selections for the gardens, were chosen in only a close feminine pallet of pinks and crisp white. With so much color going on in the inside of the house, the garden flowers needed to not compete with them. A round flower bed seemed a good style, and the sun dial could be replaced with an elegant tall statue, or bird bath for a different venue.

 Detail garden pictures.

Each house always develops a little personality. Sometimes not the one I had planned for it. When that happens I always let the house decide. Some houses are elegant, others homey and cozy, but this house is happy. My Key West house that I have in my dinning room has a nice rocking chair beside it, and I can sit there with a cup of tea, and in 10 minutes, it is like I took a mini vacation. This house has that same feeling, it takes you away into it, and it makes you feel.....Happy. I loved every moment i worked on it.