Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Sea Glass Victorian Cottage Dollhouse


 The Sea Glass Victorian Cottage Dollhouse

This is the Sea Glass Cottage Dollhouse. My vision for this house was a wonderful light, open and airy house that might be located near an ocean.A wonderful beach house that you could spend summers in. The wrap around porch, porch swing, and lookout tower, all perfect for enjoying summers by the sea. Two houses I love were the inspiration for this house. The first, the house from the TV show Revenge that the character Emily lives in. The second was this house pictured below in Key West that was purchased by Calvin Klein during the years I lived on the island. For years it was just know as " the most photographed" house by locals. I love the fresh crisp white and the sea glass aqua accent color.

Real house in Key West Florida
Inspiration for  The Sea Glass Cottage
Full length windows were added, and small eyebrow windows to top floors for extra light


The lookout tower was a fun custom addition. The extra gingerbread added great balance to the overall house. The ship wheel laser trim is available, as are all other laser trims from Heritage laser.
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Extra gingerbread pieces were cut and used over the windows.
Lets take a look inside before getting back to the porch and flower details.



The color scheme was soft to mid tone corals and aqua to warm turquoise, and lots of clean whites.







The Spiral staircase is the jewel of the interior. The laser cut outs are a smaller scale matching design of the gingerbread used on the porch. 







Let's step back outside and check out the details of the porch and landscaping.
I made these two sea shell urns for each side of the front door.Shells are lovely for summer and bringing the ocean motif up to the house. 


All the lovely porch gingerbread is available from Heritage laser. 

The hanging baskets are lush and full with summery ferns, pink geraniums, caladiums, and light pink filler flowers.
The flower beds were done in mixed mediums with colors in shades of pink,water blue, and again, lots of fresh white.  The textures were important in this design. The mix of slightly weedy, and wind blown feeling , blended with structured garden flowers. 
a side porch entrance was part of the design change to give a very open and inviting feel to the porch.  a ceiling fan was also added to the center of the gazebo area with fan blades painted to match the shutters and move just a bit of color from the house out. 

So, this was my essence of all that is wonderful about summer house. The house is cool , light and fresh in design, and you can just feel and smell the ocean breeze blowing through the screen door and lightly moving the fern fronds in the hanging baskets. I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the summer............ Lots of love from South Florida.






26 comments:

Teresa said...

Fantastic! So light and airy! This is such a very pretty house!

Giac said...

Hello Robin,
Fantastic work. you have a wonderful sense of esthetic and you carry it out beautifully throughout the house. It is stunning to look at and incredible workmanship.
Big hug,
Giac

Marian said...

¡¡Wonderfulllll!!!
Es preciosa y no falta detalle en todo el exterior, los colores muy finos.
Besos

Audra said...

So beautiful!

Elizabeth S said...

Hi Robin! Your house is very Fresh and very Summery looking both inside and out! Good work!

elizabeth

Margaret said...

I would love to spend a summr in a house like that, it is so light and open and you have finished it beautifully with wallpapers, the colours are perfect.

Simon said...

Simply beautiful!
The house is incredible and I love all your detailing.
Great job!

FabShabbyRoses said...

Absolutely amazing work. I just love love love the feel of this house. I would love to live there! I always get excited when I see a post from you because I know there will be a wonderful post with a gorgeous house! I have a question....do you have these houses sold before you build them, do you sell it afterwards or do you have another place for these houses?

Robin said...

Thanks! :) I make the houses as my hobby so I do not take orders or do custom work. I make what I like and when it is finished I find a buyer for it from the private buyer list or sell on ebay. Thanks again Robin

Jocelyn said...

Beautiful!!

The grandmommy said...

Oh my goodness!
You really put a lot of thought and details in this house! I got the exact feel from it that you described.

jelly andrews said...

It is wonderful. I love all the details and the ocean-inspired colours. It is relaxing and pleasing to the eyes. Did you made this doll house for yourself or you intent to sell it?

dollhousecrafts said...

This little house looks absolutely amazing. I just started with dollhouses recently as it's my wife's passion. I really do hope that we can one-day be as good as you. Keep up the good work!

Kathi said...

What a beautiful house! I love the roof, the staircase and the sea shell urns by the front door. The colors are perfect!

LadyLawnLawn said...

This one is my favorite (for now). The spiral staircase is what pulled me in.

Troy said...

Beautiful project and really great photos. I love the soft color scheme that you chose for the house. You also did a great job on the details, including the ceilings - keep up the good work!

maria l. said...

It´s wonderful!

Contrastes-Rosa Mª said...

Francamente una belleza, me encanta como has decorado el exterior con las plantas, te ha quedado genial,:-)

Bebi said...

i like to live in this beautiful dollhouse!!

Marilyne Hauser said...

WOW, is all I can say!!

Tmarie said...

Robin, I've always wanted a beautiful doll house to furnish as my hobby. I have been collecting minatures for years and now want to display in a house!
How does someone get on the private buyer list you previously mentioned or is it a "closed" group?
I spend many hours on ebay looking for the perfect house, but have not seen anything as beautiful as this. When you do post on ebay, is it for pick up only?
Thank you

Anonymous said...

Hello! my name is Carmen and this is my dream house!!! Congratulations is so beautiful. Could you trll me where did you buy the wallpapers? I would like have something similar for mine. Thanks

Deztiny white said...

Hello, I have been looking for the perfect dollhouse to build for my twins and can't seem to find anything else good enough, yours is perfect. Is there anyway you would sell me a off of your plans? It would mean the world to me and my girls

Deztiny white said...

Would you sell your plans?

Anonymous said...

Its a kit by real good toys. Simplicity. And i think she added the simplicity gazebo victorian porch kit. Also by real good toys ;-)

Sherri Dobbs said...

Gorgeous...simply gorgeous! I love your work, all of your houses are amazing, but this one with its nautical feel is one of my most favorites. Thank you for inspiring me! :)