Friday, December 11, 2015

The Glenview Drive Blue Victorian Dollhouse

The Glenview Dr. Victorian Dollhouse

 This is the second custom design dollhouse this year. Taking things I love from houses I have made over the years and adding fun features I enjoy having. I always love lots of extra windows and doors, you all know that. Balconies are my next favorite feature! I think after living in Key West experiencing so many, that the feeling to step out and just pause to look into the distance, or even down to the garden is lovely. So this house has first story porches, second story balconies, and third story walk outs. I also have thought separate Kitchen doors were very fun.
   The color pallet for this house came from a real historic house I saw for sale in Texas. The siding is a mid tone blue, with crisp white trim.  accent colors are a pale blue, and marine blue.

The sun flowers were added after I finished the rest of the florals. sun flowers just look so happy, and that pop of goldish yellow was a nice standout to all the blue.

Let's look inside


This view shows the small foyer space as you open the door. I tried to define it a bit by using a different 
floor pattern. 

Back outside to the florals

Once again making hydrangeas with Bunka fiber was a success. This time using blues.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

The Elizabeth Street Victorian Dollhouse

 This is the Elizabeth Street Victorian Dollhouse. The base color is a soft pink tone that has just a hint of light peach to it. The primary trim is a very pale yellowish cream. It also has accents of a deep coral pink, and spring green.

This house is all about the porches. The double layered laser cut porch trims just give this house an amazing lacy and soft inviting feeling. Let's explore the porches.

 Notice that the focal patterns of the two porches are different. I did not want matchey, matchey on it. The two separate styles, just make it fun and more interesting.    
 The porch is all about enjoying the outside. You can almost feel the breeze and hear the birds when your eyes move across this porch. Somehow all the busy texture of the laser gives you the feeling of life, and things growing. The patterns have a flowing feeling of movement to them.

 The porch roof trim was custom sized. The stick and ball trim is one inch wide, and so the porch roof trim also needed to be one inch , just to continue the pattern moving up the design in that width. So, thanks to Sharon at Heritage Laser for doing that.

Even though I could just spend the day on porch, visualizing a total relaxing day, I guess we should see the inside of the house. So let's take a look from the back.

 With the exterior of the house being so soft and light, using stained trim was a good way to kind of ground the design and balance all the lightness. The English chestnut color is warm, rich and works well against the Victorian wallpapers.

Now let's go back outside and enjoy the florals.
 Across the front are full in bloom pink Hydrangeas. The texture and side of the blooms were chosen for a great compliment to the scroll pattern of the railing laser. One of the pink tones is a match to the house color which steps the eye down and out from the house. Moving color and pattern in a design is always a challenge, but worth the extra effort of thought.

 Doesn't every Victorian house need an over the top cherub bird bath! This bird bath is set into a bed of full in bloom Burmese Roses. Also a few light apricot tulips, and rosy floral texture.

 The three lush fresh looking hanging baskets are just simple ferns and two types of caladium leaves. Green and white, and pink. Simplicity was the basket choice that just worked for this house. The ferns look fresh and cool. The green compliments the green trim color and the touch of pink, again, moves the pink color through the design.
  Thanks again to Heritage laser for the lovely work that just makes this house a beauty.