Friday, August 28, 2009

The Key West Island House

The Key West Island house is a theme house that depicts all the pleasures summer, and of island living. Key West is a 3 by 5 mile island that sits at the very end of a small chain of islands off the tip of Florida. It is the southernmost city in the continental U.S. and is only 90 miles from Cuba.

The house started out as a kit of the” Alison” by real good toys. It has a two story room addition, as well as a custom tower. Extra windows and doors were also modifications to the original design.

The large white Heron bird is on the fence sits very stately and quietly. The white are my favorite but they also are in brown. They have a huge wing span when they take off.

Riding a bike is very common, and in the basket are Longans, one of my favorite tropical fruits and a loaf of Cuban bread. You have to buy Cuban bread every day ... it doesn’t keep. There is a small scene on the table for butterfly collecting. There are just tons of them all year round.

On the lounger is coco frio, a fresh coconut that they take a big machete to and chop the top off, put in a straw and you just drink the fresh milk.

The Spiral Staircase Room: Many houses have towers and widows walks for watching for shipwrecks. In the spiral stair room are maps and charts and books on navigation and sailing ships. Finding treasure especially after a storm is always a possibility. There is a treasure chest by the desk.This room is the fantasy and endless possibilities of finding the great treasure.

The 1st Bedroom

The Beatrix Potter Bedroom
The Sitting Room: The sitting room is a quiet getaway room ... a place to sit in a comfortable chair, have a drink, and maybe smoke a Cuban cigar and read a great book. All through the house are books by Hemingway, Samuel Carter and subjects pertaining to the sea.

There is a bucket of shells by the lounger as well as the shell collection upstairs on display. These are actual real shells. There are very few shells on the beach except after a tropical storm or hurricane since a large coral reef sits just out from the island preventing the forming of natural sand. However this reef was the cause of the many shipwrecks that occurred making the salvage business one of the main businesses around and before the turn of the century.

The 2nd Bedroom
The Garden Room addition depicts the passion for raising orchids. On the tables are slices of Key Lime pie, the most popular desert on the island.

The Kitchen: In the kitchen are tropical fruits and of course, fresh caught fish and shrimp. The shrimp boats sail out in the evening and you can watch them around sunset, and come back in the morning. There is fresh fried fish on the plates at the table.

The living room and foyer depict the social life of Key West. Living on a 3 by 5 mile island means you have a lot of friends. There is always a party. The party here will be an after sunset party where everyone will come after watching the sunset from the pier. There will be drinks, and gourmet treats, and piano playing. The front door will be open and the evening breezes will blow through the house. You will be able to smell the aromas of Cuban food and coffee from the neighborhood wafting by. And as the evening moves on, the fragrant smell of night blooming jasmine and angel trumpet blooms permeate the air as the guests leave and walk down the quite streets home.

Special special thanks go to Denise from for the exquisite hand made furniture, and Robert Dodd from for the magnificent nautical wood trim that he custom made for this Sea Captain’s house.

I also found a new friend named Rapeepong, from whom I was able to purchase all these wonderful tropical fruits and foliages made from clay. She is in Thailand and sells both privately at and through eBay at

~ Robin Carey


auzilio said...

oooooooohhhhhhhhh¡Tu casita es para enamorar, es divina,parece tan real,es womderful.Feliciades Auxi.

kathi said...

This house is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing it. I love all of the beautiful details!

Sca by Virginia Isabel said...

La casita es una preciosidad aunque ¿a cual mejor?

Maia's Twinkle Miniatures said...

What a beautiful house, so much detail! The work on the ceilings, floors and walls is amazing! Are the floors made from real tiles?
Thank you for sharing, very inspiring!

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Bebi said...

This ist the beautifulst dollhouse what ever i have see. fantastic work!!

Anonymous said...

Hello, I'd just like to say what a beautiful and classy house this is. I was wondering if you could possibly tell me where you got the wall paper and decoration on the ceilings from? Would be very kind for you to answer, I am looking for products similar.

Shonassie said...

This is the perfect Key West house!! Tell me you haven't sold this yet?? Or maybe you don't want to part with it?? Well, if you haven't sold it, and might want to, let me know. I would be most interested, and I can tell you it would have the perfect home, I would cherish it!!! Awesome work on all of your houses, you are a master!!! Sherry

Anama said...

Hi Robin!
Your house is amazing!
Thanks for sharing it with us!
I liked the details that I found all the rooms.
Congratulations on the publication!
Hugs and kisses,

Kicki said...

Hi.I love,love,love your blog!!!Sooo much beauty!!!I am waiting for my first dollhouse and ordered furniture.I wonder over the beautiful birdcage you´ve got.I wonder where I can find such a item?Thank´s for all inspiration!!!I´m coming back.
Kickis Dollhouse.

Giles GoldSmith said...

This House is ABSOLUTELY a Stunning Work of ART!!!
It makes Me want to move to Key West!

Anonymous said...

What a treasure to find this a.m. on Pinterest! Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful house. You inspire! All the best, Dianne Coleman Yarbrough

Anonymous said...

WOW Beautiful - Great detail. It is the perfect Key West House. Last time we visited the island we were able to get off the tourist area and see some beautiful homes. I was just wondering how long it took you to complete the house?

Sarwat Raja said...

Gorgeous!!!!!!! But, where's the bathroom! ;)

Learning a lot by Miss Carey's dollhouses! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

This is absolutely what I have been looking for! Thank you for sharing such beauty and talent! Is it possible to get one of these made???

Gail, Parkville, MD

Melisa Shelby said...

I think I'm seeing a true artist! thank you for sharing such a gift I am entranced in them all , I have been looking for the first time at your art for more than an hour and it is a joy to my eyes!