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.


The Old Maid said...

Really pretty pretty house!

Margaret said...

It is very pretty and I could readily live in it. I look forward to seeing how your furnish it.

Simon said...

I love this house!
The details you added are wonderful. I especially like how all the rooms work together when seen as a whole.
best wishes

Chabel de Feber said...

Hello from Spain!!

Ohhhh... It´s impressive, divine, beautiful!!!

I love the house!!

Nina in Germany said...

So wonderful.
I love it.

Wyrna Christensen said...

Det er et het fantastisk hus.. Sjældent har jeg set så smukke vinduer med så fine detaljer. Hver gang jeg ser et rum tænker jeg, det er det smukkeste, men så kommer der et nyt rum der er lige så smuk. jeg kan godt forstå huset giver en glad følelse. Jeg finder det både elegant, hyggeligt og meget sig selv. Der må være helt fantastisk at kunne skabe noget så smukt.
Fra Wyrna

Palomasea said...

- Irina

Melissa said...

I'm so happy to see this post! I just got a very similar dollhouse. My friend built it long ago, but doesn't remember the manufacturer or model. Just that it was French. The house I have is front opening. Was yours originally? Or was your kit meant to be back opening? Do you know the model and manufacturer? I'd love to learn more about this house!

Looking at your pictures was fun. I have no idea how I'll be decorating mine yet!

Robin said...

Melissa, I still have the instruction manual, and I can send you pics of it if you want to email me. Yes, it was origionally front opening. Robin

sofia marielle said...

It looks like a real house. I love french houses. I love the old classy design.

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Ginger Lola said...

Wow, your house is so beautiful, I would love to see your process...

minijoy said...

amazing !!!

Jan said...

I am working on a Georgian house and wondered if you'd share how you made the textured stones for the exterior. I want to do somethin similar. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Where do you purchase your doll houses?

Anonymous said...

I notice you have favorite wallpapers you use over and over again. Smart. Saves time making decisions.

Domc8 said...

Hi...Is it for sale? :)