Sunday, November 25, 2012

French Theme Dollhouse "Maison de Poupee"

This is the second dollhouse with a French theme, to complete my summer obcession with all things French. It seems that the French influence is everywhere right now, especially in the shelter magazines showing all the lovely decorated feminine rooms. I stayed with my white "stone" for the simple reason that it is fresh, clean and crisp, and as a decorative accessory in your home you never tire of it. I had considered the tan tones, but as my first priority is to make dollhouses that are happy, the tan, I feel one would tire of, and for me does not inspire the joy.

I love using the natural peat for the roofs. it just gives the most wonderful earthy textures. The shingles are hand cut, paint washed and then hand applied, but well worth that extra effort.

 With this house having the strong black fence, the flower color choices were more carefully considered. The pinks needed to be stronger pinks, even into the raspberry tones, to stand up to the background of the fence. More white presence was also needed to keep the balance with the house. There are mostly rounded edged flowers in the beds, so the sharp pointed petals of the lilies really are a stand out in the urns as well as nice visual contrast to the beds.

The window boxes were kept mostly with all white flowers . By keeping them white they gave an extra dimension to the white of the house, kind of bringing it forward, and also not taking away from the gardens where we want the focal energy to be. I added just a touch of a trailing pink vine look to give that light blush of pink against the all white house. It just needed a touch of color.

 Now to the inside! I used many of the same papers as the other French house, and I did that because, well, they are just beautiful and I love them. Kind of like the old expression about if it isn't broke, don't fix it.

The first floor rooms.

 The Kitchen

 Second floor

 Third floor

This was a great house to work on. It started out as a Georgie kit, sturdy well made wood parts for the structure.  Working with black inside and out is a challenge, as it can quickly overpower. You want just enough to be an elegant addition. Happy Dollhousing! Robin


The Duke of Swann said...

Very very nice. Your work is amazing. I love the small details.

María *Chabel de Feber* said...

Impressive home! Beautiful. An excellent work! I am charmed with his decoration. The soil, the wall, the stairs, everything is pretty!

Greetings from Spain!

Giac said...

Hello Robin,
Terrific work. The exterior is perfect in every detail and the interior is fantastic. Big hug,

Contrastes-Rosa Mª said...

Fantástica, tanto el exterior como el interior, ya estoy esperando verla con todos los muebles, será increíble, después de ver lo que has hecho hasta ahora, felicidades:)

Steinworks said...

I keep coming back to look at it! I wish I lived in something this beautiful.

you are a true artisan


Mona said...

Wonderful house. Love the colors you have outside the house, great work.

Cyndy said...

This is gorgeous!

Heather Pugh said...

Hello Robin! Your houses are exquisite, I just love this French style! I thought I would let you know that I have started a small venture of creating custom and original oil paintings for small beauties such as this! If you would be interested in having one or several for your dollhouses, please let me know--I would love to collaborate!

Best wishes,

I can be reached at

Craftland minis und anderes said...

I'm so happy to find your blog today.
This house is exquisit.
Hugs from Craftland

elis said...

Lovely house.

Melissa H said...

I was wondering if you had a new source for lazer cut trim since Captain Sawdust seems to have gone out of buisness. :(

The grandmommy said...

You put a lot of thought and planning into this house and it paid off! I love it!