Outside View

Outside View
The Exterior View of New Orleans Townhouse

Monday, June 8, 2015

Painted Lady Dollhouse Color Scheme: Bold and Beautiful or Soft and Lovely?

I have been struggling with this for a while now. I have always liked a yellow house even in real life, they just seem "happy" to me. None of the houses I have built so far seemed to fit that color choice until now.
I also love purple/violet, which is my favorite color and also turquoise but I have used it twice now on two exteriors. So here they are with inspiration pictures.

Color scheme choice # 1
Bold and Beautiful

Color Scheme choice # 2
Soft and Lovely

choice # 3
choice #4-consideration 
choice #5 -wild card
(I love that movie)

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Thank You Beverly!!!

Beverly, whose dollhouse food I truly adore https://www.etsy.com/shop/CuteinMiniature read my post about the bargain stove and left a comment for a solution, I had no idea what she had in mind.  She had a Roper stove she was no longer using and now I have a new stove! Thanks to Beverly everything goes proportionally well together. I can never express my gratitude for her very kind and generous gift!!! Who says you can't  make friends on the internet!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Basement Design and Layout

I am adding a basement to the Painted Lady Dollhouse nicknamed the "Frankenstein House". I'm using the left-over stairs from the original Le Chateau Dollhouse kit before it became the New Orleans Townhouse. I plan to attach the actual basement to the Painted Lady but the stairs will just bump up against the front of the dollhouse.

As always I start with a 3D foam board mock-up, I'm a visual person so I need something more tangible than a flat drawing. I created a template of the main floor that leads down into the basement as well. As you enter the hallway from up stairs to the left is the kitchen with a pantry in the rear and a door that leads to the outside. There may be a small powder room underneath the stairs. If there are stairs. I am going to have to reverse the stairs in order to give me the space I need, I really don't like looking at the back of the staircase, still working it out.

On the right of the stairs is another room which I think will be for the live-in help. The lady of the house looked like she needed some assistance around with the cooking and cleaning. They are both suppose to be maids but I didn't like the cook's outfit, so the one in grey is the cook. In addition to the dolls, I bought a couple of things for the Painted Lady Dollhouse from The Dolls House Emporium USA website but I will reveal those with the furniture.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Porch Railings made from Mini Flat Clothes Pins and Spindles

I can't say this was completely my original idea. I love Robin Carey's Dollhouses and the interesting way she reinterprets dollhouse kits. So I was studying one of her houses and I recognized some familiar shapes and I noticed that on this one particular house the fence looked like inverted clothes pins to me. The image stayed with me. I was in HobbyLobby looking around in wood crafts and I noticed these mini flat clothes pins and then I remembered the fence on one of her houses.  

I can't decide if I like them up or down so thats why you see two pictures of the balcony railing. 

I also picked up some wood to use as the top and bottom to sandwich the clothes pins. I thought way not do the same concept with the short spindles I already have and use theme on the porch. I added some final caps, square dowels and wood squares.