A Dollhouse Made Lovely

Well, I think I’m the only one that actually has a dollhouse to show you today from Emily’s original group of participants. I’m amazed though by the creativity and hard work that was put into dollhouses by the people following along with this whole crazy project! (Thank you, everybody.) Here are some of the people I’ve noticed, but please leave a link in the comments if I missed you.

Go Haus GoWith Two CatsWarm Hot ChocolateThe Creative SaladChange of ScenerySilly Eagle BooksRedesignWhiteowl: FoundFleurishingCoccoon Home BlogMy Mod StyleCall of the Small

I’ve been working on a Walton dollhouse, courtesy of Melissa and Doug. It’s been fun to follow along with this challenge, but I’ve really been making it for Eleanor. She loves it already, even though she’s a little young for it at just two years old. I hope she’ll enjoy it for years to come. I’ve tried to source things below but unless otherwise noted, you can assume everything came from eBay. Here’s a closer look inside…

The Kitchen and Dining Room

I bought a kitchen set and only intended to use the stove and fridge from it, but I ran out of time and just used the sink that came with it as well. I have a farmhouse sink that’s really cute, but it needs to be assembled. I’d also like to eventually make some cabinets and counters, sew a little skirt for the sink, and put up a backsplash. The dining wall also needs some large art, and a table! I rested a gift box lid on those little metal chairs. The light is a knob that I’ve had for years from Anthropologie, and the table settings and food all belonged to Brandon’s mom and grandmother. The paint color is Dill Pickle by Benjamin Moore.



The Living Room


The tiny Jonathan Adler vases are from the Adler Barbie couch set we already owned for me Eleanor. The credenza is awesome and handmade, from OneFortyThree. It was my big furniture splurge in the dollhouse. The white wire chair is an ornament from CB2, and I already owned the mini Barcelona chair. The tea cart was a gift from Cassandra (thanks!). The gold folding screen and little accessories belonged to Brandon’s mom and grandmother.


The wallpaper is one of my favorite things in the house. Tiny houses! I also had some amazing wooden flooring to go in the room, but it’s going to be labor intensive, so I left it white with a sheet of woven scrapbook paper as a rug.

The Office

This room was going to be the nursery, but then I switched things around at the last minute. I already had the chair and chaise, but there’s no desk (oops). The accessories were in with the other little things from Brandon’s mom and grandmother. The rug and bookshelf were eBay finds. And eventually I’ll finish the stairs throughout the house. The paint is Ribbon Pink by Benjamin Moore.

The Bathroom


I showed you a lot of the bathroom before. The tile, dresser, and mirror were from eBay, and the slippers and ‘His and Her’ towels were from Brandon’s mom.

The Bedroom

I intended to sew bedding, spray paint the bed, and make some art for the room, but I ran out of time before the deadline. I made the rug out of leftover furry fabric from Eleanor’s Halloween costume. Again, I already had the chair, but added a kitty to sleep in it. I painted the dresser pink and hung a toy camera from the knobs.


The Kids’ Bedroom

This was going to be an unfinished attic, and the kids’ bedroom was going to be what is now the nursery, but then I realized that the two beds wouldn’t fit in the other space because of the stair opening. I made the mattresses out of two pieces of foam core, sandwiched together with fabric on top. I intended to make bedding, crafty pendant banners, cute artwork, and so on and so on. This room is the least finished of all. There’s a wee dollhouse though! And an Eames rocker that I had. The paint is Benjamin Moore’s Pink Peony.


The Nursery

The bird pattern is wrapping paper, and Eleanor chose the crib fabric. I had that white chair already, and the dresser was an eBay find. The rug is the same as in the kids’ bedroom and the living room: woven scrapbook paper.

The (Almost) Finished Dollhouse

I will eventually finish the things I wasn’t able to get to, without the pressure of a deadline. Eleanor (and August, if he’s interested) is still young, so there’s plenty of time. I didn’t do the stairs, which I had put so much thought into, and I didn’t even touch the exterior! I’m really happy with the end result (so far) though, and Eleanor is over the moon about it.


149 Responses to “A Dollhouse Made Lovely”

  1. Elizabeth December 19, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    OMG a friend just sent me this, knowing my love of all things tiny–especially tiny houses!! I LOVE IT!

  2. Ursula (room to bloom) December 19, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    It’s perfect in every way! My personal favourite room is the nursery with the wrapping wall paper of course… I love dollhouses so much I based my website on a dollhouse design : )

  3. ernø December 19, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    Oh it’s very nice. I like it because I’m making a miniature house to with design furnitures. See you Soon!

  4. Andrea Howe December 20, 2011 at 10:39 pm #

    Wow Nicole. Absolutely incredible. I love it. My favorite is the office and the living room. That bar cart is amazing!

  5. tula December 21, 2011 at 1:38 am #

    You are a genius. A brilliant, inspiring genius.

  6. Tara Jane December 21, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

    Love the “wee doll house” up stairs! Great job.

  7. Kat Skull December 21, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    Can I move in?!?!

  8. Katie Hollis December 22, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    This is the absolute cutest thing I have ever seen….So Amazing. GREAT job, its a dream :)

  9. Lauren December 29, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    Yup. This dollhouse is a million times nicer than my actual house.

  10. rosey January 11, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

    this is my favorite dollhouse ever ever ever. so beautiful, great colors, just amazing! you are talented!!!!!

  11. Elizabeth Leach February 20, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    What a joy! This is so fabulous. Well done!

  12. Miss B. February 20, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

    I don’t know how I missed this! I love all the photographs did you use a macro lens? Such a chic dollhouse;)

  13. Meagan February 21, 2012 at 8:28 am #

    This is so beautiful, it hurts :) Great work!

  14. Valerie March 15, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    I love miniatures, and I absolutely LOVE this dollhouse that you’ve put together! I could stare at this thing all day long! (And I too, have always loved the attic recreation of the town in Beetlejuice!)

  15. Holly April 10, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    I just LOVE this!! You should make another one!
    (the wallpaper is BEYOND)

  16. Elena Koidis May 22, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    This is the cutest thing I have ever seen! makes me wish I was 3″ tall so I could live there!!

  17. Anu May 24, 2012 at 6:32 am #

    Just fabulous! :))

  18. Linda Leyble June 2, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    Hi! Wow – I cannt believe how wonderful this is. I love all the iconic things (vases, wallpaper etc) that I recognize throughout the dollhouse. What a wonderful project. I found this post (from your “list” post – which I definitely have to do, even though I have started it on various pieces of paper) – and your blog, in general, from the NYW class which I am participating in.

    Very glad to meet you! I have done a few things on your list (when I was in Chicago!).

    Linda

  19. Sara Russell Interiors June 10, 2012 at 12:53 am #

    This has made it very tempting to dig out my doll house from my parent’s basement!

    xo Sara

  20. Sarah November 29, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

    This is still one of my most favorite blog posts EVER. I’m looking at doll houses for my 2.5 yr old for xmas, and I just had to look at Elanor’s again. It’s simply awesome. I’m curious what the doll house family looks like. After all this hard work, some special little dolls must live there…

  21. Carole December 21, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

    All I can say possibly say is ‘wow’.

  22. g shi January 16, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    it is wonderful, as are you. did i fail to see where the kitchen set is from, and flooring in the kitchen?

  23. Kim @ design + life + kids February 13, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

    this might be the MOST amazing thing I’ve seen. ever. I’m completely obsessed with everything teeny and tiny and dollhouses…. and have been filing ideas to do for my own… for my kids of course. the fact that you have one done is quite an inspiration. thank you for that.

  24. janine.hummel September 2, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

    could you tell us where you found your beautiful kitchen applicance set? i cannot find a thing suitable for a victorian dollhouse. thanks so much.

  25. liz o September 30, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    Can you please tell me where you found the dollhouse for your dollhouse? Thanks!

  26. Emily April 14, 2014 at 1:47 pm #

    I saw this when you first posted it, but now my bff wants one for her daughter. As godmother, I’m in charge. Thanks for the great photos, I’m hoping to find some of the same wallpapers and furniture. I especially love the office furniture (I might just have to buy some of it for my real office until I can afford the grown up size! Thanks!

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