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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
StephDecember 15, 2011 at 5:19 pm
Awesome, awesome. Wonder how many people upon first glance would think this was real.
erica p.December 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm
It looks AMAZING! I want to live there. I think my favorite detail is the tiny cat napping in the bedroom! Great work, and I can’t wait to see it when it’s ‘done’ done!
barbara@hodge:podgeDecember 15, 2011 at 5:26 pm
I can’t believe all those amazing iconic pieces you have in dollhouse size! Fabulous!
LauraDecember 15, 2011 at 5:29 pm
I love it!!!! I would kill to have a dollhouse like that. My fav. detail is the bottle on the floor by the crib. So cute. I hope the other participants finish up soon – someone will need to do one big post that shows all the houses. Like a dollhouse “walking” home tour.
NicoleDDecember 15, 2011 at 5:34 pm
Job well done, as always! I love, love it!
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MicheleDecember 15, 2011 at 5:40 pm
I have my old dollhouse still and I want to make it over SO badly!
Lauren @ chezerbeyDecember 15, 2011 at 5:41 pm
It looks great Nicole! Eleanor is one lucky lady!
KatieDecember 15, 2011 at 5:42 pm
Ridiculously adorable. I want to live in it!
MelissaDecember 15, 2011 at 5:47 pm
…..so so so amazing! You are BEYOND creative! I scrolled thru and read-every-last-word…and looked at each picture for so long.
This 30 year old woman…..staring and living vicariously thru your doll house.
KristínDecember 15, 2011 at 5:47 pm
awesome – absolutely amazing. Love the quality of the pictures too.
I just wanted to point out a “typo” “sew a little sink for the skirt” I guess the words got mixed up.
Your kids will love this dollhouse for sure, again – it’s amazing :)
Making it LovelyDecember 15, 2011 at 5:49 pm
Oh, ha! I’ve fixed it, thanks.
CareyDecember 15, 2011 at 5:49 pm
Oh my heaven, that is THE most amazing doll house I have ever seen. I just love the nursery room wall paper.
Erin Q.December 15, 2011 at 6:02 pm
It truly IS lovely! Well done!!!
LydiaDecember 15, 2011 at 6:02 pm
Nicole – that is adorable, just like your real house. i’m so glad you posted your pictures, i’ve been so excited to see everyone’s finished products. i got hung up on details and didn’t finish mine, but here’s what i’ve done so far.
my new deadline is NEXT december, now that i understand exactly how much work is required.
KatrinaDecember 15, 2011 at 6:13 pm
Its so darling, great job!!
JodyDecember 15, 2011 at 6:45 pm
Wow! This is incredible! My little Eleanor would love to have a dollhouse like this too, when she’s bigger. She’s only 1 now but maybe I should get started!
Lisa@ Trapped In North JerseyDecember 15, 2011 at 6:48 pm
The whole house looks fabulous, but I LOVE the nursery–that wallpaper just looks so good.
JuleeDecember 15, 2011 at 6:51 pm
Wow – it’s amazing!! Thank you so much for sharing (and for linking to my dollhouse too!)
JayEssJayDecember 15, 2011 at 6:56 pm
I’m so impressed with your house tour! I’m so inspired. Maybe when I go home for Christmas, I’ll pull out my childhood dollhouse again.
BeatriceDecember 15, 2011 at 6:57 pm
This is incredible. Wow. You did such a fantastic job and I am sure Eleanor will treasure it forever. I really love the wallpaper in the living room.
SaraDecember 15, 2011 at 6:59 pm
AMAZING WORK! I’d love to make one of my own someday, especially if this baby in my belly is a girl :)
emily @ go haus goDecember 15, 2011 at 7:02 pm
This looks so amazing! I I think my favorite things are the nursery wallpaper and the dark tile in the bathroom. You rocked it! And thanks for including me in your list. Yay for dollhouse-in’!
StephanieDecember 15, 2011 at 7:04 pm
Um, cutest dollhouse ever?
YES! I wish I was doll-sized so I could live here.
GiuliaDecember 15, 2011 at 7:12 pm
Amazingly pretty and creative. Wow! Some great purchases, interpretations and looks like you had a good source for all the little accessories.
AmandaDecember 15, 2011 at 7:31 pm
I’m so blown away by this. I never in a million years would have imagined it was possible to create such a stylish dollhouse! I am kind of obsessed now! :)
Sheila JDecember 15, 2011 at 7:32 pm
Really great! I’m sure it will be treasured for many, many years
SarahDecember 15, 2011 at 7:41 pm
Its absolutely fabulous!! well done and just gorgeous – I love the colors and the bathroom is divine! Good job! I LOVE dollhouses and have one that was handmade in Vermont – the exterior is purple and green and it was wallpapered with curtains – it still looks ok, though the curtains have yellowed. I will have to fix it up though at some point…your project is very inspirational!
KatrinaDecember 15, 2011 at 7:44 pm
This is stunning and SO inspiring!
My mother customized a doll house for me when I was a little girl and I have so many fond memories of playing with it.
I hope your daughter enjoys this as much as I enjoyed mine.
I am already getting ideas for my daughter’s doll house – and I’m only 5 months pregnant (and I don’t even know if I’m having a girl)!
RebeccaDecember 15, 2011 at 7:44 pm
Great job! When you add to it & such, please show us.
Maddy @ Somewhere SplendidDecember 15, 2011 at 8:01 pm
This is the most amazing dollhouse ever. If I still was a little girl, I’d have some serious dollhouse envy…
ChristyDecember 15, 2011 at 8:29 pm
This is unbelievably awesome! I am normally way too lazy to comment but this is so spectacular, I couldn’t resist. I want to move in to this house. If this was a contest, I sincerely hope you win. You deserve it!
YuliyaDecember 15, 2011 at 8:30 pm
This is seriously amazing. What a fun project!
ChristinaDecember 15, 2011 at 8:35 pm
This is so incredible. I can’t believe you did that in such a short amount of time. Mine is as finished as it’s going to get for now. It still has a long way to go and I’ll keep working on it, but I put a few pictures up tonight.
AnnDecember 15, 2011 at 8:39 pm
Oh fantastic! Your daughter is such a lucky little lass. You should also check Chinoiserie Chic, I think you would dig it. Between the two of you, I so want to run to the hobby shop. How hard was the pure construction aspect? Did the finishing and remodeling take long?
Mommy GDecember 15, 2011 at 8:52 pm
Absolutely breathtaking. You did wonderful Nicole!
CarrieDecember 15, 2011 at 9:00 pm
I love it! My favorite bit is the beautiful toy dollhouse in the kids bedroom. Oh, what a find! I also really like the pops of pink amongst the bold patterns and those awesome chairs throughout the house! (So nice to have at least one really nice chair in each room. I like that idea for my real house!). Thanks for the link to my site too. :)
HollyDecember 15, 2011 at 9:02 pm
So beautiful! I wish I had one like that as a little girl :) Is some of the wallpaper from Paper Source? I think I recognize it from work
AnnDecember 15, 2011 at 9:36 pm
Oh just thought of another question – kind of strange: So how many sheets of paper does each room take? Just wondering if I ever decided to take this on as a niece/nephew gift. Kind of like wallpapering in the real world!
LeeAnnDecember 15, 2011 at 9:51 pm
You did an incredible job! It’s hard to pick a favorite part, but the wrapping paper wall paper in the nursery really is amazing. The woven scrapbook paper as carpets is really deceiving as a photo. I would have really thought it was fiber of some sort. A family treasure for sure!
Jen @ Rambling RenovatorsDecember 15, 2011 at 10:01 pm
Oh, I love this so much! Every room and detail is so perfectly thought out. I love how you’ve accessorized the place. But I think the my favourite part is how many of these items belonged to you or Brandon’s mom or grandmother. It’ll be such a treasure for Eleanor to have these mementoes of the women in her life.
ChrystalDecember 15, 2011 at 10:30 pm
OMG! I love this so much. I always wanted a dollhouse when I was little, but the best I had was the barbie house I made out of a fridge box. LOL What a wonderful thing to be able to pass to your children!
RebeccaNYCDecember 15, 2011 at 10:36 pm
MelissaDecember 15, 2011 at 10:51 pm
Really fantastic job – the unfinished bits don’t even look unfinished! I’m 21 and I’d be over the moon to be given something like this, so I just know it will be appreciated by your kids.
kristinDecember 15, 2011 at 10:56 pm
It’s gorgeous! I’d live there.
Julia@a-living-spaceDecember 15, 2011 at 11:16 pm
WOW it looks amazing!! I love all your wallpaper choices, and how it feels cohesive as a whole, but each individual room has its own unique flavor. All the little details are awesome. I’m so impressed that you pulled this together so quickly!
And don’t forget me! I’m just about to post a few of my final pics. I don’t have time to edit all my photos tonight since it is way past my bedtime, but I’m proud of myself for actually finishing on time, yay! Lots more pictures of my little dollhouse will be up tomorrow!
EmilyDecember 15, 2011 at 11:25 pm
Wow! The dollhouse looks amazing! Nice work!
JulesDecember 15, 2011 at 11:45 pm
Adorable. My boys have shown no interest in dolls or dollhouses, so this isn’t anything I will be able to do. Hmmm. I do have a 2 year old niece. Maybe in the next year or so I can start working on one for her!
Oh, and please do update everyone when you make progress! :)
Dulce@lavitapetiteDecember 16, 2011 at 12:12 am
I had not seen any of this before today. it has come out so lovely! I ordered the bentwood chairs from ebay 2 weeks ago and the seller said that someone bought a bunch and now they are back-ordered. i wonder if yuo beat me to it :)
Oh and you did miss me. here is my progress, since I am not finished:
Rachael OlsonDecember 16, 2011 at 12:51 am
So cute! The decor totally looks like it blends with your home. I LOVE IT!
IjaDecember 16, 2011 at 1:09 am
Cute to the max!!! I studied interior design in college.. And have to do soooo much model for an interior space.. If only i could just do this one like yours it will be so much fun!! But when i was in college, making a model was the one that stressed me out the most! hahahaha!
sophieDecember 16, 2011 at 1:11 am
This really is so amazing! It’s inspirational and so fun – I LOVE the tiny houses wallpaper! Kudos for sticking through and giving us a big reveal. (I have to admit, I was following several other bloggers and was super bummed no one got around to it.)
Modern Mini HousesDecember 16, 2011 at 1:21 am
Congrats!! I LOVE the bird wallpaper. The house is absolutely lovely. Your kids will definitely get years of use out of it.
I didn’t get mine 100% done in time for the deadline, but close enough.
I’m so glad one of the original crew posted photos. I can’t wait to see what everyone else came up with.
Sarah M.December 16, 2011 at 3:48 am
This is so incredibly, awesomely amazing! I’ve had a dollhouse for 25 years not nearly in such a finished state, and this definitely inspires me to start making one for my little girl. This is INCREDIBLE! Well done! You’ve been so clever with your materials, decorations and sourcing the furniture and stuff. The house actually looks LIVABLE! I’m so jealous and impressed. Hooray for dollhouses!
PS. What are you going to do about a family to live there? I thought the one thing that really brought down my own dollhouse was the quality of the people figures (at that time; the early 90’s were not a golden age for dollhouse people), and I didn’t want such ugly dolls messing up my beautiful house. I’m curious to see what you come up with!
belindaDecember 16, 2011 at 4:19 am
goodness that is INCREDIBLE! Go you – If I could shrink myself I’d happily move in. I so desperately wanted to join in the challenge and took before pics. And that’s about it. One day I will get around to starting – and finishing – Layla’s dollhouse. Hopefully while she’s still young enough to enjoy it! Eleanor will have so much fun playing with this – lucky girl! x
ChedvaDecember 16, 2011 at 4:48 am
It’s so beautiful!! I’m having a hard time picking a favorite home – it’s all incredible!
ToryDecember 16, 2011 at 6:08 am
So, so sweet! I love all the wallpapers!
Call of the SmallDecember 16, 2011 at 6:36 am
Really excellent, gorgeous work! I see we both like the Paper Source…I always find something there! I like how you combined modern furnishings with more traditional ones. Congrats on completing it all on time (even though the challenge has been extended until Feb.!) Thanks for the mention about my blog, too!
Adventures In BabywearingDecember 16, 2011 at 6:53 am
It’s fabulous. I do love the attic bedroom and the living room wallpaper! Wonderful job.
SusanDecember 16, 2011 at 7:28 am
Wow, amazing! I love the living room wallpaper! Thank you so much for mentioning me…I’m flattered! :)
Diana @ Boy + GirlDecember 16, 2011 at 7:34 am
I’m in L.O.V.E. It’s all fantastic! I’m sure your kids will spend many hours playing with this little house!
StephDecember 16, 2011 at 7:38 am
Best. Dollhouse. Ever.
Beth Connolly of Chinoiserie ChicDecember 16, 2011 at 7:59 am
My very Chinoiserie Chic dollhouse is done and I have been showing one room a day on my blog Chinoiserie Chic.
Stop by and see it. Yours is great.
amyksDecember 16, 2011 at 8:27 am
Love, love, love it!!! It is so sweet. Eleanor is one lucky girl.
LauraDecember 16, 2011 at 8:35 am
i love your dollhouse! especially love all the wallpaper you used!
Ashley BDecember 16, 2011 at 8:44 am
I’m drooling all over my cubicle! I’ve been silently observing as you pulled everything together. You’ve got a very lucky little girl!
Sara | stinkerpantsDecember 16, 2011 at 8:52 am
Your house looks FANTASTIC! I have that wallpaper in the bathroom too. Gorgeous gold! And good job finishing on time! I for one am glad the deadline has been extended. Stripping dollhouse wallpaper = no joke!
My friend Reichel (http://www.copycatchic.com) and I (http://www.stinkerpants.com/weblog) are also participating. :)
MarlenaDecember 16, 2011 at 9:20 am
I am so impressed! Wow!
amy j.December 16, 2011 at 9:37 am
MelissaDecember 16, 2011 at 9:53 am
That is crazy cool. Even “unfinished” as you call it it looks so neat. How lucky for Eleanor!
KateDecember 16, 2011 at 10:03 am
I absolutely love this! Especially the kitchen! So CUTE! I also love how so many of the things in this house are exactly like their larger counterparts in your house! (Jenny Lind crib!!!) Great job!
Jaime from Design MilkDecember 16, 2011 at 10:28 am
This is amazing Nicole! And so perfectly you.
DariaDecember 16, 2011 at 10:34 am
This is simply amazing! I have no better words for it, but amazing it is!
JessieDecember 16, 2011 at 10:47 am
Well its looks awesome of course!! You are lucky to have such cool chairs already, I am so glad you got to use them in the house! (I know you have had those for awhile.) Thanks for linking to my blog and sharing the other links. :) I love the little dollhouse, that has to be one of my favorite things. Also the doorknob as a light fixture! I probably should have started with the interior inside of the exterior. lol Oh well! This was still fun and now we don’t have a deadline.
heather at wordplayhouse®December 16, 2011 at 11:20 am
B E A U T I F U L .
Ours you may share…made with an old ironing board pad, a lining of a pocket in a pair of pant…but we don’t think you would know if I hadn’t said so:
AndreaDecember 16, 2011 at 11:42 am
you are amazing! my dad built a dollhouse for me when i was younger, but never finished everything. the roof still needs shingles and my mom and i only finished decorating two rooms…but this is definitely inspiring for when i have a little girl. i’ll revisit my own dollhouse and make it her own! kudos on a job very well done! =)
Jill BrowningDecember 16, 2011 at 11:42 am
Absolutely adorable. What a wonderful thing you have done for your children!
barbaraDecember 16, 2011 at 12:12 pm
So nice! Lucky Eleanor!
ElaineDecember 16, 2011 at 12:15 pm
oh my goodness, I love it! so sweet and charming. Great job!
jbhatDecember 16, 2011 at 12:43 pm
I am freaking out about how freaking amazing this is. Seriously. It’s the best dollhouse I have ever seen, hands down and VERY inspiring…for my REAL life house.
silly eagle booksDecember 16, 2011 at 1:29 pm
Wow, Nicole! This is just stunning! I especially love your wallpaper choices and that tiny dollhouse in the dollhouse! What a fun detail. I can’t wait to show my daughter–she will go nuts for this. :)
Thanks for linking to our project, too! I appreciate it!
EllenDecember 16, 2011 at 1:56 pm
Too amazing for words.
Beth CDecember 16, 2011 at 1:58 pm
This is so beautiful, Nicole! You did a great job. I’m sure Eleanor is going to love it for many years to come.
The wallpapers in the bathroom and nursery are stunning. And a bar cart! *Swoon*
AmyDecember 16, 2011 at 1:58 pm
This makes me want to dive into a dollhouse-design project. Who needs children to have an affair with a dollhouse?
Molly the WafflerDecember 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm
So fabulous! I especially love that bird wrapping paper — wish it really was a wallpaper pattern!
coucoumadameDecember 16, 2011 at 2:12 pm
amazing and fantastic! what a special, special thing for your daughter!
EricaDecember 16, 2011 at 2:22 pm
Amazing. For realsies. Amazing.
brookeDecember 16, 2011 at 2:25 pm
I kind of want to live there.
machenblogDecember 16, 2011 at 3:22 pm
So awesome. Really.
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CrystalDecember 16, 2011 at 3:44 pm
It’s lovely! You did an amazing job. When can I move into the house?! :)
ElizabethDecember 16, 2011 at 4:15 pm
Hi, found you via Poppytalk.
That kitchen set! From ebay? I have a dollhouse needing finishing myself (waiting until after the holidays) and I love that kitchen set. I probably have more things than will actually fit in but I’m sure I need a fridge and stove!
Rachel @ I'm Loving TodayDecember 16, 2011 at 4:43 pm
Absolutely ADORABLE! Wow… I am completely jealous of the lucky dolls who inhabit this house. I’m just floored by your creativity and sense of style in the tiniest of places. So fun, so cute – I love it!!
AllisonDecember 16, 2011 at 7:46 pm
Amazing!!!! From the wallpaper to the adorable tea cart – it oozes style, creativity and love.
christinaDecember 17, 2011 at 12:04 am
It looks gorgeous! Congratulations on getting so much done by the original deadline. My house has very far to go yet :) You could stop now and your house would still be lovely! Thank you so much for the mention too! <3
KarinDecember 17, 2011 at 5:12 am
I am speechless. Doesn’t happen very often. AMAZING.
ileanaDecember 17, 2011 at 5:52 am
this is fantastic. you must have had so much fun making this.
JillDecember 17, 2011 at 9:56 am
When I was a kid, my dad bought a basic dollhouse kit that he put together for me (I think it was made out of balsa wood – very basic). It was sort of the test run to see if I was even interested in having a dollhouse. He used rug remnants from my grandparents house. Since shag carpet was all the rage at that time, that’s what I got in my little doll house. So when I added little people to the house all the carpets came up to the knees. I LOVED that house so a few years later he built me a much larger dollhouse (this time with plywood). We spent hours together adding clapboard siding and stone work to the outside. Making Christmas cookies and a turkey out of Fimo clay. Picking out furniture, carpeting and wallpaper. I have so many fond memories of that house. Thanks for reminding me of the magic of a dollhouse. Yours turned out beautifully.
LauraDecember 17, 2011 at 3:25 pm
Oh my goodness, I am so completely in love with this. Fabulous work, Nicole! I would love to live in that house, and short of that, would love to spend hours upon hours playing with it! Eleanor is so lucky to have such a talented, thoughtful mommy.
EmreenDecember 17, 2011 at 10:32 pm
This is the prettiest doll house I have ever seen !!
beth lemonDecember 18, 2011 at 12:51 pm
I finished mine but haven’t written a post yet.
I just love what you did. Very pretty but not too girly. I wouldn’t mind living there!