Sunday, October 19, 2014

This House is Huge!

I've been wanting a dollhouse for a while because I wanted doorways, windows, ceilings, angles, nooks and crannies to stage rooms in (it's called dollhouse envy). I've been scouring yard sales, Craigslist and thrift stores looking for one.  WELL, I found one....a HUGE one on Craigslist. The dimensions weren't listed and I didn't think to ask, so when I saw this monstrosity, I wanted to turn around and run! The base measures 2' x 3' and I'm tempted to buy a utility cart with wheels because it takes two people to move it (not that heavy, just very awkward).  BUT, it was only $100 and a box of furniture was thrown in.  OK, my thoughts are that 1) someday I'll have a permanent spot for it 2) it was only $100 3) it has eight rooms to play in 4) I'll have a real project 5) lots of playtime 6) again, the price 7) the rooms are a decent size and 8) I can get rid of it any time I want. The seller didn't know if it was built from a kit or if it was an original design, and I haven't researched it, so if anyone recognizes it, let me know. I know the second floor hallway near the stairwell is not to scale but I can't do anything about that.  It has eight rooms and an attic for storage. I might possibly dabble with lighting, although I'm intimidated by it, so I might do some creative cheating with the lighting (for sure! cheating) and I'll eventually repaint the exterior. Well, I'm anxious to get started and I have some ideas for the interior.  I think I'm going "modern global" to include African, Indian, Moroccan, and Asian decor with a lot of natural elements, (a well-traveled professor and his design addict wife owns this house, tee-hee).  I'M SO EXCITED!





Where shall I start?
Later......Beany

24 comments:

  1. I LOVE IT!! Now I have dolls house envy!! My house is too small and doesn't have a tower and a porch :D You did the right thing, don't let anybody tell you otherwise, you needed this house!!! :D

    Sarah :)

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    1. I love your enthusiasm! Yes, I do need this house!

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  2. Wow, that is a great house & you got an incredible deal! I don't blame you one bit for going for it. I like the idea of the well-traveled professor. So many options.
    Have a great week,
    Lisa :-)

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    1. Yep, that's why I couldn't walk away from it, or run, or walk or skip :)

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  3. That is one pretty house! I love the way it opens in the front also. Your idea for the eclectic décor is exciting! Here we go...keep us posted often!

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    1. Thank you! I think I'm going to have to make a lot of things, which involves crafting, which is really the fun part!

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  4. It's an excellent house and I too am envious of all of those rooms and possibilities. I love that the room, bottom left has a view straight through. Will make for some excellent photos. Your idea for modern global sounds really exciting. I love electic mixes of style and taste. Enjoy! =0)

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    1. Thanks Pepper! I like that room for the same reason. I thought about you when I mentioned that I'd be cheating on the lights, because you're so great at lighting, and guess what? I'll be cheating on the flooring too!

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  5. I love the large rooms in this house, and the "hidden" two front rooms. I can't wait to see how you transform it for the world travelers!

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    1. Oh no! The pressure's on! Those two rooms in the front are why I need it to be on a cart with wheels.

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  6. Oh wow, what a find. I can't wait to see what you do with it! :)

    My guess is that this was built at least partially from a kit, although I don't know which one. "RealGoodToys" kits usually have those rounded corner doorways, so maybe it's one of theirs.

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    1. Thanks for the info. I do plan to do some research, but I'm really not into the history as much as some others would be, I'm all about the interior design of it all!

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  7. What a deal! There are so many possibilities. The best part is that its already built. Can't wait to see the transformation!!

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    1. You're right that truly is the best part. I didn't want to build one. I've got a dollhouse that's still in the box that I bought about 15 years ago (probably the last one that Michael's sold). I am not trying to build a house!

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  8. I think that you bought this house for all of the right reasons, Except for reason #8.
    Have fun playing with your new obsession, cause this house is definitely a Keeper! :D

    elizabeth

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    1. Thanks for the support! I've started working on it but it's slow going. Just no time!

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  9. That is really nice and looking forward to watching your progress on this. I somehow can't see No 8 happening :)

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    1. Yes, I'd like to keep this one and hopefully get a modern one next year. Whew! Really don't know where I'll put it though.

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  10. Great looking house and looks well made and you were fortunate to get such a lot of furniture as well a real find. best of luck with it Some of the furniture would look great shabby chic ed I have just discover Anne Sloan Chalk paint which is just perfect for painting miniature furniture. Take care and greetings from Downunder Diva

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    1. Thanks for the tip! I just might try some shabby chic. I just found more of the same type of furniture in my garage this weekend from a dollhouse I had over ten years ago, so I've got a lot of furniture I can experiment with.

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  11. It looks amazing and in such great shape. I can't wait to see what you do with it!

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    1. Yes, I felt it was a deal I couldn't pass up and I can't wait to see what I do with it either! I've got lots of ideas.

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  12. $100!?!?!? What a great deal. Congrats and have fun creating your dream house, looking forward to see what you do with it. :D

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    1. It's slow goin'. I haven't had a chance to work on it yet, but I'm in the process of of gathering "stuff" and ideas!

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