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Monday, December 27, 2010


For the past few weeks, the major project around here was a dollhouse and furniture for my 4 year old girls' Christmas present. They had been asking for one for awhile, and it was the perfect time. My husband's brother came into town at a crucial time, and also put his woodworking talents to work, creating fabulous furniture, and putting up with all my design requests.

Some of my favorite aspects of the house are the maple wood floor, the planked wood on the beds, front door, table, and benches, the darling barn-style shutters,arched doorways and window, and the baseboards in the family room and kitchen.

Their attention to detail really makes the house so wonderful, although it made me laugh every time I went into the shop and saw the Barbie Princess they were using as a guide hanging from the ceiling or wherever they had her at the time! They even measured the angle of the way she sat, and then matched the angle of the couch accordingly, so she would sit up exactly straight.

Their room is pink, chocolate brown, with white and cream, so of course we had to make it to match! It's been affectionately dubbed "Neapolitan House", because of the colors. I have a few things I still want to add--bedding, throw pillows for the couch, nursery furniture for the loft, a wreath for the front door (I was thinking a berry napkin ring could work...), and a few other odds and ends.

The girls are in love with it, and I love that they will always have something that their dad and uncle made just for them!

Neapolitan House

I hope you each had an absolutely wonderful Christmas with your family & friends!


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Blogger DanielleisNesting said...

The doll-house is adorable! I wish I had girls so I could play with it!

December 27, 2010 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger Paige said...

So very cute! Hope that have many, many years enjoying their dollhouse.

December 27, 2010 at 11:26 AM  
Blogger Courtney said...

love it! It turned out so cute.

December 27, 2010 at 11:26 AM  
Blogger Sunshine said...

Is that a Scentsy Buddy?

December 27, 2010 at 1:31 PM  
Blogger kierste @ brown paper packages said...

It is! It's Penny the Pig.

December 27, 2010 at 3:26 PM  
Blogger Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

The house is absolutely precious!! I LOVE the cute shutters, and the floors are fabulous. My mom still has my old doll house that my grandpa made. Real carpet and everything. Your girls will cherish this gift for years. :)

December 27, 2010 at 3:30 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

Kierste, you really out did yourself *or husband* on that beautiful house. It is AWESOME!!

December 27, 2010 at 4:12 PM  
Blogger Hadar said...

Ahh doll houses are so much fun!! Something about the mini furniture...


December 27, 2010 at 7:28 PM  
Blogger Plants seeds of knowledge...for our future! said...

My 10 year old daughter asked Santa for a dollhouse for Christmas. Santa brought it for her, now to see how long this project will be. My husband would like to do this with my daughter as a way to spend time together!

December 27, 2010 at 7:40 PM  
Blogger Salisbury's said...

We just received a "loved" dollhouse from a friend that needs a bit of remodeling I think we will use yours an example. I love the furniture could you share how you made it?! I love the house, great job!

December 27, 2010 at 11:53 PM  
Blogger Corners of My Life said...

. . . and when they are too old for dolls - a perfect bookcase reminding them of how much they are loved.

December 28, 2010 at 8:00 AM  
Blogger Natalie said...

Stinking Cute!!! I have a doll house VERY similar to this that I got for free and have been meaning to redo it. Thanks for the inspiration!

December 28, 2010 at 10:08 PM  
Blogger kelly said...

that is so special, my kids loved their little tykes doll house and stable but homemade is even better!

December 30, 2010 at 3:10 PM  
Blogger Jaime said...

Your dollhouse is truly handmade and I love all the wooden furniture. Did your husband's brother use any plans when building the furniture? I would love to make some similar pieces but I'm hoping some plans already exist.
Thanks and keep on crafting because I love all your stuff.

January 3, 2011 at 7:30 PM  

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