Dollhouse Decorating

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I have had a life-long love affair with dollhouse miniatures, and careers in art education and interior design. I hope to combine these life experiences to help other miniature enthusiasts get more out of this wonderful hobby we enjoy, a hobby that often reaches the level of an art form. Susan Downing

Posted on 11 February, 2018


A Barbie Bathroom, source unknown

A Dollhouse Bathroom With Style

If you are building a period dollhouse or room box, convention pretty much dictates the decorating choices. There is more latitude if you are recreating an important scene from childhood, for instance, because we have all learned that memory is not a video recorder. Still, the whimsey factor can be limited.

Blue modern dollhouse bathroom found on Elf Miniatures

I recently sketched some dollhouse ideas for my first granddaughter. It was a Victorian beauty, just like the one I had at her age. Her reaction surprised me. It shouldn’t have, I guess, the way kids have changed.
“Gee, grandma! It’s so old-timey. I’d rather have something I’d like to live in.”

The Spa

After about a minute to absorb that response, I was ready to jump for joy. The modern miniature movement is expanding so rapidly that children are requesting the style. We perused decorating magazines, watched HGTV together, and made plans for a contemporary structure. What a dream house! She sure better become a CEO of a Fortune 500 company if that’s the kind of house she expects to live in when she grows up.
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Modern dollhouse bathroom with spa found on Elf Miniatures

The Fave

Guess which room we spent the most time planning? The bath … no, that’s a lame description. She wants a Personal Spa in her dollhouse. Hooray! There’s a fresh breeze blowing in the miniature universe. Keep the windows open!

The bathroom sets pictured can be purchased at Elf Miniatures.

Susan Downing, with Patrick Owens


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