Interior design is something I think about at all time. If I visit a store, I immediately begin mentally re-arranging their displays and at home no corner is safe from my ideas or need to alter the spaces.
It is at home that it’s particularly difficult as I do not live alone and my poor hubby Ed is tired of showing up and wondering where things disappeared to while he was away. It is for this reason that a couple of years ago he gave me the wonderful gift of a miniature dollhouse that I would be able to decorate as many times as I desired.
It was truly an amazing gift and this year I moved on to a new model and wanted to document my progress. I have been working on the Real Good Toys’ Allison Jr. Farmhouse. The quality of this kit is really great, offering sturdy walls, floors and quality trim (not sponsored!). I am currently working on the interior and am using this kitchen designed by Philip Gorrivan Design as the inspiration for the space. Although I am working on a miniaturized home, I really like designing the spaces in a more modern style but in a a way that is affordable. Some of the miniature furniture pieces out there can be hundreds of dollars but I find that altering or creating my own allows me to get a certain look for less.
Before my work began on the kitchen, I needed to build the dollhouse and complete the outside as much as possible. I picked a bright white color in a Satin finish for the siding and a deep navy glossy color for the dutch front door. The windows match the door, and the house trim, shutters and flower boxes are all in Valspar’s Paint & Primer in Azure Snow. I think that by choosing these three colors as the base I gave it a very neutral yet timeless look.
I added faux flowers in the window boxes which I only installed on the second floor windows. The kit recommends that you place them on the three windows on the tower but for some reason I felt like it might have looked too busy.
Once I completed that phase I began my design process on the inside. Before even touching the spaces, I needed to plan their look and how many lights would be placed on the electrical tapes (post on that coming soon!). On the inside I began by preparing the design for the kitchen and the foyer since these are two spaces that will really nail down the classic, modern farmhouse theme I want to see in this dollhouse. I wanted to ensure that the two spaces are completely different but have similar elements that will carry throughout the house. I have decided to begin with the kitchen and work my way backwards to the foyer and since Philip’s design is always running through my mind I have placed an order for a few key items that I think will help me as I work my way through the process.
Next up? Electrifying and planning the open concept kitchen and dining space!
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