It has been literal ages since I have shared or even worked on a miniature project of my own, and I have missed it! Our move to the new house and the shift in projects (both professionally and personally) meant that I had a tough time finding the right balance between creativity and productivity.
Many months later, my head is a bit clearer, and I have found myself lately with a burst of creative energy that must be shared! My original plan (two years ago) was to locate and purchase The Bostonian dollhouse (HERE) and take that on as my next miniature project. It is a much larger dollhouse, and the number of rooms meant I could work on various design styles as I moved through the house. However, as negotiations stalled on the purchase and shipping issues got in the way, I knew I would have to pivot instead if I wanted to work on any mini-project this year. When I saw this Victoria’s Farmhouse kit from Real Good Toys, I knew the layout and that wrap-around porch were perfect for the ideas I wanted to execute in my next dollhouse.
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Over the years, I have purchased a few Real Good Toys kits, and I am very familiar with and absolutely love their quality and designs. I always had a running list of which kits I wanted to purchase next, and I am lucky to have found this one at a local store. However, there are a couple of aspects of building and completing a dollhouse that I dread a bit; for example, wiring the dollhouse was a challenging project during my last build, but I hope to do a much better job this time. So, instead of focusing on what may be tricky, I will instead embrace the aspects of this build that I will enjoy the most – creating design plans for each space!
I have mentioned before, and it still holds true for me, that I design the exterior of each dollhouse first and then plan the interiors. All my interior selections are influenced by the design elements I incorporate on the outside of each dollhouse. With that in mind, I have created a preliminary design plan for this miniature project that I want to share with you today. My idea for this kit is to create a traditional farmhouse with a slightly British country house aesthetic. I am still determining how I will execute that with this kit, but like my life-size designs, it always begins with a mood board like the one above.
I want to incorporate pretty stones on the exterior and select a contrasting but warm color for the portion of the dollhouse with siding. Choosing a beautiful door, updating columns and posts, and adding the right windows will completely transform this mini. I have shared some inspirational images I gathered when planning this build and a variety of mini-items that can go well in a dollhouse like this one. Let me know your thoughts and stay tuned for detailed posts about every part of this build (including videos!) so that you can follow along, and we can re-learn how to build these together!