The one thing I especially like about the dollhouse is the foyer/entrance hall or whatever you want to call it. Vestibule? I'm keeping my eye out for a few little rugs I could either buy or make for just inside the front door and at the foot of the stairs. I'd love to put a runner with brass rails on the stairs but that will have to wait for a while. Something in gold or a good rich maroon maybe?
But I worry the whole entryway will look too cluttered if I put too many rugs in it. So maybe no runner for the stairs, or only one rug near the dining room and then a runner? We'll see.
The other issue is whether or not the front door needs some sort of curtain added to the window. I'm not sure I'd want people able to look in my house through the front door.
In the mean time, here's a little shot of the hall table.
|I'm thinking I might make an umbrella for Mrs. Doll and Dolly girl. Or a parasol?|
|If you were a doll this is what you'd see from the front door.|
The silver basket is from Miniatures.com and the table and mirror are from Hobby Lobby. The silver box next to the basket is a charm from Hobby Lobby that I took some of the hardware off of so it looked less like it was meant to be hanging from something.
|I like how they look together. Shiny marble floor and shiny marble elephant.|
|He looks pretty good there.|
The other thing I love about the entryway is the grandfather clock. I'd been looking for one that wasn't cheap looking and this was gorgeous. It actually works if I push the little clock stopper in! Reminds me so much of the one in my grandmother's house.
|My working grandfather clock.|
The upper hallway is another place I liked putting in some finishing touches. One thing I had a lot of fun looking for was artwork. I really loved finding miniature pictures.
|I love how the frame matches the sconces and the picture has blue tones in it like the wallpaper.|
I decided a vase of flowers was better for the bureau in the hallway rather than the Sears catalog. And the white contrasts nicely with the wallpaper and dark furniture and floor.
|And it looks good under the painting.|
And opposite the sconces on the same wall as the stairs is another gorgeous piece. Gold frame again of course. And a simple landscape scene. Restful but attractive right?
|And its nice that the frame matches the painting opposite.|
I think this picture came from Denise. I'm not entirely sure though. But it's perfect for the bedroom. I love the black and white with the gold frame.
|I don't think it quite matches the era of the house but I still like how it looks.|
I also thought you'd like to see a little more detail of Mr. Doll's bureau and his accessories. I got this as a set from Ruetter Porcelain via Ebay and can't regret paying for it because its so perfect!
|I remember my Dad had something like this, only doors on both sides. It always seemed very adult to me.|
|I love the little clock too.|
|I'm still amazed at how real it looks. The hat is like one of my Grandfather's church hats.|
|I could really go for some chocolate cake right now...Yum...|
|One of those fruit twists or turnovers would really hit the spot right now.|
|I love how the china part of the coffee cups look like they have coffee in them.|
And I have a few knick knack's added to the organ top. Just little mementos.
|I think the balloon is my favorite.|
|Very romantic, at least to me.|
|Olives and pineapple! And a seltzer bottle!|
I also did some work on the dining room. I put the entire china set away and set out the wine glasses. Man I went through a lot of zots to do this.
|All nice and organized.|
A closer look at the top of the china cabinet. I love the look of platters and bigger pieces balanced back against the wall.
|That big platter is so pretty. I'm really pleased with how this turned out.|
The sideboard got an addition or two.
|A nice tray for after dinner coffee?|
|I love the scalloped edges to the bowls. So pretty!|
So that's it for our little decor close up today. Though I do have one more thing for this house. We can't neglect Mrs. Doll can we?
|It's just a clearance item, not sure what it would be for originally.|
|Any ideas? No?|
|A little dark but you get the idea. Right?|
|A cook! She's obviously been busy.|
And now...a little preview of some modern knick knacks. For the beachhouse.
Something for a shelf? Or on the fireplace mantel?
|He was a bead that I unscrewed the loop from. Isn't he cute?|
|Another find in the bead/pendant aisle. I love the scrollwork.|
In the meantime have a great holiday weekend!