I'm a Giant dollhouse challenge and inspiration

October 14, 2011

I'm a little late, but I decided to jump in and join the I'm a Giant Dollhouse challenge hosted by Emily Henderson.

And even though my participation will undoubtably result in my spending WAY too much time making tiny little things to put inside of it--it sounds like far too much fun to ignore.

And besides, I told Juliet that I was making her a dollhouse.

She screamed and danced around the kitchen in the way only a 4 year old can pull off and still look cute.

So...come what may...I am in.

Do you want to see what it looks like so far?
cardboard dollhouse
Okay, so technically, it is just three boxes stacked on top of each other at this point, but you get the idea.

Juliet already owns two lovely store-bought dollhouses (dollhouse 1 and dollhouse 2) complete with furniture and accessories. She also has a really cute treehouse/dollhouse. So, it was not in the budget to be buying yet another dollhouse just so I could design and furnish it. (Although seeing Lauren's design boards for Violet's dollhouse have got me wishing I had thought of this idea 2 years ago before we had purchased any dollhouses!)

Cardboard boxes in our garage are what we have--so they are what we will use.

I'm limiting myself to three levels (if I can get these done quickly, then we'll think about adding more.)

Right now I'm thinking:

Bottom floor: Kitchen/dining/living area

Mid floor: bedroom/bath

Top floor: library/artist studio?

I think that is doable.

I've been going back and forth about whether or not to make some stairs (to connect the levels) and I think I am settling on no stairs. The dolls will just have to super-jump up or down to get to where they want to go.

It is make-believe after all.

And it's easier on me. Which is the real reason.

My goal is really to make and furnish this thing almost entirely with things we already have at home. So, you'll have to follow along with the others to see the really fancy stuff, but here, you can see a good-old-fashioned home-made box house.

I thought it would be fun to use some of my favorite children's books as design inspiration--so I'll be sharing inspiring storybook rooms along the way.
let's find out about houses
Today I wanted to share a fun vintage book I've had for awhile--I have toyed with the idea of ripping out pages from this book to frame, but am glad I have it intact to share with you.
modern house illustration
I love the awnings of the house on the right.
yellow houses
yellow camper
Part of me would love to live in a little yellow camper.
yellow desert tent
More beautiful yellow stripes.

Since this book will probably not be on your library's shelves, I thought I'd also share a newer one that is easier to find.
tiny house

Home by Alex T. Smith is one of the latest from Tiger Tales. It's a fun read about four friends who live together and learn that being together is better than having their own way. We like this one and the illustrations are charming.

While we are on the subject of cardboard box houses and animals....you should check out this really fun animals that live underground diorama based on the book Diary of a Wombat created by A Little Learning for Two. It gives me hope that my dollhouse will still be fun!

Do you have a favorite dollhouse to share or are you joining in on the challenge yourself? 

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