Which got me thinking about one of my dollhouses, that is not exactly my favourite. I sort of gave up on it. It's the Acorn from the Little Dollhouse Company. It's a nice house, and it was a gift from my husband (way before he became my husband), so I didn't want to give it away or sell it or let it continue to collect dust. So, to make a long story short, I have decided to turn it into a Christmas House. I can bring it out each Christmas for me and my family to enjoy.
The house itself is in pretty good shape. All rooms had been wallpapered. Most of the exterior had been finished, with the exception of the shingles......Next to putting up wallpaper, shingling is my next least favourite thing to do. So this is what it looked like before starting. I plan on painting the outside and decorating it to fit the Christmas theme.
|Exterior of the house|
|Interior of the house|
What I am going to do is turn this into the Claus' house. Make it a nice little home for Mr. & Mrs. Claus up in the North Pole.
I decided to keep the middle room on the upper floor as is. I really like the wallpaper, and feel that it will fit in with the rest of the house. This will be the Claus' bedroom. The two side rooms on the upper floor will get redone in a more Christmas theme. One will be Mrs. Claus' sewing room, where she creates all the elves clothes, and Santa's too. The other room will be Santa's office. No toys get made in this house, that happens at the workshop......There might be some toys in his office, you know like prototypes..... OH.....that awful blue carpet will be leaving the building.
The main level nicely done, but I am going to make a few changes. The room on the far left will be the kitchen. I'm going to keep it the same as it is now, but I am going to put Christmas paper in place of the existing paper in the wainscotting.
Which brings me to the foyer, and the living room. The foyer right now has a blue colour wallpaper, which I pretty much think needs to go. So I just need to figure out what is going to go in it's place.
The living room is what is giving me the most stress. I love the wallpaper that is in there right now, and I did such a good job of putting it in that I don't want to cover it. However, it's not Christmasy at all. It's floral, with little pink and purple flowers. I'm not sure if I want to leave it and let the rest of the room speak for itself or change it.....maybe you can leave a comment saying what you would do.
If it wasn't for the lovely people in my mini group, I probably would never have decided to go ahead and work on this house. So if you are a Canadian Miniaturist, and would love to chat with other Canadian Miniaturists......feel free to join us at http://ca.groups.yahoo.com/group/CanadaMinis/
Stay tuned for more on this house......