The Haunted Heritage was inspired by my childhood home and forged from the bones of a Dura-Craft Heritage dollhouse kit. Even though my childhood home had 1970s décor on the inside, I opted for 1920s inspired for my project. It seemed a good marshmallow center for the crusty exterior I had planned, like a time capsule.
This post contains a little sampling of each interior room as well as the exterior. Some images can be clicked to enlarge. Click here for a full list of Heritage posts, including how I made things and the materials used. For more detailed room specific posts, please click on the links below.
- 1920s inspired kitchen
- Grandma's fine parlor
- Elegant entry, staircase and upstairs hallway
- Vintage farmhouse bathroom
- Grandma's resplendent bedroom
- Grandma's dusty old attic
- The Haunted Heritage exterior
The 1920s inspired kitchen:
The flooring is Cream Diamonds by The Paper Studio and the wallpaper in Geometric Fa La La by Making Memories. The back of the wallpaper is aged green, so I used that in the bay window section.
The working pocket door was challenging, but I love the way it turned out!
My first attempt at curtains came up short on length but I love what they add to the realism of the kitchen. Grandma has her cleaning supplies and some extra baskets under the sink. Lyssa made the baskets, and the tea towels throughout the kitchen are from Marlene.
The flower in the milk carton was made from a true2scale kit.
I figured out what I was doing before I got to the bay window curtains.
The banjo wall clock was made from a Cynthia Howe Miniatures kit.
I made a wall calendar using the image of my childhood home, the lovely place from my dreams that inspired this build.
The autumn fruit basket is from Hungarian Miniatures.
Keli made this amazing Hoosier cabinet for me - such a wonderful and generous gift.
Kelly made this wonderful artwork called Ghosts of the Past. I think it works wonderfully here in the kitchen. Maybe it's an old faded photo of grandma's childhood home. :] The lovely pitcher is from Caterina.
The dining table was made from a House of Miniatures kit, and the Lilje chairs kit came from Art of Mini. For the upholstery, I chose a brown and ivory print. I think it is close enough to the dark red to tie in well with the wallpaper.
I won a lovely cookie baking set from Creating Dollhouse Miniatures. The pieces are so well made and realistic.
The whistling tea kettle is by Ulus Miniatures - purchased from Mainly Minis. We had one of these in real life at my childhood farmhouse. Mom still has it and uses it, too!
Lighting always makes a dollhouse magical...
Or it can make it just plain scary.
Grandma's fine parlor:
On the left side of the room is a large fireplace.
On the opposite side, the stairs lead to the second floor.
I opted for a single side swept curtain for the sole purpose of not hiding that little outlet I took the time to add. Though The Chair will block both the curtains and the outlet for the most part, anyone who looks for the details will find them.
The fancy parlor floor was a labor of love but so worth the effort.
I assembled the wall sconces above the fireplace as well as the gaslight chandelier. At first I thought the ceiling medallion was too much, but I love the way it frames the chandelier. This particular chandelier is a little temperamental since I wired it tp have replaceable bulbs. The slightest movement makes the globes teeter. It's not easy to adjust three of them with two hands. Haha! :D
The table lamp was purchased already assembled and is wired with one of my signature faux outlets. The side table is a Bespaq piece purchased at a local mini show.
The bookshelf was purchased, but I made all the tiny books that line the shelves. The top shelf holds a matched set of orange acrylic turned items from CW Lubin Wood Turning, two vases and a bowl.
The hurricane lamp is battery operated.
The beautiful Bagnall clock is a House of Miniatures kit.
The white stone griffin fireplace was made from foam core board, wood trims and polymer clay, then painted to a faux stone finish. The marble hearth started out as cardboard. The resin coals are held by the Phoenix Parlour Hob Grate. I painted it Burnished Copper Metal by Rustoleum, then aged it with layers of black and grey acrylic to get the look I wanted. I installed a flickering LED to light the resin coals.
A close-up of one of the griffins.
Next time you are invited for tea, don't let the bedraggled exterior of the Heritage scare you away. :D
The elegant entryway, staircase and upstairs hallway:
Here are a couple of work in progress shots before the permanent installation of the final floor and staircase.
View from the front door.
The entryway floor was planned and installed to coordinate with the parlor.
I assembled and painted a Phoenix Model umbrella stand kit to hold the two beautiful umbrellas by Fran and a walking stick.
I didn't use the kit parts and installed a Houseworks narrow staircase instead. I added laser cut trim, dry brushed bronze paint and stenciled detailing. I upgraded the stair railing, painting the spindles and staining the railing to match the floors. Assembling the railing was a huge challenge, but it all worked out in the end. :D
Come on upstairs...
The cameos that hang in the stairway are pendants from Fairy Tale Fantasies. One is a retro kitty and the other a beautiful vintage lady. I cut the loops from the tops to use them as framed art. I love their ghostly appearance.
The balcony railing was challenging but I love the way it turned out.
And, from overhead.
There's a simple vignette that occupies the area to the left of the bathroom door. The table is a House of Miniatures Hepplewhite Side table with hand painted designs and added elements inspired by a real life sized antique table. The artwork is a photograph from artisan Natasha Fadeeva. She makes the most amazing little animals. I just swoon over her mice!!! :D I contacted her about using the vintage mice photos in the Heritage, and she graciously gave me her permission.
I made the tiny red alarm clock from a rounded wood cap from Hobby Lobby, two silver brads and a gunmetal head pin. The feet are Tiny Turnings. The face is a printed image from The Graphics Fairy with a clear cabochon sticker to simulate glass. I had made a set of vintage table clocks for another miniaturist through my etsy shop, and I liked the red one so well I knew I would need one for the Heritage.
Bugs in the light fixtures. :D
Vintage farmhouse bathroom:
The bathroom is one of two rooms on the second floor of The Haunted Heritage. It's a small room but just right for an old farmhouse.
The bird and bee design by Flora for the bathroom window really sets the room apart. After Flora graciously permitted me to use her artwork, I edited the image in PhotoShop, turning the bird more grey and removing all stray spots. The white in the bird wouldn't print on transparency and any spots would be magnified in this small scale. I bumped up the coloration since printing on transparency usually results in some color loss. Beautiful.
The heat register was made from a tutorial by Kris at 1InchMinis.
I love this style of vintage tub!
The inside of the tub is also aged, with a custom made overflow drain made from a pen cap.
Grandma's white fuzzy slippers are from The Dolls House Emporium. They're quite cute. :D
The Bees and Trees rug made from a Teresa Layman French knot kit sits in front of the tub.
I added a small shelf with a towel bar and two knob hooks. The pot was a gift from Jeannette. I made the shower cap from a scrap of floral fabric...a better version than the mockup I made for The Artist's Studio gag. The bath brush is from a Chrysnbon kit with an added cord for hanging. The two bead bottles are from Gypsy Boudoir Miniatures. The soap holder is from the Chrysnbon bath accessories kit. The bar of soap is borrowed from Baxter Pointe Villa.
Here's a view of the items outside of the bathroom.
I painted the bath brush to look like wood.
The pipe included with the kit would have made the wall sink too low, so I used a spare pipe I purchased from Sussex Crafts. It also bothered the realist in me that there was no way for the water to get to the taps. So, I added two lines of aluminum tubing from the sink to the floor.
I added tiny washers for these new pipes as well as little valve knobs so grandma can turn off the water in an emergency. :D I know these are typically oval, but all I could find were round ones in my box of watch parts. I drilled holes into the aluminum tubing and glued them in place with super glue gel.
It might not be up to code, but I love the way it looks!
I added a washer to the sink bowl and drilled out a hole for the overflow. I placed a piece of black paper behind the overflow so no light would show through. I added a couple of brown paint washes but didn't dirty it up too much...just enough to tone down the shine and make it look like it has been there awhile.
I added a washer to the sink bowl and drilled out a hole for the overflow. I placed a piece of black paper behind the overflow so no light would show through. I added a couple of brown paint washes but didn't dirty it up too much...just enough to tone down the shine and make it look like it has been there awhile.
Keli sent me some fabulous soap bottles, so I've put one here on the sink. The towels are fine cotton sateen, pressed into shape and with a few rows of thread removed to make the fringed edge.
I also added a water line with a shutoff valve to the toilet tank, though I didn't think to take a better picture of it before I had the loo in place. Because the beadboard wall treatment adds some thickness, I had to glue the loo to the floor and the tank to the wall.
I made the small stool from the bath kit, too. I sprayed it flat black, but the top was rough so I had to follow up with acrylic paint. I topped it off with satin varnish, and now it looks like a vintage piece that's been painted and painted and painted.
For the flooring, I used spray adhesive to mount the Flower Frenzy paper by We R Memory Keepers onto a sheet of regular drawing paper for stability and then sprayed it with matte sealer. I didn't want it to be shiny, just a little deeper in color and not so paper-y. ;] I like the way it looks like worn down linoleum.
Opposite the loo sits a bath cabinet made from a House of Miniatures kit. I've taken it out of the room to photograph the details.
The tissue box is a wood block covered with Martha Stewart sticky ribbon and a bit of real tissue glued to the top. The mirror is a jewelry charm with the loop removed. The doily is from Stewart Dollhouse Creations, and the tray is a jewelry finding. The purple bottle and powder are Gypsy Boudoir Miniatures. The other two bottles were purchased blanks for which I made the labels.
I lined the drawer with a scrap of Cute Little Diamonds paper by The Paper Studio, the same paper used for the wallpaper. Grandma is frugal and has found a use for her leftover wallpaper scraps!
The African violets were made from a kit from Georgie at The Miniature Garden. The kit makes three colors of violets, but I chose the darkest purple since those are the ones my great grandma kept.
More bugs in the lights! :D
Grandma's resplendent bedroom:
I just adore this room with its feminine décor and the play between light and dark.
The bedside lamps are from Heidi Ott. I love these lamps!
The ceiling light is a Ray Storey fixture. I had thought about using a small, simple ceiling medallion here with the fixture, but when I looked at the resin piece I had on hand more closely I just didn't like it. It was rough and uneven, and spending a lot of time to get it in paint-ready condition wasn't something I wanted to do. Besides, it is a relatively short ceiling so it probably would not have been a good idea to lower the light fixture any more.
The wallpaper is Out of Time by Recollections.
When Lyssa and I went to the Art Institute when she came for a visit last October, we naturally saw the Thorne Miniature Rooms first. In one of the fine bedrooms, there was a perfect tiny staircase. :] I already had a vague image in my mind of how to address the problem of my floating door, but this helped solidify the idea. I built my stairs from foam core board and basswood, then stained and painted to match the flooring and trim.
They are exactly that sort of vintage detail you often see in old houses.
This gorgeous nightgown is from Janet Middlebrook - so perfect for grandma and the Heritage. Simply beautiful work!
I was able to salvage the swinging windows from the original kit parts. Now that I know how to use a scroll saw, I would be able to cut new ones without an issue. At the time, however, I thought making all new parts would be more trouble than it was worth.
I added individual panels to each window, mimicking the look of rod pocket top and bottom curtains. I used relatively sheer printed white cotton fabric. I normally don't glue the seam allowances on the edges, but I did for these. I turned under 1/8" all around the panels, used pins to shape them on a foam core board and sprayed them with Aleene's Stiffen Quik. I added fairy lace around the middles and then glued the panels directly to the windows. I wanted to make curtain rods, but the space was just to tight to fit them properly.
They add just that little something that completes the windows without overpowering or detracting from the beautiful arch windows. There's still a hint of the view, and the windows can still be opened wide. The side window closes all the way with some tension between the two sides, but I was just happy they worked at all.
I get the feeling Ophelia spends a lot of time on the bay balcony. :D
Grandma's comfy chair was made from a House of Miniatures Chippendale Wing Chair kit. Mr. Rabbit is from K. Kuti Designs.
The dresser was made from a kit I picked up in a furniture lot. I made no changes to the base kit, though I did add a mirror made of frame strip wood. I hand painted the branches, leaves and flowers. I would like to add a bird and left space for one, but I need to practice painting that small. The knobs are vintage hardware I bought from The Little Dollhouse Company at the Bishop Show.
The paper lace doily is from Stewart Dollhouse Creations. The cat figurine, ring holder and doily were purchased at the local mini shows. The Bentham Tulip Table Lamp by Houseworks is from miniatures.com, and I painted the LED to make the light more natural -- a tip picked up on the Greenleaf forum. The vintage photo on the mirror is from L Delaney, and the bottle is the remaining one from Gypsy Boudoir Miniatures. The book is Utopia by Thomas Moore. This is a book first published in 1516, though I don't believe this is the original cover. Ever After is one of my favorite movies for its fun take on the Cinderella story, not to mention the costumes, and this book plays a part in that movie. When I first stumbled onto the cover during my online searches, I knew I had to use it.
When I bought Ophelia from *Reve*, there was a photo in the listing that I loved. I asked the artist if I could use the photo, and she graciously said yes. I edited it in PhotoShop and printed a teeny tiny copy for a vintage looking frame I had.
The beautiful Bespaq vanity and heart-shaped chair came from Small World Miniatures (now Regent Miniatures), one of my favorite eBay sellers. I think the pieces look wonderful against the wallpaper.
I chose vintage inspired accessories for the vanity. The vanity tray I made fits perfectly on one side with the C. Rohal peacock box and Art of Mini lamp on the other. Not much room for anything else besides a small book. At first I thought the lamp might be too big for the vanity, but I rather like it. It has a warm glow and the perfect vintage feel.
The tray is a jewelry finding that had been completely flat. I used pliers to bend the handles up. The tall black bottle with the silver stopper is a turning from CW Lubin, but the others I made. The blue crystal bottle has a silver crimp bead and a fancy head pin to make the topper. The round black bottle has an earring stud for a base and a brad as a lid. The clear bottle has a silver crimp bead and a flat head pin for the topper. All are attached to the tray with mini hold wax.
The Italian leather shoes are from Patrizia Santi.
The pale pink Chanel replica handbag and wallet are from Dollhouse Ara. They are so well made and have a nice weight to them. I chose this set for the Heritage since they are a nice classic style that shouldn't interfere with the era of the house. Grandma has good taste! :D
The Bespaq bed started as shiny mahogany with pink chenille bedding that was too large for scale. After the makeover, you'd barely recognize it.
I sewed some pillows and made pillowcases from the same sheer white floral fabric as the sheets. I added one small white printed floral pillow to complete the bedding. It has a tiny venise lace flower attached in the corner.
I made a small lace throw from some open weave fabric. It is full sized to cover the entire bed when opened, but I've pressed it flat to sit at the end of the bed as an extra blanket for those chilly autumn evenings. :]
Ophelia has found her favorite spot on the bed.
The antique drum nightstands were made from the round stands that came with my artist models, 1 1/2" x 1/8" wood circles and Houseworks 1 9/16" long spindles. I painted them with a base coat of Tapioca by Folk Art then added an aging wash of light brown. I then painted the green vines, followed by red and yellow for the roses. I opted for doing mirror image painting so they would look more like a planned set than two of the same table. The knob is the fancy end of an antique copper headpin.
There's not much room on them for anything besides the lamps, but it all seems to work well together. Looks like grandma is going to have a glass of port and read for a bit.
This was the perfect place for the smallest piggy I've ever seen! :D
I bought this from The Kennedys at a local miniature show. So cute, so wee! I put the tiniest amount of tacky glue on his feet, and I hope he doesn't get the notion to wander off.
The beautiful rug by Katie Arthur of Dollhouse Littles used to reside in the parlor, but it fits so well with the bedroom colors and patterns that right now it shifts between the two rooms.
The wall curtain disguises a warp in the wallpaper.
This beautiful 1920s wedding photo hides the repair seam in the wallpaper. Photo from Rick Zolla, used with permission.
I think the black wallpaper works well in this room only because the room is so large and all of the furnishings are painted varying shades of ivory. I didn't want a matched set of furniture for this room. I preferred that the ensemble be cherished pieces purchased over the years.
Grandma's dusty old attic:
The final room in The Haunted Heritage is the third floor attic space. This was a lot of fun to put together, and I am sure to add a few more things to it over the years.
In my world, grandma is able to navigate those pull down attic stairs easily, walk about the attic without hitting her head and sit comfortably for hours in a space that doesn't appear to have any airflow for the warmer months or heating for the colder ones. :D To that end, the attic is a collection of fine (or not so fine) antiques set into vignettes where grandma can get away from it all.
The two lights are from The Lighting Bug. Love these bare bulb fixtures!
These lights are the perfect lights for the attic.
I aged the hanging bulb with dabs of brown acrylic paint.
I was the lucky winner of Andrea's giveaway on her new blog, and I chose her Farm Animals Funny Cubes in miniature for grandma's attic...so vintage, so cute!!! :D Aw, look at the cute Piggie! Each cube measures 1/4" and each side has part of one of six animals, the others being Kitty, Doggie, Fox, Cow, and Bunny.
Stacks of vintage suitcases are all over the design blogs and Pinterest. They combine nostalgia and beauty. I knew I wanted a set for grandma's attic, and there is no better artisan to turn to than Fran at FranMadeMinis. I sent her some of my favorite pictures of vintage suitcases, and she knocked it out of the park once again!
This lovely painting is a miniature reproduction of one created by Lyssa. She sent it to me, because she is a dear friend. I added a purchased frame. This is here in the attic only for holding. It will be proudly displayed in a future house. The wood and brass toy train was in a miniatures lot I bought on craigslist. It's very well made, and the wheels turn. It actually rolls around along the uneven attic floor.
With my work bonus, I spoiled myself a little and bought this 1908 Miniature Underwood Typewriter by Ken Byers of Shaker Works West.
It fits wonderfully in grandma's attic, though I foresee this piece making the rounds in my various builds just as Mary's afghans tend to do.
I'd love to find this tulip dress pattern in real life size and make one for myself. The sketch and fabric swatches are from L Delaney.
The red vintage sofa is one of my favorite pieces, but I couldn't imagine making a whole room around it. It fits perfectly in the attic. Lyssa sent me the Summer Sisters book, a miniature of the one she lent me to read. Marion sent me the most adorable plush sea otter that she made!!! :D He's so well made and soft, standing at 2 7/8" tall. He's poseable, too!
The vintage kitty doll is from my childhood dollhouse.
Now, the primitive snowman has an interesting story to tell. I once noticed he was facing backwards. I thought this was odd of me to do, but I just shrugged and turned him around. About a week later I went to set up an attic scene, and he was facing backwards again!!!! :O Haunted attic indeed! I was seriously disturbed by this because I knew I had turned him around days earlier. Later that day, I was using the scroll saw and something fell out of the Heritage (the saw is attached to the same table). After picking up the wayward mini, I checked the attic and sure enough, that snowman had walked forward! Mystery solved...or was it? Hmm....
The tiny mouse is from Sussex Crafts.
The Haunted Heritage exterior:
I love the crusty old paint effect on this house.
The Heritage is fully electrified.
The chimney was modeled after a W E Masonry original. It was scratch built from foam core board, mat board, cardboard, wood and egg carton bricks individually cut and applied. It was then painted, grouted, finished with moss and purchased ivy. It measures 27" tall, and the inside is hollow to hold the wiring for the house. The side wall had to be scratch built to accommodate the chimney. I have a blog post showing the start to finish process.
The chimney side gable trim had to be cut down to go around the chimney. There still could have been better planning with this since the roof extends past the chimney and wouldn't likely be that way in real life...but I still love the way it turned out.
This outside wall originally had a bay window on the first floor with a large Gothic arched swinging window above. I eliminated these two windows to make room for the fireplace and chimney. I replaced the swinging window with a small round window to keep some light flowing into the bathroom. The bird and bee design by Flora for the bathroom window adds so much to the build. Beautiful.
The creepy cellar windows were one of the first additions to the kit foundation that otherwise had no particular interest.
With the added cellar lights, I needed cellar doors.
The sunporch went through a lot of stages in mockup, and I'm so pleased with the design I chose in the end.
The portico is one of my favorite additions to the exterior and was completely scratch built. The kit's front door was replaced with a Houseworks Palladian double door. The stained glass inserts are printed designs from MD Doors. The new portico adds a stateliness that the original kit entrance didn't have.
Considering the age of the kit wood I was happy with the way the kitchen bay window turned out. One window assembly is completely glued together and the window is shut since the wood for these pieces was beyond repair. But, guess what? The other two windows actually work!!!! The second window is set partially open, and though the window slider isn't glued in place, the wood for this assembly is not in the best condition and doesn't allow for very fluid raising and lowering of the window. But, it works! The third window, however, works so well that I need a dowel to keep it propped open! How positively wonderful! It's just like a real life old house - one window is painted shut, one window sticks and one won't stay open!!! :D
Around the side wall, I added a casement window and also replaced the original side window with a Houseworks working component.
I added the Handley House electric and gas meters. These are well designed metal kits that take paint finishes readily.
I had to add a Juliet balcony for grandma's safety. In the original layout, there would have been a stairway here and no way for someone to fall out of the floor to ceiling window. By moving the stairs to the center of the house and adding a full floor in the bedroom, that meant grandma could tumble straight out the window. Not good. :[ The Juliet balcony was made from was made from wood dowels, plastic railing from The Dolls House Emporium, bead caps, Houseworks finials and pins.
I wanted to do something special for the roof and opted for two designs of shingles. There are two sections of diamond shingles between the rectangular rows.
Once the roof was completed, I added moss to make it older and spookier.
The fancy gables are one of the best features of this house, and I kept them as is for the most part. I did shingle the entire surface of the gables instead of only partial coverage as indicated in the original kit. I also used half scale shingles for a better representation of what these would look like on a real life house.
The Heritage kit included gutters and downspout materials that were acceptable, but I went with different parts. I painted the pieces to look old and rusty, filling the gutters with leaves and moss.
What's a haunted house without a black cat? Boring and unfinished, that's what it is. I bought this delightful weathervane from Minimum World. It's made from silver metal, so you can paint it any color you like. I sprayed the pieces flat black then applied a little Bittersweet Chocolate followed by a wash of Terra Cotta, both by Americana.
The landscaping started with scraps of builders foam to make the ground uneven. Then came planting The Tree made following the tutorial from the DVD Master Miniaturists: Landscaping Primer with Diane Myrick. I love the texture on this tree! Instead of using the foliage materials recommended in the DVD, I punched colored leaves from paper and shaped each one individually. This old tree isn't dead or dying by any means. It's just ready for its winter slumber. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
When planting The Tree, I formed Grahame's burrow. Grahame the badger was made by *Reve*.
The main grass texture is Savannah TuftGrass by Heki. I added Goldenrod Weeds and Extra Long Autumn Tufts, both "Silflorettes" by MiniNatur for some variety in the vegetation. There's also a bit of moss on the trunk and roots. The long grass tufts are Woodland Scenics Field Grass. The mushrooms were made starting with Peiwen Petitgrand's polymer clay book, though I made some modifications to achieve the look I wanted.
The leaves you see scattered around were handmade from paper - individually punched from marker colored paper and shaped.
I added a beautiful aged metal birdbath by Island Crafts & Miniatures to the front lawn. The last time I made an aquarium, I used some leftover Acrylic Water resin to fill the bowl. The birdbath is from Dejoux Miniatures.
I missed Halloween 2011...
But, even though the house was still incomplete at the time, grandma did it up big for Halloween 2012.
Grandma read Edgar Allan Poe outside while enjoying the crisp autumn air. The afghan was made by Mary of Woodland Miniatures. I made the book for the Heritage parlor bookcase.
Every Halloween display needs a jack-o'-lantern! Ophelia wouldn't have it otherwise.
I made the pumpkins out of two colors of clay baked around foil spheres. I was planning to carve all three, but the first one was hard enough to make me skip the other two. :D I used a single orange bulb flickering LED from Evan Designs. It is attached to a 3V battery adapter with a switch, which sits inside the cellar doors. Hooray!
With The Haunted Heritage completed, grandma is looking forward to Halloween 2013. It's certain to be a big celebration inside and out!
Always love a nighttime photo...
Added some new skeleton flamingo lawn ornaments. :D
I hope you've enjoyed following this build as much as I have enjoyed swearing while putting it together! Haaaaaa! In all seriousness, thank you all for the kind comments, invaluable help and generous gifts along the way. Hugs all around!!! :D
Ok...I have yard work to do.... Ta!
Your photography is so stunning you forget that this is not a real house until you see the full interior. Excellent!!
You make me dream….
This is just STUNNING! What a work of Perfection! I am in AWE of your talents and Vision! I LOVE Every Single Detail!!!
WOW, it looks great!!!!
Amazing detail. Your work is so so lovely and realistic. Love it. Hugs~ Kim
My jaw is on the floor! This is the dollhouse of my dreams! I have a “haunted Dollhouse", but it’s a sad attempt at what you have successfully achieved!
Thank you so much!
WOW! The attention to detail in this house just blows my mind. From the moss on the chimney to the Autumn basket on the table to the handmade leaves, you’ve left nothing for my imagination to think of…it’s all right here in this room. I don’t know how you keep doing it girl, but you ought to write a book! It’s work like this that inspires the rest of us to keep at it. Well done!
Maravilloso trabajo, detalles muy cuidados , muy realista, en conjunto SOBRESALIENTE 10 sobre 10.
I’m just starting in the miniature world, and I am simply amazed by your sense of detail and the perfection of your work!!
How did you mange the bricks for the chimney?
Thank you for this great blog!
Thank you, Carole! I hope you stay in the miniature world since it is great fun!
The chimney is all egg carton brick over foam core board, cardboard and wood scraps. The recap post is here: http://www.otterine.com/blog/blog1.php/chimney-from-start-to-finish
If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask!
These photos are amazing. How did you get such a large depth of field shooting with a macro lens? Focus stacking?
Thanks, Mike! I use a stock Canon PowerShot G9 and its standard macro setting. It has been a great camera for these mini projects.
Your work is absolutely stunning! What a talent you have! I’ve been following your heritage build on the miniatures forum, and stumbled onto your website the other day. I can only hope that through experience I can do what you do. You truly have a gift, and your attention to detail is amazing!
Thank you so much!
Stunning chimney. And I love the little details such as the upside down horseshoe (lets the luck run out). Love it!
I actually like to think of the upside down horseshoe as showering you with luck as you walk under it.
Where did you get the bathroom tub, toilet, and sink? Is it Chrysnbon done with exceptional skill or am I imagining things? I have been having a hard time locating bathroom fixtures that don’t look “dollhousy".
Thanks! Yes, it’s the Chrysnbon set…with some added detailing in the form of water pipes and drains.
Brae, this is just amazing. I love the door that slides into the inside of the wall. I guess kitchen. And I love the pipes. It is just to die for. lol God Bless you.
Thanks so much, Becky!
So I just happened to visit this site just now.. and see this page.. and wow the house is amazing. So much detail.. I especially like the staircase with the intricate wallpaper and those cameos of cats and things..
The leaves and the colours are pretty too!
these are brilliant is it possible you can send me the plans for this thank you
Thank you!! This house is being built from a kit with a lot of modifications done along the way, so I don’t have any plans to send.
Hi, I stumbled onto your blog about five days ago now and every evening I come visit you! I have enjoyed every evening spent in your lovely house. The detail, the journey, your dedication is awesome!
You have become my inspiration, without talented miniaturist like yourself who is willing to share, this brilliant hobby would die.
Keep up this excellent work, thank you so much for sharing. I can’t wait to visit again tomorrow.
Humbly yours Lorraine ( from downunder!)
Aw, thank you, Lorraine! I’m glad you’ve stopped by!
Just stumbled upon this site.
Oh my god.
Really awesome stuff!!
OMG, Brae! I have no words for your talent! Simply amazing! I can’t stop looking at ALL of your pictures. Wow!
Aw, thanks so much!
Hi, your house is lovely; you decorcated it so tastefully and refined. It’s a real pleasure to have a look around in it!
OMG, this is the look that I would like to achieve with the one I am working on (my first)..I now see that I have alot to learn! So many beautiful customized detail, it’s just lovely…A treasure to behold!
Thank you so much for posting these. I’ve been watching your progress since you started on the forum. This house is such an inspiration and you are wonderfully talented. All the best as you finish.
Thanks so much, Jen!
I love this house. You are truly an artist… great job!
I am newly inspired. Wonderful details. I sew too. Kindred spirit. :o)
This is Gorgeous!! Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I would love to have this on display year-round. I do love EVERYTHING, but my favorite room is the attic. “Bravo.”
WOW….. This is the best house… Everything is soooooooo perfect and I AM SOOOOO JEALOUS!…. You have a great eye….. Thanks for sharing these fantastic pictures with us. Oh that chiminey……
Wow…..I am overwhelmed by the detail and beauty you’ve put into this house. It’s absolutely stunning. I had to lift my jaw up off the floor!!!!!!!!
This is SO incredible. I seriously want to live in this house!! I can’t believe how detailed and gorgeous it is, very realistic and just captures what mood you were going for exactly…
I’d love to see more photos of the real home that inspired you if you had any of those!
Unfortunately, my childhood home was torn down a long time ago and being in the time before digital cameras, not many photos of the interior exist. It’s mostly backdrop shot and then the few I took right before it was razed.
I am in love! Do you recall where you found the miniature mixing bowls on the baker’s cabinet?
Thank you, Karen! I’ve sent you an email.
I am in awe! Your work is so beautiful. You are truly an inspiration. I love reading your blog and your pictures are gorgeous. I bought some of your little bee pillows at your Etsy shop. They’re currently sitting in my own little dollhouse. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome gift!
omg…I’m in love! Incredibly skillful, you are a true artist!
Deb - I’m so glad you like the pillows! It’s fun knowing some of my minis are out there in the world!
Wow, I am truly amazed at your talent and vision. You really are incredible!
Holy cow! That is incredible! It gives the same wonderous feeling as the Fairy Castle at the Museum of Science of Industry!
This is an amazing work of art. I’m blown away by everything that you’ve done. It’s absolutely splendid.
I’m so glad that you added the links to the various places that you bought items from, etc.
Wonderful, wonderful work!
Throughly enjoyed your whole process. I love all of the tiny and precious details you added throughout the house. Thank you for sharing all the links for the treasures you have so diligently found.
You did an EXCELLENT job! Your realism was a joy to see. Tell Grandma that her house needs painting. On second thought the neighborhood kids wouldn’t be scared of a well-painted house! lol Thanks for sharing.
How wonderful! I have this exact same house that I started about 20+ years ago. Got a new one and was planning to make mine a haunted house now too! Yours looks so great! I like the stairway you used! That original one was a pain to plan around. You have inspired me!
This house is so astonishing. I’ve just spent two hours looking and reading and also bookmarked it for further study. It looks as though it took many years of collecting and acquiring to do it. It seems perfect to me but——A wonderful house to share with so many people. Marilyn
Oh! is great! an excellent job, and aside from the furniture and everyday objects, that you have performed brilliantly, I love every little detail of this house: the electricity meter, the window handles, light switches! everything seemingly goes unnoticed, here stands out so amazing, thanks to the beautiful photos. the atmosphere is perfect and seems to be really in an old house, in the odor of damp wood, chocolate cookies and laundry soap, like all the houses of the grandmother!
everything is so perfect, cuts baseboards, cracking of the exterior paint, insects in lamps, the sink drain, the calendar of October 2013 ready for the next Halloween … every little detail makes this home unique and wonderful! you have submitted all the love you feel for your home, your memories, your feelings of love for Grandma … and all the passion to make a doll’s house so realistic!
really, I spent a couple of hours to enjoy the show, occasionally smiling to myself, for beautiful things and original, I’ve seen … thanks for sharing, one of the most beautiful homes ever built! I am happy and honored that a few of my items are here! (I hope you noticed that the book “A Christmas Carol” is shown inside …
congratulations from the bottom of my heart, and a thousand wishes for a Happy Birthday!
an affectionate hug from Italy!
Thank you for sharing your wonderful Haunted Heritage project. You did a fantastic job with all the minute details, which brought it to life. Delightful!!
This has been a fantastic ride to see this house. Pity about the burnt chicken wings but this was more important and someone else could have been watching them!! Just a beautiful work of art.
You are amazing. I could just stay here all night looking at all the progress I’m so far behind on keeping up with. Fantastic job.
(And we have one of those old floating doors in our real bathroom…we still haven’t built the stairs for it yet.)
Thank you all so much!!!
I’m actually at a loss for words, your talent is remarkable! How did you shape the leaves and did you have to set them somehow?? I’ve never seen anything like it!
Wish I had a house like yours, it has so many details. I enjoyed every pic of it! and the feeling of still life is everywhere … Excellent job, and what a talent you have!
You can find the post on the leaves here: http://www.otterine.com/blog/blog1.php/leaves
I love LoVe LOVE the photos! Thanks for posting them!
I’ve been perusing your site which I happened upon by chance. Put simply - breathtaking, awesome and outstanding. Thank you.
What an amazing house! I found this while looking for miniature aquarium ideas and ended up reading all the way through. Your dedication and eye for detail are awe-inspiring!
Wow, I am at a loss for words. This is the MOST stunning and beautiful thing I have seen. EVER. Thank you for inspiring me!
Excellent attention to detail. Amazing!
This is absolutely incredible! Your attention to detail is amazing! Well done
Your work is absolutely magnificent! I adore the wallpaper in the entry/stairway area. I know this post is a few years old, but I would love to get the info to see if it’s still available.
The paper in the entry is Turquoise Gothic Stripe scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby. I believe they still carry it.
Thanks so much, Brae. I found it!! Hooray!
Truly amazing! Both the house and the photography are incredible. I’m on my way to tour the house again.
What an amazing house and so much attention to detail sometime I tought is it real size or small so good!
groetjes van Marijke
The Hague, The Netherlands
Thank you so much!
This absolutely amazing! I love it!
I discovered your site by chance and was overwhelmed. What dedication, what eye for detail, what patience and concentration, what perfection! Every house you create is an act of meditation, no less. Thank you for sharing.
I love what you did with this kit! I want your bathroom for my own!
Can you tell me what you used on the floor in the bathroom? Is it fabric? Thank you so much!!! This site is awesome!!!
Hello Again! I am wondering where I can get the laser cut trim that you used on your narrow stairs? Also, I am in love with your dish drying rack on the sink in the kitchen!!! Did you make it? My children and I are obsessed with your site!
I’ve updated the post for the bathroom flooring – it is scrapbook paper.
The dish drainer is from The Dolls House Mall - http://www.thedollshousemall.com/
The stairs blog post is here:
I’ve updated the post for those, too.
Hello Ms. Brae,
I am almost done helping my 13 year-old son with his scale model house The Westville. I am wondering did you affix your sink to the wall in the kitchen? Do you use sticky wax to keep your furniture in place? I have never been at this point. My childhood dollhouse that I built at age 14, The Harrison was never finished inside because my Dad didn’t help me with the electric kit that he bought!
So this is the first time I have actually finished the interior of a dollhouse. Just wondering! Thank you!
Most of the furniture in the house just sits in place; very few pieces are permanent except for the bathroom fixtures (but not the tub). The artwork is usually affixed with Mini Hold Wax so it can be removed as well. The kitchen sink in particular has some wax under the feet to keep it from sliding.
Hello Again! Ms. Brae,
Did you mention if the kitchen wallpaper has a name? Also the the tea towel on the sink made by Marlene, is it paper? It sits there so beautifully I was just wondering…..
Please forgive my multiple inquiries!!!! Thank you for your prompt responses!!!! I am deeply obsessed with all your details!
Apparently, I need to hire you as an editor, Naomi. I’ve just added the details for the wallpaper!
The tea towel is not paper – more of a stiffened fabric. I wet it and pressed it in place to dry formed to the sink.
I am glad you are not peeved by my many queries! Your house is Absolutely Fabulous I just can’t help myself!
Your work is magnificent!! Wow! The details! Thank you for posting pictures! How long did this take you to do? I’ve always wanted to make a haunted/Halloween doll house! Your work is so inspiring! Absolutely wonderful!
What a wonderful journey. Thank you so much for sharing.
I’ve re-read this entry several times now. I inherited a dollhouse from my Grandmother and am working on it. Your style and attention to detail is what I want to emulate. I recently purchased and began building a dollhouse from a kit for my 10 year-old daughter…so she’ll leave my dollhouse alone. It’s only after this reading, I realize she chose the same “wallpaper” from your foyer/staircase, the aqua and black arabesque, for her kitchen. It’s the Orchid by Greenleaf. Such a cute cottage. We’re having fun with it.
Only just discovered this house of yours today. I am simply blown away and speechless with admiration. It is divine.
When you can create like this, you have a very active imagination. I bet your brain never shuts off & you design in your sleep.
This is breath taking.
I think this is the most beautiful dollhouse I have seen! This is so very inspiring, and as I am new to the miniature world, I can appreciate how much time went into this. SO very beautiful!! I can see lots of warmth in this home and so I can tell you are haunted by your childhood home…but in a good way!
This is amazing ,I just love this !The amount of time you put into this is unbelievable.Thank you you made my day!
I just love and am amazed by everything that you do! It’s like you are an architect, a contractor, an interior designer, and a landscaper all rolled into one - in miniature scale! I love that you leave no detail out…and that there are bugs in the light fixtures! I’m looking forward to seeing your newest creation, and I’m excited that Grover will have a place in it!! : )
Thanks so much!!
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