I few months ago, I agreed to decorate a dollhouse for an auction to benefit Evergreen House in Baltimore, which is one of my favourite places in town. After much deliberation and lots of cough medicine, I decided on a Paper Doll House.
I decided that all of the pieces in the house and decorating the house would be made out of paper. I would find images on line, download them, photoshop them and print them out. With my trusty glue sticks, I’d attach them to the wooden doll house, et voila! I’d be finished.Well, the reality was not quite that simple. I spent hours finding the right images, ones that had the right perspective, no clutter in the background and that fit the period of the house.
Once I found and downloaded them, I had to scale them to fit the size of the house. Then I printed them, and spent ages cutting them out, making sure that there none of those pesky white edges showing.
I did have a bit of a meltdown when I saw a picture of my amazing friend David’s house. I took to bed with a bottle of gin and sulked for a while. But then I realized that David’s an artist and craftsman, and I just have a glue stick, so it’s not really comparable. Check out his blog with some pictures of the house and more of his amazing works.
So, I got back to work and at 2:00 this morning, I finished it, and delivered the Paper Doll House to Evergreen just before the rain started. The room on the left is the main hall/reception room. I forgot to take a picture of the fireplace that’s on the right wall head on, but you can see it below. The house is made to be looked at from a perspective of someone standing looking down at it, so when you’re looking directly, it’s a little off. That’s me and my faithful dog and the pictures are of my old dog, Frank, my grandmother and my niece. The library is next and has a wall of books, two comfortable chairs, the Toile de Baltimore wallcovering and the infamous Turgot Plan de Paris on some linen-fold wood walls. The bedroom has a canopy bed and large dresser. The pictures are a Chinoiserie pattern and a field of black-eyed susans, the walls are gold paper and the ceiling is blue and white tiles. The rug is Aubusson. The attic has rough wood floors and some old rolled up rugs.
I did get a peek at the other entries this morning and they are spectacular. I think that Evergreen is having pictures taken of all of the houses, so when they do, I will share them with you. Just promise me that you won’t laugh too hard at mine!