Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Decorating for Fall at Kathleen's Dollhouse

I am completely in love with this dollhouse.  It belongs to Kathleen 
Holmes, and I featured it on my other blog several years ago.  You
can link up to part one of that tour HERE.  

Today I wanted to share some of her fall decorating with you.

Pumpkins on the mantel in this cozy living room.

In the dining room too.

And in the kitchen!

Kathleen and her husband just completed a major move into their
new full size home, and Kathleen's dollhouse was completely packed
away for that move.  She has been working hard to unpack all the 
dollhouse minis and putting them back in place.  So, we will
visit her again to see more of her fabulous rooms and decor.

One thing to keep in mind, Kathleen has been collecting miniatures
for many years.  Many of the things she has are one of a kind.
Don't be discouraged when decorating your own dollhouse.  Start
small and scour sites selling minis.  eBay is a good place to look
and etsy too.  Don't overlook estate sales.  There are also talented
miniaturists who sell their furniture and accessories too.  I will
introduce you to them also.  Starting and growing a dollhouse is
a very fun pastime.  And just remember, you can design it any way
you like.  Let you imagination soar!

Susan and Bentley

Monday, September 12, 2016

Dear Daisy Cottage Dollhouse

Aside from being enchanted by Kimberly McCole's full size 
cottage which she lovingly calls Dear Daisy Cottage, she also
has a tiny cottage full of her fun and cheerful decor in miniature.

Let's take a peek inside!

The rooms are decorated in bright primary colors.

There is a tiny replica of Kim's real live pup whose name is
Miss Maggie.  This miniature pup as her own name and it is
Miss Maisy.

So cute!

I love Kimberly's collection of miniature chairs in such cute fabrics too.

A sweet tiny apron just waiting to be worn.

There is a four poster bed upstairs with tiny crocheted shams and bed spread.

I so enjoy visiting other miniaturists.  It's fun to see their own spin on
creating a tiny world for us all to slip away to and enjoy!  

Thank you Kimberly for letting me share your charming world with others.

Susan and Bentley

Friday, September 2, 2016

Christmas at Ribbonwood Cottage

Now that it's September, the holiday season will be upon us soon and
I thought y'all might enjoy seeing some charming Christmas miniatures
by talented Debbie Booth of Ribbonwood Cottage.

I am completely in love with this adorable Christmas pillow on
the miniature porch swing!  It is one of Debbie's creations.

This hot cocoa station is so charming!

I love the colors on the island.

This island is devoted to gingerbread baking.  I so want to 
shrink myself down and join in the fun.

Look at the cute bedroom.  So cozy and festive.

An armoire filled with miniature quilts.  

I hope this gives you some ideas for your own Christmas miniature
rooms.  If you have not started a miniature collection yet, maybe
these darling rooms will make you want to start.

Debbie has an etsy shop where she sells her 1/12 scale minis.
She also makes accessories for Barbie and Blythe dolls too.
You can visit her shop HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today!
Love, Susan and Bentley

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Claudia's Charming Dollhouse

This is the living room of my friend Claudia's cottage.  Claudia is
the author of one of my favorite blogs,  Mockingbird Hill Cottage.
Claudia and I share our great love for dogs, reading, the piano and

Here is her sweet dollhouse next to her piano with the vintage
keyboard school print above.  Notice that Claudia has repeated
her signature turquoise color in various touches throughout the 
room, especially on the shutters and front door of her Victorian


Let's go inside through the front door.

The inside is just as charming as it's exterior.  This room has the 
cozy and welcoming cottage charm we all love.

Claudia loves McCoy pottery and has an impressive full size
collection.  She has even managed to find miniature sizes of 
her beloved McCoy patterns.

I love the pretty platter too as well as the miniature books.
Notice a copy of Jane Eyre on the shelf.

This little fireplace with the attached bookshelves was a miniature
that was once readily available, but now seems very hard to find.
Claudia painted it all white and added the eclectic elements to 
really make it uniquely hers.

I love this very vintage wallpaper in the kitchen and that distressed 
shelf over the Aga.

Here you can see the finished kitchen.  Perfectly cozy.

This is a kitchen I could live in :-)

Claudia made this chair.  It was a kit and she covered it in the
most charming fat quarter fabric.  

It's just the perfect spot to sit and knit or crochet ~ if you are
a fairy.  

This is just an introduction to Claudia's miniature curating and
design talents.  I am going to take you on a tour of her 
mid century miniatures in the near future.  She is truly a 
very talented miniaturist and can shift periods and styles
with ease.

If you have never read Claudia's blog (and I would be
surprised if you have not) be prepared to be enchanted by 
her full size cottage, wonderful garden and beautiful

Susan and Bentley

Monday, August 15, 2016

In The Kitchen With Kim Saulter

One of the reasons I started this blog devoted to minis was because I wanted to 
share resources and talented miniaturists with other mini lovers.

Today, I am so pleased to share with you the work of a very talented, and
dear friend, Kim Saulter.  She has the soul of a true artist and everything
she touches becomes magical.  Just take a good look at this kitchen.  It's 
hard to believe that it's all in miniature, but it is!  I could just move right in,
couldn't you?

Charming to the max!

It's just like the kitchen that Romantic Homes Magazine featured on it's cover
several years ago.  Love those windows over the sink and that cute little skirt too!

And this sweet kitchen!

And this table where the pies are being prepared.  I am just in awe of her 
talents.  Now let's look at more of her baking and cooking goodies....

Pancakes with syrup and waffles.

A three layer cake for a birthday party.

And Kim creates dreamy seasonal creations too.  This makes me long for Fall!

Let's not forget about Christmas!  The cute gingerbread house and decorated cookies and
even a mug of hot chocolate topped with marshmallows.  Delightful!

Boxing up the Christmas cookies!

Then Valentine's Day rolls around, and Kim has that holiday covered too.

Be still my heart!

Let's get ready for Easter.  Ducks, bunnies, colored eggs and flowers.  
So cute!

Patriotic holiday treats.

And who doesn't like pie!

Aside from being an extremely talented artist, Kim has a big, warm and 
loving heart.  She always looks on the bright side of life and is a joy to

Kim is a new grandmother of an adorable baby boy.  She has been 
taking a short break, but will be back to creating more of her magic
very soon.  Kim has an etsy shop and will be filling it up with all
sorts of goodies again.  Keep your eyes open though, because 
her creations sell out fast!

Thank you Kim for letting me share your wonderful creations
and photos.  Your work is so beautiful!

I have a big list of other miniaturists that I will be featuring, so 
stay tuned for great inspiration, tips and resources.  Thanks for
stopping by.

Susan and Bentley