I picked this house up off of Craigslist for, less than $20... it might have been as little as $10, but no matter the cost, the price was right. This poor house needed a solid rescue. All crooked, over painted and drowned in hot glue.... I couldn't wait to fix her up and give her new life.
The house set on a shelf for quite a while as I worked on other houses, projects and Mt Ollopa. When I finished up Mt Ollopa, Brae suggested that I enter the Undersized Urbanite contest, hosted by Little Victorian, with her. It occurred to me that the little Tennyson house would be perfect for it... main structure already there, but still totally bashable.
As I have stated before, but will repeat for new followers, I love to use miniatures for home design ideas that I cannot use in my own house (mostly because I don't own it... and I would have to run the ideas by my husband...) I decided to tackle the Tennyson with a bunch of home decor ideas I had on my various Pinterest boards. I had style plans, paint colors, funky shelves, cool lighting, out of the box wall treatments... all sorts of things ferreted away. You can see all my original ideas HERE and any that didn't get used, you can be certain that you will see them at some point!
And after 4 months, the Tennyson went from this:
And from this:
I replaced and added walls, changed windows and doors, replaced railings and more.
Let's start with the outside first, since it is the most recently finished.
One of the things I get the most compliments on is the details that I put into my houses. They look lived in and cozy. Warm and inviting. I don't think the outside is any less than that!
You are greeted at 712 Sparkleberry Trail by a sidewalk and a charming walkway, lined with flowers, groomed lawn and many colorful pots.
What seems to be a hit amongst my girlfriends is the detailed painting on the railings. It was a pain and took two days, but it really is worth it! And I got to watch a lot of Bones while doing it, so Win-Win!
And now, we move on to the inside.
THE LIVING ROOM:
Started out like this, over painted, over glued, with double doors, awful stairs and shelf liner flooring...
And I turned it into this:
|End tables and coffee tables by Cyd of Minimodpod. Couch by Pepper at MitchyMooMiniatures. Pillows by both of them, too.|
THE BOOK NOOK ROOM:
Everyone's favorite. Started out as a an intended kitchen that looked like this: Again, over painted, over glued, I actually liked the flooring, but it didn't go with what I wanted.
This was the first room I stared on and the first *I WANT IT* that came to fruition, in mini. The Book Nook. :) I added a random wood plank floor, custom shelving and over 200 books. I also nixed two windows!
All the titles are ones that I have read or would at least recognize. The blanket is from Mary of Roslyn Treasures and Etsy. I made some of the pillows and some are souvenirs from my time with Mini Jazzi.
Jane of minifanaticus.
THE BEDROOM and HALLWAY:
All we have is a walk in shower.. not relaxing at all.
I wanted the attic to be both the attic and the guest area... and the Tennyson has the perfect set up for that. I changed the windows on both sides, though. A new rectangle window and an octagonal window... that I apparently forgot to paint.... Let's just say it was recently replaced and the owner didn't want to worry about paint in the storage area. Ha!
And, to make it all the more special, this house is the first that I have fully electrified. Fully wired, no battery lights and I even made some lights myself! It really looks so cool for it!
Little Victorian's blog. Check back then for a post with a link. Everyone has 3 votes, but only one vote per house! Congratulations to everyone else that is entering with me and goo luck!