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Even Adults Would Love These 30 Amazing Dollhouses

Even Adults Would Love These 30 Amazing Dollhouses

When you were little, did you play with a dollhouse that just wasn’t everything you dreamed it would be? So maybe you took cardboard and construction paper and made additions. Maybe you found Christmas lights, wrapped them in tulle to create an ethereal or underwater effect for your mermaids and mermen. Or maybe you converted an old tree trunk and made a Middle Earth worthy hobbit home.

Wherever your imagination took you as a child, now that you are older, maybe it’s time to reclaim that imagination.

And now that you live in an internet connected world that allows you not only to see the wild creations of others, but offers also step-by-step instructions, how to videos, and niche stores supplying amazing miniatures to complete and compliment your one of a kind dream home, you can do almost ANYTHING!

Whatever your taste is, take a look at these 30 thoughtful and AMAZING doll’s houses! And let the world of miniatures engulf you once again.

1. Shabby Chic Simple

Who says all dollhouses have to be pink?! Maybe you live in boxy modern efficiency but are dreaming about white lace and roses on a mossy shoal somewhere. With this charming cottage from Cinderella Moments by Caroline Dupuis, you can welcome this breath of fresh air on a window ledge or side table and dwell in possibilities.

La Maison de Ville Dollhouse by Caroline Dupuise of Cinderella Moments

    2. A Different Sort of Tree House

    Starting from scratch might mean just taking a walk in the woods. A tree stump might just be laying around begging for a second life as a mouse dollhouse. This house by Maddie Brindley can be found complete with instructions at Mad’s Mouse House on WordPress with more information about the craftsman.

    Mad Mouse House by Maddie Brindley

      3. Striking the right note

      One person’s junk is another person’s treasure-to-be! A warped or broken guitar can be the home of fanciful play again. Take a look at Fairy Meadow Miniatures’ guitar dollhouse. For pictures of the work in progress, check out their website.

      Guitar Doll House by Fairy Meadow Miniatures

        4. A Grounded Type of Dollhouse

        You knew with a reference to J.R. R. Tolkiens’ Middle Earth that I was going to have one Hobbit House. And here it is! You don’t have to fly to New Zealand, but it could take a year to build one just like Maddie Chambers. For more incredible inside pictures, visit Mads Hobbit Hole on wordpress.

        Miniature Hobbit House by Maddie Chambers

          5. So you feel like turning Japanese . . .

          Like the 80s English band, The Vapors, you might feel like turning Japanese, but of course you can’t. You might not be able to move to Japan or even buy sushi where you live. But you could have your own amazing miniature Japanese doll house! This one is sold as a kit from Billy, a Japanese dollhouse company.

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          Billy Japanese Doll House

            6. Dreams of being a gypsy

            Maybe your dreams are of roaming the European countryside as rambling gypsy. With the advent of laser cutting printers, dollhouses can come in any shape or size, like the 8″ caravan from Michelle’s Miniatures.

            Michele's Miniatures Caravan Wagon

              7. Maybe more mod!

              Your style might be more retro or just rainbow if you love Love LOVE this stylish gym. This Kaleidoscope home can only be found on Ebay or Craigslist for the time being, but what a special dollhouse it would be!

              Kaleidoscope House

                8. A mini-modernist on your hands

                The opposite of a Victoria doll house that was the idol of my youth is this mini-modern masterpiece. Called the Bennet House on many websites, the secondary market might be the only place it exists anymore!

                The Bennet House

                  8. Real Retro

                  If you don’t mind searching the globe and the timeline, you might find this, the Plattenbau-Hochhaus from 1966. Talk about a charmer! But how could you dare play with this one!

                  Plattenbau-Hochhaus

                    9. Castle estate, take me away!

                    If capturing another century versus a decade is your thing, and you always felt you would be suited for the royal treatment, then this laser cut castle doll house is your thing. I couldn’t find the kit for sale, but it might be possible to find a video with the step-by-step laser saw demonstration. One can dream and wish upon a star I suppose!

                    Castle from Laser Tutorial Video

                      10. True Royalty Only

                      Maybe you could be a billionaire these days and get something comparable to the exact dollhouse of Queen Mary which was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1924. This picture is of the house’s moving day in 1924. If you want to see the castle in person, you’ll need to plan a trip to Windsor Castle. I think it might be worth it.

                      Queen Mary's Doll House now on display at Windsor Castle.

                        11. Very Victorian

                        If you want a Victorian dollhouse, your choices are innumerable. There are examples of every possible color combination and scale. This is a classic one pictured on several websites. There is sure to be a kit to start with that will make your very Victorian heart skip a beat.

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                        Very Victorian

                          12. Something That Could Be From Lemony Snickets

                          Victorian doll houses with or without extensive gingerbread detail can call out to you even from childhood classic books and movies, like Lemony Snickets or James and the Giant Peach. The coffee stain aging is just inspired.

                          Story Book Quality Victorian Dollhouse

                            12. Maybe something more grown-up from Tim Burton

                            Maybe scary really is your thing or you just have a dark side, Tim Burton style? Well, the internet is populated with amazing doll houses that fit that bill! Here is one that is very Beetle Juice.

                             Beetle Juice Doll House

                              13. Very haunted memories

                              If that wasn’t scary enough, this won’t be either, because the charming house from Amityville seduces it’s victims into feeling like they are in an ideal New England farmhouse, right before all things go terribly, terribly wrong. What a beauty of movie memorabilia or fan art.

                              Amityville Dollhouse

                                14. Not to be play with….ever…

                                Some dollhouses do not ask to be played with, like this one that has been described as the Tim Burton Dollhouse. It looks like the place where Edward Scissorhands might reside. It seems also to scream RUN THE OTHER WAY!

                                Tim Burton Haunted All the Way Doll House

                                  15. Have you heard of Rob Heard?

                                  Rob Heard’s sculptures are dollhouses elevated to gravity defying art! I don’t know if there is any child in the world lucky enough to play within one of these masterpieces, but if so, they are fantastically fortunate. Did I say gravity defying?!

                                  Rob Heard House

                                    16. Buying a boutique of miniatures

                                    If shopping nonstop is your dream and fantasy, then maybe a London boutique dollhouse is what you are yearning for. This one will be on display at the Kinsington Dollshow in London this May 2015. Just bring the mall home, won’t you?

                                    Boutique Dollhouse at Kinsington Dollshow 2015

                                      17. A dollhouse right out of a book

                                      Some dollhouses are made right out of books, literally! If you crack open one of these, you’ll find teeny, tiny, itty, bitty books even inside. You might even need a magnifying glass to enjoy all the details.

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                                        18. An adorable adobe dollhouse

                                        If you want something more south of the border, this adorable adobe might be just right for you. Check out any culture you are interested in and just know you can create in miniature a dollhouse to satisfy your globe trotting desires.

                                        Adobe Doll House

                                          19. Exceptional Chinese academia dollhouse

                                          The doors of learning are wide open if you want to build a school for your dolls. This replica of a chinese academy comes ready to assemble in a kit like any other dollhouse.

                                          Chinese Academia Dollhouse Kit

                                            20. Blow your own horn

                                            For centuries shells and horns were made into, well, horns, but how many have been made into a fairy house? This slightly creepy fantasy creation is still amazing.

                                            Dollhouse made from a horn

                                              21. So simple, a child could assemble ANY WAY THEY WANT!

                                              When I came upon her website, I got a little excited. Because not only are the houses attractive, but pieces can be traded out and interlocked. This is a city of Lille. For more, go check out Lille Hussets House..

                                              Lilly Husset Paper Doll Houses

                                                22. A shoe in

                                                Maybe you have so many dolls you don’t know what to do, so you might need this shoe, or rather, boot house. There are dozens of styles online, and wouldn’t it be a fun challenge to turn a boot into a house for little dolls.

                                                boot doll house

                                                  22. 3-2-1 LIFT OFF!!

                                                  I looked and looked and finally found, a ROCKET SHIP DOLL HOUSE!!! I’m not even sure how on earth I found this out of this world creation, but I know I was disappointed to find that it seems to out of stock. But why not make one from scratch? Who says a dollhouse has to be a house?! Maybe we need to build some space station houses.

                                                  Discovery Space Dollhouse

                                                    23. Repurposefull

                                                    It’s not a word, repurposefull, but this isn’t a dollhouse anymore either. A reversal of the theme of taking other things and making them into dollhouses, this is a dollhouse turned into shelving space in a laundry room. Kind of makes me sad.

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                                                    Repurposed Dollhouse

                                                      24. Living the Fabulous Life

                                                      There were no quirky self-made dollhouses that were also cruise ships, but I have to include the Barbie or Glamour Gal cruise ships because they are sometimes bigger than the dream houses. Some are bigger than children’s bookcases. Although all plastic, they are fabulous, and I miss mine!

                                                      Cruiseship

                                                        25. The artist’s den of dollhouses

                                                        I hadn’t thought about it, but recreating an artist’s studio would be amazing. Take a look at Frida’s!  The details include prints of her own artwork as well as a miniature Frida in her iconic pose.

                                                        Frida's Art Studio Dollhouse

                                                          26. One that casts a spell

                                                          This Voodoo House by Laura Denison is a rich beauty. Instead of scary, it is just charming. For more of her creations you can check out her at G 45 Papers on Typepad. The layering and texture of color and patterns are a feast for the eyes. The little lamps and chandeliers are adorable. Wait!  Is that a skull on the floor…?!

                                                          LAURA DENISON VOODOO HOUSE

                                                            27. Green with envy

                                                            This dollhouse seems to rise right out of a coffee table, and not a small one either. It is a rich green with lots of detail. My legs get tired just looking at the winding staircase the dolls would have to climb.

                                                            green doll house

                                                              28. Fantasy creation indeed!

                                                              Frogmorton seems to specialize in dollhouses from the fairy-gnome territory. This one seems to be a living tree house grown by Mother Nature herself for some of her forest dwelling family. For more dreamy designs, look into Frogmorton.

                                                              Treehouse by Frogmorton

                                                                29. Go green! dollhouse

                                                                For the environmentally conscious raising the next generation of earth caretakers, some dollhouses are seriously green, employing windmills and solar panels. This Planstoy Green Dollhouse is even supplied with recycle bins for all sorts of materials. Talk about raising the next generation to love their mother earth!

                                                                Plantoys Green Dollhouse

                                                                  30. In an old house in Paris, that was covered in vines…

                                                                  I had to pick a stopping point, so the Old House In Paris is it. I own one of these houses and have many of the dolls and furnishings. The book was a favorite from childhood. The movies j’adore! I love that spunky sprite Madeline. So when I came across this dollhouse sitting in a consignment store, I was stunned. They do not sell these in the United States, so I had not seen or heard of them. And I’m an adult and have long stopped watching Madeline’s adventures.

                                                                  But because I had started reading the books to my daughter, I couldn’t resist bringing this dollhouse into my home with as many of Madeline’s friends as I could find on Ebay! I think I might enjoy it more than my kid, and I do get excited when I find an item here or there. The doorbell works. The lantern lights up. I can get plenty of accessories. And I even have Miss Clavel. And one day I’ll get Genevieve the dog!  ….FOR MY GRANDCHILDREN….of course!

                                                                  madeline's dollhouse

                                                                    Featured photo credit: Rob Heard via robheard.co.uk

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                                                                    How to Overcome Boredom

                                                                    How to Overcome Boredom

                                                                    Have you ever been bored? Restless? Fidgety? In need of some inspiration?

                                                                    I have a theory on boredom. I believe that the rate of boredom has increased alongside the pace of technology.

                                                                    If you think about it, technology has provided us with mobile phones, laptops, Ipads, device after device – all to ultimately fix one problem: boredom.

                                                                    What is Boredom?

                                                                    We have become a global nation that feeds on entertainment. We associate ‘living’ with ‘doing’. People now do not know how to sit still, and we feel guilty when we are not doing anything. Today, inactivity has become the ultimate sin.

                                                                    You might not realize it, but boredom stimulates a form of anxiety and stress. It evokes an emotional state that creates frustration and feeds procrastination.

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                                                                    It’s a desire to be ‘doing something’ or to be ‘entertained’ – it’s a desire for sensory stimulation. What it boils down to is a lack of focus.

                                                                    If you think about those times when you’re bored, it’s usually because you did not know what to do. So, indecision also plays a big part.

                                                                    When we are focused on what’s important to us and what we want to achieve, it’s pretty hard to be bored. So, one answer to boredom is to become focused on what you want.

                                                                    Sometimes It’s Good to Be Bored

                                                                    If boredom is a desire for sensory stimulation – then what’s the opposite of that? To be content with no stimulation – in other words – to enjoy stillness.

                                                                    Sometimes, it’s not boredom itself that causes the frustration but the resistance to doing nothing.

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                                                                    Think about it. What would happen if you were to ‘let go’ of the desire to be entertained? You wouldn’t be bored anymore, and you will feel more relaxed!

                                                                    In my experience, it’s often the most obvious, simplistic solutions that are the most powerful in life. So, when you’re bored, the easiest way to combat this is to enjoy it.

                                                                    It may sound weird but think of ‘boredom’ as a form of ‘relaxation’. It’s a break from the constant stimulation that 21st-century living provides – constant TVs, mobile phones, radios, internet, emails, phone calls, etc.

                                                                    Who knows, maybe ‘boredom’ is actually good for us?

                                                                    Next time you’re ‘feeling bored’ instead of feeding the frustration by frantically looking for something to do, maybe you can sit back, relax, and savor the feeling of having nothing to do.

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                                                                    In this article, I’ll share with you my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom.

                                                                    3-Step Strategy to Overcome Boredom

                                                                    1. Get Focused

                                                                    Instead of chasing sensory stimulation at random, focus on what’s really important to you. Focusing on something important helps prevent boredom because it forces you to utilize your time productively.

                                                                    You should ask yourself: what would make good use of your time? What could you be doing that would contribute to your major goals in life?

                                                                    Here are a few ideas:

                                                                    • Spend some time in quiet contemplation considering what’s important to you.
                                                                    • Start that creative project you’ve been talking about for the last few weeks.
                                                                    • Brainstorm: think of some ideas for new innovative products or businesses.

                                                                    2. Kill Procrastination

                                                                    Boredom is useful in some ways because it gives you the energy and time to do things. It is only a problem if you let it. But if you use it to motivate yourself to be productive, then you can more easily overcome boredom.

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                                                                    So, the next time you’re bored, why not put this good energy to use by ticking off those things that you have been meaning to get done but have been too busy to finish? This also presents a great time for you to clear your to-do list.

                                                                    Here are some ideas:

                                                                    • Do some exercise.
                                                                    • Read a book.
                                                                    • Learn something new.
                                                                    • Call a friend.
                                                                    • Get creative (draw, paint, sculpt, create music, write).
                                                                    • Do a spring cleaning.
                                                                    • Wash the car.
                                                                    • Renovate the house.
                                                                    • Re-arrange the furniture.
                                                                    • Write your shopping list.
                                                                    • Water the plants.
                                                                    • Walk the dog.
                                                                    • Sort out your mail & email.
                                                                    • De-clutter (clear out that wardrobe).

                                                                    3. Enjoy Boredom

                                                                    If none of the above solutions work, then you can try a different approach. Don’t give in to boredom and instead choose to enjoy it. This doesn’t mean allowing yourself to waste your time being bored. Instead, think of it as your time to relax and re-energize, which will help you be more productive the next time you work.

                                                                    Contrary to popular belief, we don’t need to be constantly doing things to be productive. In fact, research has shown that people are more productive when they take periods of rest to recharge.[1] Taking breaks once in a while helps boost your performance and can help make you feel more motivated.

                                                                    So, take some time to relax. You never know, you might even like it.

                                                                    Final Thoughts

                                                                    Learning how to overcome boredom may be difficult at the beginning, but it can be easier if you make use of some techniques. You can start with my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom and work your way from there. So, ready your mind and make use of these tips, and you will be overcoming boredom in no time.

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