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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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                                      BOOK DOLL HOUSES

                                        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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                                                                    8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                                                    8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                                                    In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                                                    Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                                                    Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                                                    Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                                                    Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                                                    The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                                                    There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                                                    How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                                                    According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                                                    Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                                                    Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                                                    The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                                                    Listen carefully:

                                                                    We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                                                    The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                                                    Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                                                    8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                                                    There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                                                    Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                                                    1. Pray Daily

                                                                    You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                                                    When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                                                    Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                                                    Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                                                    2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                                                    A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                                                    By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                                                    Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                                                    If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                                                    This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                                                    How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                                                    3. Smile Often

                                                                    Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                                                    Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                                                    Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                                                    The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                                                    4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                                                    A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                                                    When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                                                    Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                                                    Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                                                    5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                                                    I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                                                    Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                                                    What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                                                    6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                                                    God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                                                    I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                                                    I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                                                    7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                                                    You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                                                    How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                                                    First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                                                    If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                                                    If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                                                    If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                                                    Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                                                    8. Go Exercise

                                                                    Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                                                    The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                                                    You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                                                    12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                                                    The Bottom Line

                                                                    It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                                                    It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                                                    Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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