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Review of Blossom Cottage by Dolls House Magazine

December 7th, 2009

Our dolls’ house kits are regularly reviewed by the hobby’s leading publications. The following review of Blossom Cottage by Jay Myers is taken from Dolls House Magazine, issue 1. Blossom Cottage has since been replaced but we have many new and exciting childrens dolls’ houses available.

Blossom CottageThis simple yet realistic dolls’ house with three floors, central staircase, opening front panel and flip-up roof, is the ideal starter home for young children.

Available from The Dolls House Emporium, it’s also the perfect kit for those who have never assembled a dolls’ house before. No gluing, nailing or hinging is required. Glue is provided however for a permanent build if required, but I found this unnecessary as the finished house is rock solid.

The Good Toy GuideThe entire structure simply slots together in less than ten minutes. In fact it will probably take you longer to make a cup of tea than it will to have the house in complete working order. After assembly, the dolls’ house is suitable for children over the age of 36 months.
The kit has also been highly recommended by The National Toy Libraries Association after undergoing stringent testing and has been included in The Good Toy Guide.

Simple to makeSimple to make

Constructed in smooth, splinter-free 6mm, 9mm and 12mm MDF, Blossom Cottage measures 596mm x 360mm x 653mm. Sixteen easy-to-follow steps highlighted by clear line drawings make it virtually impossible to go wrong. Before you know it, the Blossom Cottage comes to life ready for action. And because it comes pre-painted – front panel and door, sides and roof – all you have to do is apply the decorative wallpaper to the floor and back walls to complete the project.

WallpaperIn my Blossom Cottage, I used blue Victorian tile paper for the bathroom, red and blue nursery wallpaper for the bedroom, pink bouquet paper for the lounge and the apricot floral sprig design for the kitchen. All four papers, also available from The Dolls House Emporium, come complete with attractive borders.

Having sized the walls first, I applied ordinary wallpaper paste to all four papers (including the parquet flooring paper) without any shrinkage or other related problems. The result was a super smooth, blemish-free finish.

Blossom Cottage InteriorI also coloured the staircase to complement the colours and designs of the wallpaper. After applying a series of various wood stains – walnut, red mahogany and dark oak – followed by a couple of coats of satin varnish, I achieved the look I wanted. Then it was simply a matter of locating the stairway into the groove provided in the base. Again, no glue is required as the fit is snug.

Blossom Cottage complete!Weighing 11.6kg (25.5lb), the Blossom Cottage is a sturdy and robust dolls’ house that will last indefinitely. And because of its clever design format – the slide-in roof and base fittings for example, provide additional stability – the dolls’ house can be disassembled in minutes. Keep the original box and simply store it in the loft or garage for future use, or when moving house.

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