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A dolls’ house refurb from down under

September 30th, 2011

Using imagination for a dolls house renovation brought an inspirational refurbishment for part-time school teacher Megan Hoskin.

Megan, from Wellington, New Zealand, wanted a dolls’ house for her daughters.

Working on a restricted budget but with lots of imagination, she bought one second-hand and began a year long process of renovating and completely refurbishing it.

Megan used her own house as the inspiration for her miniature one, only with a few flourishes she could never afford in real life – like Orla Kiely wallpaper in the kitchen which actually came from an Orla Kiely notebook.

For pictures to put on the wall, Megan used a printer to make miniatures of pictures in her real home.  Improvising madly, beads became vases, tables and chairs were made new with a lick of white paint and furniture was re-upholstered.

The doll’s house ended up as a present for daughter Amelie for her third birthday. It now lives in her bedroom, complete with dolls, and is a magnet for visiting children.

“They love it,” says Megan, “and their mums love it too.”

If you want to read more about Megan and her creation, then follow this link to the website of Wellington’s The Dominion Post.


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