Victorian three dimensional paper dollhouse, and an Edwardian paper dollhouse. My friend had a baby and a toddler at the time, along with her other young daughter, and she just thought that her kids would rip the dollhouses to shreds, and she knew I was into this sort of thing. YES. That would be an understatement.
So let's chat about the two styles - I love the colors and light and airy feel to the Edwardian house - it's more pastel in color and it's prettier, in my opinion. But the Victorian one is amazing in a different way, more ornate, more richly toned in color and has gorgeous and intricate detailing. Check out the music room down below right here. This is my favorite room!
My dolls came from London, and they had the most beautiful clothes and hand painted faces and and and - they just did not survive storage in a Hawaiian climate very well when I went away to college. Chipped faces, slightly moldy clothes and broken body parts. Julia thought it was hilarious that we were like, oh well, this boy has no leg, and this Mama has no hand, and the Father has no arm. Only the little girl has all her arms and legs. And the Grandma/Nanny/Housekeeper is the only one in decent condition, she has a china face and limbs that have held up well. She's our favorite dolly to play with! Isn't she darling?? We love her!
I had put toddler friendly dollhouse furniture in mine when Julia was young, because most of my old stuff had become really moldy in storage. It's been on my To-Do List for about a year now to scour Ebay and online dollhouse sites to try and find pieces to bring it back to its vintage glory. My dollhouse is wallpapered and a lot of it is now torn. I'd also LOVE to have it electrified, since we live in gloomy Seattle and I don't have it in a well lit location because it's so darn big. If you want to see some really terrible pictures of it back in my early blogging days, see here.
And if you want MORE dollhouse stuff to look at (and WHO DOESN'T????) you can see this post and this one - they feature two of the best books about dollhouses you will ever ever read.