It looks like a perfectly modern bathroom, complete with a contrasting feature wall and some suspended greenery – but can you spot what’s very wrong with this picture?
No, it’s not from a real estate ad, and in fact, it’s not a bathroom at all.
It’s all the handiwork of NSW mum-of-three Wendy Manning and it’s just one of the incredible rooms she decorated for her daughter’s new dollhouse.
Inspired by the interior design of real houses, Wendy picked up a ‘pre-loved’ dollhouse at a council cleanup and set about decorating it to a 1:6 scale so that all of the furniture would fit her daughter’s Barbies.
“The basic process was to clean, sand, paint, and then decorate,” she tells Yahoo Lifestyle.
“I choose the flooring, wallpaper and décor, much as I would a real house. I find some photos for inspiration then see what I can source to create the style I want.
“It’s hard to get Barbie sized furniture that’s not plastic or crazy expensive, so I made a lot of the cabinets and furnishings.”
She also looks around for everyday items that, on a much smaller scale, can be converted into dollhouse furniture.
“A bowl becomes a bath, a draw divider becomes a bed, a place mat becomes a rug,” she says, “I also like recyclables – for example the hanging planters are champagne cages, the black ‘tile’ in the bathroom was originally a tissue box.”
Even the bedding was made by hand, with Wendy teaching herself to knit on YouTube and getting help from a friend for the sewing.
With three kids under the age of five however, she says most of the work has to be done by night.
Wendy uses the name @iflipdollhouses on Instagram to share her designs and is part if a community or miniaturists on Facebook. She stumbled across the world of dollhouse renos by accident after she turned a bookcase into a dollhouse for her daughter last Christmas, and she hasn’t looked back since,
“Some people are so talented you have to look twice to realise you’re looking at a dollhouse,” she says. “For me renovating dollhouses is a creative outlet. I get to play designer on a fraction of the time and budget renovating my real house would take.”
Words by Bianca Soldani.
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