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  1. I apologize for not doing this sooner; I have already made some comments on some posts without introducing myself; I apologize if this is considered bad manners - I certainly don't mean to be rude! I have wanted a dollhouse of my own for as long as I can remember. A "real" dollhouse - which meant, of course, one made out of wood. What I grew up with was a Marx tin dollhouse & a "Petite Princess" vinyl box (just dated myself! LOL!). And then I got married. And I had kids. None of whom wanted a dollhouse nearly as much as I had, so one was never purchased. But now, my oldest is engaged & ready to move out - & I got a fabulous eBay deal on my DREAM dollhouse: the Beacon Hill. Right now, it's definitely in the planning stages, &, knowing me, & how I just have to mess with things, it's going to be in that stage for a looooong time!
  2. Susan18

    Inspiration1

    From the album: Susan's Dream Beacon Hill

    This is one of the builds I have seen online that gave me inspiration & encouragement that I could kitbash the Beacon Hill to be exactly the way I want it. The builders of this house have a whole YouTube channel, so I will post a link to that as the source for this image: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRx5fIcH1wo
  3. Susan18

    Period Paper1

    From the album: Susan's Dream Beacon Hill

    This is a period paper I found on the Cooper Hewitt Museum site. I had intended to use it "as is", without any color changes, until I found two other things: 1) Another blue wallpaper that definitely had to be blue 2) The matching frieze
  4. Susan18

    Master Frieze.jpg

    From the album: Susan's Dream Beacon Hill

    You can see why I would not have wanted to use a pastel blue paper and a golden frieze in another room, given this paper & the yellow set. & you will notice how this frieze does have the same dark blue as in the ground of the sidewall, but is primarily very pale, even verging on cream - and yet definitely matches the paper.
  5. Susan18

    Master Paper.jpg

    From the album: Susan's Dream Beacon Hill

    This is the first paper I am using without any changes whatsoever! LOL
  6. Susan18

    Pink Frieze.jpg

    From the album: Susan's Dream Beacon Hill

    This is color correction for the antique frieze
  7. Susan18

    Pink Paper.jpg

    From the album: Susan's Dream Beacon Hill

    This is color correction for the first antique wallpaper
  8. From the album: Susan's Dream Beacon Hill

    This is a frieze that was made for the paper. It took some doing to find it on the Cooper Hewitt Museum site, since the frieze was correctly catalogued under "Imperial Wallpaper Company", but the sidewall (see? I learned a new word from the site!) was not! While it was perfectly period, if not extremely common, to have a frieze be a markedly different color from a sidewall, while adhering to the same pattern scheme, I didn't really like it for the paper - and the last thing I needed was a light gold frieze in the same house with a yellow & gold one!
  9. Susan18

    Yellow Freize.jpg

    From the album: Susan's Dream Beacon Hill

    This is the start of the only real physical work I have begin to do on the house. This is the frieze I created with Photoshop, since period wallpaper of the day usually came with a large border. I'm actually very pleased with this one; I've tried with other papers & the attempts were quite clumsy & dismal. I'm guessing the pattern has to really lend itself to manipulation in order for the idea to work!
  10. From the album: Susan's Dream Beacon Hill

    This is the start of the only real physical work I have begin to do on the house. I fervently hope that this is truly copyright free, as every place I have seen this paper has been on a site marked "Free Downloads" (or some such). I have decided that I will be papering all the walls before they go up; everything I have seen has told me it will be easiest that way. This paper is the basis for a bedroom wallpaper - but I won't be using it in this form. I am posting it so everyone can see where I started, with respect to where I ended up.
  11. From the album: Susan's Dream Beacon Hill

    This is what I have decided upon to fix what I have always disliked about this otherwise perfectly gorgeous house: the right wing is really too small to make decent rooms, and that gorgeous window on the second floor gets wasted by being hidden behind a staircase! Almost by accident did I realize that I could use the kitchen bay side wall for the new front; this will completely balance out the tall bay on the other side!
  12. From the album: Susan's Dream Beacon Hill

    I was considering not expanding all the way out to the same length as I did with the lower floors; I thought it might be nice to make a rounded-top door out of the side dormer window, leading to another little porch. But then I realized that the nursery would almost have to be at the top of the house...
  13. From the album: Susan's Dream Beacon Hill

    If necessary, I have decided that I can fudge the stair landings. Real human beings need a certain amount of space to turn around at the top of a stair, but dolls don't necessarily need the same commensurate amount. Or, at least, they don't seem to complain when they don;t get it...
  14. From the album: Susan's Dream Beacon Hill

    Luckily, I was able to find some of the original floor plans uploaded to the internet - these were graciously supplied by My Mini Obssession. I have a tendency to fiddle & re-fiddle with so many things that I would have probably killed an entire tree by now if I would have had to have printed out a copy of the plans every time I thought of a way to bash it to my ever-changing specifications
  15. After much consideration, I realize I really don't have the time or the resources to do a good job on finishing the Beacon Hill I just acquired. I bought it sort of by "accident" - it was advertised first as a Garfield and I said I would take it. I was pretty obligated after that so I went and picked it up. Pictures are in my gallery - and I have a box with all the windows and trim etc that are needed to finish the house. It was "parked" in this condition in 1990; rumor has it the lady who was building it got sick, and then died. It is very well made and fully wired with tapewire. Haven't tested it yet to see if that still works after all this time. A few lights are already installed. PM me for the price, which is very reasonable! I will charge no more than what I paid for it. It will have to be pick-up only, in WA state. It's way too big to ship!
  16. Hi I'm about to build a dollhouse for my two girls (3 & 5). I'm all newbie to this and have just bought the Beacon Hill kit and a Cir-Kit tapewire kit In a day I've managed two finish the main structure of bare plywood (subassembly A+ B). I'm planning to tapewire, prime and paint / put wallpaper on the walls and glue flooring to the floors. I now have some questions I cannot find answers to as I do not want to make any mistakes. Is it better to put the tapewire before or after I prime the walls ? It looks like the spikes to the power outlets etc are too long to match the thickness of the plywood. I'm planning to put distances or are there any other ways to solve this problem ? I'm planning to connect the floors by using the stairwell. I plan a tapewire run along the right partition wall behind the stairs. Is this possible ? Will the stairs put too much pressure on the run ? Any suggestions how to best fasten the outlets (wood glue ? melt melt glue ? epoxy ?) as I doubt the small spikes will be playable. /Lars
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