Belmont House Interior

Today we're touring the Belmont dollhouse interior! Everything from my custom made miniature kitchen, living spaces, bedroom and bath, and the little features in each.  This is mostly a pictorial post, but I have included some details on my building process and tips.

To wrap up this build, I'll be posting a tutorial for the stonework on the fireplace and exterior.  After that, I'll be moving on to my next house (yep it's happening!)  As I've mentioned I lost the majority of my photos during the last couple of months of construction, so this week I made the decision to just show the finished house and move on to my 2018 project.  I know I will be replicating a lot of the same techniques and pieces in the future and can describe my process then.  If you have any questions about anything you see, let me know in the comments!
The main house with the roof and back wall removed (see the little round magnets at the bottom? those are rare earth or Neodymium magnets in 1/4" to make securing and removing the wall easy)
The sofa is wood laser cut into cushion shapes and then covered with faux leather craft vinyl using my Silhouette electronic cutter.
Candles are by Handmade Miniatures by Alma.  I made the coffee table from scrap wood and finished the top with a faux marble paper mod-podge. 
Frames are laser cut and then filled with photos mostly taken by my sister and a thin transparency sheet.
The chairs are Shapeways by xsmodern on Shapeways.  I made the table from scrap wood and a laser cut top.
I made the oven range top with sewing snaps, silver paper, my own laser cut grill designs, and handmade balsa wood knobs.
The double oven is an Elf miniatures kit which I modified by swapping the clear Plexi for some smoked grey Plexi.  I decided to not glue it in place.  Instead, I used Museum putty so that it could be removable and allow me to put food inside.
The stools are a 3D printed design I made and then 3D printed at my local library.  I added cut wood skewers for legs.
The faucet is a new 3D design.  I hand painted with a hobby paint in gold which was a mistake.  It would have been better to have used a spray paint.  That said the detailing in the "Ultra Frosted Detail" material came out fantastic.  I'll spray my next one!  If you are interested I am selling this design in my Shapeways shop!
The sink drain is another sewing snap flipped upside down.

The hallway is a removable piece. It fits in the bedroom to give the illusion of a bigger house.  

 The bedroom is made with a mix of bought miniature furniture painted black to match together.  I made the bed with foam board and sewed together all the pillows.  The headboard is scrapbook paper glued onto a piece of wood.
The 5-panel doors are by Houseworks.  All the windows in the bathroom and bedroom are original to the HBS Craftsman Cabin kit.
For the bathroom, I wanted to mix modern with a bit of vintage.  I designed the toilet, faucet, the shower head and valve in 3D and had it printed by Shapeways.  The faucet and shower fitting are for sale in my shop.  I'm really pleased with the way they turned out!  I painted them in black matte paint and they kept all their detail.  The toilet will be for sale eventually when I can get the price down more.  I made the vanity on the laser cuter with wood.
The mirror is laser cut acrylic with a mirror finish, framed by two very thin stacked wood frames.  The lights are dollhouse 12V candlestick lights which I added these small bottle-like pieces from the craftstore as shades.
The floors and tiles are laser cut, painted and then given a clear coat.  Once dry I was able to grout with tinted Pollyfilla.  For some reason, a lot of the subway tiles in the bathroom didn't grout well and I had to draw lines with a permanent marker.

 Thank you so much for joining me on this tour and following along with my 2017 project.  I cannot wait to share what I am planning for 2018!  If you missed the exterior photos click here, if you want to see my 2017 HBS Creatin Contest submission photos click here.

Just a reminider that I will be announcing the winner of the Making Mini Food book give away next Friday, Febuary 9th 2018!  If you haven't already check that out on my last post!





35 comments

  1. I love these pictures. And your kitchen is gorgeous. I'd like it blown up to 1:1 size please. Can't wait to see how you did the stone for the fireplace and exterior.

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    1. Hey Shelia, thanks so much! Kitchens are definitely my favourite miniature to design and I love the way this one turned out with the island. I'm going to work on that stone tutorial this week, so it should be up either next weekend or the following. :D

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  2. I’m going to have to beg you to do my next houses kitchen!

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    1. Are you kidding me? Your current farmhouse kitchen is fabulous! :) This is my third miniature kitchen, they are definitely my favourite thing to make!

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  3. Extraordinario proyecto,es todo tan realista!
    Besos.

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  4. I am in awe! The intricate details that went into every aspect of your house is so well thought out. You have done an outstanding job and should be proud of the finished product! I cannot wait to see your next project! Thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us. I enjoy following you!

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    1. It was really exciting to post everything, I have been trying to take pictures and put it all together for the last month! Thanks so much for all your kind words. I'm really excited to start something new too!

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  5. Kristine, this is absolutely fantastic! It looks so real - you are a perfectionist. And I love your interior decorating skills, the color scheme and arrangements - not too much, not too little.
    What kind of laser cutter do you have? Maybe I should consider getting one as well.
    Jodi and I are looking for making our Shapeways taps looking better after spraying. It seems that 'ultra frosted' prints are finer - thanks for this info, I will give it a try in this material.
    All in all: what a sight for sore eyes on a Sunday morning! Thanks for sharing... :-)

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    1. Hi Marion, Thanks not only for these kind words but all your help along the way! I'm so relieved to be finished and to have posted all the photos. It took several shoots to get the lighting right inside.

      The laser cutter I use is at my local library. It is an Epilog Helix, it is very very expensive. I think it's meant for a professional setting so it can handle running all day, every day. I personally don't have any advice for getting a personal one but know a couple miniaturists who do. My only other suggestion is a site like Ponoko.com which is exactly like Shapeways but does laser cutting. I used them before and thought they were fantastic. It has similar pros and cons to 3D printing with a business which you would have experienced with Shapeways (shipping time, markup).

      And yes! Ultra Frosted is so so so much better! The only downside is it is more expensive to print with. However, the amount of detail and the smoothness is just perfect. Especially at 1:12 scale. Makes a huge difference in painting too. For those reasons I decided to only offer my new designs in that material.

      Hope you have a lovely Sunday!

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    2. kristine, ponoko seems a good idea. I actually don't want to get more machines..
      and I just ordered some of my more delicate 3d prints in frosted ultra! thanks for sharing this :-)

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  6. I've been catching the odd post about this beautiful house over the months. It's wonderful to get the full tour to appreciate how you've pulled all of the decor and design together in a seamlessly and beautiful way. The house is stunning Kristine and you should be thoroughly proud of it. 🙂

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    1. I have to admit I didn't blog nearly as much as I expected for this house. I spent so much time just trying to figure out how to build it, the blogging kind of lagged behind. It gave me such an appreciation for those of you who manage to do both so seamlessly. It feels amazing to be finished and have posted the house tour and close this chapter. Thank you so much for your kind words :)

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  7. Absolutely stunning!!!
    Geneviève

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  8. All the rooms are gorgeous. Very modern and yet warm and inviting! You did a great job, I can´t wait to see what´s next!

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    1. Hi Alexandra, thanks for the compliments! I do love modern design but feel like it can be kind of too empty and cold, I'm so glad you think my house ended up being warm and inviting! :)

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  9. This is stunning. Especially the bathroom! I love what you've done with the tile, it's so clever. Definitely inspiring.

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    1. Thank you! I feel like the bathroom is the show stopper of the house, especially in person. I just love the feel of the tiles. :)

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  10. Oooohhhh, what fantastic pictures of an Awesome build!!! I can't get over your bathroom... or your kitchen... or those incredible windows on the window wall!!! Wow!!! I will come back to look again and again! Incredible work!!!

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    1. Thank you Betsy! I debated putting all the images into one post but in the end thought it would be easier for people to look at. It's so great to finally share with all of you, I see the house every day and I think I forget how little I have actually shown online. Thank you so much for following along with this build, I'm really excited to see what happens in 2018!

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  11. Absolutely gorgeous, Kristine!

    The amazing thing to me is that this was a build in which you did a lot of things for the very first time, experimenting along the way and not settling until you had each element perfect. That is incredible, especially when you consider that you were employing very technical design using laser printing, 3D printing and the Silhouette. The trial and error time alone is significant!

    I love the new fixture designs, and really appreciate the tips you've shared for printing and painting! The stools are also wonderful!

    Now that this incredible build is completed, your new build is going to be even more stunning as you employ the new skills you've gained. I am so looking forward to the journey with you!

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  12. Your entire interior design is Incredibly Professional and I love every INCH of it! Your detailing in the bathroom, kitchen and your fireplace are Absolutely Sensational!
    without a doubt An HBS WINNER for sure! :D

    elizabeth

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  13. I'm in awe! your work is a lesson in interior design! A masterpiece indeed!
    Hugs,
    Drora

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  14. I can't stop looking at these pictures, I am in love with every bit of your Belmont House Kristine. You know you will win right? And if not, then there is something wrong... So this is said now. Congratulations already for this great project and for sharing all these little details with us. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  15. Hey Kristine! I absolutely love the oven knobs. All your detailing is so perfect! Congratulations on a job well done :)

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  16. Dear Kristine, Thank you for the tour and the descriptions. It is a wonderful build and everything stunning. I look forward to your next build.
    All the best Janine

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  17. I love your build! It is so stunning. And thank you for all the tips on how you did it. I love everything about it. I am so impressed with all the technology you used too!

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  18. I would ABSO-FREAKING-LUTELY love to see a tutorial on the stonework. It is gorgeous and I just got a kit house that I could definitely make use of it for! Looking forward to it!

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    1. Sounds exciting! My stonework tutorial will be up this weekend! Hope it helps you out! :D

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