Secondhand Victorian-style dollhouse

I’m going to come clean straight away and say this is a project I’m working on as a gift for Cora this Christmas, but it’s also 9,000% entirely for me. I am living vicariously through Cora this Christmas. And beyond. 

I had been looking on Kijiji for a dollhouse for Cora for a few months. Probably casually looking for around six months, but more seriously searching for the last two to three months. I found amazing dollhouses every few weeks but they were either too expensive, located too far away or were the bad kind of homemade that were misshapen and home to jagged edges that no amount of sandpaper or filler could fix. This would after all be a present for our curious toddler so I wanted it to be a practical, special and more importantly a safe dollhouse. 

Kijiji did not disappoint. Kijiji is a gentle creature that rewards those with an abundance of patience. You have to look and look and look and inquire and have a deal fall through and keep looking and change your search words 20 times and then right when you’re about to give up, the most perfect thing will present itself. 

I suspect many peopled passed on this dollhouse because of its lack of a front door, a window and stairs. Ha, I say. HA! You’re going to have to do a lot worse than that to deter me. Before I heard back from the owner if it was still available or not, I was already researching how to make dollhouse doors and stairs and I am up for the challenge. 

As Robert pointed out, the attic is very like the wallpaper in Adam and Barbara’s house in Beetlejuice. It’s really sweet and I might keep it for the time being. 

As for the rest, I will be changing. I’m already overwhelmed with redecorating ideas. It will mostly be for Cora’s current / my old Sylvanian Families [aka Calico Creatures in North America] collection, so it will be decorated to be sweet and adorable. I might try my hand at making some tiny wallpaper, and there will be bits of burgundy here and there, but I’ll try my best to not to impose a gothic look. I’m way too excited to start redecorating Cora’s dollhouse and I’ve even come up with a few moodboard ideas for it! I really can’t wait to start. I love a good project, especially on a scale I can handle for a few hours a night. 

But more importantly, want to know how much I paid for it?

Guess.

Go on.  

No. 

Lower.

Lower … 

$45.

p.s. Serious question – can I say I own a Victorian house now? Because I kind of do … 

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Conde Nast Traveller Magazine feature – The Gold List

If you pick up a copy of the new Conde Nast Traveller’s magazine about The Gold List 2019, you’ll find my photo of the gold bathroom sink from the Nobu Shoreditch Hotel in London from when the #NetflixStreamTeam visited London in September 2017.

It’s a fantastically glamorous issue and I’m reminded of 1) how lucky I was to be invited to London and to have had the opportunity to stay in the Nobu Hotel Shoreditch in the first place, and b) to have my photo included in this decadent travel roundup! You can pick up the current issue in all good newsstands [in the UK only, I believe] or you can purchase a copy of the online version here.

Thank you again Conde Nast Traveller for wanting to include my little picture!

Just do it

For four days last week I traveled by plane, train and automobile to one of my BFFs wedding [Maria of Dinki Dots] in England. Kimberly, Maria and I have become really close over the past I don’t know how many years, but this is the third year we’ve made the effort to get together all three of us for a weekend.

Since Maria’s engagement, I moved to Canada so going to Maria’s wedding became a bit more complicated than just getting a quick flight from Dublin to London. After months of internal debating, one day I just sat down and booked my tickets to go. It was one of those things that I knew if I didn’t go, the regret would consume me far more than a few days of jet lag ever would.

If you follow Maria’s blog, you won’t be surprised that her wedding was amazing and full of perfectly Maria details. I took a lot of naps, drank a lot of coffee [something I’m not used to drinking at all] and ate my way through the jet lag. The point of this post is that if you’re thinking of doing a thing, just do it. Just go. Take the time off, leave enough rations for your other half to feed the animals and children and just go. Especially if you’re a stay at home parent. Do the thing. Treat yourself. Because it could turn out to be one of those things you regret not doing.

Just do the thing.

If you’re curious, you can check out the first #DrunkInteriors [in Dublin 2015], then #DrunkInteriors2 [in Manchester 2017] and the first time Maria and I met face-to-face in Blogtacular [London 2014].