Thursday, September 28, 2017

American Girl Doll House Room- Ice Cream Parlor, Bakery, & Candy Shop

We completed another room in the doll house, and I have to say, this was one of the most fun ones we have put together so far! Sami received Samantha Parkington's Ice Cream Parlor for Christmas in 2014, and we have been planning this room ever since. When the ice cream parlor first came out, we immediately knew it would compliment American Girl's retired Sweet Treats Bakery and Table Set. We knew we want to create an ice cream parlor, bakery, and candy shop combined with all three pieces in one room. Between the ice cream, bakery treats, candy, and the fancy Victorian theme, we knew we going to have fun with this room!
We built this room to be four feet wide, and and two feet tall, and deep. I always lay out my rooms and measure before building a doll house room, to make sure the pieces we are using will fit properly. The only thing I may change about this room in the future, is the flooring and window. I would like to do the traditional diagonal black and white tile often found in Victorian ice cream parlors, and I would also like to add a taller stained glass window. At this point though, I am so anxious to complete our other rooms, I am content to come back to those projects once the main house is complete.
We painted the stripes on the walls instead of wallpaper, and it worked out well! I also chose larger crown moulding for this period. Although if I were to do it again, I may have gone smaller to have the room appear taller, it's a give and take with larger moulding, depending on the size of the room you are working with. This room could have done with a tad smaller, but all in all I still love the moudling!

 For the candy part of the parlor, we built shelves from craft wood, and added small glass jars we found at Michaels. We then filled them with old fashioned candies and added a sign we made from scrapbook paper and a label I made from PicMonkey.

 On the counter by the soda fountain, we added a small framed picture of a Victorian advertisement for Cocoa, that we printed from Pinterest.  We then placed the old fashioned scoop, cones, and cups of ice cream that came with the parlor set. The gold pedestal is a an extra piece we ordered from Ebay and spray painted gold to compliment the gold accents on the parlor's pillars.

 On the other counter we added a plate and doily to display some dessert samples for the customers to select from. We also love the heavy, metal Victorian cash register and candy jar that both came with the original ice cream parlor set.

 On the corner of the counter, I painted an old cupcake stand I have had for a few years, to use as a menu display, and then we garnished the menu vignette with a bundle of flowers and an iced lemonade.

 Samantha is so happy to have her parlor completed, and her best friend Nellie there to give her a helping hand!

 For the bakery part of the shop, we used various desserts from several different American Girl sets. I also made a no sew runner by ironing and using hot glue at the seams. I then created a large menu on PicMonkey, printed it, and put it in a frame from Hobby Lobby. For more details on where the various desserts came from, you can watch our YouTube video that will appear at the bottom of this post.

 The tall bakery case, I found at an antique mall. It was a scratched up dark wood when I bought it. I gave it three coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint, and then Mod Podged some fabric on the back to create a pretty  background for all of the baked goods.
 We collected various cake plates and pedestals from American Girl and Our Generation sets, and spray painted them all with chrome silver Rustoleum paint. We love how they turned out, they look less plastic being silver, and more Victorian for this space.

 Above the table, we added a chandelier, that is a locker chandelier we found at Joanna's Fabric and Crafts. We then used the table cloth from Samantha's original table set. We also used the flowers and cups from another one of Samantha's sets. The ice cream sundaes originally came with the table set. We then layered the sundaes with spray painted silver plates and lacey cloth napkins. 

One of the reasons I chose to make the window shorter for now, is so that we could rotate the table against the wall for larger gatherings and events for the dolls. For more details on how I made the window and curtains, you can watch our YouTube video I will post down below. 

The lovely Maryellen was delighted to attend the Grand Opening event of the Ice Cream Parlor!

 Stunning Rebecca arrived fashionably late!

 And pretty Addy, had the honor of being the very first customer!

We hope you enjoyed our tour of our new American Girl doll house Ice Cream Parlor & Bakery room! Make sure to subscribe and connect with us on YouTube and Instagram, as we share often on those. You can find us on the social media links on the upper right hand of the side bar.  And also by clicking on our YouTube videos.

Have a blessed day! Kimberlee

Monday, February 20, 2017

Sami's New Pastel Room

Today I thought I would share Sami's new room we finished for her a couple weeks ago. We moved into a new home this summer and Sami was ready for a new look in her new room. She chose a palette of pastel pink, mint, and lavender accented with white and gold. Sami is eleven, so I wanted to find a balance of making this room suitable for a girl growing into her teen years while still celebrating what was left of her being a "little" girl. She helped in making most of the design decisions in her room and I think she did such a great job!

We started with her bed and dresser, and gray walls.

The first step was painting the room, we chose Voile Pink by Ben Moore, Purple Essence by Clark & Kensington and Tame Teal by Sherwin Williams.

The quilt set and drapery panels we chose are from Pottery Barn Kids, The fur pillows are from Homegoods. The gold heart sheets, lamp, and pillow came from Target.And the gold alarm clock, from Amazon.

The gold heart garland, white pennant banner, and glitter name garland all came from Pearl and Jane on ETSY. The tassel garland I ordered from Amazon. I love layering garlands, to add depth and textures.
The gold dot decals I found on Amazon, they were very easy to apply and are removable.

The wall art came from Hobby Lobby and Homegoods. And of course we had to put a picture of Sami's baby on her nightstand, our rescued papachi (papillion/chihuahua) Little Prince George Smores Charming.

The poms, I ordered from Amazon, and we had to make them. It was fun. You can never have too many poms in my book! :) I hung them using tacks and it worked well, I started with the largest ones and built from there, arranging as I went. Some were hung from the ceiling and some to the wall. We added battery led fairy lights from Target. And the star garland is also from Pearl and Jane on ETSY.

Prince is sure when there is camera out, it is for him! He has posed for pictures without any help since he was a tiny puppy. He is such a great little guy. :)

For extra storage we added two bookcases from IKEA.

The glitter heart canvas was on clearance at Homegoods.  The large star light was a Christmas special at IKEA, I added the touches gold to it. The Girl Boss bag is from Charming Charlie and the peace marquis sign came from Target. The gold dot runner is from the Target dollar aisle, it was scarf and I did a no sew treatment to it to make it a runner with a glue gun and ribbon for the ends.

On the opposite side of the room we made a desk area. We found a great desk on an online yard sale, we painted it Tame Teal and added the gold hardware.

The lamp, round shelf, and memo boards all came from Target's Pillowfort Collection. The pom pom garland I found on Christmas clearance at a local boutique.

The flowers and hustle sign all came from Homegoods.

Sami loved this fox lamp because it reminded her of Prince.

The white fur desk chair came from Homegoods, the city names did also.

Sami decided to make a vision board on the top and a memory board on the bottom.

Thanks for stopping by to see Sami's new room! If you would like to see more home design posts, you can visit my home design blog,  The Fancy Shack   we will return soon with more doll rooms to share!


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