Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Westville Dollhouse

I decided to do some research and find some information about Mr Arthur's house. It turns out that it is the "Westville" by Greenleaf.
It was purchased about seventeen years ago at a garage sale for $15. The cottage had been roughly assembled with hot glue, and most of the trim was either missing or damaged. It sat around for a long time in its broken down state. Renovations began recently, and inspiration for the exterior facade came from an incredible miniature artist, the late Pam Throop. 
Here is a picture of what the Westville generally looks like.
Here is Mr Arthur's new house. 
The triangular shaped bay in front was changed into a rectangular one, and a dormer was added over the porch roof.
 Scrap wood was used for the timbers, and tissues were glued in between to imitate stucco.
 The front step and the stone facade were made from paper mache painted with acrylic paint.
The porch was  enclosed and the windows on the right side of the house were eliminated. The chimney and fireplace were made from left over plywood, covered with wire and paper mache.
Mr Arthur has signed all the papers and he is now, the new owner of this property. Just a few more upgrades and this house is move in ready.

Cheerio,
Isabelle

24 comments:

  1. Hi Isabelle,
    What a nice house Mr Arthur is getting.He didn't think twice before signing the papers.
    Dorien

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    1. Thanks. Mr Arthur wanted the house before he had even set foot in it!

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  2. I really love what you have done with this house, it's become so much more than just a doll's house . . . it's an original work of art. Well cone!
    Hugs,
    X

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    1. Sam here. Awww, thanks a lot. It was fun to do too!

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  3. Hello Isabelle,
    What a terrific transformation! The esxterior is splendid and wonderfully well executed! I cannot wait to see the interior.
    Big hug,
    Giac

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    1. Thank you! Hopefully all of the renovations get done quickly, and Mr Arthur allows us to see it all finished!

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  4. Hi Isabelle! I just accidentally erased my entire comment so I will have to just start again and tell you how FANTASTIC THIS COTTAGE TRANSFORMATION IS!!!!! Absolutely Fabulous and what a tribute to Pam Throop! This is so English and so homey and comfortable even before you walk in the door. Mr. Arthur must have felt like he died and went to real-estate heaven when he saw this place was available! You Done Good, my girl! What a success story for you finding this lovely place and for the contractor who got it all move in ready!
    It is Simply BRILLIANT!:D Yabadabadooya!

    elizabeth

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    1. Hi Elizabeth,
      Thank you for bothering to type your comments again. It is so fun to read what everyone thinks.
      Thanks for your kind words, they are so encouraging!

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  5. An amazing and inspiring transformation! Beautiful work.

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  6. Hi Sam, Nice to find your blog and your conversion work on the Cottage.What a difference you have made . Well done.
    Regards Janine

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    1. Thanks! Making the cottage was a lot of fun and I think it looks a lot better.

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  7. Wow, that is a beautiful transformation! It looks so cosy and inviting, I hope you'll show us the interior soon!
    VĂ©ronique

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    1. Thank you. I will beg Mr Arthur to let us see the interior when he has it all finished.

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  8. Hi Isabelle, your changed your second hand Westville into a magnificent and unique house! I love the way you decorated it with the paperclay. And you painted it very realisticly. Well done, it is a very precious thing to own right now.

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    1. Thank you Liduina! I really appreciate your comments.

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  9. Oh I love the style of this house! :) Plus, your Fairyland babies are so sweet! :) Big hugs from Sweden!

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    1. Hi Mijbil,
      Thanks a lot! I will tell Kinsey that you think we are both sweet! (might be all that sugar we like to consume!)

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  10. Fantastic transformation, Isabelle! Mr. Arthur is a very lucky man. Thanks for sharing the techniques you used. xo Jennifer

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    1. Thanks. I want to share everything about all the houses I will be selling and renting to all the Oak Leaf residents.

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  11. Oh WOW! That is one amazing house. VERY nice work, and thank you for sharing how you did it! Lots of new stuff to try and to think about. Beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Miranda,
      Love, love, love your new house too! Wish I had a house as big as yours!

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  12. It's amazing to see what a transformation this house has gone through - it's really interesting to see all the little details, and I was comparing an angle of the house to the original picture more than once!
    In all honesty, I like your version of the house better. It has so much personality, and it's a house I'd like to live in myself! That little fireplace just blew my mind!

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  13. Oh what a cozy little house ... love it. It is amazing how much work you put into that project again and I do agree with lilysdolls comment that this house has much personality
    bravo
    Hugs
    Dany

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