I’m posting this a day earlier than I originally had scheduled–I hope you don’t mind!
The living room has been an interesting experience, and I’ve probably looked at it in amazement more than any other room in the house. Why you ask? Because it is the only room in the dollhouse that contains absolutely NO actual doll furniture! That’s right, nearly everything in it is human stuff, repurposed for the dollhouse. I don’t think I spent a total of $20 on everything in it. Pretty cool, huh?!
That said, I’m just going to take a second to make a comment here. It was brought to my attention by a friend that there is a group of girls who are American Girl collectors who look down their noses to anything that isn’t American Girl. I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen the nasty comments some of these girls made with my own eyes. Downright mean and hateful stuff. That is just wrong. As an adult collector, I appreciate the craftsmanship of some (not all) of the American Girl pieces, and I own some of them. However, anyone can go through a catalog and buy everything that American Girl makes (if you can afford to) and furnish your dollhouse solely with that. Personally though, I totally enjoy seeing what people find that isn’t American Girl and how they incorporate it into their layouts and so forth. To me that is far more creative and shows me that this person has a brain and not just an unlimited supply of cash. Making fun of someone because they choose not to or simply can’t afford to purchase everything from American Girl is low, nasty and horrible, and I hope I never see any of my followers or any of those I follow act that way. Besides, if you have been an American Girl fan since the beginning (when it was Pleasant Company), you know that creativity was highly encouraged and they sold kits and patterns for making things on your own. For all you “Mean Girls”–go back to hanging out with the Plastics, leave the creative folks alone and keep your hateful comments to yourself.
Now that we have that out of the way, are you ready???
I’m going to admit that I’m not a big fan of the sofa. Some of you may recognize that as the platform bed I made out of foamcore. I’ve never finished it by painting it or covering it because I wasn’t 100% convinced that it was going to stay in the living room. First it looks out of proportion to me, and it just doesn’t look very “sofa like”. The good news is that just this past week I did find something that I think is going to work so much better than this, I just have to make a minor change to it. I’ll be sure to share it with everyone once I have it in place.
The little side table is an empty peanut can (they were yummy!) that I covered with scrapbook paper, the lamp is a solar lamp I picked up from DollarTree. The cushions on the sofa are ones I made and I think they are going to fit the new sofa with minimal alterations, yay! Marie-Grace keeps her guitar here as it’s easier than dragging it upstairs, plus it always seems like she ends up playing for the girls in the living room after dinner.
The TV is one of my favorite things in this room and it was so easy to do. It is a $2 picture frame that I picked up at Michael’s, I got the idea from American Girl Ideas. For the screen I simply did some screen captures of some of my favorite shows and then printed them in photo size. As you can see, the girls are watching “Big Bang Theory” at the moment! The nice part with this frame is it is two sided, so you can have one show on one side and another on the reverse making it easy to “change the channel”. There is also room to store several photos in between as well, so I have about 5 or 6 screen shots that I can change. Of course we have Downton Abbey and Torchwood!
The stand is a set of drawers I found at Goodwill for $4, they were brand new with the original $10 price tag still hanging on them. At first I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them, but I think they make a perfect living room addition. The mug was also a thrift store find. The Wii sitting on the floor beside it is a gift card holder I got from GameStop. (Word of warning, DO NOT order these from them online, it was a horrible experience! See if your store has one instead. )
Working our way around the room, we get to the bookshelves. I got them for $1.95 at a thrift store, I loved that they looked like a boat and at first I couldn’t decide if I would use it as a boat or a shelf–you see what won out. They have turned into a great place to put some of the cute little accents I’ve picked up. Again, more flowers from the Garden set I did, the Kachina doll is from my personal collection, I bought that in New Mexico back in 1994 when my bestie and I drove out to visit her dad. The picture frames were both thrift store finds as well as the little milk jug. I used photos from an old American Girl catalog in them, they were so small and it worked perfectly. On the bottom shelf is my OG Picnic Basket, the only doll thing that has a permanent place in the living room! You can’t see it very well because it is blocked by the game basket.
On the floor is a basket I found at a Goodwill, it makes a perfect place to store the Scrabble game, Apples to Apples and a deck of cards. I hope to add a few more games to it. The music stand is the one that Barbie Girl gave me and I added some sheet music to it by searching online for photos of sheet music and resizing it to fit before printing. It’s all sitting on the adorable owl table I showed a few weeks ago from a thrift store run. The chair is the vegetable bin I modified, it’s one of my favorite pieces in the whole room. (You can see that modification here.)
And there you have it! The girls spend a lot of time in here, watching TV and just hanging out together. I think it looks pretty cozy, and I can’t wait to get the new sofa in there. I need to get on that, the girls will be back before I know it!
Next week I’ll share Cassandra and Kit’s bedrooms with everyone. I’ve also been working on Alya and Shivan’s room and I’m SUPER excited on how things are coming with the bathroom, my hope is to share those rooms with you sometime in August. I do have to say that having the rooms “finished” is a nice feeling, but it does make me kind of sad. I’ve had so much fun looking for the perfect pieces for these rooms. I don’t think I’ll stop looking, but as I told my husband, it will be a case of looking for something better than what I already have in place. Yes, a new challenge!