the beautiful bride (aka the tilton): opening soon

I’ve been working on The Beautiful Bride, AKA Earth and Tree’s Tilton room box, for a few weeks now and it’s time for a progress report.

I was going for a classy and totally feminine look and I think I’m getting there if I do say so myself. After I finished the floors, which I later realized should have been laid a bit further down the line, I faux painted the walls mixing three colors–white, peach, and pearl. Originally, I planned to run some electric up the inside wall next to the front doors, so I bought a similar wallpaper to hide the line. But I ended up putting the outdoor fixture on another wall. THEN, after glueing the wallpaper, installing the tray ceiling, and cutting the moulding, I thought, “Huh. A second porch fixture might be nice!” Well, of course it was too late. I plan the fun right out of things most of the time, but when it comes to dollhouses, I’m very seat-of-my-pants.

There might have been pre-made French doors that fit the salon’s opening, but this project was about going the extra mile, so I made them myself. I’m not sure if this link will work. It’s from someone’s Pinterest page. It’s a picture of the set of narrow, black French doors I modeled mine after except I ended up leaving off the cross bars because my doors looked better plain. FYI, if anyone wants instructions on making doors correctly, try this link. I watched the first couple of minutes, and then, true to form, I veered off and just did my own thing. My doors open partially. If I had watched the whole video, I’m guessing they would have opened all the way.

There is a super talented dollhouser whose videos I’ve watched. She’s way out of my league, but I loved the coffered ceiling she put into one of her projects and I tried to copy it for mine. I had a challenge because my ceiling was an irregular shape. Plus she’s more, how to say, “precise” than me. As in, she plans, makes patterns, and uses actual geometry tools. I’m more of an eye-baller, then a “take-a-fraction-off-the end” gal.

One of the elements I knew I wanted in the salon was a chandelier. It was a bit pricey and my electrical skills are in the neighborhood of 50-50, but I really wanted it. I laid my tape wire, nailed in the brads, turned on the power, and…nothing. Three tries later, still nothing. I laid more tape wire, tried new connections, reached out to the couple who made the chandelier, and asked advice from another dollhouser whose pictures on Etsy indicated she had successfully lit the same fixture. As a last resort, I switched from brads to grommets, and voila! First try. This is what I have come to learn about dollhouse electrical connections and I’m passing on my wisdom: for reasons unknown, some lights like brads, some like grommets. You’re welcome.

So that’s most of what I’ve been doing. I ordered a couple of pieces of furniture and some mannequins. The next step is making teeny tiny wedding dresses. For that, I’m off to Say Yes to the Dress’s Kleinfeld for inspiration. Although according to this article, future brides might want to skip the trip to Kleinfeld and visit The Beautiful Bride instead. It seems my little fantasy salon may offer a better experience than an actual salon from a reality TV show. From what I understand about “reality” TV, that sounds about right.

Mark your calendars! The Beautiful Bride will be open soon–just in time for those late-summer weddings. Break out the tissue, I can hear Pachelbel’s Canon already.

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