Monday, September 12, 2016

Barbie House Nursery

I promise that not all my blogs will be about the Barbie house, but I thought I would share a few other things that might spark ideas for furnishing your own some day.

One of my favorite rooms is the nursery. We color coordinated the two attic rooms using blues and yellows. The fabrics we chose have similar colors, but the prints are different--polka dots for the teenagers' room and suns, moons and stars for the nursery:

One of the things I love about it is that we were able to do some magical repurposing. Several years ago I ran across a small, wooden kitchen set on clearance at Target that had a fridge and counter top/range with bar stools. Unable to resist, I bought it and tucked it away. When we started this house, I pulled it out. I still loved it, but in the meantime, I had purchased a complete kitchen with a bazillion pieces for $1 at a thrift store. Although I personally don't love plastic doll furniture, I knew that my young Barbie fans would probably care more about fun accessories than aesthetics.  Soooooooo, I repurposed the wooden kitchen in the nursery.

The fridge, turned on its side and topped with a cushion, is now a bench. The doors lift up for storage:

The range/countertop, turned upside down, is now the changing table. I turned the drawer upside down as well, and it functions beautifully:

The other thing I love about this room is that it holds four generations of memories. My mother gave me the rocker and rocking cradle when I was a child. Years later, my daughters used them in their Barbie house. Now, with new cushions and bedding, my mother's great-grand daughter rocks her dolls in them--a good reason, by the way, to choose wood furniture over plastic:

And the cuckoo clock above the bench is another treasure from great-grandma--a lovely Christmas ornament that she brought home from the Philippines.

So fill your doll house (as well as your home) with fun finds and warm memories.

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