Dollhousing in Round Top

I know i’m like 5 posts behind:  Saturdays episode’s post (Eclectic Artsy Odyssey), my HGTV’d episode story, my fashion week post and man i want to tell you all about my amazing Roundtop weekend.  But, I am slammed today with two new client presentations and crazy holiday guide stuff, so for now, you are going to get my top 5 things i purchased at the Round Top Antique fair. 

I’ve always wanted one of these.  But i don’t see them very often and when i do they are a really expensive.  But i splurged on this guy, $250, which i had NO business doing – but  i can rationalize anything.  Its just such a weird piece that can throw off any room, in a good way.  Brian is going to freak out, in a bad way.  

So that’s the only major piece i bought.  I promised myself that i wouldn’t buy anything that i couldn’t get in LA (except dollhouse furniture) and while these are around sometimes, i don’t see them very often.  

Dollhouse shelving unit.  I know. Its amazing.  $12. Which was a splurge i know, but right now my dollhouse has been looking pretty granny, so i need some MCM in my life.  

Kitchen accessories for the dollhouse.  I should have put a penny in there for scale, but they are all teeny tiny.  that towel with the heart on it kills me.  These were $2 each. And if you are thinking, ‘wow, your dollhouse challenge sure is going to add up’, you are correctamundo.  

There isn’t really any new dollhouse bathroom stuff out there, so i figured at least these were blue and porcelein and antique instead of the cheap wooden or plastic stuff from the 50’s and 60’s. Besides i have a brass bathtub and catherine malandrino fabric as wallpaper, so i think these are going to look dope.  

Oh, just another unnecessary, kinda expensive bar accessory.  Stupid purchase at $18….i don’t know…. you get the fever, you know? The ‘once in a lifetime i have to buy this now or i’ll regret it forever’, fever? And you picture yourself having people over, sitting this awesome opener on your bar cart and when your super stylish girlfriend asks for an opener for her Chimay you hand her this with confidence.  

So the dollhouse challenge is obviously progressing. We put together ours the other day, and when i say ‘day’ i mean from 9pm til 3am.  True dollhouse-ing hours for the hardcore dollhouse-er.


I haven’t done anything permanent yet, just playing around with where fabrics/wallpapers/ rooms are going to go. I knocked out some walls, but i have some lucite pillars coming in to divide the space on the ground floor, . And the stairs, etc aren’t in yet – looking for a spiral staircase.  

Check out that brass tile floor in the kitchen/dining…..yeah.

I’m so happy so many of you have joined.  So so so so so happy.  I need to figure this widget thing out and then you can click on it, upload  your pic, link to yourself if you want and everyone can see everyone progress. 

And here’s me in Round Top, with my new boyfriends:


  1. The MCM shelving unit is such a good find! I'm not as far along as you but I did make a mini knock-off of a Restoration H mirror for the living room. I'm a DIYer at heart and DIYing mini stuff is so much easier! It's a mirror from an old MAC compact with jute string. Best challenge ever.

  2. Jessi

    I had such an awesome time meeting you! I was the girl who told you I diagnosed our own style as "rustic boho glam" and then "won" an iPod shuffle from the drawing later/your marketing lady just gave it to me because she knew I was a crazy fan! :D SO FUN! You are so sweet and it was so great to talk to you! I'll post the picture of us soon and link it to facebook/twitter. I didn't find a dollhouse, but I did get a small wire birdcage that I think I'm going to use in a conceptual dollhousey way! Also found a dollhouse "throne" I need to figure out how to upholster and a little ashtray I'm converting to a coffee table. Great finds-yours sounds like it will be awesome! OH! And HGTV interviewed me on Sunday as a fan of Junk Gypsy! It was fun! It was nerve wracking though-major props for doing that every day because it is so awkward! So glad you had fun in Texas and I wish I would have run into you Saturday night! One of those guys in that pic is my friends ex-boyfriend…small world!

  3. If I weren't so poor and so tired of making things out of cardboard I'd be in on this one with 'ya. But alas, I'll follow with bated breath from afar. You people are my craft TV, and its my favorite channel!

  4. What fabulous mini finds…your d'house will be d'bomb!

    I'm on the fence about joining in on the dollhouse challenge, you said something in regards to being loose with the term "dollhouse"? I might have something if so.

  5. Ann

    OMGGGGG my shelf! You can't imagine how much I freaked when I realized you bought one of my goodies… I blogged about it even: But why does it look so warped?!

    Still. I am freaking out about it lol.

  6. Katie

    I know it's a design challenge but the japanese toy/goodie stores always have those perfectly miniature foods! Tokyo Japanese Outlet definitely has some stuff on sawtelle/little osaka. i think there's one in little tokyo as well. might have something you can use.

  7. Brandi

    How come no one has asked where your boots are from yet?! So glad you had fun at Round Top. I went a few years ago and came back with some great scores. Did you happen to get a delicious coffee from that guy who converted and old beetle into a traveling coffee shop! The best stuff!

  8. How stylish is the teeny tiny dollhouse furniture these days? I am so inspired by this dollhouse competition I am tempted to go back to my parents' house in NJ and steal the dollhouse my grandfathers (paternal and maternal) made together for us kids once upon a time. It really is a thing of beauty and man could it use an interior update. Perhaps I will be doing some e-decorating for the wee little people in their sadly outdated but well constructed home. Oh, the nostalgia!

  9. Jesse

    All three? At once? You animal!

  10. bruns

    oh no, i think the pictures got messed up? i see two of you and your cowboys (ye-haw!) but none of the dollhouse kitchen/dining room that you mention. maybe it's just me. also, i don't know why, but i love this dollhouse challenge more than words. can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.

  11. Anna

    Hi Emily!

    You don't know it just yet, but you are reading a comment from your new BFF. I am as suprised as you! I guess it could be fever dreams, but who is counting… and it has nothing to do with doll houses.

    I have been home sick for a couple of days and found your blog and had to read it and look back at Design Star so I get all the behind the scene information. I must say it makes the program so much more interesting.

    I had an overload of these programs and blogging last night I think because I woke up when we were in the dreamy thrift store (big like a mall) realizing we had forgotten to get furnitures and only focused on accessories. Eventhough it was an individual challenge, we decided we could share table, chairs and sofa all for dining. Not easy me being in IKEA-land, but I guess we made it work. I at least wanted to thank you because I had so much fun in that dream! I am going to post a blog post on this, but I have to figure out how to illustrate my design plan becsuse it was going to such a great place and I really wanted to see that room. I am new to blogging so it may take a while.

    I wich this would have been real since I was sooo excited to se how it all came together! I had so many styles coming together and I guess having some more of these in our home is what I need since I want it to be more whimsical and less formal.

    Thank you for your entertainment and all great tips and

  12. When is HGTV going to put your new episodes online???? I love your show but don't have tv…I'm dying to watch the episodes I've missed!

  13. Sadly, I'm out on the dollhouse challenge. I can barely rock a big house challenge. BUT I wanted to give you a heads up on a great blogger I follow who built this dollhouse last year. Made by Joel? Ever heard of him? He basically makes super awesome crafty toys and such for his kids. He's possibly the coolest dad ever created. Anyway, here's a link to his dollhouse post. Thought you'd enjoy it.

  14. How fun! Flickr has a lot of inspiration on their "Modern Dollhouse" site in explore! CM

  15. Is it too late to join your dolls' house challenge?

    I'm in the middle of a dolls' house reno and am thinking I should join along.

    Where's the original post?

  16. Kate G.

    I'm totally jealous of the dollhouse challenge and WANT to join, but apparently my husband thinks miniatures and dollhouses are "creepy" and I'm not allowed. We're also planning to vagabond around Argentina in a few months so we're more on the get-rid-of-stuff train (well, I'm SUPPOSED to be boarding that train soon) than the buy-lots-of-awesome-creepy-stuff-he-hates train. :( i did tell him that I LOVE dollhouses and will have one someday, but I will only watch for now.
    ps. dolls may be creepy, but Miniatures?!?! NO!
    pps. my mom JUST sold a whole box of my uncle's HAND-MADE dollhouse furniture at her yard sale about 2 weeks ago AND NOW I'M FURIOUS!!!

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