The Mouse Mansion


Have you heard of the Mouse Mansion? I stumbled upon this adorable display (about 1/12 scale) at the Amsterdam airport when I was traveling last week. I’ve often noticed when traveling in Europe that they’re WAY more into dollhouses and miniatures than we Americans are. I remember, years ago, seeing a beautiful little shop in Venice devoted to nothing but extremely high-end roomboxes. Somehow, I can’t picture that kind of shop making a go of it at an American mall.

Here are some photos I took of the adorable display. Check out their website using the link above to learn more.

Mouse Mansion photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. Photos taken at Amsterdam Schiphol airport, February 2019. All rights reserved.

Love miniatures? Learn more about the Flip This (Mini) House mid-century dollhouse project here, here, here, or by searching through older posts.

Check out the Flip This (Mini) House book, the Decorate This (Mini) Room book, and the Style This (Mini) Room book by clicking any of these links.

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Stick around to see the latest project: a farmhouse style dollhouse makeover!


1970s Style in the Flip This (Mini) House living room and bedroom

Handmade decor for my mini house

Armed with these jumbo pompom balls and scrap of burlap, I made some crafts with swanky style for my mid-century house today.

Gearing up for game night!

Furniture and decor I've purchased

Along with a simple white set of canisters and the world’s cutest arrangement of cheeses, I’ve got a new mid-century kitchen table and chairs in my original Flip This (Mini) House! Take a look!

Easy Wall-hangings

Handmade decor for my mini house

It’s easy to make little wall-hangings like these recent creations.

The card that came with some earrings was the perfect backing. I started with a strip of trim, affixing it with double-sided tape, layering a contrasting trim, and repeating the process.

This little table, above, is made of a rock slice and some wooden beads. The wall-hanging beside it is made of a cardboard earring card, some wood grain craft tape, a small metal tree from a craft store, and some trim.

Chip clips are great for mini craft projects!


Progress on the attic

A new house flipping project, Blogs and websites that inspire, Flipping my mini house

With some help from a blow dryer, I was able to loosen up the glue holding the carpet and divider wall in place. Here’s a look at my progress:

Displaying mini collections

Furniture and decor I've purchased

If you enjoy collecting in your human-scale life, why not extend that to your mini world? I love collecting tiny baskets for my dollhouse and room boxes. Here’s a look at some of them on display:

I made the little macrame owl on the wall using a Jonathan Adler pattern. The plant is made from doubled-over painter’s tape, cut to shape. The birch tree is a twig wrapped in fuzzy yarn.


Everyday objects repurposed, Furniture and decor I've purchased, Handmade decor for my mini house

Check out some of my recent weaving projects!

The black and white weaving makes a great little table runner, rug, or throw for the foot of a bed.

Here’s another look at the lemon-themed bedroom, but with the blue curtain covering the tiny bamboo shade:

This little curtain didn’t take long to make. I used a loom that came free with Mollie Makes magazine. Here’s a look at the process:

Wondering how I made the bamboo shades?

They’re made from inexpensive coasters, cut to size…

I tried out this old necklace with the blinds…

And felt it was the perfect cord. I snipped off a portion of the necklace and glued it into place with Elmer’s glue.

Looks good!

Wondering about the pretty artwork in this orange room?

These were gift tags designed by Katharine Watson, sold by Crate & Barrel.

Using some black paint (and a piece of junk mail as my workspace), I outlined three of the trimmed-down tags. After they dried I used double-side tape to affix them to the wall.

The tiny pillows in the lemon-themed room are from Shepherd Miniatures. The little books are copies of my own books, cut from my author business cards.

If you find when you’re weaving with a potholder loom that the yarn wants to slip off, wrap it all the way around the loom. You can then weave using one layer or both, depending on your project’s needs. Problem solved!