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July 20, 2009


Nancy M.

Oh Kim, How sweet it is! How much fun you have had working for the day when you could put it all together. It is so much better than any doll house anyone could purchase. A miniature Daisy cottage.
Thanks for sharing it with us.
Nancy M.

Laura, Lulabellesview

Oh my gosh - I think that might just be the cutest thing I've ever seen! I can't wait to see how it continues to unfold. Very clever use of your hankie too. Enjoy.

Carol @ Old Glory Cottage

Kim, you've inspired me to bring my dollhouses (yes, plural) down from the attic! I had wanted to do this anyway, and put them all on top of the armoire in our bedroom, with a string of white lights in them, to leave on at night. Although now you make me want them where I could play with them, and then nothing would get done around the house! I love how you have furnished yours, and I am so in love with that blue sofa with the red flowers! I hope you will show the whole house, and where you put it in your home. Oh, it's all just magical!


I love it! I just purchased a new "old" dollhouse on my vacation and can't wait to get started decorating. I love all of the colors in your house. Thanks for the if I can just find some time???!!


Oh my goodness! My daughter's (never completed) dollhouse is in MY attic. I can see me and my granddaughter making a project of it together. You've put that "Daisy Cottage" touch on your dollhouse. I'm sure you'll find just the right finishing touches for the kitchen.


That is the cutest! It is just like Daisy cottage with it's bright colors and sweet furnishings:>) I can't believe that ornate little picture frame, it's so perfect!


Very sweet, I guess once my grandkids get older I will have to purchase another dollhouse, until then I will enjoy watching you fill yours up with miniature treasures!
Hugs Diane

Richele Drummond


Now I want to be a little tiny person and move into your doll house!! You make everything special.

Love from Studio D


so sweet! i just love it:) you have done a fab job. i know the family will be very happy there.


Very cute! I also love dollhouses and have been in the process of refurbishing the one I had as a child. I got it for Christmas when I was 10. My dad used to do income taxes at night to earn extra money and did one man's taxes in exchange for him building me a dollhouse from his "scrap" lumber. Like our real houses, they are always a work in progress.

Daisy Cottage

Oh Missie - how SPECIAL YOUR dollhouse is!
What a treasure from your Dad!



These pictures are so adorable. Thank you for sharing them!


So adorably cute :)


OK...I think I want to move in...I've been unpacking my new home for 2 weeks now...and it doesn't look near as good as your sweet doll-house. I love how it is a sweet reminder of your Daisy Cottage...all the way from the red check chairs to the daisy's on the table...too sweet...and what a find with the fridge magnet...clever use!

BTW...I'm not sure if you have checked my blog for our BIG announcement...but we're going to be grandparents...(Lollie & Pop) in January...we're thrilled beyond words. If it's a little girl...I think I'll start shopping for a doll house for her and I to play with when she comes to visit!



Love, Love, Love this! Those chairs. Adorable.


I'm so jealous that you've already got furniture and rugs and chairs and a table to eat on! I just knew your dollhouse would be dreamy! Love it!

Maria Cristina Del Nero

I love dollhouses. In fact I collect furnitures and have lots of it. Unfortunally, here in Brazil we don't have many dollhouses to sell and when I find one either it is very expensive, or it is not the way I dream of.
I hope that someday I will return to USA and buy one. Yours is beautiful Have fun!!!


Oh my...what fun...I've been "toying" with the idea of putting a doll house together, as I never had one as a child either!

Hi...I just wanted you to know I've been a distant admirer of your blog but saw you in the book "Blogging for Bliss" and thought I would drop in and tell you so!

Have a great evening!☺


DARLING! Oh, it's SO cute!

I can't believe you're posting about this because this is what I decided to do for Ceclia! We'll have to compare notes. ;-)


Sheila :-)


What a darling doll house! I have a large vintage one that I have been wanting to redo since I purchased it a couple of years ago. Yours is inspiring me!
I was wondering if your chairs were purchased with the fabric on them or did you give some of them a makeover?
Can't wait to see the further progression of your adorable little house!


Gee, Kim, cozy bedrooms are nice and all, but make up for no bathroom? :D

This is just too charming for words...I really enjoyed seeing a miniature Daisy Cottage.

Mary Lou

This is too cute! I bet you had a ball doing this. I'm sure the family will be very patient with their decorator. Have fun!
Mary Lou


I am so excited! I just bought a dollhouse (in pretty rough condition) at a yardsale for $10! Now I can't wait to get busy and start "renovating"! Your little house is adorable and quite the inspiration for me at just the right time.

Kathy Charniak

Oh Kim, your dollhouse has inspired me to revamp my daughter's old dollhouse for my grandgirls. Please keep showing posts of all your improvements. Your blog brings so much joy into my life. Thank you. Thank you. Love fr. ILLinois - Kathy C

The Pleasures of Homemaking

So,so cute!! Love it a lot! I've always wanted a dollhouse but I really don't have any space for one right now - but someday!



I want to move in! Love the colors and what you have done to the looks fabalous!
My husband wants a project..I think I just found him one. Time to get the lumber.

Have fun!


Your dollhouse is coming along beautifully, Kim. It's so easy to get swept away into the teeny tiny world. A friend of mine has a dollhouse. She has staggering troubles in her family. She loves her dollhouse. She said everyone can be happy all the time and every day's a holiday.


oh it is just perfect Kim, I never had one either as a child, I wish I did, I didn't think I could have it now though!....hmmm I'm thinking now that might look quite nice tucked up in the corner of the Beach Cottage, hee hee!

happy days


Adorable! I knew I could count on your blog to brighten my day with bright colors and lots of whimsy!

Kathy Owen

This has to be the cutest doll house I have ever seen. What a treasure you have. AND A talent for things pretty. I will have to follow you to see what you are putting in there next. I think it better be the Potty room so when they have guest over they don't need to send them out back. Thanks for the cheerful night. Kath'


Kim, you outdid yourself this time! If I could vote, this would be my favorite post of all time!

I have a dollhouse too...a vintage Strawberry Shortcake house but you have inspired me (surprise!) to want yet another one!

Post pictures if you do indeed get a dollhouse family...and whatever the case, this whimsical, fanciful, Daisy Cottage wouldn't be complete without Maggie, pots of daisies and lizards!!! ;)

cindy s.

O Kim, that is just TOO CUTE! I love your sense of imagination! Hugs ~CINDY S~


Do you know Beatrix Potter's "Tale of Two Bad Mice"? Tom Thumb and Hunka Munka would be very anxious to move in if they could see your little house.


I can't wait to see what the family will look like. You managed to fill your dollhouse with color and light just like your life-sized cottage.

I bought a vintage dollhouse this spring and still haven't painted it because I can't make up my mind about what color it should be.

Debbie Vierkant

OMG, that is just too darn cute!!!! What fun!


I love how your dollhouse is coming along! So cute! I knew that it would have that "daisy cottage" charm! Looking forward to your future posts about your mini daisy cottage!


Sooo sweet..brings back memories...of my fisher price doll house...those were the days! I LOVE Those wing back chairs.xoxo cherry

Becky from Tennessee

ADORABLE!!! Everything is soooo cute.
You definitely have to find a cutie
patootie Miss Maggie for the family.
I know the family is going to be so
pleased when they move in because
their designer has done such a good
job making their new home cozy and
charming.....just like Daisy Cottage!


Absolutely precious!

Alison Gibbs

Kim that is just way too cute!!


Oh, Kim! I think every little girl trapped in a grown woman's body reading this just sighed!
Absolutely adorable.
Where do you plan on displaying your treasure?


I love your dollhouse!


Hello Kim, I love your doll house it is precious:)I made my daughter one years ago. I painted (white)an oval basket( blue inside)for a tub, can not remember about the faucets.(think it was a McDonald's toy,taken apart) A metal band-aid box for the potty, where the back lid lifted up and a safety pin to flush,the seat was a lid the appropriate size (upside down)for the bottom. Hot glued together and painted. Sink was a little wooden candle stick pedestal with a small bowl for the basin. Was on the look out at thrift stores for odd things that would fit together.I think I had as much fun making it as she did playing:)Have a great week. Hugs, Mary:)


This is just too cute for words. Have fun decorating!


I just got a dollhouse about a month ago through Craigs List - a real deal at $30. I haven't started on it yet, too many other things to take care of. But, come the cool days of Autumn, I am getting to work. Isn't it fun?


That is adorable!

I don't know what kind of family you're looking to have move in but I just got my family in the form of peg dolls from and they're adorable! They look just like my family which thrills my boys! They aren't a thrift store or yard sale price by any means but well worth it if you ask me. :)

Tina in Duluth

SO cute!

And thanks for reminding me that brass can be painted! What an excellent solution to our hat rack problem.

Betty Jo

Had to pop in to see your dollhouse furniture and read your article. Saw the gorgeous photos on Flickr (where I've been camping out lately). Your dollhouse is soooooo gorgeous, and of course reminds me of Daisy Cottage! You certainly have found some beautiful pieces for it. Have fun!! ♥


Kim - I LOVE YOUR BLOG! I recently discovered it and it has become an almost daily obsession to see what is happening at Daisy Cottage. I want to steal you away to Southern New Jersey to play at my house! BTW - I had the same EXACT red and white dollhouse chairs growing up... how my little doll family loved to sit in them next to the faux fireplace! I now feel the need to pull them from the attic, to my husband's utter horror. I miss my old dollhouse... I'm off to find a place for it in the spare bedroom... :)


Oh how fun! I loved the dollhouse my grandmother made me as a child...She used sturdy boxes for each room and wallpapered the walls, carpeted the floors...we used hankies for curtains...knitted tiny blankets...made was so much fun.

This post just brought back all those memories!


That is so fun I never had one growing up and have never thought about one tell now! It would be so fun just looking for the the furniture.


Red and yellow. Why am I not surprised? Lol. It's adorable, Kim. I'm sure it will be a lovely dollhouse when you finish it.


After seeing your dollhouse, it all made sense to me. I got my granddaughter a real nice $100 complete dollhouse for Christmas. When I ask her, have you played with your dollhouse? Her reply is no. I was the one that needed the dollhouse. I have a plan of either bringing the dollhouse to Grandma's house of having one of my own. The dollhouse was what I needed. Inspiration from Kim, again. Thanks!

Daisy Cottage

Thank you everyone!

We are NEVER too old to dream, to create, OR to play. Never.

So go ahead and be that little girl again.
She's always been with you anyway.



Oh are too cute. It's a mini daisy cottage. My girls have a victorian doll house which I posted about once. I'll have to wait until they have outgrown their Polly Pocket house and I'll take it over...ha! thanks for the inspiration..


so precious... I think I have an identical house to yours (except it's pink!)... thanks for the inspiration! Have you seen the "Calico Critters" dollhouse families... I believe you can find them in Target Stores??? They are the sweetest little families of rabbits, cats, squirrels, etc. I bought a bunny family for my house and they are all dressed in such sweet little calico outfits! I wasn't able to find a 'human family" that I loved yet... and didn't want my house to sit empty... so these sweet little critters are keeping house for the moment! *hugs*

Rose - The Center of My Self

So delightful, Kim! Just made me smile the entire way through your post. I didn't have a dollhouse as a kid, but that didn't stop me from making furnishings from whatever scraps I could.

I love the potted daisies!



All I can say is...."When can I move in?" I love it! The little pillows on the couches and the bed is ADORABLE!



What fun!! When I was little I had a dollhouse and spent many hours playing with it, but then my family moved several states away and we gave my dollhouse to a little neighbor girl to keep from packing it. I guess at the time I had probably outgrown it, but now I WANT MY DOLLHOUSE BACK!!!! ha. I might just have to find me one like you did and play 'til my hearts content. :D


Oh Wow Kim! Your dollhouse is darling. I was wondering what it looked like.. how did I know it would be painted in daisy cottage colors :)

Mine is a work in progress, doubt it will be finished for several more months. I need help with the electricity and no time to read instructions. Most of my furniture has been stored for years but still in keeping with the 40's era I want. I have all my kitchen appliances except the stove and just trying to decide whehter I want a Roper or Aga.

I have lots of wallpaper and some extra so let me know if you like blue toile, yellow fancy print, cream/blue birds & berries, red poppies and green fern, among others.

It's time consuming but so much fun making selections for each room ~ just like a real home. It won't be a perfect house but will be created with lots of love. I also have dolls picked out to replicate our family.. including a "Grandma" doll like me (smile)

Have a fun day! Carole

Kelly~Rose Vine Cottage

OMG I have always wanted one and yours looks just perfect, how fun, and it would be so asy to move the furniture!! I'm really going to have to look for one for me(; I love the red frame above the fireplace and I see you even found a chalkboard for their messages! I wanted to let you know that when I click on your blog it is taking a really long time to downlaod, I'm not sure if it is just me but thought you might like to know.


It is a mini Kim house! It is so cute I almost can't stand it, how cue cute cute!!!!

Big grins,


Vicky G.

Kim, IT IS SOOOOOO CUTE!!!! I want to come down and play! I love dollhouses and your's will be the cutest one ever! :) Vicky

Sheri and Sophee~a

I bet you had a blast playing with that....I have a Victorian dollhouse that is sort of like my house...the colors are just reversed.

My house is blue with white trim and this the doll house is white with blue trim....I have a few pieces too but I have not been actively collecting.

You gave me a terrific idea though.....I am a very visual person and can't seem to get my house just right~maybe I could practice on my dollhouse. Right now it is completely empty except for our family picture that stands in the door look like a mini family that lives there~LOL

Thanks for always you are inspiring and make my days Sunny :)


Kim, what a wonderful and unexpected treat to stop in and find such a sweet post! This is such a beautiful doll house...wish I could come play! Thanks so much for sharing, I can't wait to see more!


PS...where exactly did you find the sweet upholstered chairs?

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality

Oh, Kim! You are just adorable with that dollhouse, it's SO you. Just need a little Maggie to add in there too.


This is darling Kim. I have an unfinished dollhouse in my garage somewhere that I've often thought about working on...maybe I'll get to it sooner rather than later now that I've seen your fun...

Susan Ramey Cleveland

Are these are Daisy Cottage's baby picture? So precious.

Becky @ Farmgirl Paints

Oh my, your doll house is just as charming as your own. How amazing was that?? How do you have the time to perfect cottage charm to a tee like that?? Thanks so much for sharing.

cindy h

Oh Kim!
I sold a whole bag of doll furniture and family too from the 50"s at my last yard sale for $10. Yep! Was just in 1 of those clean everything out moods :-(. Love your little daisy cottage!!!
Cindy H


How cute and my favorite is the round puff ball pillows on the yellow couch way too cute
just love it

MJ Smith

It's a miniature Daisy Cottage!! I love it!!! :-)



That's it I am going to make a dollhouse!!!! It is so cute! I love it:) I never thought of going to thrift stores & such for furniture!!

Rochelle Gaukel

Oh my goodness - how CUTE is this! So adorable and so YOU! Thanks for sharing it with all of us!

Esther Sunday

See, this is exactly why I love you.


Kim...I just LOVE your beautiful site. You've inspired me to finish the dollhouse I bought for my youngest daughter when she was about 4....she is going to be 20 next month. Thanks for all of your inspirations!


Oh my - I don't think I've ever seen anything so SWEET! This inspires me to make one for my daughter - she would love it.


Terri Morse

Kim, as much as I've enjoyed all of your posts, this one is the icing on the cake. I love the cheerful bright colors of your dollhouse and that red frame is adorable! I've always loved dolls and anything related to them. I have a collection of 18-inch dolls, and believe it or not, I have several rooms with furniture for them. They don't have a bathroom either, but they do have a kitchen with a cast-iron stove, table and chairs, pie safe and bread rack. A few years ago, I even found all the red-handled kitchen utensils. They were intended to be Christmas ornaments, but that didn't stop me from repurposing them. They're the perfect size for my dolls. Judging from the incredible response to your post, I guess I'm not the only woman who is still a little girl at heart! Let us know when your doll family moves in. Hugs, Terri


I want to come live in your little house. It's beautiful!


Oh My! I have just stepped into "Heaven". A nostalgic, magic, get-away place where folk love one another and life is sweet. Every bright photograph speaks of sunshine, which is lovely to see for it is oh! SO cold here in New Zealand - so - for you people that imagine we bask in sunshine on some remote, hot, pacific island .... sorry!!! ...... not at this time time of the year. I am all wrapped up in scarves and enjoying roaring wood fires and walks down misty, foggy lanes. Kim, you will probably never know just how many hearts you have touched with your site - love you from afarx Francesca


Oh Kim this is the most precious thing I have ever seen! You are just a kid in a big girl body! I LOVE IT!


SWEET as anything it, I have lots of miniatures, just not the house! Maybe some day..... Thanks for sharing your adorable pics.

janita -junsku-

Dollhouses are beautyful and fun to decorate. Mine is still in a showcase untill I find a real house that wants me to buy it.


A mini Daisy Cottage to decorate!!! What a great start you are off to. I'll keep my eyes open for small things.


So very very cuteeeeeee!


Hi Kim,
I bought a dollhouse a few years back...never had one has a child so decided it was time. ;-) Anyway, your post has inspired me to do something with the interior. The exterior was already painted a bright yellow, which I do love. I found it decorated for Christmas but the decorations were literally rotting off and falling all apart. So I made all new ones for it. So, my dollhouse is forever decorated for Christmas on the's perpetually Christmas time...but that's ok...I love it. :-) Thanks for sharing your darling little house...I love seeing how you are furnishing it. After seeing your sweet, happy chairs, I think I will continue with the bright colors inside since the person who lovingly made it started them on the outside. I have to figure out how to get the wallpaper off that will be a challenge. I think I'll do a post on the house soon and when I do, I'm going to link back to one of your dollhouse posts and blog. You have such a sweet, caring spirit...and it truly comes out in your posts!

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