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Maison de la Mode – House of Fashion Boutique

Filed under Collage Sheets, Laura Carson, Shadowbox/Room Box, Streets of Paris, Tutorials
Update! A newer post about Laura’s artwork is here.

Remember Design Team Member Laura Carson’s L’ Amour des Fleurs Flower Shop from a few week’s ago?

Today’s project is the eighth (!) in this series by Laura Carson to build a group of miniature Parisian shops: The Streets of Paris. There will be a bookstore & pharmacy (and we have already seen a chocolate shop, a cafe, and the flower shop just mentioned)!
More info here.

So, on to today’s project, the Boutique itself: Maison de la Mode – House of Fashion.

The new products and techniques shown today can be used on all sort of projects (whether building a boutique or not)!


I love the contrast of that bright blue window with all the ochre of the building exteriors. Plus all the lovelies on display! I also like how Laura mixed up the display windows (so the downstairs window outside the cafe is for the upstairs boutique).

Lots of the pieces Laura covered in past posts (like making shelves from slides, making & decorating purses & shoes — and of course, constructing the buildings and adding wallpaper) are all coming together in today’s project.

As you can see (below), the boutique takes up the entire second floor of the shops. Laura added interior doorways between the 3 room boxes so that the top floor can be one shop.


Note: Laura will be explaining the elevator betweeen the 2 floors in a future post (but I’m already enamored of the gold railing around the space where the elevator will be (just a bit shows on the bottom left corner of the right photo below). And (oh!) that chandelier on the photo on the left side (and another in the close-up of the exterior window below in the Giveaway) — Laura made those chandeliers with rhinestone chain… so pretty!


Laura created FOUR new collage sheets and TWO Digital Image Sets today (whew!), with lots of posters & magazines to decorate/display. And more construction-y (my new word) items like pieces to build awnings (and mini shopping bags). More on the new items is below.

See everything Laura used (inside and out) in her supply list. (Note: as Laura covered making the buildings for this project in an earlier post, those items are in a separate blog post.) Come back after enjoying her new video tutorial (and lots more info & photos) for new items, and a Giveaway drawn from Laura’s project!

New Items!

Hooray for the Maison de la Mode Giveaway!

First to explain my photo selection below: it’s the same exterior display window, but in the photo at left: it’s at night (with the chandelier turned on) and on the right side a close-up of the purses, shoes and other goodies (in daylight).


This will be an odd Giveaway, but I think someone will love it: I have THREE rectangular bay windows (the Rectangular Bay Window – Large Center Window shown in the photo, plus the 3 Column and 2 Column versions) — all 3 are taped together from my product photos. Easy enough to either take them apart and glue them together properly… or go with the tape and paper over the whole thing? Anyway, I’m giving away all 3 of them!

I’m also including these items from Laura’s supply list:
– That House of Fashion Bags & Boxes Collage Sheet shown at left (also new today: with boxes and bags for Laura’s boutique)
– A set of the Tiny Round Paper Mache Boxes
– A yard (!) of the 2.5mm Rhinestone Chain – Aurora Borealis
– And 2 things not in today’s supply list but certainly in that window: a couple sets of the Mixed Set of Doll Purses and also a couple sets of Head Over Heels Shoe Buttons. (Here’s the prior post about decorating shoes, purses & perfume bottles, in case you’d like more info.)

To enter the Maison de la Mode Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Friday Night, August 17, 2018).

Don’t forget to leave your (hello!) correct email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via

Hey, who won the Tristan’s Prize-Winning Album Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Nita Gidley! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Psst: a note for recent winners. Now don’t fret! Between the transition to the new site software (and running 2 sites concurrently) the Giveaway packages have been a bit delayed, but they are still coming!

Posted by Leslie, August 16th, 2018

65 responses to “Maison de la Mode – House of Fashion Boutique”

  1. Teri Downs says:

    Beautiful and gorgeous. Would absolutely love to win this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks so very much for the chance. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  2. Nadine says:

    I love these shops. I want to make them all. It would be great to win these windows!

  3. Barb A says:

    The street of shops is fantastic, love the way everything fits together. The colors are perfect, the displays….so lovely.

  4. Traci says:

    LOVE Laura’s work she is amazing with also much talent.

  5. Rhonda S says:

    Its to hard to choose. I would have to make them all.

  6. Ann F. says:

    Those mini hats are adorable!

  7. Carla says:

    I would love to win this. Thanks for providing us with the tutorials.

  8. Louise Kush says:

    YOU HAVE OUTDONE YOURSELVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am a chocolate maven, an seamstress and I will accept the flower shop as a wonderful substitute for the beach! LOVE, love, love-I HAVE TO MAKE THIS!!!!!!!!!

  9. Pauline M. says:

    I love every shop and would love add this shop to my collection. Everything is so beautiful.

  10. I love this shop and the rest as well

  11. Kim Lucak says:

    WOW!!!! This giveaway is tres magnifique! I would LOVE to win this amazing giveaway, not sure which I love the most the bay windows, the tres petit shoes and purses or the mini hat boxes?? The winner will be blessed!!!

  12. Jodi Hippler says:

    Like I need another project in the queue… But hey, what can I say? I’ve caught the madness!

  13. Andrea Pretlow says:

    Super cute and cozy looking. Who wouldn’t love to win this!

  14. Meri Wiley says:

    Laura always makes the best stuff! This giveaway is awesome.

  15. Kathy Toews says:

    Love the chandeliers!

  16. Chris K. says:

    Who doesn’t love bay windows?

  17. jackie says:

    tres bien

  18. Angie M says:

    Beautiful. Wish I could shrink in size and wander through… 🙂

  19. Pauline p. says:

    Laura’s shops are so sweet. I love bay windows, wish I had one in my real house.
    all the good inside look fun to make.

  20. Teddee Grace says:

    Oh, this is one of the best shops yet! Count me in. Thanks!

  21. Michelle G says:

    Love these shops! So much detail!

  22. Oh, this would be awesome to win as I am currently Collecting and making things for a ladies boutique! Love your creativity!

  23. Jen R says:

    Laura has such talent!

  24. Linda Fuller says:

    What a feast for the eyes! My favorite detail is the point-of-sale area with the cash register and boxes and gift wrap underneath, OMG!

  25. BarbMac Vt says:

    Ooooo! Odd but fabulous giveaway! I would definitely be putting all of these items to good use! My village is growing and winning giveaways helps me grow it faster! TFS!

  26. Emily Ann N. says:

    Love the Maison de la Mode and the little purses!

  27. Jean Marmo says:

    My goodness! Darling and so creative! Loving the hats!

  28. Kay says:

    Truly spectacular workmanship by Laura Carson. I would love to own it. Kay

  29. Karen S says:

    Now to figure what shop to start on I love them all. Winning the bay windows would sure be a nice added touch.

  30. Chris Hoffman says:

    Love the re-purposing of glass slides as shelving. Beautiful work. Chris

  31. Deborah Thomas says:

    I adore Alpha Stamps! This is my go to site for miniatures. I am hooked onb them. This set is absolutely gorgeous! Can’t wait to make it!

  32. Anne W says:

    I love shopping! I love miniatures! I love scenes! J’adore Paris! And I love Alpha Stamps! Hope I win.

  33. Nicole Lysse says:

    Absolutely Stunning , so inspiring!!

  34. Laura N says:

    The shops just keep getting better and better! I look forward to see each new addition. I would love to get the additions. I just got one of the houses to try one of the shops.

  35. Rachel F. says:

    Absolutly ticks all the boxes for creativity and details! I love minitures and love making my own, so this is just the cat’s meow! Good Luck everyone! Someone is going to be very happy!

  36. Jennifer Sobolewski says:

    This looks like a super challenge that I want to take on! I love it!!

  37. beth Jones says:

    Oh, how beautiful!!!

  38. Catharine says:

    Snip snip snip the little fans and wave them to stir up a breeze! Bliss

  39. Marilyn B Hughes says:

    Gorgeous as always. I’m saving all of these so once I get the hunting cabin, the tearoom, and the witch’s room box I’m working on done I can maybe start this series.

  40. Sandie says:

    Great as always. Love everything about it.

  41. Carla says:

    Love the store fronts! Gorgeous project as usual!

  42. Marykay chisum says:

    Simply beautiful! YES PLEASE!

  43. Kat Cashwell says:

    This is awesome and I love the chandeliers!

  44. Susan G says:

    I,love Laura’s work and I’ve made many of her projects. I learn so much each time!

  45. Karen Mallory says:

    Wow! Wow and Wow!! Laura sure has a lot of talent!! I love, love this project. I have already been collecting the shoes and purses to redo. This would be a fabulous showcase putting them into the windows!

  46. Ginger benedict says:

    Laura Carson is a genius with miniatures!

  47. Laura J says:

    Amazing work! So inspiring and creative!

  48. Janet Turner says:

    Wow! I think this is Laura’s masterpiece. It’s just beautiful!

  49. Diana bittaker says:

    It is all too beautiful!!

  50. Dona says:

    I love, love, love this one! Have been collecting many items which would enhance this project and do hope I win it!

  51. Teri Steele says:

    I am to far along in my project to add the bay windows now but if I win that must be a sign that Im supposed to buy another chateau and do it with the bay windows! Sounds logical to me!Cause I really want to do an antique bookstore and a tarot reading room up above!

  52. Congrats Nita! Wow Laura, beautiful! This is a fabulous give away! Thank you for the opportunity to win. Good luck everyone.

  53. Celia says:

    Sounds like a fun give a challenge box. I love the new project from Laura!

  54. Lea Cook says:

    This is so awesome! I might have to give it a try. Right now waiting for my mermaid order for my upcoming ATC swap. Everyone always asks where I get my ATC cards from;)

  55. Jo says:

    This store front is so cute! I love all the miniatures you guys create!

  56. Sharon Phillips says:

    Love all her shops! I would hate to only choose one because it would take me forever to decide which one I want the most!

  57. Mary Mac says:

    I would love to try the fashion window.

  58. Tina Davis says:

    The Maison de la Mode is so pretty and would be so much fun to construct. I love miniatures and this is my first time to this site. The craftsmanship shown is awesome. I will definitely visit often. Beautiful!!

  59. Debora says:

    Impressive! So much going on it’s fun to keep looking!

  60. Liz says:

    Love this stunning piece and would be so excited to win and create something inspired by this Thank you for the opportunity to win such a great prize

  61. Denise Bryant says:

    So many fabulous details! I could look at this for hours! I LOVE the fun hats… so cute!

  62. As a true Francophile, I am in awe of Laura Carson’s art! It would be wonderful to be able to create such a beautiful piece. A Parisian street shop kit? Just heaven.

  63. CG says:

    OMGOMGOMG!!! Laura is truly one of the best when it comea to creativity and invention!!! Holy crap!!! Im already building her jewelry cases using her very generous videos and instructions. I hope she stays here forever! If i win, im making the fadhion boutique! I alreafy ordered the one townhouse structure from yall, so i can almost finish it with this prize giveaway!!!!! Tytyty! And ty Laura!!!

  64. Nancy E says:

    I just love this! So amazingly creative!

  65. Kay W says:

    I love all the details.