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A 2-story room box, or is it a dollhouse?

Filed under Digital Images, Laura Carson, Shadowbox/Room Box, Steampunk, Steamtown House, Tutorials

Remember the post about Laura Carson’s Steampunk Cat? Well, we have a treat today, as the 2-story house that that cat lives in is ready to be seen!

Wow! Isn’t it beautiful? I love how Laura has decorated the outside of the house (and we’ll see more posts — and video tutorials! — over the summer to find out how the rooms inside come together). Note: Laura has included the interior wall, floor and ceiling coverings in today’s post, too — preview pic is below.

Laura started with the new Stackable Room Box French Quarter (and roof… plus some extra windows that she added to the outside).

The new room box is a chipboard kit to put together a beautiful 1:12 scale, 2-story room box (more like a dollhouse). The kit includes a balcony, door and decorative door frame, window frames for all 3 windows (each with an extra border for dimension) with each with 2 windows (with panes) that can be hinged to open. It’s pretty big: the finished size is approx. 11-3/4″ wide x 19″ tall. (Psst… I had a half scale version made, too!)

Laura used embossed brick sheets over the raw chipboard walls, then added trims from her new Architectural Trims Digital Download Set to add more details (like the keystones above the windows; they really make the house feel vintage, IMHO).

Her digital set was also used for the faux round windows on the sides of the roof (over the Slate Roofing Paper).

Here’s some text from Laura’s blog post. Don’t forget, she has made a video tutorial, AND she is giving away a free collage sheet with scenes to put behind the extra windows, and a stained glass window image for using behind the door!

In Steamtown, on Irongate Street, is a beautiful house that has sat empty for too long. Rumor has it that a famous explorer has recently leased the house and will be moving in shortly. Gossip flies around town as the residents try to guess who will be the new tenant.

It’s a diamond in the rough and how fun it will be to see just what the new tenant does with it, surely bringing their love of travel, exploration and adventure to the decor.

I’ve been chomping at the bit for a two story house kit and it was fun to help design it. For this project I’ve used it as a house, but it would make a great two story shop. The overall design lends itself to multiple facade styles. If two rooms are not enough you can use multiple kits joined together to have as many rooms as you like.

This project is just the start, in the coming weeks I’ll be decorating and furnishing the rooms and adding other elements to the exterior.

Here’s a link to Laura’s supply list, many of which are shown below as they’re new this week!


Hooray for the Half Scale 2-Story House Giveaway!

Not exactly what Laura used, but it won’t take up a lot of space (if you have a small apartment). And with Laura’s trims set downsized to 50%, you can make a pretty close facsimile of Laura’s project (plus I’m including a couple pieces of half scale furniture to get you started on the inside). By the way, I just love that photo showing the 2 houses!

Here’s what I’m including:
Half Scale 2-Story Room Boxnew!
Roof for Half Scale 2-Story Room Boxnew! (the half scale version is open on the back so you can decorate the inside like an attic — see below)
– 1:24 Antique Brick Wall Sheet
Architectural Trims Set Downloadnew! (note: this is only available as a digital images set; if you cannot use digital images we’ll figure out a couple similar printed collage sheets)
Chipboard Scalloped Shingles – Half Scale
1:24 Round Table & 2 Chairs
1:24 China Cabinet

To enter the Half Scale 2-Story House 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, Monday, July 10, 2017)!

AND tell me: How will you decorate your 2-story house/room box? (inside and out?) Bonus: I am always trying to find more half-scale furniture… anything in particular you’d like?

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 So check your mailbox on Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won the Tale of the Merpeople Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Marilyn Ray! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, July 9th, 2017

61 responses to “A 2-story room box, or is it a dollhouse?”

  1. Vera Collier says:

    Ehat about a Peter Pan theme? I can see the second story sone up as a Victorian nursery and the bottom floor as a parlor, or perhaps a kitchen.

  2. Kari Gluski says:

    I would decorate it as a Victorian house. A friend who makes room boxes just shared several of hers at our doll club meeting and I was so inspired by her creative uses of jewelry bits, bottle caps and other finds! I also have some vintage Mattel Littles furniture that I think would work

  3. Jean Marmo says:

    Oh my goodness! How cool is this! I would make a fairy princess house for our new granddaughter! I know she would enjoy that.

  4. Anne says:

    I would create a witch’s house complete with haunted attic w

  5. Claire says:

    I would make a haunted house for sure. The outside would be decorated like Disney’s Haunted Mansion.

  6. Kathy Bumb says:

    As I love both mermaids and fairies, I would combine both I can envision the fairies playing with the sea horses (sitting on them) and playing with them.

  7. OMG I love this I would love to win this house I would decorate it victorian if I win. Thank you

  8. Louise Kush says:

    I see it as my fanciful getaway place-downstairs would be beautifully cluttered with all my knickknacks and furniture; the attic would be stuffed with my sewing machines, mannequins, tiny dolls, fabric and a comfy chaise and a table for my tea and books. Of course there would be ribbons and shells piled for future projects, too!

  9. Barb macaskill says:

    Did I just die and go to Heaven? This is SO awesome. Since Halloween and Christmas are just around the corner I think I would have to make a Christmas with Krampus house! The resident children have been very naughty this year so Krampus will be visiting instead of Santa Claus.
    Can’t wait to see the rest of Laura’s tutorials! TFS!

  10. Ann Pierce says:


    I would make it to use for a Betsy, Tacy and Tib childhood home!

  11. Lisa Rodriguez says:

    I love this! I would create a New Orleans music shop in the bottom that sells all types of instruments. The top level would be a studio apartment that is a writer of vampire books. The apartment would be decorated with dark red velvet chairs, candlelight, fringed lamps. Outside would be ivy covered brick with plenty of wrought iron.

  12. Aggie Stiefer says:

    This is adorable I love dollhouses!

  13. Amy says:

    Charming! so many ideas, hard to pick…….

  14. Barb A says:

    I would make a boutique in the lower level and the shop keeper’s home in the upper level.

  15. Phoebe Diamond says:

    I think that I would make a bordello. For some reason the idea appeals.

  16. Allyson Schmidt says:

    I think a Harry Potter shop would be cool. I dislike dollhouse construction. This looks easy to assemble,so I can get right to the good stuff-decorating!

  17. Barb J says:

    I picture it in the olden days of England….. and would decorate appropriately!
    I love houses so this in right in my wheelhouse.

  18. Nancy O says:

    By the graveyard at the end of town is an old house of many faded colors. Rumor has it that an old gypsy family still lives there holding seances and reading tarot cards……….

  19. Kimberly says:

    Omg is there no end to the cuteness?! I would love to decorate this house using the colors and similar devote to my mom’s house. It would be adorable sitting on a coffee table. She loves dollhouses, but doesn’t have much room for a full house.

  20. Catharine McCammon says:

    Of course I will make a Halloween Haunt, but for fairies. Pumpkin brew and flower stew. I’ll decorate with Day of the Dead marigolds. INSIDE and OUT. Thank you

  21. Denise Bryant says:

    What a fun project! I’d make a haunted house!

  22. Marie Weddle says:

    So many great ideas in the comments above! Would probably do a Sherlock house using the Master Detective papers. Love the half size, since I don’t have room for the larger one! 🙂

  23. Verna says:

    I see marie antoinette here. Lots of lovely flowers and little lambs…..what a great give away. Thanks!

  24. Laural says:

    I would try to follow Laura’s lead and do my best, if I won this drawing.

  25. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    I would absolutely do a beach house for my mermaid and merman family. What fun.

  26. Kat Cashwell says:

    This is awesome ! I would make haunted house ! Would love to see some spooky furniture !!!

  27. Lou Anne says:

    I love the 2 story house! I’d make an underwater mermaid house with it.

  28. Rebecca says:

    Oh I Love this! I would make a adorable, mini mouse house!

  29. Jessica says:

    I’d definitely make a model of 221B Baker Street!!

  30. D Wattier says:

    Oh, I love these! I would make it into a little shop on the bottom and an apartment on top! Decorating the outside with a tiny, striped awning and brick siding with a tiny bench for the locals to sit and chat! Mini hugs ~ D. =)

  31. Emily N. says:

    Since there is a balcony, I’d decorate it renaissance for Romeo and Juliet.

  32. Beth JOnes says:

    Oh how adorable!! I have been thinking about making a doll house for a while and trying to decide what to use!! Would love to have this to play with!!!
    I love Alpha Stamps!!

  33. Sandy says:

    OMG!!! I have died and gone to Heaven. This has my mind going and I see tons of possibilities. I will need several of these!

  34. Mary Mac says:

    I would love to do something about Christmas. Maybe Santa climbing lip to the balcony instead of using the chimney

  35. Lori D. says:

    First of all, let me start by saying, this is a wonderful and generous giveaway! I totally see something French with this house. Maybe Marie Antoinette, maybe a patisserie with trays of French delights! Thank you for the opportunity to win. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  36. Laura says:

    This would be a great little wizard’s cottage! Shelves of potions, strange apparatus on tables, books everywhere. Its something I’ve been wanting to make for a while and this would be the perfect thing for it.

    As for furniture ideas, more bookshelves would be great. Maybe even a corner cabinet.

  37. Margaret D says:

    I am already thinking about Christmas. Would love to make a village. I would definitely make a Christmas house this time.

  38. Jo says:

    i would love to make a replica of 12 Grimmald place or maybe the Weasley’s cottage!

  39. I would love to have this! I have all sorts of dollhouses from my childhood. I would like to turn this one into my grandma’s old house.

  40. Karen Mallory says:

    Fabulous house! Can’t wait to see how Laura decorates it! I think I would make mine a Steampunk house. Always wanted to make one!

  41. Pamela says:

    Witch’s domain, for sure!! Inside and out… 😉

  42. Christy Minnis says:

    Oh wow! A half scale house – just what I need (if you don’t ask my family!) I think I’d make a townhouse full of well loved and cared for antique furniture – just what my wildly successful cousin lives in.

  43. Jackie Barth says:

    I love this and think I would make a Christmas house.

  44. Mary A says:

    I love this house that Laura created, but my first thought was I need to scale it down, so I am thrilled to see the house and roof available in 1:24. The outside I plan to make similar to Laura’s. I want to make the inside steampunk style. I will be following Steamtown for ideas.

  45. Cheryl Lee says:

    Oh my…what an amazingly generous giveaway this week! I can see mine as a nice little country hideaway for a single lady, kind of English Country in style, with lots of roses, comfy, over-stuffed Chintz furniture, and a girly bedroom with lots of books in the attic! As for 1/2 scale furniture, why not go to your own store of dollhouse furniture and just downsize that for 1/2 scale? You have a lot of unique pieces that would be great. Thanks for the chance! Congrats to Marilyn!

  46. Roe says:

    I see a stately New Orleans townhouse inhabited by Louis and Lestat. The coffins would be upstairs and the main floor would have dusty, shabby furniture.

  47. patti gwyn says:

    Definitely make a haunted house. Maybe a wizard or witches home. Love that you are doing miniatures.

  48. Carla says:

    Love this! Would possibly do a tea shop on the bottom floor and an apartment on the second floor for the owner, or a Christmas shop, or a haunted house, or Or or soooo many choices!

  49. Kitty T says:

    I’m thinking a haunted house or maybe a fortune tellers lair.

  50. Debbi Decker says:

    I gasped when I saw this! New Orleans French Quarter is my favorite place. I would revisit some of the ghost stories that take place in the Quarter and do something with those. As for half scale miniatures, candles, candelabras, tiny lights and more dishes.

  51. Jen R says:

    Love,love, LOVE this! A house for sure. I would like to see some half scale garden items.

  52. Nancy E says:

    I just love this house. I would decorate it for an artist in a Victorian theme.

  53. Someone suggested Marie Antoinette. That is a great idea. I think I would go with that.

  54. LeAnn says:

    I would make this house haunted.

  55. Marilyn B. Hughes says:

    I would decorate it as a pastry shop. I just watched Laura’s tutorial and loved it! Now to decide which one I want; the 1/12th scale, 1/2 scale, or the 1/12 wooden one.

  56. K Toews says:

    Maybe the day of the dead family live here?
    I would like to see a brass bed and a roll top desk.

  57. June Vaughan says:

    Attention to detail is incredible! How would I decorate it ? With lots of velvet- curtains, sofas, furniture in the French style! Would have to do some research, digging to find quintessential pieces! Definitely sparks the imagination!

  58. Delaney Ornelaa says:

    Maybe a speakeasy style hidden bar with roaring 20’s details throughout!

  59. Christine Diller says:

    How charming! I think I would decorate it in a slightly fantasy style. Perhaps in a colorful, quirky way such as Mackenzie Childs!

  60. Kim R says:

    OMG! Sooo cool! I would make a gothic house..for witches maybe.

  61. Lynne says:

    I would make a witches house. I love that balcony!