I’ve been wanting to redo Barbie’s dream house for a couple of years now. When I was about my daughter’s age (7 or 8), my Grandparents gave me this custom-built house to play with all my beloved Barbies. It looks a lot like their home in central Georgia and has been played with for countless hours over the past 29 years. I’m just so very happy that my daughter is continuing the love and play after so long. Honestly, I hadn’t planned on doing this big project this week, but once I began with the dining room, Reese was so delighted (as was I) that I couldn’t stop!
Now, I’m not gonna lie to you Barbie – this project long overdue. You’ve been living with the same look since about 1987 (when I got this house for Christmas) so… you are welcome for the home facelift!
Also, it’s probably worth mentioning that the before pictures look like the morning after a frat party (not that I know what that looks like)….and I’m sorry for that, but at least you can tell this house is played with a LOT.
See what I mean?
Anyway… today we finished redecorating, and so Barbie had some company over to celebrate. Now, keep in mind, she’s on a budget, so this is a complete DIY project. She still needs to add (and replace) some furniture, accessorize… and paint the ceilings and trim.
I have to honestly say I had as much (possibly more?) fun as she did. My love for Barbie has remained strong after all these years Mama!
Let’s begin with the Dining Room.
The dining room chandelier is made from a random accessory ball I had wrapped with scrapbook accessory “lights”
Dishes and dining accessories also all vintage from my collection. I told Reese that Barbie’s friend is on a Paleo diet, so she’s just eating a steak and drinking some wine. Reese said that Barbie doesn’t know what Paleo means, so she’s eating a hamburger.
Barbie’s wallpaper is actually a Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper that I affixed to the wall using Mod Podge. Her window treatments are from some scrap fabric I had in my craft room.
Now, onto the Kitchen.
Again, Barbie’s wallpaper is a Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up. Barbie’s refrigerator and table are quite modern. They are balanced out nicely with vintage window treatments, however, accented with trim from my Grandmother’s collection, as well as some Stampin’ Up! ribbon. (Kitty is just now waking up from her nap to see what all the fuss is about downstairs.)
Her wall artwork is a Project Life card that works perfectly in the space. After all, Barbie loves positive sayings and inspirational artwork. 😉 We are anxiously awaiting custom cabinetry to complete our fabulous kitchen design!
I really wish someone would put up those groceries!
Barbie utilizes all her home’s spaces for good design, and she makes sure to remember her pets in the process!
Upstairs is pretty fabulous too. Check out the Master Bath!
My own Grandmama gave me a ton of buttons from my great Aunt Flossie’s house (she was born in 1898 ish to put things into perspective). I’ve held onto these buttons for years, wanting to for the perfect project to honor them in a very special place. Today, these buttons found their home. 🙂 I think they’re made of bakelite, but I’m not sure. Whatever they are, they’re OLD! And work perfectly with Barbie’s bath tile.
My daughter Reese created some custom artwork to go in Barbie’s bath. Now, she can truly relax in style.
I’m so in love with the starfish art on the mirrors that I now want something fabulous on my OWN master bath mirror.
Barbie’s bath also has a laundry station inside. After all, a girl must have a place to do her laundry!
And the Master Bedroom…
Barbie’s bedroom also doubles as a family room when needed. Her friends are over enjoying the new digs. We’re still looking for some fabulous bedroom furniture, but in the meantime, this will do. Barbie is especially thrilled with the designer throw pillows my daughter Reese made for her! And she loves being in this space, surrounded by all of her photos of family vacations and outings with friends! Once again, you’ll find Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper (this is gold soiree series) being used as Barbie’s wallpaper.
These are a few of Barbie’s favorite family and friend photos!
Oh yes, and we can’t forget this oldie but goodie from Barbie and Ken’s dating days back at UGA!
Most of Barbie’s accessories are retro/vintage from my 1980s Barbie collection. Back in the day, this TV was ALL the rage!
It’s ready for play time Barbie!
And with my wreath obsession, this house would not be complete without at least one!
The house at a glance. So many more years of joy and love to come at Barbie’s place!
Reese has decorated the attic to serve as a play space for the kids. We haven’t exactly decided what will go in that space yet, but she said that at least it looks fabulous in the meantime!
Official Stamp of Approval!
The design passed the test of being play-worthy!
Mulan approves too!
Obviously Reese’s play Barbie house is not perfect by any means, but that’s what is so special. She helped with every single part and absolutely LOVES it, and has promised to keep it cleaner than before because “now it looks like a real home”. Love that!