Your Living Dollhouse: Hiding The Functional Reality Of Your Home

Your Living Dollhouse: Hiding The Functional Reality Of Your Home

Screen Shot 2016-12-19 at 16.06.04Sometimes, a doll’s house sounds perfect.

Obviously, you’d need to make it a bit bigger for a human to fit into – so do that, and keep all the other benefits. If you’re wondering what other benefits what is effectively just a box could offer, then you’ve not thought about it enough. As someone who has – perhaps to disturbing levels – here’s my conclusion:

It’d be so much easier.

Think about it. You’ve got your home decor, your style, all the little twists you want to put on and accent your home with. You don’t need to worry about curb appeal when there’s no street, and the inside is even easier. You’ve got all the same wall space on which to hang your quirky wall art. There’s as much area as you could need for every individually-sourced piece of furniture you have ever daydreamed about…

… and you need to make space for absolutely nothing practical. Nothing! It’s all about style. Forget about “function and fashion” marrying together. In an oversized dollhouse, everything would just work. There’s no need for electrical cables you have to hide or tidy; there’s no plumbing to incorporate into the design of a bathroom. It’d be heaven.

Of course, it also wouldn’t work – and it wouldn’t stand up to inclement weather. And you’re not a doll. But still, the principle is excellent, isn’t it? I like it so much I have tried to come up with ways of getting the same principle – all the style, all the time – into a house I can actually live in. Here’s what I’ve got so far.

Got Pipes? Box It In

Boxing in is just the process of enclosing any pipework behind wooden containers. It’s something you can do in an already-finished bathroom, or you can ask plumbers like Plumbing Heroes to do it while installing your bathroom suite. Rather than dealing with ugly-looking pipes around the bathroom and sink, it all vanishes behind a wooden surround. It’s as close to a dollhouse as you’re going to get.

Use Furniture In A Minimal Way

I have come to the realization that it is better to have a low number of furniture items in a room than try to cram things in. You want to create space, so even if you’re craving a little extra storage, resist the urge for another piece of furniture. Instead, try and make the most of what you have to give you extra places to put things. Your bed base, for example, could be drawers rather than having to resort to buying a separate freestanding item.

Hide Everything Behind Something Else

In a dollhouse, you can put a TV set into the corner and imagine that it works. You don’t have to argue with cables or worry about how to stack a receiver box on top of the Blu-Ray player. In reality, these are concerns – but you can minimize them. Go wild with cable ties and always have something – another tech item or something decorative – to hide the ugly reality behind. It makes a huge difference if you do it right, making everything look like it’s just there – rather than the nuts and bolts of how it got there.


Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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