Thursday, 1 March 2018

House Tour : Hello Little Darling

In a week of snow storms and icy cold temperatures I couldn't be more thrilled to share this house tour with you!

Timoney Honeywood, aka. Hello Little Darling, created this Bohemian beauty for her young daughter. Setting herself a budget and some creative challenges along the way the result is this vibrant doll's house, modelled on her own family home and packed full of exciting textures and lovingly, hand made pieces, it really is something special.

It's always brilliant getting to know a little more about the person behind the Instagram account so I was really chuffed when Timoney, a London girl now living across the pond in theUSA,  kindly took some time to talk more about this eye-catching, labour of love.

Hi Timoney, thanks so much for having a chat with us!
We're huge fans of your Bohemian style, what do you feel inspires your projects the most? 

As a child I was always creating, drawing, painting and making things! 
My Mum dressed me in a Dutch clothing brand (Oilily). The clothes were covered in very vibrant and colourful patterns. I absolutely loved the Oilily clothes magazine that would come out twice a year, (I still have a lot of the magazines). I would sit for hours and hours, studying the designs, colours, patterns and textiles. 
I didn’t realise it at the time but I think this was one of my major inspirations and strongly influenced the way I decorate and combine colours, patterns and textiles today. Interior design and mixed media art are my main two creative outlets.

So tell us, how did the doll's houses start?
A few years ago I was given an old and very simple, wooden dollhouse, I decided to paint it white and decorate it for my daughter Evangeline.

The house was fairly basic, I didn’t want to spend too much money on it so I bought most of the furniture from eBay, the rest of the items I made or repurposed from small items I had. Evangeline loved the dollhouse so much, she played with it constantly for two years. When I saw how much she played with it, I decided to do another dollhouse project and make her an “upgrade”. 
 And what an upgrade it was! Looks like you had a lot of fun creating this little house.
 How did you go about it?

A few months before Christmas I saw a beautiful dollhouse for sale on Facebook market place, it was only $25 , I bought it with the intentions of renovating in time for Christmas Day. I set my budget for this project at $100. My plan was to create her a dollhouse based on the style of our real house. I didn’t want it to be for show, I particularly wanted my daughter to have a dollhouse that she could actually play with. I would describe the style as a real mix up of what I love, mid-century modern furniture, lots of plants (I love plants!).  As much as I love mad , crazy “maximalist” design I also love minimal , Scandinavian design, (as you can see from the black and white rugs, sofas etc.) I guess it’s quite bohemian. I do have a lot of fun mixing things up and fusing all the styles together. I especially love combining crazy patterns and colours together! 

I found lots of colourful rugs on eBay and I had a shoebox filled with kantha scraps that I used to create more rugs and bedding. I tried to find as many miniature items of the exact things we had in our house.
Some items I bought then customised, the skull mounted in the living needed something extra so I hand painted a design on it with the tiniest paintbrush I could find. 
My friend Chloe Avery, who is an incredible fiber artist made me a custom miniature suzani, to match the hand embroidered Indian suzani I have in my bedroom. I tried to stick to 1:12 scale , however I didn’t stick to this too strictly, if something was off scale but really cool I just included it anyway. The rest of the items came from eBay, Etsy shops, craft shops and Instagram stores.

I just discovered a @smallfunshop a week before Christmas and ordered the finishing touches from there! My real size home is a rental and I’m quite restricted to what I can do with it. I’ve always wanted to cover an entire wall with beautiful colourful tiles, because I couldn’t do colourful tiles in my real house I decided to do them in the dollhouse instead! I found the small scale tiles on Etsy. I think my favourite things in the house are the suzani hanging above the bed and the Frida Kahlo portrait in the bathroom! My Grandfather and I were still finishing up the last details of the dollhouse on Christmas Eve. The project took a few months, that time was mainly spent gathering the items. It was absolutely worth it, my daughter loved her Christmas present! 

See more of Timoney's distinctive style and work over on Instagram, @hellolittledarling 

1 comment:

  1. Tu pequeña casa es preciosa,tan original y llena de color y vida,me encanta el trabajo que has realizado.