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Best Christmas Ever: The Doll House

My childhood is filled with many happy Christmas mornings, so it was hard to narrow it down, but there is one gift that will always hold a special place in my heart. For months leading up to Christmas, I begged and pleaded for a dollhouse. I dreamed of a place for my dolls to call home without the worry of my older brother’s GI Joe soldiers invading. When I woke that Christmas and raced towards the tree, I did not see the dollhouse I had longed for, but there was something better waiting for me. Santa had brought me a dollhouse that I could build myself!


I cherish the memories I have of my dad and me bonding as we assembled the dollhouse together. The dollhouse was something I was proud of and cherished. I loved being able to pick the colors for the walls and selecting the furniture for each room. Maybe that’s where my love for design began!

Now, many years later, my two-year-old daughter is asking for a dollhouse. While she may still be a little young to build her own, there are plenty of options on the market for the young dollhouse dreamers! Here are a couple of my personal favorites.

The Savannah Dollhouse from KidKraft

Multi-Level Solid Wood Dollhouse from Melissa & Doug

About the author
Kristin, Project Nursery’s Director of Sales, lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, four-year-old daughter Addison, 6-month-old son Blake and Chihuahua Harrison. Kristin is a born and raised California girl with a love for design, social networking and party planning.
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  • Kelsey

    I’ve been looking for a doll house for our little girl! Your first one reminds me of this http://www.etsy.com/listing/87509879/vintage-doll-house-with-full-set-of but much bigger!

  • http://www.thecreativeorchard.com Renee – the Creative Orchard

    TIP: I recommend FREE wallpaper sample books and flooring swatches from home improvement stores to decorate the doll house interior.

  • Lindsey

    The Multi-Level Solid Wood Dollhouse from Melissa & Doug is really beautiful. I’d pick that over the other. It allows you to be extra creative and decorate it prettily. I doubt, though, if the little ones would be happy with the lack of color and decorative details.

  • kat

    I used to be a nanny and I realized that a dollhouse is a fantastic age-old toy that kids never seem to tire of. Their imagination never goes on pause with such an object. Whereas other toys, for the most part i consider disposable..(as in, they really lose interest after a month)

    Now that I have my own little boy, I was casually looking around for a little house that will keep him fixated for a while. I am glad I followed your blog to KIdKraft. Most of the dollhouses I see around are exceptionally pink&frilly
    (neither my son or I mind … But the last time I looked at a such an object in the store his dad sorta cringed.)
    KidKraft is:
    a) here in europe and b) seems to cater to various kids taste.

  • Kathy

    Dollhouses are something that never goes out of style when it comes to girls’ toys. Every girl should have one, whether store-bought or DIY! They make really great heirlooms too.

  • Diane

    I’ve recently found these guys – dheminis.com and have bought my little girl the Wisteria House, all pink and girly! Couldn’t believe teh quality and detail, now i want one for me!

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