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Eve’s Reading Window

I’ve always been a fan of window seats, but never lived in a place that had one.  I’m so pleased I get to decorate Eve’s living space to my heart’s desire…well, within budget, that is.

This diorama piece—another part of my overall Christmas present—had quite the adventure before reaching its new home.  In the chaos of the holiday season, the postal service managed to lose the documentation, the parcel itself went off the grid for over a week, and the process of having it shipped back to its country of origin began.  I’m just glad it got here in one piece.

Here’s the item all by its lonesome, before adding any details:

Even stand alone, it’s very nice, and there’s a good deal of attention to detail.  The scaling is ideal, with shelves deep and wide enough to display tiny items, and the two drawers at the bottom are fully functional, with the added bonus of adorable little knobs.

For now, I’ve tucked some of Eve’s smaller accessories in the drawers so that they’re easier to keep track of.  Unfortunately, I’ve managed to lose one of her shoes already; I’d like to keep it as the only casualty.

As to the changes I’ve made, if I had a window seat I’d want it to be not only visually appealing, but also inviting.  Pillows seemed like the right way to go.  I, very poorly, hand-sewed a couple of large cushion seats and a few throw pillows from some leftover quilting material.  They’re nowhere near perfect, but I like them for now, and they look comfy enough for curling up with a good book.

Speaking of books, I adorned the shelves with little knickknacks, but by far my favorite items were the books.  Most I found online, but a few of them are books from our shelves, scanned in, shrunk, printed by my hubby at his workplace, and glued onto cardboard.  It’s an easy craft with a pretty nice result.  Unfortunately, I ran out of books before the shelves were entirely filled, so I’ll have to ask my hubby to print out some more for me after his holiday ends.

Last, but certainly not least, I added a view.

Because of the size, I had this cityscape view printed out at a local shop on glossy paper.  They provided me with a large envelope, which turned out to be useful.  I cut an opening on the front of it, showing some of the picture contained within, then simply slid the envelope behind the window, pinning it against the wall.  That way, if I need to change the photo, it’s as easy as sliding the new photo into the envelope, in front of the current photo.  I have a “rainy day” look with the same view.

I’m really pleased with the end result.  For anyone wondering, I ordered this from a shop called “Furniture for Dolls” on Etsy.

If you have any tips on books or other items for the shelves, I’d be happy to hear them.

5 Comments

  • That looks so cozy. I have a recommendation on book jackets. There’s a site that sells replacement dust jackets for full size books, and their site shows the full dust jacket – front, back, as well as the inside panels – for thousands of books. My Daisy doll ended up with the full Lord of the Rings set as well as the complete Chronicles of Narnia and a few other books,

    https://www.dustjackets.com/browse.php

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    • Oh wow, thank you – that’s a great idea! I will have to check it out, much easier than scanning everything multiple times trying to get it just so 😉

  • Hello,

    I just found your site. I am going to have to catch up on your previous posts. I think the window seat is lovely. You have decorated it very well. You selected such nice things. Hopefully Eve’s other shoe will appear.

    Your dolls are lovely.

    Thank you,

    Jaye

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    • Hi there, Jaye,

      So far, no luck on the shoe.

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog. The window seat is, by far, my favorite so far (just don’t tell the dining set or my little couch 😉 ).

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