Category: Doll Room Essentials

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Doll Room Essential #3: Doll Risers ….Take the Cake

 

I have a fun item that I like to use as doll risers on display in my Barbie room: Individual Cupcake holders.  I find that as I work towards creating clean and organized displays, I’m always looking for “risers” that are not obnoxious to the eye.  In the past I’ve used boxes and even soup cans.  But recently I’ve discovered that I really LOVE the cupcake holders.  In addition to being the **perfect** size to accommodate all different sized doll stands, they are super cute and they come in so many great colors.  They add interest to displays.

Today I found some really cute porcelain cupcake holders at Home Goods .  These come in so many fun colors and designs, I found that I had quite a difficult time choosing!

Here are two examples of other colors that were available. I struggled … I wanted them all. They come in a set of 4, and were priced at $9.99 for the set.

 

I settled on these two sets: ballet slipper pink w/gold and white w/gold.

Super cute!

 

I try to maximize space in my displays.  Below you can see how I stagger doll display height within shelves that will accommodate the layers. Sometimes this is necessary when you have a shelving unit that requires a stationary, non-adjustable permanent shelf, usually right smack in the middle of the shelving unit.  Depending on what you’re displaying, that designated permanent shelf sometimes affects the ability to have all the rest of the shelves the same unified height. In that case, I take advantage of layering, which requires the use of risers. Here is display shelf that I display my repro Barbies on. In this case, my shelf height needed to be quite high to accommodate the Barbie Vintage Fashion Shop, which causes an unsightly gap between the ceiling of the shelf and the dolls. I hide the gap with staggered dolls. It is also a great way to cram a bunch of dolls into a small space!

Behind the shoe display you can see the new riser peeking through.

Here is what is really going on behind the shoes.  I still wanted something pretty because you can see the riser peeking through.

One more example.  A before and after of a cleaner presentation:

Before: In this vignette I used stacked Mattel stand bases.

After – My new cupcake stand looks cleaner and neater

Lastly, I want to share another style cupcake holder that I  found at Home Goods months ago (these I believe were 5 or 6 bucks each). This one is taller and also works great for layering. I want to say there were three colors: pink, robins egg blue and white.  My natural instict would be to grab the blue, but this time I went for the pink. These are metal and they are packaged individually in a darling tulle net bag.

Of course the cupcake holders will come in handy for what they are intend to be used for, but in my house, highly doubtful 🙂 !!!

 

 


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Doll Room Essential: Command Brand Hooks

There is an item that I cannot live without in my doll room: Command hooks. I use these little guys throughout my doll room.  I like the idea of hanging items temporarily (or permanently) without damaging surfaces. I use the mini decorating clips the most.

As an example of how I use them, take a look at this vignette in my cabinet.  See the hanging chandelier?

It is made possible by the use of one of the Command decorating clips. From afar, the clip is virtually unnoticeable.

This is a clean and damage-free way of hanging items in display cabinets.

In another display, I use them in two ways:

Here, I use one to hang the chandelier.

I use them here to act as a fabric tie back on both sides, further concealed by a floral accent.

I have an Ikea Billy display case that faces the inside of my doll room.  I wanted to hang these Robert Best BFMC sketches somewhere in my room, and found that this was a great place to hang them. However, I didn’t want damage the case by using nails, so I chose to use the hooks here as well:

I disguise the hooks by using organza ribbon. Aren’t these frames all perfect for BFMC sketches with the blue and white Silkstone-themed stripes? I found them on clearance at Target years ago.

Here’s what the clip looks like when hung. This is one of the larger clips. The packaging states it can hold .5 lbs (225 g) so the weight of the frame is not too heavy at all.

Lastly, I have one on the back of my door.  I would never use a nail or a screw on the back of my beautiful white door!

This is the final message upon leaving my doll room:

 


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Doll Room Essential: Shelf Peg Hole Plugs from Ikea

I love when collectors share information about new and interesting and/or helpful items that they use within their collections as part of the collecting hobby. I plan to blog about several doll room essentials that I have found for my collection and room such as these recently discovered shelf peg plugs from Ikea:

These can be found in the kitchen cabinet area at Ikea. They are called Variera. There are 10 white plastic plugs attached on 10 individual strips and they sell for 99 cents a pack (100 plugs per pack!). They are also available in black. For a clean look, I absolutely love the idea of filling in all the exposed peg holes in my shelving, so I took a chance on one pack to see if they would work. It turns out that they fit all the holes in my shelving throughout my doll room.

I know MANY collectors have Ikea’s classic, affordable, and functional Billy book cases in their doll rooms. I myself have a few of the cases and I love them. I purchased mine prior to a change that has made to the newer Billy cases (I purchased mine in Jan/2012). Ikea has since changed the size of the shelf peg hole to a much smaller, less noticeable peg hole.  The Variera plugs fit the holes in my Billy shelving, but they do not fit in the newer book cases. I do not know when the change occurred. I believe the plugs are intended for Ikea kitchen cabinetry, not for Billy book cases, but they seem somewhat universal. The pegs also happen to fit the non-Ikea book cases that I have had for the past 10 years that run along the main wall of my doll room. I have had these 5 matching cases for so long that I cannot recall if I got them from Office Max or Office Depot, but for a mere 99 cent investment, it was worth it for me to try them out in these cases as well.

Here is a picture of the plugs in an Ikea Billy cabinet – I’ve left a row in the back empty to demonstrate the before and after:

Here is the before and after of the generic white book cases that house my BFMC collection:

Before adding plugs

 

After

Unfortunately, my digital cameras all decided to break on me at the same time, so I had to take these pics with my phone camera. The lighting is not the greatest, but you get the idea. You do still see small white bumps when you view the cases, however, I prefer that look overall to the numerous and annoying open shelf peg holes.  In my doll room,  the shelving  is very much set, so I don’t anticipate moving the shelves and having to remove the plugs.  By the way, they’re easy to remove, but they do a number on your fingernails if you’re not careful. They may not be a good option if you’re constantly changing your shelf heights. Mine has been the same for almost 10 years, I think I’m safe.

Final note, the plugs are fairly bright white. Some Billy cases are creamy white (I have noticed a variance in the shades from one Billy case to the next).  The difference in shades between the Billy cases and the plug doesn’t seem to be  significant enough to matter,  but I mention it because it does exist.