New Dream House

This was my first chance to design for an entire house (albeit miniature)! Pat Henry asked me to redesign Barbie’s New Dream House for the first virtual Barbie Issue of FDQ! I was so excited ! A chance to give Barbie some REAL furniture!

Bye-Bye Cardboard!…

Let’s start the tour, shall we?

Enter the Living Room, where things have been the same for , oh- 45 years. More space was needed, so I added a stylish room divider to  open the floor area making more space. This allowed me to put additional furniture in the living room.

Here’s a view looking into the room from the hallway.  Cool effect, no?

The thing with already existing walls is that you have to incorporate the colors given. In the living room, the colors were green and red.  Gold was a very popular color choice in the 1960’s, so that was the palette I decided on for the upholstery. In this close up of the sofa, you can see that the fabric also has little flecks of green in it, which blends nicely with the surroundings.

Oh Gosh – Here’s Barbie and Midge enjoying the newly styled living room. Midge is hoping she can get some ideas for her own place!

Kitchen Nightmares! – I did not know WHAT I was going to do with this kitchen at first. I mean, who decorates their kitchen in orange and pink?! Oh yeah – Barbie !  This tiny galley kitchen  needed room for a table. I used a “cracked glass” backdrop to imply a large window  giving ample room for a place to sit.

One of the neatest features of the NDH, is the open and close shutters between the living area and kitchen.  Here’s a colorful shot of that feature.

As you can see, I was able to incorporate the orange/pink color combination into the kitchen.  It really did turn out cute. In this photo the natural light coming through the window casts a pale blue hue making a the perfect  backdrop for this shot!

Here, Barbie checks the kitchen one last time before dinner. She’s expecting company… 🙂

On to the Bedroom. Everyone knows a lady needs privacy! Notice in the above photo that there is now a wall between the kitchen and the bedroom area. This provided the perfect place to set a new bed for Barbie!

The bed, redesigned for Barbie, is now a full size.  Complete with upholstered headboard, matching bedspread and oodles of colorful pillows for a luxurious nights’ sleep!

A lady always likes to look her best! Here’s Barbie enjoying her newly styled vanity with framed glass mirror and upholstered vanity seat.

Mirror, mirror on the wall…

A small niche provides a perfect place for a bedside table which houses a lamp and personal effects like family photos.

Next – The Great Outdoors!

The NDH also provided a back yard patio. This space was revamped as well.

Comfortable patio furniture greets you as you enter the space from  the sliding glass doors.

To the right, a small garden features wild flowers. These are actually REAL flowers that grow outside my house in the spring! Don’t they add life to the space?!

And, last, but not least: Here’s the FAB FOUR enjoying some quality time together, as they lift their glasses to Barbie’s New Dream Home !

I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour. I’ve been wanting to share these photos for a while. This seemed like the perfect venue to do so.

If you’d like to see the article in it’s entirety, you can still get your virtual copy from FDQ. Log onto :

*If you enjoyed this article,  check out my re-design of Barbie’s First Dream House here:

Here is the same dream house re-designed as Ken’s bachelor pad ! :

52 Comments Add yours

  1. I love it! I am so glad you posted this! I missed it the first time and it is wonderful.
    xo H

    1. maryannroy says:

      Thanks Hilda ! This is a way for me to see them again too! Beats having them hidden away after all that hard work! 🙂

    2. Marcey Ellsworth says:

      I love looking at your creations! You are very inspiring. I was so tired of the pink plastic furniture for my doll house. Now you have given Barbie and I what we want. We both can be happy with a stylish home setting. Also, I’m so excited because I just found a local Barbie club I’ve joined and I’m having a great time with the girls. Thanks Mary Ann!!!!

  2. Wil says:


  3. Valerie says:

    Oh my gosh! You are amazing! I love what you’ve done for Barbie’s New Dream House. Now, can you shrink me down to 1/6th size so I can go live in it?

  4. Vince Nowell says:

    Maryann, this brought tears to my eyes. I don’t think anyone could have done this more beautiful than you. Just outstanding!

  5. Cindy says:

    How much fun to see the Barbie’s Dream House recreated by you! What a great job!

  6. Shaye says:

    Wow These rooms are fantastic! HJow long does it take you to complete the rooms once you have all of the pieces?

    1. maryannroy says:

      Hi Shaye,
      I made all the pieces for each room, so the article did take a while to put together. And, because the NDH is so large, I had to photograph it in sections. Glad you are enjoying it.

  7. Lucy says:

    Oh I love it! Thanks for the tour and memories.

  8. Phyllis says:

    WoW!! What workmanship! Maryann your Dream House is fabulous! What a trip back in time!

  9. John Conforti says:

    MaryAnn- WOW!!! is all I can say! Love the pillows!

  10. Audrey D. says:

    You have done a fantastic job! Love it, love it, love it!

  11. Debi says:

    OH wow! I want the whole thing. Excellent designs.

  12. Saucy Suwi says:

    The rooms are wonderful! I can look at your work all day!

  13. Lisa says:

    So, cool… a childhood dream brought to life :). I love all the little details. Truly awesome!!

  14. Laura says:

    Wow, I guess you have been busy. You really are amazing and very talented. I love what you did for Barbie. I want to go live with her. Lol!!!

    1. maryannroy says:

      Thanks Laura! Visit anytime – The blog is always open ! 🙂

  15. Jan in Dallas says:

    This is simply amazing. Thanks so much for posting this.

  16. Deb says:

    Wonderful! I just love viewing your detailed creations.

  17. Candy says:

    This is great! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Barbara E says:

    I am in awe of your ability to visualize what you want to do to a room and then are able to make it happen. 😀 *This* is a space I would want to live in!

    1. maryannroy says:

      Thank you Barbara!

  19. Keri says:

    Allow me to be the uneducated one here. I am asking for clarification, actually. Is this the dreamhouse from the 1960s? I can’t believe it. Only you could take something “old” or vintage, add your special designer’s touch to it, and make it new all over again. Awesome job. I can’t pick a favorite part because I love it all, but I can say that you never cease to amaze me with each new room set or piece of furniture that you create. Keep up the fabulous work. (But how can you call something “work” when you love doing it?!?!)

    1. maryannroy says:

      Hi Keri,
      Thank you for the lovely compliments. This is indeed the 1965 version of Barbie’s New Dream House. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I hope you will occassionally visit Welcome Home to see what I am up to.

  20. Rebecca in WA says:

    Maryann, I am just in awe. Every time I see your work I am just amazed. Thank you so much for sharing your work and thoughts with us.


  21. Cousin Deb says:

    Hey cousin! just wanted to let you know you know that your work is AMAZING! Love ya!

    1. maryannroy says:

      Thanks Sweetie! Hope to see you soon!

  22. Vin says:

    I am lovin’ these photos and most importantly – getting INSPIRED!
    Awesome work as always Maryann!

  23. Carine says:

    WOW, I need to move there. So well put together.

    Brilliant job Maryann!

  24. Jill says:

    That is absolutley amazing! wish I had one like it .. gorgeous you are so clever!

  25. meg says:

    I seriously love your work. I have made some furniture for my dolls before when I was younger but my scale is always a bit off.

    As you say, seeing your work does inspire me along with the pictures I see in old magazines for ideas to make a real doll house for my dolls I’ve been wanting to do that for years.

    To see this version of a Barbie Dream house in 3d is probably the best idea anybody had come up with and they found the right person to create it!

    1. maryannroy says:

      Thank you Meg ! Much appreciated !

  26. dal says:

    This is stunning work! I love everything you do.

  27. Marsha West says:


    This is wonderful.

    Gosh, wouldn’t it be nice if the original one, which was all the cardboard (I inherited one.) looked like this!! This is done with such an eye for beauty, detail, and style. WOW!

    I love the bedroom, dining area, and the little niche.

    Is this is the one one of its kind?

    Marsha, Enchanticals

    1. maryannroy says:

      Yup – the one and only.
      M 🙂

  28. Miranda says:

    amazing! i love it. and feel inspired. i just bought a cardboard dream house off ebay(the studio college dorm room looking one) and want to either make the furniture (and probably fail) or buy lovely scaled furniture like you so wonderfully design.

    i adore your photos and work. it’s interesting to see grown women still loving a piece of childhood–and a piece of history.

  29. poliogirl2194752 says:

    Oh,Oh,Oh,Oh,Oh,Oh,Oh,Oh, Oh! I love looking, especially since docs have said no more they can do. But, Maryann your furnishinggs and dressed dolls do more for me than their meds! Love ya, Caroleanne

  30. Ron Irwin........I live in Provincetown, Massachusetts!! says:

    Hi Maryann, I just found your “Wonderland” tonight through Hilda’s site. The Dream House is OUT OF THIS WORLD!!! Your talent never ceases to amaze me!!! I wish I had 1/8 of the talent you have!! You have such an eye for this!! You seem to design as if you are going to be living there!! Can I live there??…You can tell what Barbie makes for dinner….Reservations!!!……There is no way she could cook for a dinner party in THAT kitchen!!!! LOL!!! Thank You so much for the “Eye Candy” Ron

  31. Dave says:

    Verry stunning stufffs! Feast for the eyes really!!

  32. I like your dream house Are you still adding? Are there pieces for sale also?

    1. maryannroy says:

      Hi Nellie
      Thank you. The pieces to this dream house are sold, but I will be re-designing the First Barbie Dream House in the New Year, so stay tuned!

  33. Julie Manley says:

    Awesome, absolutely beautiful.

    1. maryannroy says:

      Thank you Julie !

  34. crystan says:

    I wish I had something like that

  35. DONNA KONKEL says:

    I Love it! I’m sure this is not for Sale?

    1. maryannroy says:

      This was from 2014 Donna. The first Dream House I ever redesigned. It has long since sold. I’m sorry. xo

  36. LaTonya Ellis says:

    Everything looks great. I would like to know if you do any modern doll houses on 1:12 scale. If so I am interested in having one built for myself.

    1. maryannroy says:

      Hi LaTonya – I am currently working only in 1:6 scale. Thank you for your interest though!

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