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When Curbed went national at the end of September, they sent six dollhouses to top shelter mags asking their staffs to decorate them, then return pics of the results. We loved the idea so much that we wanted to play, too, so we submitted a garden, modeled after the cover image on our own Jamie Durie’s book, Inspired.

Here’s Jamie’s Zen-inspired outdoor room:

And here’s ours:

Everything we used came from the hardware store or our yards, including concrete pavers, tiles and plants (cactus, thyme and moss). We used acorn cups to approximate the planters on the wall and cut water lilies from larger leaves. The edging pebbles are actually crushed bird seed.

Our goal was to provide a garden that would complement all the dollhouses (even Dwell’s chicken coop…thus, the bird seed).

Want more on the project? See the making of; read how we decided to play along.

And now that our mini-garden is complete, we’d like to see your projects-in-miniature. Got a dollhouse, terrarium or other lovely little you’d like to share? Upload them at HGTV Dollhouses.


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5 Responses

  1. There was another show on HGTV (can't remember the name?) where they created a Japanese garden which looked very similar to this. I loved it and envied it! __It's hard to tell from the photos that this was actually created in miniature. They appear to be a real garden in a real home. __Nice job and congratulations. It looks like a lot of fun.

  2. [...] that all of the dollhouses (and our garden!) are in at Operation Dollhouse, Curbed wants to know which is your favorite. Of course, we want it [...]

  3. sandra holmes says:

    pretty and fun

  4. jorge says:

    A well completed Patio will not just look good but increase the value of any property

  5. madrososapp says:

    it's funy.

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