At the time, we were having an extension built onto our real house. I asked the builder if he would cut the wood to my measurements as I didn't have a suitable saw. He said he'd be happy to, then appeared a couple of days later with the whole thing, except for the windows and door, built for me! Good on him!
When I decided that I wanted a bay window on the ground floor, my husband had a bright idea. He cut up the lid of my yoghurt maker to make the top and bottom of the semi-circular window!
Originally I made it into a Victorian era emporium called 'Buckinghams'. It had departments for hats and parasols, sewing notions and materials, and lingerie. I made all the furniture and accessories and had a lot of fun doing them.
Later, I decided that rather than having another dolls house, I would strip 'Buckinghams' out and redecorate it to make 'Bellevue Tearoom'. I added shutters and window boxes, changed the dull brown Victorian colour scheme to a fresh blue and white, applied the gold stick-on lettering and had great fun making cakes, breads, and pastries for the tearooms.
On the ground floor is the bakery. There is a tearoom on the middle floor and the top floor houses a wedding cake display. I'll show you it in more detail over the coming days.