A Super-Fan Creates One Magnificently Detailed 'Fixer Upper' Dollhouse
Fixer Upper devotees, prepare yourselves for a very different kind of reveal – one in which square footage can be measured out in square inches.
Maybe you’re one of those people who thinks of yourself as an ultimate Fixer Upper fan. We know you’re out there. But for those who pride themselves on being top-tier Chip and Jo enthusiasts, may we introduce you to Dr. Kwandaa Roberts, a Philadelphia-based MD and mom.
Dr. Roberts, it seems, has just raised the bar in the world of Fixer Upper super-fandom. It’s about scale, you see. But, in this case, scaled down. In fact, way down. Side note: you may recall that Chip and Joanna took on renovation of a tiny house back in Season 4. Let’s just say that we now know there’s room to get tinier still.
The story begins when Kwandaa decided to buy a doll house for her 3-year-old daughter. A relatively ordinary thing, right? Here’s where things get extraordinary. Kwandaa decided that a simple dollhouse wasn’t enough and envisioned giving this one a thorough makeover, Fixer Upper style. Though no three-home tour or demo day was called for, renovation got underway in earnest. And if ever there was a situation where the term “verisimilitude” was called for, this would be it. Check out the photos. And no, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you.
Starting in the living room, highlights include teeny-tiny shiplap paneling, exposed wood beams, a facelift for the fireplace and, above the upgraded mantel, an oversized wall-clock — albeit about the size of a dime.
And take note that, in a tiny magazine caddy at the end of the sofa, are postage-stamp sized copies of recent issues of (what else?) Magnolia magazine. That, friends, is attention to detail.
Let’s step into the kitchen which features, among other upgrades, all-new stainless appliances, a custom kitchen island with gray marble top and waterfall design, a brass light fixture with twin sconces and glass globes, and a subway tile backsplash in the tiniest herringbone pattern you’ve ever seen.
The renovated master suite continues themes seen elsewhere in the renovation, with white shiplap paneling, hardwood flooring and twin bedside sconces echoing the brass fixture seen in the kitchen.
Bedroom accents include a miniature area rug in pale blue and white pattern, itty-bitty framed botanical prints, faux taxidermy head and a vintage-style fan.
Then there’s the spa-worthy master bath that features a twin vanity with vessel sinks, gray hex tile floor, classic subway tile, a walk-in shower with brushed bronze fixtures and — the statement piece — a pedestal tub with copper exterior.
And just in case you've gotten caught up in all of these amazing design details, let’s remind ourselves that, were you to place a live mouse in any of these spaces it would appear, relative to its surroundings, to be the size of a Shetland pony.
Finally, there’s a kids’ room complete with custom bunk beds, a study desk, a play tent and even (you guessed it) a tiny dollhouse. Is it possible that one is decorated Joanna-Gaines-style as well — with near-microscopic furnishings? I think Horton may have just heard a Who.
See more of the Fixer Upper dollhouse on Kwandaa’s Instagram page, tinyhousecall, where she describes herself as “Mom. Physician. Closeted interior designer,” and proclaims “I've finally found an outlet for my passion for interior design...dollhouses!”