Kirsten’s Cabin

 Welcome to Kirsten’s Cabin! I loved the Kirsten books as a child, and always wanted to live in that cabin. The series describes it as a one room cabin on Uncle Olav’s farm. This is the first home the Larson’s had in America after immigrating from Sweden in 1854. With much help from my husband, I created my interpretation of that cabin.

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The cabinet or shell, is an IKEA Pax closet system. After running numbers on different options at the hardware store, we decided this was the best and most affordable option for us. The unit I chose is 78” tall and 39” wide and cost $90, I added on 2 adjustable shelves at $15 each. This created three separate “rooms”  stacked on top of each other for displays. Kirsten’s cabin is 25” tall and 22.5” deep. There are two identical sized “rooms” above her. This size is just enough room to hold all of her furniture pieces, except the trunk. 

As I grew my Kirsten collection over the years, I stored all of the accessories in her Pleasant Company Trunk and her furniture in storage tubs. I tried displaying her pieces on bookshelves and would switch them out from time to time. Now everything is neatly displayed and visible, with the exception of her clothes that are still stored in the trunk. 

I chose peel-and-stick vinyl flooring to cover the walls and floor. My husband used a nail gun to secure the vinyl to the walls. Using historic photos for reference, I wanted as many things hanging on the walls as possible. My husband cut pieces of trim and molding to the sizes I specified to make the shelves. He drilled holes in the two large ones and cut dowel rods to be the pegs. I rubbed brown craft paint on them and wiped it off immediately to create a stained appearance. The windows are pieces of molding and the outdoor scenes are pictures I printed off on to copy paper. I used two different place mats as rugs, to separate the bed and table. 

Most of the items are from Kirsten’s Pleasant Company Collection. I added little pieces that are size appropriate to the shelves to fill them in. The arrowhead, Blue Willow China and the grinder (a pencil sharpener) were all purchased at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home gift shop. (See Laura Ingalls Wilder Home  here) The windmill and trinket box are from Kirsten’s trip to Holland, MI during Tulip Time. (See Kirsten Visits DeZwaan Windmill here.) She also got personalized wooden shoes! The red lantern is a Christmas ornament.

I love that I get to see my collection everyday. My husband and I really enjoyed creating the little cabin and have went on to create more historical doll rooms. As each one is completed, I will share them with you! 

9 thoughts on “Kirsten’s Cabin

  1. I love this blog! It has a lot of information and tells you where to purchase items to build your own doll house.

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    • Thank you so much! The shelves are attached with a nail gun and fine finishing nails. The windows are balancing on a nail, like you would hang a picture. I wanted to be able to take them off the wall and change out the scenes. At Christmas they get a snowy scene! 😉

      • I’m contemplating making Kirsten’s blue serving tray. Could you give me the measurements of the tray and (curly) dolls? Thank you. Are you decorating your room for Christmas?

      • Absolutely! The tray is almost 4.5 inches long without handles and 3.25 inches wide. The rolls are slightly over an inch. 😊 I am absolutely decorating the dollhouses for Christmas 😉 and will post them on the blog. Thanks for visiting Linda! Let me know if you have any other questions.

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