Palm Beach resident remodels his dollhouses

The finished dollhouse was sold by Samantha Marulli to the You, Me and the Sea store in Essex, Conn.

Real estate developer Samantha Marulli and her son were visiting her parents in Connecticut during the summer when she came across an old dollhouse that her niece owned in the basement.

This dollhouse became the inspiration for a new hobby of bringing old dollhouses back to life.

“I had never worked with miniatures, let alone wallpaper, glue sticks, cutters, saws, but it started with a small room,” she said.

Marulli renovated the dollhouse with new wallpaper, baseboards, paint and furniture.

When she redecorates a dollhouse, she approaches it from the same perspective as the office buildings she would buy. During her tenure as a senior leasing agent in her father’s business, she assessed the aesthetics of the building and came up with a plan to transform the building’s personality.

She quickly discovered a world for collectors and artists who design and renovate dollhouses as a hobby.

“There is a sentimental side to it, as most of these collectors inherited these exquisite dollhouses from loved ones who have passed away. They are extremely passionate about all aspects of the hobby,” she said. .

His inspiration for his creations is his childhood. Marulli remembers that her family ate all their meals together and a time before cell phones.

The Manoir Abilene kitchen designed by Samantha Marulli.

“My siblings and I really made a lot of fuss around the house. It was a dream with teens and babies running around. I wish this generation could find out what it’s like to use. their imaginations and to actually interact with their siblings, their parents, their friends and We are more and more distant from each other as a human race living even under the same roof, ”she said.

After she remodeled the first dollhouse, she sold it online.

The most surprising aspect of Marulli’s hobby has been discovering that there is a demand for dollhouses.

She created a second home for You, Me and the Sea, a store in Essex, Connecticut, which sold. Named the “House of the Sea”, Marulli has decorated it in the style of coastal living.

A dollhouse bedroom in the Sea House designed with a coastal living theme by Samantha Marulli.

Abilene Plantation is the last dollhouse that Marulli is working on.

“I saw a woman posting a dollhouse that she no longer wanted on Facebook. I clicked on the picture and I was in love,” she said.

Her decorating skills evolved as she became more daring with her designs and working with battery-powered lights, she said.

Abilene Manor bedroom with handcrafted pieces by Samantha Marulli.

Although Marulli has received requests for specific dollhouse designs, she prefers to create her own designs.

From knowing nothing about the world of dollhouses to falling in love with it, reading books on how to build and level, it has become a special pastime for Marulli.

“It feels good to create something, take something that has been overlooked and bring it back to life, then sell it to someone who is a collector and who will love it or to a child who will make memories of it. and will pass it on to their families, ”she said.

Samantha Marulli, her husband Paul and their son Alfie.

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