Saturday, August 10, 2013

MCHUCLA: Italianate House 2 by Mark Cutler and Cari Berg

This is one of the custom dollhouses featured in the Designer Dollhouse Showcase at the Kaleidocsope Ball that helped to raise almost $1.8 million for UCLA Mattel Children's Discovery and Innovation Institute. Here are more photos from Mark Cutler and Cari Berg's Italianate House 2. You can also read my feature on Mark Cutler here with behind the scenes photos of his work. Click on the images to enlarge.

Mark Cutler designed the first floor as the ultimate girl’s dream house. Inspired by the great fantasy houses in Palm Beach and the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel, Cutler design features a sophisticated neutral color palette for the two story entry that showcases a custom miniature “Ramona” chandelier by Fuse Lighting, and the striking “Martinique” banana leaf wallpaper before transitioning into the glamorous living room and library. Both spaces are brightened with vivid pops of pinks, reds, purples, and feature handmade Japanese wallpaper, custom made upholstery, and a creative blend of classic and contemporary dollhouse pieces and repurposed items that make for a luxurious fantasyland any girl would love.

Cari Berg designed the second floor landing, bedroom and studio for the fashionable girl. The landing is anchored by the classic Martinique patterned wallpaper and the runners, custom made by Merida, the upholstered borne settee and the drapery help layer the space and add to the cosmopolitan mix of materials. The abstract original artwork from artist, Loryn Kolbrenner, adds a graphic quality to the space. The bedroom is draped in a billowy white sheer and provides a dreamy backdrop for the modern lines of the custom upholstered pieces with a simple color palette of white and hot pink allows for the different textures to take center stage. The coolness of the marble and lucite coffee table, the warmth of the mohair rug and fabric walls come together to create the ultimate in relaxation and comfort. All of this is set off by custom miniature lighting, inspired by pieces found in today’s most stylish showrooms. The Studio is complete with all things a girl needs to be creative and fashionable. Custom lacquered wardrobes anchor one wall and provide a space to showcase her most stylish handbags. She has an antiqued mirror and Lucite table, allowing plenty of space to display jewelry or work on a sketch. White tufted upholstered walls envelop the room, highlighting the custom hot pink silk upholstered screen and tufted ottoman. The white fur rug covers the walnut floor with the most luxurious of textures. Valerie Jurado Botanical Design, Sandra Jordan, Pierre Quinton Design Inc, G & E Custom Furniture, Arte Bella, C.G. Custom Tile and Marble, Campbell Glass, Donghia, Reborn Antiques,Micucci, Soli, Stone Source and Blair Newman for their contributions to the design.

Patricia Benner worked with Mark and Ceri to design a sophisticated and chic garden perfectly suited for this Palm Beach palace.

Publicity information provided by bluPRint. All photography by Jon Hugstad.

For more pictures of the Italianate House 2 see the event coverage on

Read full coverage of the event, features on designers and see more photos in all of my posts here. Or visit my main MCHUCLA Designer Dollhouse Showcase page with links to all 10 houses here.


  1. Dear Megan
    Thanks for sharing! I got a close look at all the magnificent details. It's a bit too pink and too drapy for my taste....

    1. I know what you mean, a little too pink for me as well, but this was one of the houses designed to be the ultimate fantasy house for a little girl. More pics coming for the other ones. :D

  2. Very nice. Not sure I like the shape though. But much better than I could ever do. :-)

    1. Not my style but the quality is pretty amazing. Check back tomorrow as I'll be adding the other Italianate House. :D

  3. Wow!
    I know it's wrong - I like the house but love the garden!!
    Thanks for sharing x

    1. I love the garden too. I think the mirror "reflection" pond is cheeky. :D


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