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Tales of the Unicorn Queen

I decorated my house this way because I believe that a place you live in is a reflection of who you are, and vice versa. The project began last summer, when I got sick of living in the white walls, and turned into 7 months of tweaking, decorating, painting and repainting. Now it’s known as the Unicorn House – a place I finally fit in. :)

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Video tour of the Unicorn House

By the way, the unicorn on my wall is by the artist Tanya Levina. Her specialty is – you guessed it – horses. :)

104 Responses to
“Welcome to Doe Deere's Unicorn House!”

  • Lana Gabonna says:

    AHHH! it’s so beautiful. it would be incredible to see it in person.
    So gleeful and happy. :D

  • Miss Anna says:

    I LOVE your house, I’d so love to see it one day from the inside. It must be amazing to have all the possibilities to decorate a room the way you exactly want to do it. I have limited options, but I make the best of it.

    Doe Deere Reply:

    I know what you mean! Growing up, I had to share a room with my sister, but at least we had our own room. Then I lived in a situation where I couldn’t decorate at all. So when we finally moved to this house, I decided to go nuts!!!

  • Sethrielle says:

    Love it love it love it all! ♥

    My god, where did you get those beautiful shoes??

    Doe Deere Reply:

    From SoleStruck, eBay and even Wet Seal! (those sequined heels)

    Vivian Reply:

    yes – the shoes. MY GOD the shoes!!!! I am constantly on the lookout for shoes exactly like those….I am checking out the shops mentioned above as I type, but specifically the shoes with the unicorn heels, the glitter opalescent heels on the ends of the top shelf in the photograph (not the video), and the transparent ones you hold in the video. Please tell me where for each or I might actually die. You vixen!

    Vivian Reply:

    Found the unicorn heels and these: http://www.wetseal.com/catalog/product.jsp?categoryId=1103&subCategoryId=-1&productId=38498

    but nothing like the orgasm-inducing collection of yours!

  • Basht says:

    wow! was the response from my almost 2 year old. I love how bright it is with all the little details.

    Doe Deere Reply:

    Awwwww :)))

  • Ashley says:

    Your house is very beautiful, and very girly. Does Mark have any say at all in how it looks? I’m fully aware he’s cool with everything, but, I gotta think he has some tastes that don’t exactly match yours. Does anything reflect who he is? Not just you?

    Ashley Reply:

    Like, I guess what I’m trying to say is that from this video I could not tell at all you’re married. It looks like you’re single living and you’re awesomely girly and amazingly cute apartment. I see nothing of the both of you here.

    Doe Deere Reply:

    This is Mark:

    Ashley Reply:

    Okay….? Can you answer my question now?

    Kristabelle Reply:

    There’s already been a post about that:
    http://www.doedeereblogazine.com/articles/a-man-among-unicorns

    I think what she was trying to say by the picture is (and please correct me if I’m wrong) that he has no problem with what’s traditionally considered feminine (i.e. ‘girly’ colors). It’s better explained in the post I linked.

    Kristi Reply:

    She’s answered it before just go back into the blog and search.

    Ashley Reply:

    Why should I have to go through the archives to get an answer to a question? I notice a few comments down she tells someone he has a gym upstairs, why couldn’t she have said that to me?

    I think commenting with a photo in response to a question was rude and passive. But of course, I’m just “hating” on her, right? :P

    Doe Deere Reply:

    He is a pretty colorful guy, loves brights and has helped build and decorate the house. :)

    Kristabelle Reply:

    Um no one says you were hating on her, now you’re just making things up. I just linked to it to save her the trouble of answering something she already has. I’m not sure why you feel the need to take everything so negatively, we were only trying to help and she did answer.

    Kristi Reply:

    Because Doe has other things to do than to keep answering the same questions over and over. Its something called being self-sufficient.

    Yulia Reply:

    I think that photo answers the question very well! It’s amazing when you and your husband both have the same favorite colors. I’m a bit jealous ;)

    Faith Reply:

    He’s looking mighty like the handsome Doc Hammer here. Very nice!

  • Jayne Read says:

    This just made me love you even more! Amazing stuff, please come to England and decorate my house please!! xx

  • Xoxo[: says:

    Oh dear God!
    Glee filled and sparkly, ♥ only the best!
    And of course you do it the day after i search all over the web for some photographs of the inside of your house, only finding old flickr photos.

    So beautiful! ♥

  • AJ says:

    Gorgeous. c:
    I really wish I had the opportunity and know-how to do something on that large of a scale.
    ♥♥♥

  • Crystal says:

    Loves it! I hope your husband has a little man’s den or something, lol!

    Doe Deere Reply:

    He has a mini gym upstairs… with a poster of Marilyn Monroe lifting weights. Not featured in the video.

    Ashley Reply:

    See, this would have been a better answer than just a picture. :\

    Maria Reply:

    Ashley, i get that you werent happy with Doe’s picture response, but I think you should just let it go now. The question has been answered.

    My hubby is super blokey (Aussie slang word for very masculine), rugby playing sports fanatic. Despite this he doesnt mind that our house is strewn with kitchy plastic lawn flamingos, giant ice cream shaped lamps, glass cases full of Pullip dolls in the lounge room and every other room is filled with 70′s & 80′s kitsch toys or food shaped cushions and jars and more! It’s not what he’s interested in, but he knows it makes me happy and he’s happy with that :)
    So I’m a very lucky person and so, evidently is Doe! :D

    I’m sure Mark does have his own spaces in the house that are just his, but this is Doe’s blog and I think we all want to see her girly rooms in the house. But then again why stick to some pre-conceived notion that a man wouldnt like purple or unicorns? clearly he does since he lives there.

    kaiya Reply:

    i like the sound of your house, Maria!

  • Shannon says:

    OMG! Are those cat paw salt and pepper shakers? I want them! I’ll gladly purchase them off of you! Please?

    Doe Deere Reply:

    No need – you can buy them here!

  • Pawssies says:

    amazingggggggggggggggggg

  • Kat V says:

    Love the vid!!! So cute at the end when you throw rose petals at the camera :) Lovely song.

  • Elisabeth says:

    Cute house! Wish we could have heard you talking!

    Doe Deere Reply:

    Just what the world needs – more of me talking about my shoes. ;)

  • Aura Lit says:

    I. LOVE. IT. Loving your makeup throughout the whole video, too, girl! Did you paint that unicorn on the wall of your stairs? Sooo gorgeous, I want one!

  • Anne says:

    Your home makes you seem to have peter pan syndrome. very child like and not matching an adult who is trying to run a business.

    Doe Deere Reply:

    I don’t really see anything wrong with a Peter Pan syndrome, and I think my surroundings suit me just like my business suits me… Besides, what’s wrong with consciously inviting bright and happy things into your life?

    Sophie-Emmanuelle Reply:

    Sorry to give my opinion like that but… I think it would be wrong if Doe was really childish (in the bad sense) in her mind, but it’s looks like she’s a fully responsible adult. Her house and her clothes can look like child stuff, but well, as she’s running a make-up company, I think it shows her creativity. And so, even though my style is not as colorful as hers (a little bit more classical but still with colors), I think sometimes we just need to add a bit of fairytail to enjoy our life ! :D

    Gabi Reply:

    OMG – if I could only do all that and run a business I’d consider it Superwoman Syndrom not Peter Pan :D – Childlike is good – they don’t go mucking things up with what’s “appropriate”

    Maria Reply:

    Anne, I’m almost 31 years old with a baby on the way and run a business too, but also have a love for child-like things. I always joke with my hubby that myself and the baby could share toys!

    I have a similar aesthetic to Doe’s in my home (although no purple walls as yet). I collect 80′s toys and 70′s kitsch and have loads of similar things in my house. I do it because it’s fun and colours and vintage toys make me happy. Why should people fit into the ‘this is what an adult’s house looks like’ box? I have plenty of friends who do put themselves in this box and honestly, it’s completely boring and predictable:(

    Imagine what Betsy Johnson would say if we told her to grow up and stop acting childish? She’d probably tell us to stick it, because thats what makes her her:)

  • M says:

    I love the jewel encrusted eggs! Where did you get them?

    Doe Deere Reply:

    You mean the Faberge eggs? I brought them from Russia but you can probably find them on eBay. Those used to be very popular for keeping jewelry, and one of mine even plays a music-box melody! What a treasure indeed.

  • M says:

    oh and please tell us who did those paintings on your wall? Did you do it? Did you hire someone…or maybe a friend did it? Inquiring minds wanna know! :)

    Doe Deere Reply:

    The author of the fabulous blue unicorn is the artist Tanya Levina – she is amazing with horses!

  • TheraJoyce says:

    I love your house Doe! It’s super cute. I adore all your shoes and that closet is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing with us.

    Thera Joyce

  • Yulia says:

    OMG! So beautiful and creative. Your hard work definitely paid off. You and Mark look like a modern-day fairytale Barbie and Ken couple. Love it!

    Doe Deere Reply:

    What a sweet thing to say. :)

  • Kristabelle says:

    Wow, your house is amazing! Definitely inspiration for when I redo my room. (oh, to have my own place…) I’m sure you know how lucky you are to have a guy who supports that :)

  • Teiva says:

    It turned out wonderfully! I remember when you had white walls..and I love that you painted your bed frame and also the couch frame as well. Pretty!

    Doe Deere Reply:

    I can’t believe sometimes the walls used to be white, haha. The bed frame used to be black – until I spray painted it!!

  • Lauren says:

    This is the reason why I can’t wait to get my own house!! Decorating it will be so much fun!! Even if I’m married, I’m definitely going to have a space to myself for all sorts of gleeful things like this!

    Doe Deere Reply:

    You’ll have the time of your life decorating! It’s so much fun!

  • Sophie-Emmanuelle says:

    I love your house. I wouldn’t live in such place, cause it’s a little bit too much for my own style, but it really suits you and so everything looks so natural :) It seems you make your dream come true in this house.

    Oh, and your cat is soooooooooooooo cute, like an alive plush ! Love it definitely <3

    Doe Deere Reply:

    We are obsessed with those cats every bit as much as people are with their kids!

    Tokidoki Reply:

    That is how it should be. :)

  • Natasha says:

    Let’s see, being that I adore nearly anything to do with moons and stars, I LOVE the moon lamp and star curtain! The rainbow shoes near the front are also gorgeous, I think you referenced you purchased them at WetSeal but they are out *poutpout* who knows, maybe I’ll make my own.
    Also, Puffy is a ‘pansy face’ yes? A hansa persian?

    Doe Deere Reply:

    The bedroom is supposed to be all dream-themed. Everything that has to do with sleeping and dreaming (stars, moons, even sheep!). :)

    Yep, Puffy is a flat-faced persian. The other one is Felix (the one I’m petting on the couch).

  • Daisy says:

    i have those measuring cups! adore your house Doe- so bright and colourful ^-^ love your eyemask as well- it’s so cute

  • kaiya says:

    oh wow Doe, youve created my dream house!i especially love the walk in wardrobe and your shoe area! can i come live with you? im only small, i wont take up that much room :3
    i wish my bedroom could look like this, i have lots odf cool stuff to go in it, but my room lacks space because its an attick room, and very small which means it also gets messier quicker and ruins the kitsch look. but your whole house is like the stuff of my dreams! its just AH-MAAAZING im gawping at my computer screen!

  • Rakhil says:

    you should be an interior designer! i wish i had the same decorating talents as you :)

    sidenote: this house (and all the decorations) look like it must have been a pretty expensive project to undertake…

  • Gabi says:

    OK, first kudos to the ARtiste, but also to husband and kitties ;~)

    I do have a question but I’m always late to these posts :/ – I have the inclination and skill (though totally different from yours) I just can’t figure out how to keep a house clean, organized and dust free.

    Any suggestions?????

  • Stepherz says:

    I’m definitly in love with your house. Since I recently found some cupcake shelving/coat hangers I’ve been itching for a redesign of my room. I’ll def be using you as an inspiration. (God forbid when I have my own house to do this to! haha xD)

  • Gemma says:

    This is really inspiring. I just moved into my own place alone and would like to decorate but have been too homesick and depressed to do anything but let empty pizza boxes pile up on the floor. I did buy a white desk though and I set up my stuffed animal collection which cheers me up a little. Thank you for such pretty pics-brightened my day some.

  • meri says:

    I LOVE YOUR HOUSE SO MUCH OMG YOU SHOULD DO TOURS!

  • Heathre says:

    Wicked awesome! Very inspiring.

  • Pepper says:

    Your house is so ridiculously amazingly freaking awesome! :)

  • Kellee says:

    Gorgeous!

  • What a amazing house. It’s perfect XD
    I don’t know to say what part of your house is more beautiful!!!
    Kisses

  • Carrey says:

    Only you can wear a unicorn horn and make it look chic! Love it!

    And your house couldn’t be any cooler if it tried!

    No, seriously, if you packed any more awesome into one space it might cause some sort of catastrophic implosion of the universe. The fabric of space-time probably can’t handle it all.

    … oh well, implosion from awesome home decorating sounds like a great way to go to me, so keep at it! XD

  • Ana says:

    Lovely house! I wish you would also post the original video without the music though, the whole time I was just thinking “What is she saying??” haha I was so interested in hearing your explanations.

  • Eden S. says:

    This is *exactly* why I can’t wait to have my own space! I’ve got bits and pieces of furnishings that I’ve thrifted/had and repainted, and I get a lot of lip from my friends about it because I have a son and they’re “concerned” about how all the colours/eclecticness will effect him. I say; Screw ‘traditional’ gender roles!

    I’m not super girly, but I’ll be darned if I don’t adore glitter, stars, and unicorns :P

  • Isabella says:

    If you had any spare time I would tell you to take up interior design! :)

  • Isabella says:

    If you had any spare time I would tell you to take up interior design! :)

  • Flip says:

    ._. I want to live with you, you’re home is so magical~
    <3

    I need their album btw.
    I love their music, thank you so much for turning me into a fan of theirs!

  • Ollie says:

    You have such a lovely stair pattern, the lilac rail is great.
    It’s amazing to see how Mark and you share so many aesthetic ideas that collide and bond yet still have your own space. Mine is my fridge, no one gets near my waffles
    lol

    and to each his own cat

  • Doe, you have a hoop !!!! Do you hoop-dance ? I love to hoop-dance myself, that´s why I´m asking.

    Doe Deere Reply:

    I love hula-hooping, it’s my favorite! Sometimes I’ll put on my favorite record and go for hours. :))) I’ve never tried dancing with it though!

  • Tokidoki says:

    Is your apartment 3 floors? It looks so big.

    It’s not my style but your place is cute. Has your landlord seen your place? I’m surprised he/she didn’t have a problem with you painting the stairs. I was allowed to paint my apartment walls but I do know when I plan to move out I will have to repaint some of it because some new renters may not want to deal with a bright orange computer/art room or bright blue and apple green kitchen or the art deco mural on living room wall.

  • Ohhh, how pretty and fun!!! It totally fits your personality, and it’s so important for your home to feel like “you.” My absolute favorite parts are the staircase (looks like D’Lilac!!) and the iron bed. When I lived alone, I had a baby pink dining room, a turquoise living room, an orange kitchen, and floral prints EVERYwhere…it really looked like I lived in a dollhouse. My fiance wasn’t as into that look as Mark is when we bought our house. heehee But I was able to use all the same stuff by changing the look slightly and made it all into something we both feel comfortable with so that neither of us felt like we were giving up our own style. But sometimes I do miss that pink dining room! ;) All that matters is that you both like the look and feel comfy in your space as well. Great job!!

  • Evening Star says:

    Your house is so beautiful! I love it, it must be like prancing through a fairytale every day! I have all white walls at the moment, but you’ve definitely inspired me–I want to live in color too!

  • Jean Marie says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I’m so jealous! You have this magically designed house AND a partner who is ok with ‘girly’ stuff. LOL Your home is really beautiful and everything is so professionally done. You guys must have had a blast working on it!

    (I’m going to show this to my husband as an example of the awesome ways you can decorate a home and hopefully he will be inspired enough to at least let me do the kids’room.)

  • Steph Ku says:

    Will you be posting a version of the video with dialogue?

  • Ally says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing. I love the kitty-dishes!

  • Kate & Zena says:

    Doe–

    Where did you buy your “Follow your dreams” eye mask from? It’s utterly adorable!

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