April’s Manor, named for family friend April Hunton who has cystic fibrosis, is an $8000 doll’s house on display at Karrinyup Shopping Centre until March 9 to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis WA.
Construction, which began in January 2012, took 2000-plus hours and involved an international quest for 90 per cent of materials and contents.
April (12) and Adrienne visited New York to buy carpets while the music room chandelier was handmade in America from Swarovski crystals.
Mrs Hartley said April did much of the wallpapering, flooring, tiling, garden design and painting ” it had taken her 15 hours to lay one parquetry floor.
‘My husband Rob does all the electrical wiring for the fireplaces and ceiling lights,’ she said.
‘He also does the heavier parts of the build, and lends a hand on things like slate tiles on the roof.’
‘It’s a hobby for us and we wanted to use the manor in whatever way possible to raise awareness and money for CFWA.’
Chief executive Nigel Barker was amazed at the couple’s generosity ” the doll’s house is their second project for the charity in two years.
‘I am totally overwhelmed by the generosity of Adrienne and Rob in making this very special donation,’ he said.
Donations for viewing the doll’s house, which is located next to Karrinyup’s customer service desk, will benefit CFWA’s work.