It took me a long time to decide whether I wanted dolls in my dollhouse at all, and if yes, what kind of dolls. Since it is a Victorian house, it didn't seem right to put in cute Sylvanian families left from when the kids were small. All those gorgeous dolls on ebay didn't feel right either. Then a cousin, an experienced dollhouse maker, mentioned that she used ethnic souvenir dolls, and that was it. I got a handful from ebay for almost nothing. They are a bit taller than the typical 1:12 scale dolls, but it doesn't really matter. So please meet my dolls.
For this lady I just took off the tacky golden ribbons on her skirt and added lace in the front. I also put up her hair which used to be in two braids.
And finally, a servant in her room upstairs. I made all clothes for this doll, the dress from an old curtain, with lace and all. The washbasin and pitcher (and the vase in the bathroom) I made in my pottery class. The bed is made in the simplest possible manner, and the armchair is from a flea market. The mirror is a powder case.
So now my house was full of life, and it actually made a huge difference.