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I have had a life-long love affair with dollhouse miniatures, and careers in art education and interior design. I hope to combine these life experiences to help other miniature enthusiasts get more out of this wonderful hobby we enjoy, a hobby that often reaches the level of an art form. Susan Downing

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Posted on 28 August, 2016

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Elizabethan Townhouse found on infil.com

Elizabethan Era

Towards the end of Henry VIII’s reign very little building occurred in England. The debts run up by the spendthrift Henry meant that the country verged on bankruptcy. The wool trade, which had carried the economic life of the country in the late medieval period, was no longer as prosperous as it had been. There was less disposable wealth for architectural projects. Under Elizabeth, the fifth and last Tudor monarch, the county’s economy began to revive. The new queen encouraged a return to farming, and the resulting recovery put a reasonable amount of wealth into the hands of a large number of people. This created the Elizabethan passion for tearing down old houses and building anew. Dubbed the “Great Rebuilding, ” homeowners of all classes yearned for improvements.

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Categories: Elizabethan


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Posted on 21 May, 2017

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Titania’s Palace at Egeskov Castle in Denmark found on Karen Mardahl’s Flickr stream

Titania’s Palace

The story goes that on a warm day in the Spring of 1907, Sir Nevile Wilkinson was sketching in the woods behind his manor, Mount Merrion House. His daughter Guendolen, age 3, played nearby and suddenly cried out that a fairy ran under the roots of a tree. She felt sorry they had to live underground in damp caves and asked her father to have a proper house built for them.

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Posted by Patrick Owens

Categories: Great Dollhouses, recycled


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Posted on 20 May, 2017

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The Whiteladies House is on exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum

Whiteladies House

History

This Art Deco house was designed by Mrs. Moray Thomas as a record of 1930s contemporary life in miniature. One of the oldest charity houses, it was displayed at The Building Centre in New Bond Street in 1936 for the purpose of raising funds for the Middlesex Hospital.

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Categories: recycled


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Posted on 18 May, 2017

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Anne Gerdes Edwardian Master’s Bedroom found on Annie’s Minis

Accessorizing Halls, Bedrooms, Nurseries and Bathrooms

NOTE:  As was true in Part 1 (Kitchen, Lounge & Dining Room), the following article by Julia Morrison is an excellent guide for the basic items you will need to accessorize the 4 rooms in the title. Of course, you have decisions to make before buying the listed items. In what era does your project take place? (again, I chose Edwardian images). Aristocracy or We-The-People? Even before that, dollhouse or room box? Are you recreating a memory, copying a room from a painting or photograph? What’s your budget? Here’s Julie Morrison’s article.

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Categories: recycled


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Posted on 17 May, 2017

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The 18th Century Room Setting as it appeared in 1917. (C) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

18th Century Room Setting

Curator Sarah Wood found that one of the most exciting parts of redisplaying the dolls’ house gallery at the Victoria & Albert Museum has been reviving the so-called ‘18th-century room setting’. This intriguing group of furniture, cutlery, kitchenware, wooden panels, and dolls was purchased by the Victoria & Albert Museum in 1877 when it was bought for £20 from a Staffordshire woman named Mrs. Thornhill.

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Posted by Patrick Owens

Categories: dolls, Victorian


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