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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

Posted on 15 July, 2015

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Victorian Era Venetian Bedroom found on Apartment Therapy

The Venetians Puddled

Origin Of The Term

Puddling refers to an amount of extra drapery length that is spilled or “puddled” onto the floor. In the days when fabrics were rare and expensive only the wealthy could afford them; only the truly rich could afford extra material to just lay on the floor! Puddling added opulence and style, providing the hosts a not-so-subtle way of showing guest just how well off they were.

The Victorian Era Italians Went Overboard

It was common not limit puddled curtains and drapes to window treatments, as evidenced by the beautiful image of a real turquoise canopy bed. I realize that puddling is a small part of the décor in this Venetian palazzo bedroom, but the picture is so gorgeous, I’m going to use it anyway. Notice how the drape puddles on the blue carpet. The gold-legged table and greenish glass top, set at the foot of the bed, provide a nice accent. It’s a perfect color scheme and perfect placement of the objects in the photograph. Does this picture of a real Victorian era Venetian palazzo bedroom inspire anyone to make a room box?

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Edwardian parlor and dining room. Source unknown

The Edwardians Did It Too

I can’t resist using this picture of a real Edwardian parlor as an example. Think about creating a two-part room box. I’d have a parlor in the foreground and a glimpse of that mysterious dining room beyond. The lace curtain would probably be described as a shallow puddle.

How Much Fabric

Besides style, there is a practical reason for a having a voluminous puddle. It provides sufficient fabric to tie the curtains back. If you choose to do this in 1:12 scale, you’ll need an additional 1 inch of fabric. More if you want a voluminous puddle.

To Puddle Or Not

Like so many things in the dollhouse miniature universe, it comes down the personal choice. Almost anything is acceptable in contemporary and modern miniatures, as long as the overall effect is pleasing. But there is also great latitude in period pieces. Just do your research to understand what the accepted real-life boundaries were during the period in which you are working.

Here are links to a couple real-life guides on curtains you might find useful. The first is DecorLove’s The Ultimate Guide To Choosing Curtains

I really dislike the name of this book series, but Curtains For Dummies can simplify a complex issue.

 

Susan Downing, with Patrick Owens

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Posted by Susan Downing

Categories: curtains, Edwardian, Victorian


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