Dollhouse Decorating

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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 21 January, 2016


Frans Bosdyk and the Dollhouse, on exhibit at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney

The Bosdyk Dollhouse

It took 15,000 hours and many thousands of dollars for materials spent on the work. Frans Bosdyk made most of the furniture, which he researched in ‘Antique Furniture in Australia’ by Anthony Hill, and developed special lathes to turn the tiny wooden parts. He also fashioned his own tiny hand tools from 75-100mm concrete nails to make it easier for him to handle the small pieces. He used silky oak,


Grandma’s Dentures

cedar, myrtle and blackwood which formed the 3mm floorboards throughout. Frans researched styles on how to make lights, lamps and electric sockets which all operate, from U.S. and European websites and publications.

A Partnership

Christina Bosdyk was closely involved with all construction decisions. She sourced miniature items, decided where everything went and chose interior decor and dolls. The process was documented in a collection of 800 photographs.

The dolls house is constructed in two sections: attic level and main house level. 

It has twenty rooms set up on five levels, much the same style as the early Dutch dolls’ houses in 1/10 to 1/12 scale. It features aspects of Dutch and Australian life dating from the mid 19th century to the 1950s, and as such is a wonderful window into the past for young children.


Library, The Bosdyk Dollhouse


Susan Downing, with Patrick Owens


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