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 26 August, 2016



This exquisite doll’s house was made in the 1980s by Ellie Yannas after the owners of Bourton House met her at the Chelsea Crafts Fair and challenged her to make a copy of the house as it was in 1985.  She took scaled measurements of the house, went back to her studio in South London and made it in three sections according to the construction of the house.  The doll’s house took almost seven years to complete.


The interior of the doll’s house replicates the inside of Bourton House and includes the magnificent staircase, trompe l’oeil murals, elegant wood paneled rooms with fireplaces, flagged stone floors,  bathrooms and a even a fitted kitchen of the late 1980s.

Commenting on the dolls house, the vendor said, ‘This was a whimsical thing to do at the time, life was flourishing and our challenge was to bring the house alive and to record it all with a scale model’.

How about that cute model in the above photo?


Bourton House, Gloucestershire

Bourton House – Bourton on the Hill

Bourton House is Grade II Listed and was built in the early 18th century on the foundations of a late 16th century house.  The present house was reputedly commissioned by Edward Popham under the supervision of an unknown Warwick-based architect in about 1708.  The two-story house is constructed of ashlar with a slate roof and comprises five bays with dormers and a parapeted stone roof.  At each end of the north and south facades a further bay projects, occupying the site of the former Jacobean floor plan.  The north and south facades have substantial Ionic pilasters supporting a central pediment with elegant semi-circular carriage steps leading to the main.
Susan Downing, with Patrick Owens


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Posted by Susan Downing

Categories: dollhouses

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