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 September, 2016


A Louis XIV Music Room found on the MontoutMiniMonde blog

Thierry Lompre, Artisan

I saw this wonderful picture on the Facebook Miniaturas /Miniatures group timeline an had to know more about the artisan Thierry Lompre. Besides his work, I love the Khalil Gilbran quote he has under the cover photo on his blog:

“It’s in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”

Following is the English translation of how Thierry Lompre, in his own words, got into dollhouse miniatures:

The story of the birth of “Minimondeboutique”


1:12 scale French Small Dresser found on MiniMondeBoutique (Etsy)

Enthusiast miniatures I make my own mini-objects. 
I also made a few mini-dioramas (tiny skits) on various themes. 

It all started with a visit to Paris. 
I was strolling in the beautiful Jouffroy passage (next to the waxworks) when I passed two shops for miniature dollhouse. I stayed a long time before these windows, fascinated by the furniture within inches and a confusing realism! Then I went … and then I felt like Ali Baba in his cave … there was everything from crockery, plants, furniture, frames, statues, musical instruments, people, animals and even houses a Lilliputian size !!


3 French Painted Cherubs in 1:12 scale found on MiniMondeBoutique (Etsy)


And that’s when I discovered mini fixtures that really lit up as I thought it would be nice to learn a bit more about this world as exciting and unexpected! 
Back home I surfed the web and I came across the wonderful blog of Leah. I admired her for hours magical creations, exploring a new world full of wonders … 
So I started! 
A simple doll house at the beginning that I fitted patiently, then a reduction but still castle to the already significant size (over a set length, seven pieces). I gradually learned the art of “miniaturization” to divert the function of an object to bring about a different, I exchanged on forums, discovered other passionate …  To finalize my plans I documented furniture styles depending on the era, the costumes of the then contemporary architecture of the buildings and a thousand and one subjects from the spackle through taffeta or coffee!


A pair of 1:12 scale Marie Antoinette armchairs found on MiniMondeBoutique (Etsy)

I met Leah in her delightful shop in Montmartre. I knew this miniature artist through his stunning creations and I discovered the person, warm, charming, smooth and delicate, just like their world off!
Then, a little more sure of myself I decided to renovate the first house. I added a floor and an attic and redid the layout of the rooms … it is also not finished yet! 
Finally, lately I immersed myself in the wonderful book of my inspiration (Lea) by reproducing at 1:24 model dollhouse described in the book at 1:12. 
All photos are on my blog if you want to (SA-) or more. 
Open my shop miniature “craft” is a new chapter in this story is not over far away … 

Thank you for your visit and I look forward to seeing you soon with impatience.


Susan Downing, with Patrick Owens


I invite you to visit my Etsy Shop where I offer many accessories and pieces of furniture in 1:12 scale. Subscribers to this blog receive a discount on all Featured Products. Click here for details.

Posted by Susan Downing

Categories: artisans, French

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