Category Archives: curtains

Posted on 28 March, 2016

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It seems the choice is unlimited. But out of all these bolts of fabric, the right one to use in a dollhouse miniature may be missing.

The Perfect Curtain Fabric

When looking for the elusive perfect curtain fabric, think beyond color. The weight of the cloth and its pattern or weave are critically important.  I feel that when we focus primarily on color and don’t consider the “technicalities” of pattern size and the weight of the fabric, we risk falling in love with an inappropriate material. The color is gorgeous, but perhaps the pattern is too large, or the fabric too stiff and heavy.

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Posted by Susan Downing

Categories: curtains, fabric, pattern, print


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Posted on 01 February, 2016

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Brooke Tucker Window Treatment

As an interior designer, I constantly manipulate objects to deceive the eye and give the impression that a room is larger than a tape measure indicates. Curtains offer great opportunities to do this. In dollhouses too.

There is no law saying you have to keep curtains adjacent to the window, as Brooke Tucker did in the Sitting Room miniature box below. It is simply a custom. Extending the fabric vertically and horizontally is fine. Just make sure the proportions of fabric within the “frame” made by ceiling, walls, and floor looks right to your eye.

Below are three window treatment tricks decorators love to use.

Hang Above the Window Frame

To create the illusion of a taller window, mount the rod above the window frame, about halfway between the frame and the ceiling molding. A track mounted on the ceiling also lengthens windows. Be sure to account for the extra fabric when measuring. Ms. Tucker might have done something of the sort in the vertical picture below. Who knows if the top of the valance is inline with the top of the window or not?

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Posted by Susan Downing

Categories: curtains, room boxes, space, windows


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Posted on 10 November, 2015

Puddle Curtains – Origin of the Term

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Found on Chantiki a real Victorian bedroom in the Doge’s Palace – Venice, Italy

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 and only the wealthiest could afford extra material to just lay on the floor! Puddling added opulence and style to their drapes.

Not all draperies are found in window treatments, as evidenced by the beautiful image of a turquoise Edwardian era canopy bed. Notice how it puddles on the blue carpet with the gold-legged table with a greenish glass top set at the foot of the bed. Perfect color scheme, perfect placement of the objects in the photograph. This real Victorian bedroom is so formal I wonder if I could relax in it, much less sleep.

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Posted on 20 July, 2015

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Pleated Peach Dollhouse Curtains 1/12 scale

Dollhouse Curtains For Sale

These cotton dollhouse curtains are 1/12 scale. the dimensions being 7″ long x 8″ wide. set has 2 double-width panels to accommodate a large dollhouse window. Single widths are also available. Please specify which you would like. A curtain rod and three wall brackets are included. Price: $12.99. Click on pictures for more details; contact me for custom orders.

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