Category Archives: space

Posted on 10 February, 2016

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Thorne Room – Jacobean Reception Room – 1625-55, found at Art Institute Chicago

Wall Art: 3 Spacing Ideas

It seem that I have followed a Rule of Three in my decorating assignments:Minimalist, where a single piece of art over-powers every thing else in the frame; Maximum, where a cluster of pictures give the impression of a single image filling the frame; and Moderate, which I was supposed to

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Posted by Susan Downing

Categories: Jacobean, space, spacing


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Posted on 08 February, 2016

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Jacobean inspired drawing room box by Ron Hubble

Increase Apparent Space

If a room in your project needs have a more open feeling, there may be changes in the amount light and wall color that will visually increase the size of the space.

Wall Color

A basic change would be the paint color. Evaluate the color tones used and see if they can be lightened without going to a stark white. Always keep in mind that the darker the color tone, the smaller an area will

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Posted by Susan Downing

Categories: accessorizing, space


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Posted on 01 February, 2016

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Brooke Tucker Window Treatment

Curtains: 3 Tricks To Disguise Window Size

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 the 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 11 December, 2015

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Miniature Buckingham Palace Drawing Room – the most expensive exhibit at the Taiwan Museum, found on Rash & Mayur’s Shoebox on Flickr

Negative Space In Miniatures

An important principle taught in art school is called “negative space,” the area surrounding an object. Being incredible witty at that age, we called it “formal waste.” Now that I am mature, I feel it is important for dollhouse miniaturist to understand the concept of defining the boundaries around an object It transfers directly to how most miniature rooms are viewed — from the front.

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Posted by Susan Downing

Categories: room boxes, space


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