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Posted on 15 February, 2016


Danielle Le Brun’s “My Second Dollhouse” from her Miniature Memories blog.


When asked to describe Tudor architecture, most of us will respond with “timbers painted black with white plaster filling the spaces in between.” Good. Technically it’s called “half-timber, wattle and daub.” Half the width of the timber being exposed is obvious; waddle and daub, not so much. Waddle was a lattice work of thin branches, replaced in modern times by cedar or metal lath. The big change is in the “daub.” Formerly a mixture of clay, straw and manure, it has been replaced by a cement based plaster.


Posted by Susan Downing

Categories: Tudor, windows

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Posted on 01 February, 2016


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?


Posted by Susan Downing

Categories: curtains, room boxes, space, windows

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