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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 06 February, 2017

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The Large Dollhouse Greek Revival dollhouse facade, found on the Jack English Flickr photostream

The Large Dollhouse

The Large Dollhouse is a replica of the 1847 Greek Revival home owned by New Jersey State Senator George H. Large. It is located at 117 Main Street in Flemington, N.J. His granddaughter, Josephine Large Talbott, commissioned the dollhouse and had additions made by Goliath Miniatures. (more…)

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Posted on 03 February, 2017

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Kew Palace,Embroidered bed from a doll’s house built in the 1780s for the daughters of King George III

Kew Palace Doll’s House

The doll’s house of Kew Palace was made around 1780 by the carpenter onboard the Royal Yacht for the young daughters of King George III. I can imagine bored children needing distraction while the adults enjoyed a leisurely cruise down the Thames and the Estuary. (more…)

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Posted on 01 February, 2017

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Helena Rubinstein collection. the Second Empire Room Box

Neutrals – Beige vs. Gray

This post has some tips on working with beige and gray. At he bottom of this post is a link Renate Herring-Shepherd’s terrific e-Book on creating what you want with color – in a real room or dollhouse. It also contains a color wheel training video I like. Download it free.

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Posted on 29 January, 2017

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Frans Bosdyk and the Dollhouse, on exhibit at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney

The Bosdyk Dollhouse

It took 15,000 hours and many thousands of dollars for materials spent on the work. Frans Bosdyk made most of the furniture, which he researched in ‘Antique Furniture in Australia’ by Anthony Hill, and developed special lathes to turn the tiny wooden parts. He also fashioned his own tiny hand tools from 75-100mm concrete nails to make it easier for him to handle the small pieces. He used silky oak, cedar, myrtle and

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