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I Love Miniatures Because

12 September 2018

We recently asked you to finish the following sentence over on our Facebook page: “I love miniatures because…” We were thrilled with the response, and some of the answers we had were just lovely.

Here are some of our favourites:






















A Dolls' House Made by Frans and Christina Bosdyk

29 August 2018

Today on the blog we bring you one of the most beautiful and detailed dolls’ houses we have ever seen!

The house was built and decorated by Frans and Christina Bosdyk over a period of 9 years from 1997 to 2006 and it is estimated that they spent 15,000 hours creating it. It is currently being displayed in the Powerhouse Museum collection in Australia.

Frans Bosdyk is a skilled electrical instrument maker and made most of the furniture inside the dolls’ house. Each drawer slides open effortlessly, hiding the tiniest cutlery sets or stores of miniature candles. The doors have brass handles which turn to open. The desk lamp lights up when plugged into the wall. The wardrobe contains presents prepared for Christmas with tiny dolls in ribboned boxes and minute Christmas decorations.

Christina Bosdyk was closely involved with all construction decisions, sourcing miniature items, deciding where everything went and choosing interior decor, wallpaper and dolls.

The Bosdyk dolls' house is a unique example of the art of the miniature. It competes with the very best in the tradition of Dutch dolls’ houses, renowned in the seventeenth century for their style and extraordinary attention to detail.

The twenty-roomed house is set up on five levels in much the same style as the early Dutch dolls’ houses in 1/10 to 1/12 scale. It features aspects of Dutch and Australian life dating from the mid 19th century to the 1950s and is a wonderful window into the past.

We hope you love it as much as we do!
























We hope you enjoyed taking a peak in to these miniature worlds!

Source:
>Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences
Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences - Inside the Collection

Dolls' House Inspiration - Shabby Chic

15 August 2018

For today’s blog we’ve gathered together some beautiful images of interiors in the Shabby Chic style to help inspire you.

The style evokes the type of decoration found in large country houses while a soft, opulent, yet cottage-style décor differentiates it from genuine period decor. The result of shabby chic is to achieve an elegant overall effect, using recycled old furniture and fabrics, distressed new items to achieve the appearance of antiques, vintage chandeliers, and floral designs.

We think that dolls' houses decorated in this style are absolutely beautiful. Enjoy!

Image from: https://inspirationseek.com/shabby-chic-interior-design-and-ideas

Image from: https://inspirationseek.com/shabby-chic-interior-design-and-ideas

Image from: https://inspirationseek.com/shabby-chic-interior-design-and-ideas

Image from: https://www.delightfull.eu/inspirations/styles/midcentury-modern/inspiring-interiors-showcasing-shabby-chic-style-2

Image from: https://www.delightfull.eu/inspirations/styles/midcentury-modern/inspiring-interiors-showcasing-shabby-chic-style-2

Image from: https://www.idealhome.co.uk/news/15-rooms-that-prove-shabby-chic-is-the-only-trend-that-matters-33297

Image from: https://www.idealhome.co.uk/news/15-rooms-that-prove-shabby-chic-is-the-only-trend-that-matters-33297

Image from: https://www.idealhome.co.uk/news/15-rooms-that-prove-shabby-chic-is-the-only-trend-that-matters-33297

Image from: https://www.idealhome.co.uk/news/15-rooms-that-prove-shabby-chic-is-the-only-trend-that-matters-33297

Image from: https://www.idealhome.co.uk/news/15-rooms-that-prove-shabby-chic-is-the-only-trend-that-matters-33297

Image from: https://www.idealhome.co.uk/news/15-rooms-that-prove-shabby-chic-is-the-only-trend-that-matters-33297

Image from: https://www.idealhome.co.uk/news/15-rooms-that-prove-shabby-chic-is-the-only-trend-that-matters-33297

Image from: https://www.smalldesignideas.com/shabby-chic-interior-design-style.html

Image from: https://www.smalldesignideas.com/shabby-chic-interior-design-style.html

Image from: https://www.feedpuzzle.com/feed/25-shabby-chic-interior-design-ideas-4

Image from: https://www.feedpuzzle.com/feed/25-shabby-chic-interior-design-ideas-4

Image from: http://cris2016.co.uk/vintage-cottage-bathrooms.html

Image from: http://cris2016.co.uk/vintage-cottage-bathrooms.html

Image from: https://www.decoist.com/shabby-chic-kitchen-ideas

Image from: http://www.khabars.net/shabby-chic-style-interior-design

We hope these images have inspired you to create something truly beautiful and unique!

All images © their respective owners 2018

Your Pictures - August

2 August 2018

Over on our Facebook page, we recently ask you to share some of your dolls’ house pictures with us. We had an amazing response as always and we couldn’t resist sharing some of our favourites here.

We absolutely loved all of your photographs, so please don’t think that if yours aren’t here we didn’t like them, we just didn’t have room for all of them as there were so many!

Enjoy!


Credit: Barbara Briggs


Credit: Nastassja Kaschevsky


Credit: Mary Gallacher


Credit: Mary Gallacher


Credit: Marie Knight


Credit: Linda Larsen


Credit: Trish Littlefair


Credit: Trish Littlefair


Credit: Marietjie Taljaard


Credit: Victoria Crumplin


Credit: Victoria Crumplin


Credit: Victoria Crumplin


Credit: Victoria Crumplin


Credit: Ellie Bryant Webb


Credit: Elaine Williams


Credit: Elaine Williams


Credit: Dawn Stone


Credit: Dawn Stone


Credit: Mirel Korhonen


Credit: Debbie Mcintyre


Credit: Ellen Evans

A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed pictures of their projects. They are wonderful to see.
If you'd like to share pictures of your house with us, we'd love to see! Head over to our Facebook page and post them there!


All images © their respective owners 2018

Architects’ Dollshouses

17 July 2018

This week on the blog, we bring you something a little bit different. We wrote briefly about the ‘Dolls’ house for KIDS’ project on our Facebook page back in May but wanted to share with you a few more of the dollhouses’ created and a little bit more about the project and individual designs.

As part of an initiative organised by UK property developers Cathedral Group, 20 contemporary architects and designers (in collaboration with artists and other creatives) were asked to build a dolls’ house suitable for the 21st century. Each design also had to include at least one feature that would cater to children with disabilities.

Each dolls’ house fitted on a 750mm x 750mm plinth and they were all shown at Bonham’s auction house in Central London in November 2013. They were then auctioned off, raising an amazing £90,000, with all proceeds going to the disability charity KIDS, who are a UK charity supporting disabled children, young people and their families.

We think this was a brilliant idea and here are some of our favourites from the project.




MAE's Mae-mak house
Mae-mak house is a house that can grow and change. It engages the senses and allows kids to stick and stack walls, floors and rooves to form a simple house, a complex house, many houses or a very big house. Brightly coloured and textured panels are made to stimulate the senses and inspire customisation.




Glenn Howells's Extra-ordinary House
The Extra-Ordinary House has been generated by 2 ideas. Firstly, the terraced house, the most ordinary, but important house type in the UK. This simple idea has produced some of the best and most durable accommodation we have. Secondly, a robust timber construction. This house works through touch and feel, so enabling a child with impaired sight to understand how its volumes relate to living.




Duggan Morris Architects' Multi-story
Multi-story has been designed to aid early intervention strategies for children with developmental disability Autistic Spectrum Disorder. In consultation with Christina, mother of high functioning autistic Louis (5), the house swaps the visually noisy cross section of the typical dolls house with a set of rooms arranged in either a stack or plan form. Each room can be used in isolation or as part of a sequence to provide a focused platform for learning and role play.




Coffey Architects' Inside Out
Inside Out is an inclusive dolls' house for all children whatever their needs and abilities. One element is a concrete house with a bonsai tree and herb garden which sits outside. The second, a series of elements that are individual oak rooms, hollowed out in bright colours that can be inserted into the house. It is fun for children and encourages outdoor play.




AHMM's Compass House
Compass House has been designed for children with visual impairment in mind, the use of colour and texture were expanded to bring the house to life for them. It's a weekend retreat - a place of escape that acts as a backdrop for ever changing scenarios.




MAKE Architects' Jigsaw House
Compass House has been designed for children with visual impairment in mind, the use of colour and texture were expanded to bring the house to life for them. It's a weekend retreat - a place of escape that acts as a backdrop for ever changing scenarios.

All images © their respective owners 2018

Sources: interactivefundraising.co.uk and e-architect.co.uk

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