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Dolls' House Inspiration - William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement

18 April 2018

For today’s blog we’ve gathered together some beautiful images of interiors inspired by and designed by William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement.

The Arts and Crafts movement began in Britain around 1880 and ended in the 1920’s. It was inspired by the ideas of the designer and poet William Morris, the writer John Ruskin and the architect Augustus Pugin.

It was created as a reaction against a decline in standards at the time of craftsmanship, that was thought to be threatened by mass production and industrialisation. The Arts and Crafts movement wanted to re-establish these skills that were believed to be under threat, in the form of interiors, architecture, objects and artefacts. It revived medieval standards and methods of making artefacts, being true to the materials being used and using traditional constructional methods, producing beautiful individual pieces and designs.

We hope they help inspire you. Enjoy!

Image from: https://hammersmithfulhamforum.com/2015/01/23/simon-daykin-celebrating-the-story-of-emery-walker-and-william-morris

Image from: https://nttreasurehunt.wordpress.com/category/arts-and-crafts

Image from: https://nttreasurehunt.wordpress.com/category/arts-and-crafts

Image from: https://nttreasurehunt.wordpress.com/category/arts-and-crafts

Image from: https://nttreasurehunt.wordpress.com/category/arts-and-crafts

Image from: https://nttreasurehunt.wordpress.com/category/arts-and-crafts

Image from: https://daydreamtourist.com/2014/12/09/william-morris

Image from: https://daydreamtourist.com/2014/12/09/william-morris

Image from: http://sorozatmania.com/art-and-craft-london/red-house-built-for-william-morris-google-search-fantastic-intended-for-art-and-craft-london

Image from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/httpwwwflickrcomphotosbobrad/23303020826

Image from: https://www.culturewhisper.com/r/things_to_do/preview/5110

Image from: https://www.pooky.com/inspiration/interiors/amazing-interiors-red-house-bexleyheath-the-home-of-arts-and-crafts

Image from: https://www.pooky.com/inspiration/interiors/amazing-interiors-red-house-bexleyheath-the-home-of-arts-and-crafts

Image from: https://www.periodideas.com/william-morris-standen-house

Image from: https://www.periodideas.com/william-morris-standen-house

We hope that these images have inspired you to create something beautiful.

All images © their respective owners 2018

Dolls' House Inspiration - Queen Victoria

6 February 2018

We thought we would give you a lovely dose of inspiration this week here on our blog, in the form of some beautiful rooms fit for a queen! Our selection is based on the amazing royal residences that feature in the ITV drama series ‘Victoria’ as well as the real places that Queen Victoria frequented during her life.


Kensington Palace
This was the birth place of Queen Victoria and where she grew up and spent the first 18 years of her life, between 1819 and 1837. She had a very protective childhood and shared a room with her mother until she became queen.

Victoria’s Bedroom

Castle Howard
This was used in the series as a stand in for Kensington Palace. It is held to be the finest historic house in Yorkshire and is set within 1,000 acres of landscape in the Howardian Hills.

The Crimson Dining Room
Harewood House
Also used for many of the scenes set at Kensington Palace, as well as Buckingham palace. Harewood House is a grand mansion in Yorkshire and is currently inhabited by one of Queen Victoria’s direct descendants.

The Main Library

The Spanish Library

Buckingham Palace
Undoubtedly the most famous of all the locations mentioned here, Buckingham Palace became the principal royal residence in 1837, after Victoria moved here from Kensington Palace when she ascended the throne. She was the first monarch to reside here.

The Blue Drawing Room

The White Drawing Room
Brocket Hall
A classical county house set in large grounds in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. This was the home of William Lamb or Lord Melbourne as he was also known, Queen Victoria’s first prime minister, mentor and beloved friend.

The Ballroom

Windsor Castle
A royal residence in Windsor, Berkshire. It became the centre for royal entertainment for much of Queen Victoria’s reign.

The Waterloo Chamber

The Grand Reception Room

Blair Castle
Blair Castle sits in grounds near the village of Blair Athol in Perthshire, Scotland. Queen Victoria visited and stayed here with Prince Albert for the first time in 1844.

Garry Room

Balmoral Castle
Balmoral has been a royal residence for members of the British Royal family since 1852, when the estate was purchased by Prince Albert. The original castle was knocked down and a new larger castle built, under Prince Albert’s supervision.

The Queens Drawing Room

Osborne House
Osborne House, on the Isle of Wight, was built between 1845 and 1851 for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert as a summer home and rural retreat. Prince Albert designed the house himself and they spent a lot of time here as a family.

The nursery and the Queen's bedroom

The drawing room

The drawing room
The Durbar dining room
We hope you have enjoyed our Royal selection of stunning rooms and hope they help you recreate your own in miniature!

All images © their respective owners 2018

The Rijksmuseum Dolls' House Collection

23 January 2018

We recently posted on our Facebook page about Petronella Oortman, who created the beautiful dolls’ house which inspired the book ‘The Miniaturist’ and the tv adaptation of the same name. As it went down so well, we thought we’d delve a little deeper into the collection of dolls’ houses kept at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, where Petronella Oortman’s dolls’ house now resides.

The museum has three dolls' houses in total, which date from the 1600’s and 1700’s and are an exciting window into what a wealthy home would have looked like in Amsterdam at this time.

Petronella Oortman

Petronella’s dolls house was given to her as a gift by her wealthy husband Johannes Brandt and she set about filling it with beautifully hand-crafted replicas of the real items from her home, between the years 1686 to 1710. Although the dolls’ house was incredibly realistic and it may not have been an exact representation of the house that she lived in, it may have represented her dreams and aspirations.




At this time, dolls' houses were a popular hobby for women and would have offered the same enjoyment as a curiosity cabinet would have done to the gentleman of the time. In fact, Petronella’s husband had a curiosity cabinet and you can see the miniature version in the bottom right hand room of the dolls’ house.



Petronella loved her dolls’ house so much, that she had a painting commissioned of it. The painting shows the yellow curtains which once protected the front of the house, as well as the original dolls that she had made for it. Unfortunately, all the dolls have now been lost, except for the baby in the cradle.



Petronella Dunois

The second dolls’ house in the collection at the Rijksmuseum was made by Petronella Dunois. Petronella was an orphan who lived with her sister in Amsterdam but was a wealthy lady and an art collector. Both sisters made their own dolls’ houses, but only Petronellas survived.



Unlike Oortman’s dolls’ house, Dunois filled her dolls’ house with ready-made furniture, many of the pieces are marked with the year 1676. The dolls’ house contains a peat loft, a linen room, a nursery, a lying-in room, a reception room, a cellar, a kitchen and a dining room.



Grachtenhuis

The third dolls house in the museum was made in 1760 and is quite different from the other two. Instead of a cabinet housing the main attraction being the realistic rooms inside, it is instead the exterior of this house that is the most interesting and realistic. Like the other two, it is a model of a real house.

The front of the house is removed to reveal the rooms inside. The house is divided into a basement with two cellars, portal and kitchen; first floor with hall, small hall, staircase, dining room; second floor with bedroom, small room, stairs and nursery; attic with two attics.



We hope that you’ve enjoyed this little tour of the Rijksmuseum's dolls' house collection. You can find out more by visiting their website.

The Strange Snow Globes of Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz

8 January 2018

We love all things miniature here at The Dolls' House Emporium, and now that we're fully in the depths of winter, we thought it'd be a great opportunity to look at some of our favourite miniature wintry artworks: the snow globes of artists Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz.

The husband and wife team have been creating miniature works of art inside snow globes for more than 15 years. They use these tiny spaces to create scenes that are surreal, beautiful, touching, funny and sometimes sinister.

You can find out more, and see a showcase of their work in this lovely video.



We've selected some of our favourite pieces of their work to show you here. Enjoy!


Traveler 300, 2014 & Traveler 306, 2014


Traveler 286, 2012 & Sleepy Head II, 2016


Traveler 78 at Night, 2003 & Traveler 290, 2012


Traveler 153 at Night, 2005 & Traveler 170 at Night, 2005


Traveler 48 at Night, 2004 & Traveler 79 at Night, 2016


Traveler 186 at Night, 2006 & Traveler 126 at Night, 2004


Traveler 40 at Night, 2006 & Traveler 293 at Night, 2003

As well as these amazing snow globes, the duo have also created a number of miniature panoramic scenes.


The Orchard at Night, 2005


The Movers, 2011


Pretty Birds, 2011

We think that their work is absolutely stunning. Beautiful and thought provoking, their work is a testament to just how wonderful miniatures can be.

You can see more by visiting their website.

All images © Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz

Christmas Miniatures

18 December 2017


We thought we'd celebrate Christmas being just around the corner by bringing you a round up of some of our favourite festive miniatures scenes from across the web.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Credit: www.flickrhivemind.net


Credit: www.telegraphherald.com


Credit: www.whimsicalworldtravel.com


Credit: www.flickr.com/photos/kumasawa


Credit: www.clipartsgram.com


Credit: www.nicolescoles.com


Credit: www.christmasvillagefun.blogspot.co.uk


Credit: www.mammabiscuit.com


Credit: www.writingstraightfromtheheart.blogspot.co.uk


Credit: www.dteliving.com

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