Montgomery Hall dolls' house: a professional finish!
14 December 2012
Lorraine Robinson is a dab hand at dolls’ houses and miniatures.
And if you’ve read this blog before you’ll know that she’s the proud owner of Fairy Meadow Miniatures
in New South Wales, Australia, where it's getting hotter each day rather than cooler!
She’s recently completed what can only be described as a masterpiece – her own interpretation of Montgomery Hall from The Dolls House Emporium.
The story behind this house started when a 73-year-old customer turned up disenchanted after poor quality miniature products from a different shop and supplier.
Lorraine takes up the story: “She had returned the dolls house to the shop in Sydney, thinking she would never own a nice one of her own.
“She found my shop and came in hoping for a better experience, once she found out that I build and decorate dolls houses for others. She quickly booked me in to build hers, before she had even decided which one to buy!”
January 2012 arrived and Lorraine was able to start work on Montgomery Hall. Her excited customer emailed in March to see if it was ready, to which Lorraine calmly replied that she didn’t work quite that fast!
A summer break due to a series of fairs across the continent and a partial refurb at the workshop meant that in September work continued on Montgomery Hall.
“Every waking moment not filled with my shop was filled with the dolls house.
“I must say that DHE kits are outstanding and they are a dream to put together. Like all projects it is the preparation that gives the end results and with DHE kits the preparation of your work goes so much easier because you have excellent foundations to work on. So like all things you just have to have a bit of forward thinking and planning and anything you want to do you will achieve it!!
“So Montgomery Hall was a resident on our table from the 1st January until December 9th when it was delivered to its new home."
“The customer couldn’t speak for ages and began to shake upon seeing her dolls house and she couldn’t believe what she saw was hers! She stated straight away that the wait was well worth it and suddenly understood why it took so long in the making.”
Lorraine had mixed feelings on completing the project: “I was very sad to leave Montgomery Hall at its new home, as I had gone through 12 months of such an intense relationship with it, one minute hating it and the next in love with it. I have a huge space in my heart where it used to sit and a huge space on my dining room table.
“While I am sad I know that here in Australia there is a very happy lady with a gorgeous dolls house to be passed down through the family which I was told that was its intention.
“The only problem I have now is … what to do next!"