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Excellent Exteriors!

7 January 2015

The exterior of your dolls' house is often the thing you look at most once it's on display, so it makes sense to invest in time and the appearance of it. Whether you have a perfect period piece, a more contemporary style or something eclectic, the exterior of your dolls' house can be dressed to match.

From door furniture to real brick compound finishes you can achieve an extremely detailed final result.

This delightful lion door knocker would look super on the front of a Georgian manor or you could put it on your modern home as a 'reproduction' piece. Moving up the house, chimney pots in the traditional terracotta finish inspire images of Bert jumping over roof tops in Mary Poppins and on a dolls' house they give a realistic 'topping off' to your miniature home.

Item DIY662 - Terracotta Chimney Pots Item DIY662 - Terracotta Chimney Pots

Item DIY66 - 'Antique' Lion Head Door Knocker Item DIY66 - 'Antique' Lion Head Door Knocker

For your front panels, the brick compounds and stencils are unbeatable. Paint your panels in a suitable shade for your mortar first, then mix up the compound and use the stencils to apply the compound in a regimented pattern, once it all dries you'll have panels which look like they've actually been built with miniature bricks!

3D Printed Miniatures!

6 January 2015

Technology and miniatures, specifically dolls' house miniatures, may not always go hand in hand but one octogenarian is certainly challenging that concept.

Jerome Morin, a spring chicken at 80 years old, used a 3D printer to create an entire miniature living room for his grandson for Christmas. Using a special design programme, Morin was able to accurately recreate the pieces and enjoy the process. There are a selection of images of the finished article available here. 

What would you design and print if there were no limits?

January's Sparkling Offers!

5 January 2015

January's offers are NOW LIVE and there are some inspiring offers to get you motivated for your dolls' house collection and hobby this year.

Get busy with the revamp with savings on lighting sets. Lighting sets give you enough lights to do each room of your house and you can chose either the socket strip method or the copper wiring method. Socket strips allow you the versatility to put lights on individually by plugging them into the strip. Copper wire gives a slick finish and hard wires all the lighting in. For more information on the differences and to help  you decide you can watch a video on how to light your dolls' house here.

After you've put those lights in what about doing some interior design? Great offers on wallpapers and flooring covering can give you a new look for a super price. For as little as 50p (!) you can grab a paper to redo your living room with this stylish Leafy wallpaper or if you want to splash out, you could chose this delicate Blue Rose wallpaper at £1.31!

If those little treats don't give you enough inspiration what about dressing the front of your dolls' house with a few flowers and window boxes? Or even a weather vane? Take a look at the accessories section of the special offers to see the full range on offer this month.

NEW Glow Well Products added!

2 January 2015

We know you've all been very busy celebrating and relaxing and we didn't want you to miss the NEW Glow Well range we've added to the website.

These are a great range of lit fire grates and inserts that'll add life to any room in your dolls' house from smart Georgian grates to simple glowing embers that could be in your kitchen range or farmhouse. If you have a grand dolls' house, perhaps a fire with a spit would be more in keeping? Whatever you're looking head over and browse the range now to order yours!

Log dog Spit with Roast - perfect in a grand house's kitchen. Log dog Spit with Roast - perfect in a grand house's kitchen.

January Offers are Now Live!

1 January 2015

Happy New Year! If you’re nursing a slightly sore head this morning, these cracking offers will help soothe away the pain.

There’s certainly a lot to choose from with offers on furniture and accessories such as the pretty Cream Shoes or the Rose Arch, both great for creating a fairy tale scene.

You can save up to 33% on lighting sets to add a warm glow to your miniature home. Lighting sets are a great way to get everything you need to light your home in one go.

Perhaps Father Christmas didn’t quite get your list right and you’re still yearning for your first dolls’ house, you’d be hard pushed to beat The Classical Dolls’ House. Georgian architectural details, two front opening panels and 6 rooms to decorate make The Classical a long term favourite with all our customers.

The Classical Dolls' House with its basement

In case you need some help with your resolutions, we’ve got some ideas for you

–      Take on a new mini project

–      Re-dress a current dolls’ house – check out the tools and interior finishes

–      Pick up a bargain in the Last Chance to Buy section

–      Catch up with the Creative Competition winners on the blog  and see what ideas you can use in your projects!

Keep Mini-ing!
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