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Starring movie role for Dolls House Emporium dolls' house!

7 November 2013

One of the Dolls House Emporium’s much-loved signature houses has become a movie star!

It features in a new film Austenland, based on a novel by Shannon Hane.
Montgomery Hall
According to the producers' website, Austenland is a romantic comedy about a thirtysomething New York singleton called Jane Hayes, who is a seemingly normal woman with one secret.
She has an obsession with all things Jane Austen.
Then, when she decides to spend her savings on a trip to an English resort catering for Austen-crazed women, her dreams of meeting the prefect regency-era gentleman suddenly become within her reach!
Of course, what caught our eye here at The Dolls House Emporium, and yours too, is the Montgomery Hall featured in our heroine’s bedroom.
You can see it right at the start of this movie trailer (below).
Pride of place – again – for DHE.


While at "Austenland", the leading lady is plagued with self-doubt about pretending to be a woman from the Jane Austen era. But of course, along the journey, she makes new friends and finds a new romantic interest.
It was Montgomery Hall which featured in the smash hit revival of legendary drama Upstairs Downstairs when it returned to the small screen.
Montgomery Hall had already featured in the Darwin children’s nursery in the film ‘Creation’ and as part of the Coutts & Co bank Christmas window display in the heart of London – and now has more credentials to add to its CV. One recent success was with Asprey’s jewellers, which used tiny furniture to display their finest gems.
Montgomery Hall boasts six large rooms and impressive hallways, and being the epitome of stately grandeur it stands proud as a home for a Lord and Lady - or can be transformed into a modern abode for the chicest of residents.
 No wonder Montgomery Hall is the stylists' favourite!

It has been featured in numerous window displays across London and been loaned-out for many editorial spreads including a centrefold with Peaches Geldof for Company magazine.
Around thirty 1:12 scale Dolls’ houses are available for hire from The Dolls House Emporium with designs including Mackintosh, Lutyens, Georgian, Victorian, 1930’s, Art Deco, contemporary, shops and children’s models.

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.
Fairy Meadow Miniatures Montgomery Hall
Fairy Meadow Miniatures Montgomery Hall front open
Fairy Meadow Miniatures Montgomery Hall front side
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.

Fairy Meadow Miniatures Montgomery Hall kitchen in basement

Fairy Meadow Miniatures Montgomery Hall lounge room

“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."

Fairy Meadow Miniatures Montgomery Hall basement lights on

Fairy Meadow Miniatures Montgomery Hall basement detail

“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!"

Fairy Meadow Miniatures Montgomery Hall chimney detail
Fairy Meadow Miniatures Montgomery Hall

Hope House dolls' house - the wonderful Montgomery Hall

15 November 2012

Kirsten Pedersen  is a very talented lady!

During a somewhat stressful time in her life, she knuckled down to a new hobby to pull her through the other side - and decided to build herself a dolls' house.

That sounds a simple enough prospect but although she had enjoyed her childhood dolls' house, she had never embarked on a project of her own before.

Kirsten, from Denmark, said: "I needed some kind of therapy, and I just decided to build a wonderful doll´s house. As a child I had one built by a local carpenter, which I loved dearly and played with for many years. It was not a fine stylish house at all, but I thought it was wonderful. Later I have always loved studying doll´s houses where ever I found one, particularly at museums around Europe."

Hope House Montgomery Hall dolls' house

She added: "I thought that Montgomery Hall looked like it might have been built in the late 18th century, it had a classical look, so I imagined, that the family had had it built by 1790 perhaps, and now a century later the descendants of the Hope family now lived in it during the season of society in London. Perhaps for the theatre, ballet and opera, and certainly as guests at her Majesty´s court events."

Hope House Montgomery Hall dolls' house

"So the style of the furniture span from 1790 to 1890, more or less. I call it Hope House because I imagine the family to be members of the Hope dynasty that owned the famous blue  Hope diamond in Smithsonian Museum in Washington. It could also be descendants of Thomas Hope, who bought works of Bertel Thorvaldsen around 1800 for his country estate in England," she said.

"Sadly I cannot get miniature Thorvaldsen works for my house. But perhaps the Thorvaldsen Museum could be persuaded to produce a few miniatures!"

Scroll down to see the rest of Kirsten's miniature masterpiece!

Hope House Montgomery Hall dolls' house

Hope House Montgomery Hall dolls' house

Hope House Montgomery Hall dolls' house

Hope House Montgomery Hall dolls' house

Hope House Montgomery Hall dolls' house

Hope House Montgomery Hall dolls' house

After dinner the family members enjoy a bit of Chopin, drinks and cigars. A good opportunity to discuss where to invest at the stock exchange. Oil, cotton or perhaps the new horseless carriage, the so-called automobile.

Could anyone be stupid enough to buy one of those contraptions ?

The Music Room

The head of the family discusses seating plans for the next evening's dinner with important members of commerce and high society. Oyster soup, roast lamb and strawberry ice cream sounds good!

The Dining Room

TV date for Dolls House Emporium favourite!

31 August 2012

Dolls’ house favourite Montgomery Hall is set to make a TV appearance in the UK this weekend, when the film Creation receives a welcome airing on BBC4.
Sharp-eyed viewers will see Montgomery Hall in the children’s nursery in the film.
It’s a versatile dolls’ house with styling which suits a modern or traditional setting, as well as a modern or traditional theme within its own four walls! We’ve seen them decorated as contemporary hotels as well as period Georgian residences.
The film, Creation, is based on the book, Annie’s Box, by Charles Darwin’s great-great-grandson Randel Keynes, and follows the lives of Charles Darwin and his family as he completes his book “On the Origin of Species”.
Set in the mid-1800s, it stars Paul Bettany as Charles Darwin and Jennifer Connelly as his wife Emma.
It’s on Sunday, 9pm, BBC4

Creation with Montgomery Hall

New Upstairs Downstairs series features Dolls House Emporium favourite

20 February 2012

The smash hit revival of legendary drama Upstairs Downstairs has a new star of the screen for its second series this springtime – a Montgomery Hall from The Dolls House Emporium.
The production office for the show called prior to their autumn filming looking for a grand dolls’ house for 165 Eaton Place, where all the action takes place.

Upstairs Downstairs dolls' house
Last night's show

The Dolls House Emporium at Ripley regularly loans houses and miniature accessories to production companies who need something a little different for their advert, film or music video.
Of course, we were happy to loan a Montgomery Hall and its basement, which together stand almost 4ft tall – and fit in beautifully with the ambience of Eaton Place.
The show itself follows the fortunes of a diplomat's family and their servants in the grand London townhouse. The new series will “begin” in 1938 and span the months leading up to the outbreak of World War II.

Upstairs Downstairs dolls' house
Our first view of Montgomery Hall last night!

The six new 60-minute episodes began filming in October and started broadcasting on BBC1 this month.

Upstairs Downstairs dolls' house
Close up shot!

Montgomery Hall is already featured in the Darwin children's nursery in the film 'Creation' and as part of the Coutts & Co bank Christmas window display in the heart of London - and now has more credentials to add to its CV. One recent success was with Asprey’s jewellers, which used tiny furniture to display their finest gems.
Around thirty 1:12 scale Dolls’ houses are available for hire from The Dolls House Emporium with designs including Mackintosh, Lutyens, Georgian, Victorian, 1930’s, Art Deco, contemporary, shops and children’s models.
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