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An Italian garden diorama in miniature

23 May 2013

Do you remember Susanna Ventura's beautiful house and basement project we shared with you at the start of this year?

She's been very busy again and has sent The Dolls House Emporium some pictures of her two latest projects.

Susanna, from Voghera in the Province of Pavia, Italy, says: "I built the house and tools for the garden with pergola and little by little; I completed it with your wonderful accessories.

"After I added the gazebo and I decorated it for the marriage party of Claudia.

"My dream is to build a small village, for now I have a Victorian House with garden and gazebo, but gradually I will also other projects, the major difficulty is to find the space where we put them!"
Thank you for sharing Susanna - we'll keep an eye out for your work in the future!
miniature gazebo and pergola in 1:12 scale
miniature gazebo and pergola in 1:12 scale
miniature gazebo and pergola in 1:12 scale
miniature gazebo and pergola in 1:12 scale
miniature gazebo and pergola in 1:12 scale
miniature gazebo and pergola in 1:12 scale
miniature gazebo and pergola in 1:12 scale
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miniature gazebo and pergola in 1:12 scale
miniature gazebo and pergola in 1:12 scale

Making more room in your miniature dolls' house

6 May 2013

Have you ever wished your dolls’ house had an extra room to decorate?

Why not introduce a garden area? With versatility offering everything from horticulture to architecture, you can create extra space for inspiration in an instant!

One popular method is to change your setting when summer turns to winter, to reflect the seasons in your full-scale world.

With a greenhouse, conservatory or pergola feature the world’s your oyster – and it’s so much easier than the real thing!

And there’s a wonderful collection of flowers and foliage to add from The Garden Centre at The Dolls House Emporium.

You may wish to choose a theme for your greenery, or recreate a favourite garden you have seen in real life.

There’s no need to have your planting in neat rows – nature’s not tidy and it could give you a chance to be really creative, incorporating some items from everyday life, to make the garden look well-loved and well-used by its mini occupants!

Even if it’s a general sprucing up of your main property – we’ve a dozen or so window box ideas to get you started!

Or a low-maintenance patio terrace to add more furniture and décor for city living.

Add fruit, vegetables, old wellington boots and some garden tools for your rural project!

Try railings, balustrades or a gate for a more formal look or simply use a property extension for that extra space to create a music room or sun room.

Getting out in the garden’s just one tradition for May. Another is the age-old custom of dancing around the Maypole!

The tradition gathered pace in the Middle Ages and is still the focus of many celebrations even today. Schoolchildren weave in and out according to different routines to create intricate patterns on the pole.

dolls' house garden centre

Gardening for dolls' houses

From kit to conclusion! A customer’s imagination

18 April 2013

Transforming a bare kit full of potential into a wonderfully-imagined scene is the name of the game for anyone with a little miniature know-how!

It’s amazing what can be achieved, as this property from Dolls House Emporium customer Juliet Ashmore demonstrates. Juliet has been working on her hobby with her daughters.

She’s brought ideas to fruition both inside and outside, and admits that her work has added a lot of character to her projects.

garden coming together

walk through the pergola to the gazebo

She has been transforming her two houses with a little help from Dolls House Emporium goodies – and a couple of our online tutorials. You can view a full tutorial or use some of these goodies to create your very own!

Dolls House Emporium creative assistant Louise has made an inventory of the top image here, in case you'd like to recreate it for yourself:

6044 Garden and pergola kit

Louise Louise

6045 Gazebo kit
2697 wire table & chair
8211 Flag stone paper
5845 red brick paper
8541 Grass sheet
7370 wooden door
3533 handle
9646 bricks
4406 trellis
2939 topiary bush
4904 round box bush
4905 monkey puzzle
4898 evergreen tree
4907 ornamental tree
6560 orange tree
3846 pond
6119 ducks
6400 wishing well
2951 statue
6138 Birds
6116 Bird bath
6768 bench
3939 large ivy
3565 red grapes
6556 ivy berries
6555 white ivy

Garden accessories

Miniature Gardening

Outdoor scenes and a secret garden - all in wonderful 1:12 scale!

15 January 2013

It's amazing what can be achieved with a few well-chosen accessories and some miniature know-how!

Juliet Ashmore has been transforming her two houses with a little help from Dolls House Emporium goodies - and a couple of our online tutorials.

One idea we liked making at this end - and on that Juliet picked up on - was the doorway to a secret garden.

garden coming together

walk through the pergola to the gazebo

To the secret garden

She says her work has added a lot of character to her projects.

Juliet, from Staffordshire, says: "I started with a kit house back in 1999 - a build it yourself 100 part Del Prado and this sat on top of the wardrobe for a few years while my children were tiny.

"When they were old enough not to eat the small parts I lifted it down and began to show the girls all about dolls' houses.

"We gradually added details to this house, which my youngest daughter 'shared' with me. My oldest daughter had a dolls' house from Santa (a Sue Ryder house acquired with vouchers from the Daily Mail) and this house started to look very plain against the Del Prado. So we visited Ripley and bought  a lighting system and more bits (couldn't resist after seeing all your lovely displays!)

"Because this house seems small I made a basement myself and we decorated it and added wallpapers and flooring. I am still in the throes of adding the kit spiral staircase to join the homemade basement with the main house."

sitting room now

DP bathroom now

DP bedroom now

DP kitchen now

"Of course I lost my share in my original house as the girls took one each (they like to 'visit' each others houses for tea etc), so I took on my own project of a garden.

"I didn't have room for another house and we thought some outside space would be good for our dolls. I pinched a few ideas from you and in particular liked my doorway to the secret garden!

"Most of the objects in the houses have come from The Dolls House Emporium with a few exceptions of items bought at fayres and some home made items.

"We are thoroughly enjoying ourselves and only wish our real house was large enough to add another (perhaps Georgian this time) house. The girls are learning a lot about historical changes to style, furniture and fixtures. I am looking forward to Spring when my garden will have spring flowers popping up and maybe even a vegetable garden?!

"Thank you for the hours of fun making and playing, decorating and redesigning."

snowy courtyard with water fountain and pump

SR basement kithcen now

SR sitting room now

DP nursery now

Robin on the Gazebo

Mini festive project for your long winter nights

30 November 2012

Long winter nights ... are the perfect time to start a mini-project!

What better reason to get creative than to make a unique ‘Winter Wonderland’ for all of your Christmas visitors to enjoy?

We’re sure you’ll love adapting your garden or starting a new project to while away the hours with a beautiful festive scene.

Check out how to achieve the pergola effect here.

And here's the bandstand tutorial:



A white Christmas can be yours every year!

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