Putting the doll into La Dolce Vita
19 December 2011
You might remember seeing a blog in July about a wonderful dolls’ house, the Hard Rock Cafe, made by Gabriella Dall’Acqua
who lives in Verona, Italy. Gabriella has been a very busy lady and has created another amazing house which we’d also like to share with you.
The Lutyens House, named after the man who created the famous Queen Mary’s dolls’ house, is a design we produced some time ago (but is sadly no longer available).
Inspired by its high roofs and lots of chimneys, Gabriella decided to create a stoves and fireplaces shop crammed with wonderfully detailed, antique and contemporary stoves and fireplaces.
Over to Gabriella for a guided tour:
“The external area around the shop is equipped with a car parking place, where a Mini is parked, a grill barbeque, some green plants, a bike and two black street lights, both working. Opening the front wall, you can have a look inside: on the ground floor there are four rooms and a staircase that connects to the first floor, where a central banister separates the main rooms.
Ground floor: the floor of the entrance room is made of black and beige triangle tiles. Inside you can find several stoves from Germany, Sweden and France, made of cast iron and other materials. Right in the middle, on a turning platform, there is a particular German stove with antique irons. The right wall is decorated with small stones.
In the room on the left there is a wall stone fireplace and an antique tapestry is hanging on it. Just in front I put a circular handmade sofa in rattan. In the room you can see three handmade stoves in terracotta, type “Becchi”. Here the floor is made of real terracotta tiles. From this room you have access to another little room in the back where there is a Tudor style fireplace with fitting furniture. On the right, there is another room with a nice floor made of brilliant glass tiles. Here on display are several cooking stoves, from antique to modern ones, with lot of accessories.
Upstairs is a further display of other fireplaces and stoves, most of which are one-of-a-kind pieces made by some craftsmen. In the room on the left hand side there is a couple of big green ceramic stoves together with other ones of different types, such as “Liberty”, “Thun”, “Struf”, and “Val di Non”. On the wood table there are some nice miniature stoves.
In the other room the right, the floor is made of pink marble tiles. Inside you can find a carpet, a small table in brass, a blue leather sofa, some bathroom stoves and a cast iron radiator. In the same room there are two fireplaces, one in pink marble and one made of wood. The whole lighting system is working and some stoves and fireplaces are connected to the lighting system to give the impression that they contain a real fire.”