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A dolls’ house in disguise

14 April 2014

Have you ever used an unusual setting for your diorama or miniature dolls’ house scene?

Lorraine Robinson of Fairy Meadow Miniatures transformed an old guitar into an elaborately detailed dolls’ house.

You may have seen this one before, but it’s well-worth a reminder because it’s so perfectly done!

Lorraine has her own blog and explains in it how she created it. She fills it with miniatures from The Dolls House Emporium – and if you browse our offers pages you might be able to do the same – and much more cheaply than you think.

After initially “ruining” her guitar, you can see that it was obviously never intended to be a musical instrument and was really a dolls’ house in disguise!

Lorraine is the Dolls House Emporium’s official supplier and contact in Australia and runs her own showroom, shop and collectors’ clubs there. Check out her website for all the details.
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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

Official dolls' house ambassador 'down under'

30 May 2012

The Dolls’ House Emporium has an official ambassador "down under" – Fairy Meadow Miniatures is now the recommended retail outlet in New South Wales, Australia.

Businesswoman Lorraine Robinson gives Australian customers a point of contact, first-class knowledge and somewhere to turn to on their own side of the world if they need help, advice or support with their hobby.

Solving a logistical challenge of time difference, distance and locality, Dolls House Emporium Jackie Lee decided that having a more local presence for the Australian-facing business would be key to giving customers confidence and peace of mind when dealing with a company 12,000 miles away.

Fairy Meadow's owner Lorraine emigrated to Australia at the end of 1991 with her husband Alec and three small children.

It was on a return visit back home that she visited The Dolls House Emporium in Ripley, bought The Manor House and had it shipped back to Australia – and that’s where her story began.

“I spent the next five or six years building painting and decorating my little house,” she says.

“I just love to create and build, many of my first items had a bit of quirky to them… a little wobble here and a little slope there, but I loved them all.”

In 2001 she joined the New South Wales Ambulance Service and became a paramedic, which took over the next few years until in 2005 Lorraine had her idea to open a miniatures shop. And 12 months later Fairy Meadow Miniatures was born.

Three years later the one-room shop grew into a two-room shop and Fairy Meadow Miniatures Gallery was opened, a room with Lorraine’s personal collection of her own work and purchased dolls houses – showcasing her own desire and passion for the hobby.

Lorraine at Fairy Meadow

In 2010 she gave up the paramedic work and become a full-time miniaturist. Lorraine is now working in the shop three days a week, attending to internet orders seven days a week and working on commission work three days a week.

Last year Fairy Meadow Miniatures moved to bigger premises and now boasts a shopping display area which now carries over 5,500 items, and over 40 room box displays.

Lorraine at Fairy Meadow
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