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How to create a hat shop display cabinet - in miniature!

12 July 2013

Mini-maker Jocelyn has been sharing her expertise in how to create a hat shop display cabinet.

You could adapt her work to suit your own special miniature store – or simply enjoy seeing her detailed step-by-step project work, as we did!

Jocelyn's Mountfield Dollhouse is an online scrapbook of the building and decorating of her dream dollhouse, the Mountfield dolls’ house by the Dolls House Emporium, and some of her other dolls’ houses.

After you’ve gained a little inspiration from her work, why not click through to the main blog page and find out some of her other projects, her likes, dislikes and how she’s gradually developed her Mountfield.

Jocelyn’s dream dolls’ house

16 July 2012

If you were trying to imagine what an American’s dream dolls’ house would be, you would probably opt for a clapperboard house with white picket fencing or perhaps even a fairy castle.

So it comes as some surprise to discover that one American woman’s dream dolls’ house is DHE’s very own Mountfield, a quintessentially British suburban home.

Jocelyn is the lady in question and she writes a blog called ‘Jocelyn’s Mountfield Dollhouse’ which she describes as “a scrapbook of the building and decorating of my dream dollhouse, the Mountfield Dollhouse by the Dolls House Emporium, and other added dollhouses.”

The Mountfield House is now finished but Jocelyn is only getting started in terms of other projects.

Inspired by a building in her local downtown area, she is now working on a bakery with a coffee shop above it.  “I have always wanted a miniature business,” Jocelyn says.

She has already completed the ground floor bakery and her latest blog entry details her work on the entrance to the upstairs coffee shop.
“This entry hall is behind the colorful wall inside the bakery shop. The wall is removable and can hide the electrical wires and sockets for the lighting. This gives me more space on the second floor without cutting a hole in the floor for stairs. I will add a fake door on the wall upstairs and a ceiling light in the downstairs entry.
"My idea was to create some mystery and interest on the side of the building. I used a piece of shelf lining on the door for a frosted look, I like the idea of the ceiling light shining through the frosted glass at night. I used this before to cover the bathroom windows in the attic master suite in my Mountfield Dollhouse.”
Do take a look at Jocelyn’s work on her blog.  She is a very imaginative and talented person and it’s well worth checking on the progress of her latest project.

Built dolls' house sale!

1 February 2012

If you can get along to The Dolls House Emporium shop at Ripley you'll find some one-off ready-built creations alongside the normal wide range - and our brand new Chateau.

Some were projects carried out by our resident house-builder, Sue, while others are ex-display models and come with some interesting extras.

Currently on show are a  Country Store, now discontinued and so a rare chance to pick up a ready-built version.

Country Store – at £250, features bay and dormer windows. The outside has a textured finish. The ground floor is one big room ideal for a shop, café pub or open plan living. It's decorated internally but not lit.

There is also an Oakhurst Gardens and Garage Wing – at £400 together (as they are built to match). The exterior is on Bath stone paper and cream, with a red tile paper roof. It is decorated internally but has no lighting, although this can be easily added.

There is a built and dressed Mountfield, on sale for £480. All the furniture is included but please be aware this has been glued in, as this was an ex-display model. The furniture can be removed if required, and most of it can be re-used, although re-decorating might be required if some of it is removed.

Hurry along though - there was a Mornington Mews but that's been snapped up already!

Dolls’ Houses through the ages – Between the Wars

21 March 2011

The First World War brought the certainties of the Victorian and Edwardian ages to a sudden and bloody end and ushered in a world of uncertainty and change.  Gone were the old social order and the elegant fashions based on privilege and wealth, to be replaced by the glamour of film stars and universal suffrage for women.

Dolls’ houses reflecting the new spirit of the age are suburban dwellings like Mountfield, an archetypal 1930s house which can be seen in every suburb the length and breadth of the country.  You may even live in a house exactly like it, though it’s doubtful if your interiors match the period in which the house was built.  No fitted carpets in those days, most likely linoleum and rugs, and open fireplaces weren’t a luxury, they were your only form of heating!  As for modern appliances, well you might have had a wireless set to pick up the Home Service from the BBC but you could forget the fridge, washing machine and vacuum cleaner.  For most ordinary people, time saving appliances were still some time off.

Dolls’ houses are informative as well as fun – as demonstrated by Martin Lewis!

3 February 2010

On last weeks Tonight Programme (28th January 2010), money maestro Martin Lewis showed a family how to reduce their household outgoings by £1,000 a year – and to demonstrate this he used the stunning Montgomery Hall and beautiful Mountfield from The Dolls House Emporium.  To see the whole programme simply follow the link below – scroll along to 14 minutes to see the best bits!
If only real houses were as easy to run as the Mountfield – a lot less cleaning and a lot smaller electricity bills.
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