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Dolls' House Inspiration – Claude Monet

28 September 2018

Today on the blog we bring you some beautiful and inspiring images of the home of the famous artist Claude Monet. Many of you will be familiar with the stunning gardens at his home, made famous by his beautiful and iconic water lily paintings and his house doesn’t disappoint!

Water Lilies, Claude Monet, 1906

‘On entering Monet’s house, the visitor should imagine a home filled with the sound of eight children, Claude Monet’s comings and goings between his studio and the garden, the atmosphere of the kitchen in the early morning when vegetables came fresh from the kitchen-garden, plus the returns from market and arrival of friends from Paris…’

The house sits in the lovely village of Giverny in Northern France and Monet lived here from 1883 until his death in 1926.
He bought the house and land in November 1890 and in 1893 he purchased another piece of land, and it was here he created a water garden, the “Jardin d’Eau,” with the famous water lily pond. Monet also supervised the renovation of the house himself.

Many of the rooms today are open to visitors, including the salon, the dining room, the bedroom, and the studio.

We hope our virtual tour offers you some inspiration!

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The Strange Snow Globes of Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz

8 January 2018

We love all things miniature here at The Dolls' House Emporium, and now that we're fully in the depths of winter, we thought it'd be a great opportunity to look at some of our favourite miniature wintry artworks: the snow globes of artists Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz.

The husband and wife team have been creating miniature works of art inside snow globes for more than 15 years. They use these tiny spaces to create scenes that are surreal, beautiful, touching, funny and sometimes sinister.

You can find out more, and see a showcase of their work in this lovely video.

We've selected some of our favourite pieces of their work to show you here. Enjoy!

Traveler 300, 2014 & Traveler 306, 2014

Traveler 286, 2012 & Sleepy Head II, 2016

Traveler 78 at Night, 2003 & Traveler 290, 2012

Traveler 153 at Night, 2005 & Traveler 170 at Night, 2005

Traveler 48 at Night, 2004 & Traveler 79 at Night, 2016

Traveler 186 at Night, 2006 & Traveler 126 at Night, 2004

Traveler 40 at Night, 2006 & Traveler 293 at Night, 2003

As well as these amazing snow globes, the duo have also created a number of miniature panoramic scenes.

The Orchard at Night, 2005

The Movers, 2011

Pretty Birds, 2011

We think that their work is absolutely stunning. Beautiful and thought provoking, their work is a testament to just how wonderful miniatures can be.

You can see more by visiting their website.

All images © Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz

Life-sized dolls' house is burned to the ground

19 April 2013

Remember the life-sized dolls' house in Canada that we shared previously?

The artist, Heather Benning, decided to burn it to the ground after she felt it had become unsafe.

Yet even the burning was an artistic event: she is now preparing an exhibition titled “The Death of the Dollhouse".

Here's our original item on her creation: Life-sized doll house: see it on video

But if you want to see what she did to it earlier this month, tap through to this link at Neatorama.

It's a great shame to see it go, but it was only a temporary installation.

Mini concrete sculptures hit the streets

17 January 2013

What about this then? Small cement figures have been appearing on the streets!

According to the artist involved, they have been “left to fend for themselves amongst the chaos of everyday living” in cities across Europe and can be found in the most unlikeliest of places.

Cast your eyes low and you will see them paddling in gutters, while look up to the skies and you may find them sitting on top of bus shelters.

Artist Isaac Cordal says: “These concrete sculptures are like little magical gifts to the public that only a few lucky people will have both seen and loved, but so many more will have missed.”
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