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Dolls' house or real house?

10 June 2014

From time to time we bring you some amazing “real-life” dolls’ houses in this blog.

Click through to these pictures, and you’ll see a full-sized dolls’ house full of what looks like miniature furniture.

But the bright colours and design fool the brain … these are actually full-scale furniture and accessories in a house that’s on the market for over £500,000 in Lydney, Gloucestershire.

The entire cottage, including the toilet is decorated in bright, clashing colours.

It was bought by an artist in the 1980s, and since then she has dedicated hours to transforming it.

The estate agents' notes say: "A unique opportunity to purchase the home of the renowned contemporary ceramic artist, Mary Rose Young. Oak house was discovered by Mary Rose in the late 1980s and she has since carried out improvements and additions to suit her own inimitable style and sympathetically retaining many features relevant to its period. Mary Rose has decorated every surface of every room with vivid colours which reflect her style and bright and beautiful pottery."

Here's a picture to whet your appetite:

dolls' house or real house

dolls' house or real house

Fancy living in a life-sized dolls' house?

4 June 2014

CBS News in America is reporting how a Washington woman is living in a life-sized dolls’ house.

It’s not quite true of course, but what it does show is how we can take charge of our lives and make things happen for us.

After almost dying through illness, Dee Williams lives in an 84 sq ft mobile home which she built herself.

She downsized, threw out everything she didn’t need and uses solar power to cut down on bills.

Take a look at the pictures and perhaps get some inspiration for your next project.

Several of The Dolls House Emporium’s small projects could easily be converted into a miniature version of a house like this; so click through and take as peek!

Where do you get your inspiration for dolls’ house designs?

31 May 2014

Where do you get your inspiration for dolls’ house designs, building material and interiors?

One man has taken his cue from the house his family grew up in, built over 100 years ago.

He has spent over $500 getting it just right – and is to hand the completed project over to his lucky granddaughter.

Scott Gordon, a carpenter, constructed the base of the dolls'  house when his own daughter was a child, more than 30 years ago. But she never got the completed model as it’s only just been finished – so it’s going direct to seven-year-old Toriana.

The house it is modelled on was built around 1900 in Milton, has been owned by his family for decades. Gordon's mother lived there for 85 years, and his brother now owns the home.

Constructing the dollhouse brought back memories, including the 56 Christmases he'd spent in the life-size version of that living room, and the afternoons crawling through the attic with his siblings.

He told Nashoba Publishing Community News: "I have some very fond memories. It's a beautiful house and I spent a lot of time there.”

Let our dolls' house builders’ merchants feed your creativity!

5 April 2014

The Dolls House Emporium builders’ merchant department is to help you get the most from your creative side – providing the raw materials to make your dolls’ house your own.

Whether you are into mini landscape gardening, or need a few planks of wood, cement, bricks or windows… it’s the place to go to fire your imagination.

We have everything you’ll need to customise a kit. That’s something you’ll find priceless if you’re taking part in this year’s Creative Competition.

It’s time to check the archives on our blog to draw inspiration for your effort this year.  See previous entries and truly inspiring ideas, from vet practices to pubs, garages and brownie huts, the creative competition always brings out the imaginative side!

That’s because we’re offering you a choice of base kit* for your entry this time, with a whole range of favourite houses to choose from.

With so much choice of starting unit, the sky’s the limit and we’re expecting some amazing creativity this year – as always!

Remember – the more imaginative, the better.

You could win £569** of dolls’ house kit.

This year’s competition doesn’t close until midday 30th September 2014.

There's more about this further down the page and online on the website.

Dolls' house Creative Competition 2014 - full details!

8 March 2014

Got itchy feet now that spring has sprung?

Creative dolls house competition winWant to get to work on a new project for 2014?

We’re offering you the chance to win some fantastic Dolls House Emporium kit as we launch this year’s creative competition.

It’s time to check the archives on our blog to draw inspiration for your effort this year.

That’s because we’re offering you a choice of base kit* for your entry this time, with a whole range of favourite houses to choose from.

We’ve already seen these turned into gypsy caravans, towers, hairdressers, funeral parlours, knights' tombs and more.

Themes have included contemporary, futuristic, mediaeval, Victorian, Georgian and from between the wars. Which excites you?

With so much choice of starting unit, the sky’s the limit and we’re expecting some amazing creativity this year – as always!

Remember – the more imaginative, the better.

You could win £569** of dolls’ house kit.

This year’s competition doesn’t close until midday 30th September 2014 and all we need are your pictures of the project.

The extended list to choose from this springtime includes*:

1800 The Retreat Kit

3730 The Garden Pavilion Kit

6255 The Corner Shop Part 1

6260 The Corner Shop Part 2

8100 The Cabin Kit

1639 Cumberland Castle East Wing Kit

1099 The Barn Kit

249 Jenny Wren's Kit

1300 The Summer House Kit

To enter, simply send your photos and/or video of your project, along with how you created it to:

The Dolls House Emporium

The Creative Competition

PO Box 1283

Peterborough

PE2 6YN

Or email them direct to competitionsecretary@dollshouse.com, remember to include your name, address and contact details.

*Purchases of kits must be after 1st March 2014 and entries can not have been entered into the competition before.

**Or currency equivalent of the price of Grosvenor Hall Kit for overseas winners.

2014 Creative Competition Rules
1 The closing date for entries is midday on 30th September 2014 and the winner will be notified by 1st November 2014.
2. Purchase of a featured kit is required to enter.
3. Entries must not have been entered into the competition before.
4. Purchases made before 1st March 2014 can not be used to enter the competition.
5. Employees of The Dolls House Emporium, those involved in the promotion and execution of the competition and their families are not eligible to enter.
6. Any entry received after noon on the closing date will be disqualified, as will any received damaged or illegible.
7. The winner will be selected and personally notified. The winner’s name will be available after the competition by writing to The Competition Secretary, The Dolls House Emporium, Hadlow House, 9 High Street, Green Street Green, Orpington, Kent BR6 6BG enclosing a stamped addressed envelope.
8. The first prize winner will receive a Dolls House Emporium dolls’ house of their choice – in kit form – up to a value of £569. The 2nd prize winner will receive £350 worth of credit to spend at The Dolls House Emporium. The 3rd prize winner will received £200 worth of credit to spent at The Dolls House Emporium. No cash alternative will be available. Prizes awarded to those overseas will be equivilent value.
9. The Dolls House Emporium reserves the right to feature entries on other printed matter or on our website, and to feature name and home county of the winner and photographs of their project in future promotions.
10. Entry into the draw is deemed acceptance of the rules.
11. Proof of posting cannot be accepted as proof of receipt. No responsibility can be accepted for entries which are delayed, damaged or wrongly delivered.
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