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Five imaginative DIY dolls’ house creations

4 September 2013

We were impressed by the innovation in some of the DIY dolls’ house creations a few imaginative enthusiasts have come up with.

One makes use of space in a cupboard whose doors open to reveal a charming miniature home within.

Another uses ever-so-simple materials to embellish a bookshelf, fitting it out with six beautifully decorated rooms.

This is achieved with nothing more than the humble piece of cardboard and some wrapping paper!

Manoeuvrability was key for one dolls’ house owner who fitted it with wheels to make it a mobile home.

Architect Marie-Laure from La Maison de Loulou went for a minimalist dolls’ house with nothing more than paper boxes.

Printed wallpaper serves as an easy option to jazz up any dolls' house, as seen on Remodelista (click through for pictures of these imaginative dolls’ houses!).

A dolls’ house through the generations

29 August 2013

There’s something special about dolls’ houses made in the honour of younger family members, and for one special house this is very much the case.

Bob McDuff began the project to construct a miniature based on the Georgian villa, Tweedmouth House, in 2008 for his great-grandaughter, Daisy.

A prolific craftsman, Bob was inspired to start after reading Brian Long’s book on the subject, then visiting Tweedmouth House itself in Berwick-Upon-Tweed.

“Seeing this beautiful house gave him the motivation he needed to start work”, Bob’s granddaughter Heidi told the Berwick Advertiser.

Bob’s handmade creation was soon well underway until the months leading up to his death in 2010, sadly leaving the house incomplete.

In a touching resurrection of Bob’s vision, however, Bob’s daughter Heidi persuaded his granddaughter and her husband to take over the project.

The three more months of careful work on the house made it a perfect replica of the real-life Tweedmouth House.

The happy ending to Bob’s house came when Daisy received it for her birthday in 2011, and Heidi continued to add the finishing touches until 2013.

A lovely tale of four generations of a family coming together around an impressive handmade dolls’ house!

'I feel very lucky that we have a family hobby'

3 June 2013

This is a lovely tale of a dolls’ house maker who builds each project from scratch.

If you click through to the Kent & Sussex Courier website, you’ll find a fascinating interview with Rachel Knight, of Tonbridge, who explains what she does, how she does it – and more importantly, how long it all takes!

“I feel very lucky that we have a family hobby. We enjoy going to dolls' house exhibitions together, which are generally the best places to buy miniatures,” she says.
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