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Auction of rare dolls’ houses and miniature accessories

20 April 2014

An auction of more than 600 miniature lots is taking place with collectors’ items available at all prices.

The personal collection of the founder of the revered Washington Dolls’ House & Toy Museum, Flora Gill Jacobs (1918-2006) which was displayed in her own home, is going under the hammer over the next couple of days.

The museum attracted 20,000 visitors annually and hosted breathtaking displays of miniature residences.

Each was painstakingly decorated with luxury furnishings and tiny accessories.

The museum collection was sold in 2004 but collectors will have the opportunity to bid on the remaining items.

Some 25 major dolls’ houses and buildings will be sold, plus 35 to 40 fully outfitted antique kitchens, shops and room boxes.

Highlights include a charming German Toy Stall, which depicts a street stall with lockable fold-up doors which comes with nearly 70 early wares, including musical instruments, tenpins, chess boards, a boy on a hobby horse, papooses in cradleboards, fruit and other foods; plus topiary trees and a painted-wood lady shopkeeper. It is valued at up to $9,000!

Auctioneer Noel Barrett told “While there are some wonderful houses in this sale, a lot of the collection’s strength lies in the rare miniatures of the type seldom available for purchase.”

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.

Make your own upholstered chair - online tutorial

5 April 2013

Have you ever considered making your own miniature-scale furniture?
Not just the wooden or plastic frame – but the soft furnishings too?

We spied this amazing tutorial on chair upholstery on a trawl of the net earlier and would love to share it with you.

Kris Compas updates a previous tutorial and shows how straightforward it is to get things moving.

It’s not necessarily easy but if you follow the steps, one by one, it can be within the grasp of most crafters!

If you’re not altogether crafty, then it’s a very good read, and satisfying, too, to see how it’s done in 1:12 scale. There are templates, loads of images and a very helpful commentary to see the project through to the end.

Quite an amazing tutorial, and well worth a look!

A chair that doubles as a dolls' house!

16 January 2013

Here’s a little something for lovers of dolls’ houses…

It’s a piece of furniture that captures some of the iconic angles on what can be a favourite toy as a child and a lasting hobby as an adult.

But these little chairs are strictly for the tots!

They are from a US design and heirloom company, Paloma’s Nest.

And as you can see if you click through to the Inhabitots website, the Colonial House Chair can even double as a dolls’ house!

Fresh deliveries of furniture in at The Dolls House Emporium!

7 September 2012

Looking for some kitchen, bathroom or bedroom furniture for your dolls' house?

We’ve had fresh deliveries in of a number of popular lines so they’re available to order right away!

Spruce up your dolls’ house with:

5634 French-style Cream Bedside Table

5174 'Silver' Dishwasher

3263 'Smallbone' Sink Unit (lacquered)

2415 White Bathroom Cabinet with Mirror

5175 'Silver' Washing Machine

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