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An Italian garden diorama in miniature

23 May 2013

Do you remember Susanna Ventura's beautiful house and basement project we shared with you at the start of this year?

She's been very busy again and has sent The Dolls House Emporium some pictures of her two latest projects.

Susanna, from Voghera in the Province of Pavia, Italy, says: "I built the house and tools for the garden with pergola and little by little; I completed it with your wonderful accessories.

"After I added the gazebo and I decorated it for the marriage party of Claudia.

"My dream is to build a small village, for now I have a Victorian House with garden and gazebo, but gradually I will also other projects, the major difficulty is to find the space where we put them!"
Thank you for sharing Susanna - we'll keep an eye out for your work in the future!
miniature gazebo and pergola in 1:12 scale
miniature gazebo and pergola in 1:12 scale
miniature gazebo and pergola in 1:12 scale
miniature gazebo and pergola in 1:12 scale
miniature gazebo and pergola in 1:12 scale
miniature gazebo and pergola in 1:12 scale
miniature gazebo and pergola in 1:12 scale
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miniature gazebo and pergola in 1:12 scale
miniature gazebo and pergola in 1:12 scale

Juliet's miniature garden changes with the seasons!

7 May 2013

You may remember the wonderful garden scene created by Dolls House Emporium customer Juliet Ashmore, who has been working on the project with her daughters.
Sometimes gardens – even ones in miniature – change and develop with the seasons.

And in Juliet’s garden, part of her two-house project, spring has definitely now sprung!

She says: “The snow has melted away and the blossom has arrived on the apple tree Tom is busy in the spring flower border with his hoe, watched closely by the friendly Robin.

“This morning he was working hard on the log pile and inadvertently disturbed two hedgehogs who had been hibernating there.”

See her latest work below – and then click through to see her wonderful images from earlier in the year.
Juliet Ashmore
Juliet Ashmore
Juliet Ashmore
Juliet Ashmore

Making more room in your miniature dolls' house

6 May 2013

Have you ever wished your dolls’ house had an extra room to decorate?

Why not introduce a garden area? With versatility offering everything from horticulture to architecture, you can create extra space for inspiration in an instant!

One popular method is to change your setting when summer turns to winter, to reflect the seasons in your full-scale world.

With a greenhouse, conservatory or pergola feature the world’s your oyster – and it’s so much easier than the real thing!

And there’s a wonderful collection of flowers and foliage to add from The Garden Centre at The Dolls House Emporium.

You may wish to choose a theme for your greenery, or recreate a favourite garden you have seen in real life.

There’s no need to have your planting in neat rows – nature’s not tidy and it could give you a chance to be really creative, incorporating some items from everyday life, to make the garden look well-loved and well-used by its mini occupants!

Even if it’s a general sprucing up of your main property – we’ve a dozen or so window box ideas to get you started!

Or a low-maintenance patio terrace to add more furniture and décor for city living.

Add fruit, vegetables, old wellington boots and some garden tools for your rural project!

Try railings, balustrades or a gate for a more formal look or simply use a property extension for that extra space to create a music room or sun room.

Getting out in the garden’s just one tradition for May. Another is the age-old custom of dancing around the Maypole!

The tradition gathered pace in the Middle Ages and is still the focus of many celebrations even today. Schoolchildren weave in and out according to different routines to create intricate patterns on the pole.

dolls' house garden centre

Gardening for dolls' houses

From kit to conclusion! A customer’s imagination

18 April 2013

Transforming a bare kit full of potential into a wonderfully-imagined scene is the name of the game for anyone with a little miniature know-how!

It’s amazing what can be achieved, as this property from Dolls House Emporium customer Juliet Ashmore demonstrates. Juliet has been working on her hobby with her daughters.

She’s brought ideas to fruition both inside and outside, and admits that her work has added a lot of character to her projects.

garden coming together

walk through the pergola to the gazebo

She has been transforming her two houses with a little help from Dolls House Emporium goodies – and a couple of our online tutorials. You can view a full tutorial or use some of these goodies to create your very own!

Dolls House Emporium creative assistant Louise has made an inventory of the top image here, in case you'd like to recreate it for yourself:

6044 Garden and pergola kit

Louise Louise

6045 Gazebo kit
2697 wire table & chair
8211 Flag stone paper
5845 red brick paper
8541 Grass sheet
7370 wooden door
3533 handle
9646 bricks
4406 trellis
2939 topiary bush
4904 round box bush
4905 monkey puzzle
4898 evergreen tree
4907 ornamental tree
6560 orange tree
3846 pond
6119 ducks
6400 wishing well
2951 statue
6138 Birds
6116 Bird bath
6768 bench
3939 large ivy
3565 red grapes
6556 ivy berries
6555 white ivy

Garden accessories

Miniature Gardening

From the dolls’ house to the miniature garden

6 February 2012

Our love of miniatures isn’t confined to dolls’ houses and we were fascinated to discover that people also enjoy gardening in miniature.

Terrarium gardening is basically growing plants in a glass jar and it first became popular back in Victorian times and came back into vogue in the 1970s.

Now it’s enjoying another revival and just as dolls’ house enthusiasts create their own miniature worlds in house form, terrarium gardeners do the same in glass jars.

If you fancy creating a Lilliputian landscape of your own, it’s worth checking out the availability of suppliers and workshops in your area.

Or perhaps the thought of all those miniature plants has given you some ideas for your dolls’ house – a mini-cyclamen or poinsettia for your living room or a miniature palm for a hallway.
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