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Life imitates art as cabinet inspires interior design of home

15 April 2013

Here's an interesting example of life imitating art: a display cabinet providing the inspiration for a whole house!

This one was inspired by toy plastic bears and their playground.

The scale of the interiors is specially tweaked to make the interior seem as cartoon-like as the bears... small doorknobs, wide ladders, smaller pillows and more tricks make it a cute space in which to live!

Who's who in your dolls' house?

22 March 2013

Flicking through some web pages about Victorian England, we spotted this blog about everyone who might live in a grand house.

So whether you're a fan of Downton or the late, lamented Upstairs Downstairs, this guide - borrowed from the BBC - might help.

It deals with those who live "below stairs" but may give some characters to provide inspiration for you!

We've added some links to help you visualise our suggestions!


* The butler - in charge of the house, coachmen, footmen and wine cellar.
* The housekeeper - responsible for the housemaids and carried keys to the china and linen cupboards.
* The ladies maid - the mistress of the house's personal attendant, helping her dress and do her hair.
* The valet - the master's manservant, attending to his requests and preparing his clothes and shaving tools.
* The cook - ran the kitchen and larder, overseeing the kitchen, dairy and scullery maids.
* The governess - educated and cared for the children.
* The hallboy - worked 16-hour days, lighting all the lamps and candles and polishing the staff boots.
* The tweeny - in-between stairs maid earned £13 a year, worked seven days a week from 5am-10pm.

Witch house movie in miniature!

22 October 2012

What better excuse to make an exciting temporary scene with your display box or small building than Hallowe’en!

Be-spook old pieces with distressed décor and creepy dolls to create a completely different and totally unique display to wow everyone with your crafty talents.

Recycle an old project or choose from the fantastic small buildings on the following pages for the base of your thrilling lair.

Take a look at our creepy witch's house on video right here!

Spooky house in miniature for hallowe'en

Visit our dolls' house shop for a spooky new display!

8 October 2012

Did you see the 'spook-tacular' displays on show in the latest Dolls House Emporium news and offers brochure?

The good news is that you can see them for real!

Just get along to the shop at our Ripley HQ in the next few weeks and take a close look at the workmanship (or work-womanship in fact!)

Spooky house from The Dolls House Emporium

Spooky graveyard scene from The Dolls House Emporium

Find out more about how you can make these scenes - or get ideas for one of your own - from our How To pages under Inspiration online?

The shop's opening hours are 10am to 5pm, seven days a week.

The dolls’ house through the keyhole

23 February 2012

Dolls’ house lovers everywhere should check out a blog entirely devoted to a project to build a miniature Old Curiosity Shop inspired by Charles Dickens and our very own Stratford Bakery kit.

Gill began her blog called ‘The Tiny Keyhole’ last June following the arrival of her kit the day after ordering it.  “Excellent service,” is Gill’s comment.

The blog is intended to be, in Gill’s words, “a diary of my first steps into the world of miniatures” and as she freely admits, to give her "licence to buy any quirky, pretty and unusual accessory that catches my eye for the shop".

Gill’s curiosity collection so far includes miniature vases, violin and case, brass candelabra, circular mirror, bird cage, china tea set and a handmade miniature readable book telling the story of Thumbelina, which seems very apt for a dolls’ house.

The furniture she has assembled includes an elegant bookcase bureau, medieval table and bench, Victorian fireplace and Tudor style desk.

‘The Tiny Keyhole’ is definitely worth a look to catch up on Gill’s progress on the project.

It is a real labour of love and is now eight months in the making with no end in sight.  As Gill admits, it is “a project that will last a lifetime.  Thank you DHE and of course Dickens for so much inspiration.”
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