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Dolls' House Inspiration - William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement

18 April 2018

For today’s blog we’ve gathered together some beautiful images of interiors inspired by and designed by William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement.

The Arts and Crafts movement began in Britain around 1880 and ended in the 1920’s. It was inspired by the ideas of the designer and poet William Morris, the writer John Ruskin and the architect Augustus Pugin.

It was created as a reaction against a decline in standards at the time of craftsmanship, that was thought to be threatened by mass production and industrialisation. The Arts and Crafts movement wanted to re-establish these skills that were believed to be under threat, in the form of interiors, architecture, objects and artefacts. It revived medieval standards and methods of making artefacts, being true to the materials being used and using traditional constructional methods, producing beautiful individual pieces and designs.

We hope they help inspire you. Enjoy!

Image from: https://hammersmithfulhamforum.com/2015/01/23/simon-daykin-celebrating-the-story-of-emery-walker-and-william-morris

Image from: https://nttreasurehunt.wordpress.com/category/arts-and-crafts

Image from: https://nttreasurehunt.wordpress.com/category/arts-and-crafts

Image from: https://nttreasurehunt.wordpress.com/category/arts-and-crafts

Image from: https://nttreasurehunt.wordpress.com/category/arts-and-crafts

Image from: https://nttreasurehunt.wordpress.com/category/arts-and-crafts

Image from: https://daydreamtourist.com/2014/12/09/william-morris

Image from: https://daydreamtourist.com/2014/12/09/william-morris

Image from: http://sorozatmania.com/art-and-craft-london/red-house-built-for-william-morris-google-search-fantastic-intended-for-art-and-craft-london

Image from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/httpwwwflickrcomphotosbobrad/23303020826

Image from: https://www.culturewhisper.com/r/things_to_do/preview/5110

Image from: https://www.pooky.com/inspiration/interiors/amazing-interiors-red-house-bexleyheath-the-home-of-arts-and-crafts

Image from: https://www.pooky.com/inspiration/interiors/amazing-interiors-red-house-bexleyheath-the-home-of-arts-and-crafts

Image from: https://www.periodideas.com/william-morris-standen-house

Image from: https://www.periodideas.com/william-morris-standen-house

We hope that these images have inspired you to create something beautiful.

All images © their respective owners 2018

Queen Mary's Dolls' House

4 April 2018

The amazing dolls’ house belonging to Queen Mary (b. 1867 – d. 1953) was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, a well-known architect of the time, and was the idea of the queen’s cousin, Princess Marie Louise. It was completed in 1924 and was given to the queen as a gift from the people and as a historical record of how a Royal Household of the time would have lived.

Princess Marie Louise had many connections in the arts and arranged for the top artists and craftsmen of the time to contribute to the house. It therefore contains many wonderful pieces of craft work, which were made specially for the dolls house. These include miniature books which were written specially for the queen and were bound to scale by a well-established bookbinders, handmade carpets and curtains which were replicas of ones within Windsor Castle and monogramed linen. The house also included real plumbed bathrooms, working electric lights and a garage of cars with working engines.

The dolls’ house would go on to be put on display to raise money for charities that the queen supported. You can still see the house for yourself today on display at Windsor Castle.

Here are some photographs we have gathered together. Enjoy!

Image from: https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/collection/5000050/queen-marys-dolls-house

Image from: https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/collection/5000050/queen-marys-dolls-house

Image from: https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/collection/5000050/queen-marys-dolls-house

Image from: http://www.countrylife.co.uk/out-and-about/theatre-film-music/living-in-lilliput-queen-marys-dolls-house-139879

Image from: http://www.countrylife.co.uk/out-and-about/theatre-film-music/living-in-lilliput-queen-marys-dolls-house-139879

Image from: http://www.countrylife.co.uk/out-and-about/theatre-film-music/living-in-lilliput-queen-marys-dolls-house-139879

Image from: http://historicinteriors.info/2014/04/28/the-grand-life-on-a-small-scale-queen-marys-dolls-house

Image from: http://historicinteriors.info/2014/04/28/the-grand-life-on-a-small-scale-queen-marys-dolls-house

Image from: http://historicinteriors.info/2014/04/28/the-grand-life-on-a-small-scale-queen-marys-dolls-house

Image from: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1323346/Queens-Dolls-House-miniature-library-opens-public-Windsor-Castle.html

Image from: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1323346/Queens-Dolls-House-miniature-library-opens-public-Windsor-Castle.html

Image from: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1323346/Queens-Dolls-House-miniature-library-opens-public-Windsor-Castle.html

Image from: https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/about/news-and-features/queen-marys-dolls-house

All images © their respective owners 2018

Dolls' House Inspiration - Queen Victoria

6 February 2018

We thought we would give you a lovely dose of inspiration this week here on our blog, in the form of some beautiful rooms fit for a queen! Our selection is based on the amazing royal residences that feature in the ITV drama series ‘Victoria’ as well as the real places that Queen Victoria frequented during her life.


Kensington Palace
This was the birth place of Queen Victoria and where she grew up and spent the first 18 years of her life, between 1819 and 1837. She had a very protective childhood and shared a room with her mother until she became queen.

Victoria’s Bedroom

Castle Howard
This was used in the series as a stand in for Kensington Palace. It is held to be the finest historic house in Yorkshire and is set within 1,000 acres of landscape in the Howardian Hills.

The Crimson Dining Room
Harewood House
Also used for many of the scenes set at Kensington Palace, as well as Buckingham palace. Harewood House is a grand mansion in Yorkshire and is currently inhabited by one of Queen Victoria’s direct descendants.

The Main Library

The Spanish Library

Buckingham Palace
Undoubtedly the most famous of all the locations mentioned here, Buckingham Palace became the principal royal residence in 1837, after Victoria moved here from Kensington Palace when she ascended the throne. She was the first monarch to reside here.

The Blue Drawing Room

The White Drawing Room
Brocket Hall
A classical county house set in large grounds in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. This was the home of William Lamb or Lord Melbourne as he was also known, Queen Victoria’s first prime minister, mentor and beloved friend.

The Ballroom

Windsor Castle
A royal residence in Windsor, Berkshire. It became the centre for royal entertainment for much of Queen Victoria’s reign.

The Waterloo Chamber

The Grand Reception Room

Blair Castle
Blair Castle sits in grounds near the village of Blair Athol in Perthshire, Scotland. Queen Victoria visited and stayed here with Prince Albert for the first time in 1844.

Garry Room

Balmoral Castle
Balmoral has been a royal residence for members of the British Royal family since 1852, when the estate was purchased by Prince Albert. The original castle was knocked down and a new larger castle built, under Prince Albert’s supervision.

The Queens Drawing Room

Osborne House
Osborne House, on the Isle of Wight, was built between 1845 and 1851 for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert as a summer home and rural retreat. Prince Albert designed the house himself and they spent a lot of time here as a family.

The nursery and the Queen's bedroom

The drawing room

The drawing room
The Durbar dining room
We hope you have enjoyed our Royal selection of stunning rooms and hope they help you recreate your own in miniature!

All images © their respective owners 2018

Creative Competition 2014 Winners!

6 November 2014

The Dolls House Emporium is delighted to announce the winners of the 2014 Creative Competition.  It has been a unique competition this year as we opened up the requirements to encompass the full range of small builds on offer and you sent in a great range of creative miniatures.

In traditional reverse order, in 3rd place was Viki McDonnell, from Greenock, with her  “Rowanberry Park Art Gallery & Studio”. Viki used the Retreat Kit to create this pretty entry, taking inspiration from “The Shanty Man” of Shetland.
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In 2nd Place is Betty Melbourne from Chesterfield, with her take on Tolkien’s writing hut. Using the Summer House, Betty took inspiration from Tolkien’s own illustrations to create a hut suitable for the great writer.

9. View of inside from above
1. Back showing the central part of The  Elvenking's Gate
And finally in 1st place, Amanda Richardson, from Melbourne Australia. Amanda took the Summer House too and used it to create ‘Mushroom Liddy’s Treehouse’ which looks like it’s been taken straight from a fantasy film set! Amanda describes her thought process below

I have been a miniature/dollhouse enthusiast since I was quite young and recently my young niece has got me interested in the whole fairy garden craze and I have made a few things for her and I also started sculpting fairies out of polymer clay. I was trying to think of ways to combine the two when I saw your competition advertised on your website in June, it was the perfect opportunity to get creative and ideas of a fairy tree house started flooding in. I originally had an idea in my mind of how it would look but it changed dramatically right from the start because of the branches I could find. I had to work around the branches rather than build the tree around my idea of how I wanted it to look. The tree house was built for Ms Mushroom Liddy (my niece, Maya named her) who is the fairy who mixes all of the fairy dust and potions for all other fairies in the land. Unfortunately I ran out of time to sculpt Mushroom Liddy so we will say that she is currently out collecting magic plants and herbs for her potions. 

 

More images of the winners will be posted on The Dolls House Emporium blog over the next few weeks.

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Huge dolls' house is worth £13,000

14 June 2014

Weighing in at an amazing 200 pounds and costing more than £13,000, this huge dolls’ house has 13 rooms over three storeys including five bedrooms, library, kitchen, dining room, marble hall and a utility room. 

You may have seen it in your local papers but the Daily Mail online has gone to town with some amazing photos.

A remote controls the individually wired light switches, six of the 14 chimneys are linked to a smoke generator, both front and back doors have a doorbell, while in a modern twist, the home includes an iPad Nano which powers the speaker in the music room.

Sarah Walkley, now aged 40, was five years old when she asked her father for the doll's house on Christmas Eve 1978.

Thirty-five years later her dad has finally finished the job.
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