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Dolls' House Inspiration – Blenheim Palace

31 January 2019

Today on the blog we give you another dose of dollhouse inspiration, this time in the form of the beautiful Blenheim Palace.
Blenheim Palace is a country house in Blenheim, Oxfordshire, England. It is the principal residence of the Dukes of Marlborough, and is the only non-royal, non-episcopal country house in England to hold the title of palace. The palace is one of England's largest houses, it was built between 1705 and 1722 and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
We hope you enjoy our round-up of images and hope they inspire you to create something just as grand!

Exterior and gardens, image from: https://theculturetrip.com/europe/united-kingdom/england/articles/a-brief-history-of-blenheim-palace

The Sunderland Bedroom, image from: https://www.britain-magazine.com/news/behind-the-scenes-at-blenheim-palace

Grand North Corridor East, image from: https://www.britain-magazine.com/news/behind-the-scenes-at-blenheim-palace

The China Room, image from: https://www.britain-magazine.com/news/behind-the-scenes-at-blenheim-palace

The State Room, image from: https://www.experienceoxfordshire.org/venue/blenheim-palace

The State Room, image from: https://www.experienceoxfordshire.org/venue/blenheim-palace

The Saloon, image from: https://www.experienceoxfordshire.org/venue/blenheim-palace

The Saloon, image from: https://twitter.com/BlenheimPalace

The Long Library, image from: https://twitter.com/BlenheimPalace

The Red Drawing Room, image from: https://twitter.com/BlenheimPalace

The Great Hall, image from: https://twitter.com/BlenheimPalace

The Private Apartments, image from: https://twitter.com/BlenheimPalace

The Green Waiting Room, image from: https://twitter.com/BlenheimPalace

One of the many corridors, image from: https://twitter.com/BlenheimPalace

The Private Apartments, image from: https://twitter.com/BlenheimPalace

Gardens, image from: https://thefairytaletraveler.com/2015/02/10/cinderella-film-locations

All images © their respective owners 2019


Aardman Animation Miniatures

15 January 2019

On the blog today we take a sneak peak behind the scenes of the one and only Aardman Animations and the wonderful world of Wallace and Gromit. Their creator Nick Park, along with Aaardman Animations have created short films, feature length films, tv series, adverts and so much more!

In 1985, Nick Park joined Aardman Animations in Bristol, where he worked as an animator. One of his first projects was on Peter Gabriel's video for his song Sledgehammer.

The idea of Wallace and Gromit, however, had already begun back when Nick Park was a student at the National Film and Television School. Back then Wallace had no eyebrows, hardly any cheeks and a moustache.

The first Wallace and Gromit film, ‘A Grand Day Out’, was aired on Christmas Eve 1990 and since these early days Wallace and Gromit have enjoyed a colourful and fascinating history, from their conception in Nick Park’s student sketchbooks to becoming instantly recognisable stars of the silver screen.

Wallace and Gromit returned to the screen in 1993 with ‘The Wrong Trousers’, which won the Academy Award for Best Short Film. Then came ‘A Close Shav’e in 1995, which also won the Academy Award for Best Short Film. Next was ‘The Curse of the Were Rabbi’t in 2005, the first feature length film, lasting 88 minutes. Lastly was ‘A Matter of Loaf and Death’ in 2008.

We’ve gathered together a selection of images from the Wallace and Gromit films (and not forgetting their friend Shawn the Sheep!), which show the amazing sets and characters made to create these wonderful miniature worlds.

Enjoy!

Image from: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/cf/71/df/cf71df740efc5d86ad307018e75866d3.jpg (pinterest)

489Image from: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2637341/Look-lad-havent-changed-bit-Sketches-Wallace-Gromit-created-25-years-ago-no-Wensleydale-evil-penguin-sight.html

Image from: https://wallaceandgromit.com/nick-park

Image from: http://codsteaks.com/portfolio/media/wallace-and-gromit-a-matter-of-loaf-and-death

Image from: http://codsteaks.com/portfolio/media/wallace-and-gromit-a-matter-of-loaf-and-death

Image from: https://wallaceandgromit.com/history

Image from: https://wallaceandgromit.com/history

Image from: https://wallaceandgromit.com/history

Image from: https://wallaceandgromit.com/history

Image from: https://www.timeout.com/melbourne/blog/wallace-gromit-and-friends-the-magic-of-aardman-arrives-at-acmi-in-2017-111716

Image from: http://animuj.cz/making-of/wallace-gromit

Image from: http://animuj.cz/making-of/wallace-gromit

Image from: http://animuj.cz/making-of/wallace-gromit

Image from: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/jun/30/the-art-of-aardman-wallace-never-learns-and-gromit-never-needs-to-speak

Image from: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/jun/30/the-art-of-aardman-wallace-never-learns-and-gromit-never-needs-to-speak

Image from: https://tothotornot.com/wallace-gromit

Image from: https://tothotornot.com/wallace-gromit

Image from: https://tothotornot.com/wallace-gromit

Image from: https://wallaceandgromit.com/news/20-things-you-might-not-know-about-gromit

All images © their respective owners 2019

Lauren Child’s Dolls’ House

2 January 2019

Here at Dolls’ House Emporium we love seeing how people create such different dolls’ houses and how personal you can make them. This week on the blog we bring you the dolls’ house by author, illustrator and creator of Charlie & Lola, Lauren Child. Dolls’ houses are her secret passion and she’s been working on hers for an amazing 30 years, and it’s still a work in progress!

Many of the objects in the doll’s house have been hand-crafted by dolls’ house experts and other objects have been made by Lauren herself. Some are found objects not originally intended for a dolls’ house and she loves the mis-match effect of all these things together.

We’ve gathered together some wonderful pictures of her house. We hope you enjoy!

Image from: www.designweek.co.uk/inspiration/lauren-childs-dolls-house

Image from: www.designweek.co.uk/inspiration/lauren-childs-dolls-house

Image from: www.designweek.co.uk/inspiration/lauren-childs-dolls-house

Image from: www.designweek.co.uk/inspiration/lauren-childs-dolls-house

Image from: www.colourlivingblog.co.uk/lauren-childs-dolls-house

Image from: www.colourlivingblog.co.uk/lauren-childs-dolls-house

Image from: www.colourlivingblog.co.uk/lauren-childs-dolls-house

Image from: www.colourlivingblog.co.uk/lauren-childs-dolls-house

Image from: www.colourlivingblog.co.uk/lauren-childs-dolls-house

Image from: www.colourlivingblog.co.uk/lauren-childs-dolls-house

Image from: www.colourlivingblog.co.uk/lauren-childs-dolls-house

Image from: www.colourlivingblog.co.uk/lauren-childs-dolls-house

Image from: www.houseofillustration.org.uk/whats-on/current-future-events/lauren-childs-dolls-house

All images © their respective owners 2019

Dolls' House Inspiration – Harry Potter

23 November 2018

It’s time for some more doll’s house inspiration and this time we’re going a little bit magical! We’ve gathered together some beautiful images from the wonderful world of Harry Potter, from the incredibly cosy and homey ‘The Burrow’ home of the Weasley family, to the spellbinding shop of ‘Flourish and Blotts’.

We hope they inspire you to create something enchanting!

The Burrow, © Warner Bros. Studios

The Burrow, © Warner Bros. Studios

The Burrow, © Warner Bros. Studios

The Burrow, image from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tednmiki/32153193481

The Burrow, image from: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2115644/Harry-Potter-studio-tour-How-YOU-fly-broomstick-the-scenes-magic.html

The Burrow, image from: https://polycount.com/discussion/140436/mrs-weasleys-kitchen

Shell Cottage, image from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/joysaphine/3544648181

Shell Cottage, image from: https://www.bustle.com/articles/83315-harry-potter-magical-places-from-the-films-by-jody-revenson-will-show-you-details-about-the

Shell Cottage, image from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/joysaphine/3544648181

The Lovegood House, © Warner Bros. Studios

The Lovegood House, image from: https://www.bustle.com/articles/83315-harry-potter-magical-places-from-the-films-by-jody-revenson-will-show-you-details-about-the

The Lovegood House, © Warner Bros. Studios

Hagrid's Hut, image from: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1377901/Harry-Potter-author-JK-Rowling-plans-build-Hagrids-hut-garden.html

Hagrid's Hut, © Warner Bros. Studios

Gryffindor Common Room, image from: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2114972/Harry-Potter-studio-tour-review-See-inside-movie-sets-Leavesden.html

Gryffindor Common Room, © Warner Bros. Studios

Flourish & Blotts, image from: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2114972/Harry-Potter-studio-tour-review-See-inside-movie-sets-Leavesden.html

Flourish & Blotts, image from: https://www.bustle.com/articles/83315-harry-potter-magical-places-from-the-films-by-jody-revenson-will-show-you-details-about-the

All images © their respective owners 2018


Dolls' House Inspiration – Claude Monet

28 September 2018

Today on the blog we bring you some beautiful and inspiring images of the home of the famous artist Claude Monet. Many of you will be familiar with the stunning gardens at his home, made famous by his beautiful and iconic water lily paintings and his house doesn’t disappoint!

Water Lilies, Claude Monet, 1906

‘On entering Monet’s house, the visitor should imagine a home filled with the sound of eight children, Claude Monet’s comings and goings between his studio and the garden, the atmosphere of the kitchen in the early morning when vegetables came fresh from the kitchen-garden, plus the returns from market and arrival of friends from Paris…’

The house sits in the lovely village of Giverny in Northern France and Monet lived here from 1883 until his death in 1926.
He bought the house and land in November 1890 and in 1893 he purchased another piece of land, and it was here he created a water garden, the “Jardin d’Eau,” with the famous water lily pond. Monet also supervised the renovation of the house himself.

Many of the rooms today are open to visitors, including the salon, the dining room, the bedroom, and the studio.

We hope our virtual tour offers you some inspiration!

Image from: http://fondation-monet.com/en/giverny-2/monets-house

Image from: https://www.introducingparis.com/activities/claude-monets-house-and-gardens-giverny-tour

Image from: http://givernews.com/2011/10/12/les-oies-dans-le-ruisseau

Image from: http://givernews.com/2011/10/12/les-oies-dans-le-ruisseau

Image from: http://www.thefrenchlife.org/2018/05/04/monets-kitchen-dining-room

Image from: http://www.thefrenchlife.org/2018/05/04/monets-kitchen-dining-room

Image from: http://www.thefrenchlife.org/2018/05/04/monets-kitchen-dining-room

Image from: http://www.thefrenchlife.org/2018/05/04/monets-kitchen-dining-room

Image from: http://photocosmos.centerblog.net/7509-la-maison-de-monet-a-giverny-2

Image from: http://photocosmos.centerblog.net/7509-la-maison-de-monet-a-giverny-2

Image from: https://www.introducingparis.com/activities/claude-monets-house-and-gardens-giverny-tour

Image from: http://giverny-impression.com/monets-dining-room

Image from: http://giverny-impression.com/monets-dining-room

Image from: http://giverny-impression.com/monets-dining-room

Image from: http://giverny-impression.com/monets-dining-room

Image from: https://www.introducingparis.com/activities/claude-monets-house-and-gardens-giverny-tour

All images © their respective owners 2018

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