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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.

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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.

Fancy living in a life-sized dolls' house?

4 June 2014

CBS News in America is reporting how a Washington woman is living in a life-sized dolls’ house.

It’s not quite true of course, but what it does show is how we can take charge of our lives and make things happen for us.

After almost dying through illness, Dee Williams lives in an 84 sq ft mobile home which she built herself.

She downsized, threw out everything she didn’t need and uses solar power to cut down on bills.

Take a look at the pictures and perhaps get some inspiration for your next project.

Several of The Dolls House Emporium’s small projects could easily be converted into a miniature version of a house like this; so click through and take as peek!

Where do you get your inspiration for dolls’ house designs?

31 May 2014

Where do you get your inspiration for dolls’ house designs, building material and interiors?

One man has taken his cue from the house his family grew up in, built over 100 years ago.

He has spent over $500 getting it just right – and is to hand the completed project over to his lucky granddaughter.

Scott Gordon, a carpenter, constructed the base of the dolls'  house when his own daughter was a child, more than 30 years ago. But she never got the completed model as it’s only just been finished – so it’s going direct to seven-year-old Toriana.

The house it is modelled on was built around 1900 in Milton, has been owned by his family for decades. Gordon's mother lived there for 85 years, and his brother now owns the home.

Constructing the dollhouse brought back memories, including the 56 Christmases he'd spent in the life-size version of that living room, and the afternoons crawling through the attic with his siblings.

He told Nashoba Publishing Community News: "I have some very fond memories. It's a beautiful house and I spent a lot of time there.”
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