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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

Bet you didn’t know this was a miniature! – Lord of The Rings

26 September 2018

We love all things miniature here at The Dolls House Emporium. This week on the blog we take you behind the scenes of one of our favourite film series and show you the incredible miniatures (or ‘bigatures’, as they were nicknamed, due to the sheer size of some of them!) created by the amazing WETA Workshop team for the Lord of The Rings film trilogy.

WETA Workshop were not only responsible for the incredible miniatures made for the films, they also made 48,000 items across six departments, covering a multitude of Middle Earth cultures and races.

Here are some of the beautifully detailed models created by the incredibly talented WETA team of multi-skilled craftsmen and artists. Enjoy!
















All images from: https://www.wetaworkshop.com/projects/gallery

All images © their respective owners 2018

I Love Miniatures Because

12 September 2018

We recently asked you to finish the following sentence over on our Facebook page: “I love miniatures because…” We were thrilled with the response, and some of the answers we had were just lovely.

Here are some of our favourites:






















Dolls' House Inspiration - Shabby Chic

15 August 2018

For today’s blog we’ve gathered together some beautiful images of interiors in the Shabby Chic style to help inspire you.

The style evokes the type of decoration found in large country houses while a soft, opulent, yet cottage-style décor differentiates it from genuine period decor. The result of shabby chic is to achieve an elegant overall effect, using recycled old furniture and fabrics, distressed new items to achieve the appearance of antiques, vintage chandeliers, and floral designs.

We think that dolls' houses decorated in this style are absolutely beautiful. Enjoy!

Image from: https://inspirationseek.com/shabby-chic-interior-design-and-ideas

Image from: https://inspirationseek.com/shabby-chic-interior-design-and-ideas

Image from: https://inspirationseek.com/shabby-chic-interior-design-and-ideas

Image from: https://www.delightfull.eu/inspirations/styles/midcentury-modern/inspiring-interiors-showcasing-shabby-chic-style-2

Image from: https://www.delightfull.eu/inspirations/styles/midcentury-modern/inspiring-interiors-showcasing-shabby-chic-style-2

Image from: https://www.idealhome.co.uk/news/15-rooms-that-prove-shabby-chic-is-the-only-trend-that-matters-33297

Image from: https://www.idealhome.co.uk/news/15-rooms-that-prove-shabby-chic-is-the-only-trend-that-matters-33297

Image from: https://www.idealhome.co.uk/news/15-rooms-that-prove-shabby-chic-is-the-only-trend-that-matters-33297

Image from: https://www.idealhome.co.uk/news/15-rooms-that-prove-shabby-chic-is-the-only-trend-that-matters-33297

Image from: https://www.idealhome.co.uk/news/15-rooms-that-prove-shabby-chic-is-the-only-trend-that-matters-33297

Image from: https://www.idealhome.co.uk/news/15-rooms-that-prove-shabby-chic-is-the-only-trend-that-matters-33297

Image from: https://www.idealhome.co.uk/news/15-rooms-that-prove-shabby-chic-is-the-only-trend-that-matters-33297

Image from: https://www.smalldesignideas.com/shabby-chic-interior-design-style.html

Image from: https://www.smalldesignideas.com/shabby-chic-interior-design-style.html

Image from: https://www.feedpuzzle.com/feed/25-shabby-chic-interior-design-ideas-4

Image from: https://www.feedpuzzle.com/feed/25-shabby-chic-interior-design-ideas-4

Image from: http://cris2016.co.uk/vintage-cottage-bathrooms.html

Image from: http://cris2016.co.uk/vintage-cottage-bathrooms.html

Image from: https://www.decoist.com/shabby-chic-kitchen-ideas

Image from: http://www.khabars.net/shabby-chic-style-interior-design

We hope these images have inspired you to create something truly beautiful and unique!

All images © their respective owners 2018

Architects’ Dollshouses

17 July 2018

This week on the blog, we bring you something a little bit different. We wrote briefly about the ‘Dolls’ house for KIDS’ project on our Facebook page back in May but wanted to share with you a few more of the dollhouses’ created and a little bit more about the project and individual designs.

As part of an initiative organised by UK property developers Cathedral Group, 20 contemporary architects and designers (in collaboration with artists and other creatives) were asked to build a dolls’ house suitable for the 21st century. Each design also had to include at least one feature that would cater to children with disabilities.

Each dolls’ house fitted on a 750mm x 750mm plinth and they were all shown at Bonham’s auction house in Central London in November 2013. They were then auctioned off, raising an amazing £90,000, with all proceeds going to the disability charity KIDS, who are a UK charity supporting disabled children, young people and their families.

We think this was a brilliant idea and here are some of our favourites from the project.




MAE's Mae-mak house
Mae-mak house is a house that can grow and change. It engages the senses and allows kids to stick and stack walls, floors and rooves to form a simple house, a complex house, many houses or a very big house. Brightly coloured and textured panels are made to stimulate the senses and inspire customisation.




Glenn Howells's Extra-ordinary House
The Extra-Ordinary House has been generated by 2 ideas. Firstly, the terraced house, the most ordinary, but important house type in the UK. This simple idea has produced some of the best and most durable accommodation we have. Secondly, a robust timber construction. This house works through touch and feel, so enabling a child with impaired sight to understand how its volumes relate to living.




Duggan Morris Architects' Multi-story
Multi-story has been designed to aid early intervention strategies for children with developmental disability Autistic Spectrum Disorder. In consultation with Christina, mother of high functioning autistic Louis (5), the house swaps the visually noisy cross section of the typical dolls house with a set of rooms arranged in either a stack or plan form. Each room can be used in isolation or as part of a sequence to provide a focused platform for learning and role play.




Coffey Architects' Inside Out
Inside Out is an inclusive dolls' house for all children whatever their needs and abilities. One element is a concrete house with a bonsai tree and herb garden which sits outside. The second, a series of elements that are individual oak rooms, hollowed out in bright colours that can be inserted into the house. It is fun for children and encourages outdoor play.




AHMM's Compass House
Compass House has been designed for children with visual impairment in mind, the use of colour and texture were expanded to bring the house to life for them. It's a weekend retreat - a place of escape that acts as a backdrop for ever changing scenarios.




MAKE Architects' Jigsaw House
Compass House has been designed for children with visual impairment in mind, the use of colour and texture were expanded to bring the house to life for them. It's a weekend retreat - a place of escape that acts as a backdrop for ever changing scenarios.

All images © their respective owners 2018

Sources: interactivefundraising.co.uk and e-architect.co.uk

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