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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.”

A dolls' house for a gravestone helps the grieving process

26 May 2014

Here’s a sad story – but one where a dolls’ house has made things a little easier for all those involved.

It looks like an over-sized dolls’ house made of real brick.

But it is, in fact, the grave of Nadine Earles in the Oakwood Cemetery in Lanett, Alabama.

The story behind it is that Nadine wanted a dolls'  house as a Christmas gift.

She sadly died a week before Christmas Day so her parents decided to build her a dollhouse on her grave and they filled it with her toys and belongings.

The idea has split opinion in Alabama and it may seem a little ghoulish to create something that’s full of toys inside and out.

But we say if it gives the family comfort at what must be a time of unimaginable pain, then we’re all for it and we hope it makes things easier for the little girl’s family and friends.
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Bridge the generations with a dolls' house!

20 May 2014

Here’s a nice tale of the positive relationships that sharing a dolls’ house hobby can bring.

Fred Miller, a longtime volunteer at Children's Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha built this dolls'  house for Natalee Stieb and her younger sister, Annie.

The Omaha World-Herald explains how Natalee was born with spina bifida and during her time in the hospital, the eight-year-old developed a special bond with Mr Miller.

She has to use a wheelchair and she's spent six of the past 12 months hospitalised.

Her special connection with Fred grew through their project and Natalee looks for him whenever she's at the hospital - and likewise, Fred always finds her when she's admitted.
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