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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

The Queen’s childhood toys to go on display later this year

29 April 2014

A new display, which includes a dolls’ house owned by The Queen, will open up at Buckingham Palace this summer.

It’s a collection of her childhood possessions – and those of other royals – spanning 250 years.

Among the earliest items to go on display later this year are a dolls house for George III’s daughters and dolls made by the young Princess Victoria, inspired by characters she had seen at the ballet or opera.

But there is also a stunning collection of Princess Elizabeth’s toys, including dolls, a wicker pram and pink tea set. Her early love of equestrianism is reflected in a pair of rocking horses, while a wicker pram she pushed around is also to go on show.

Highlights will also include the silver-gilt lily font used in baptism of Prince George and the silk-satin and lace christening robe he wore, as well as the velvet walking suits of the future King George V.

A wide range of toys, gifts and childhood outfits will be seen at the exhibition, Royal Childhood, when it opens.

Baby’s mobile – tutorial!

11 June 2013

Did you see our blog post yesterday about our visision for a miniature Royal baby's bedroom?

Here’s how to create your own individual 1:12 scale mobile to dangle over baby’s cot!

baby mobile tutorial

Follow Louise’s colourful tutorial online at dollshouse.com/howto to see how to do it.

Use your imagination to make it your very own – complete with an idea for a matching wall mural!

The perfect royal baby room... in 1:12 miniature scale

31 May 2013

Creative assistant Louise has been raring to go on putting together all the vital ingredients to making the perfect royal baby room!

She’s picked out traditional nursery features combined with a modern touch – and that extra lap of luxury we would expect for a new baby Royal.

Kate's baby bedroom

Louise says: “The big question on everybody’s lips is whether the new arrival will be a boy or a girl but for furnishing and decorating a nursery this isn’t crucial to the colour scheme as so many are colourful while remaining neutral – and you can always add pink or blue later on!

“The only certainty is the lavish life of luxury the new arrival will enjoy. I’ve added a few special touches to make this a top-end room project… and so that anyone might guess who the room would be for.

“Once you’ve chosen a colour scheme, the furniture must-haves follow on from that, and finally the accessories geared towards a lively, colourful and safe-feeling nursery.

“Add charm, make the room unique, and enjoy yourself as much with the planning as with the making!”

Every new arrival deserves a wonderful nursery, even the 1:12 scale ones!

As well as the items shown in this room display we’ve a whole range of changing tables, playpens and toy chests - even high chairs… just don’t forget those nappies!

Browse through the Dolls House Emporium nurseries online for your inspiration and pick out your dolls’ house furniture before the little Royal baby comes home.

Here are the items we used:

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