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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.

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

Summer Instagram Round-Up

3 July 2018

Back in February we did a round up of some of our favourite miniature images from the world of Instagram. Now that summer is here and the sun is shining (a little bit more, at least), we thought we would do a new summery round up to help get you inspired!

So here’s our round-up of some our favourite miniature images from Instagram. Enjoy!


Image credit (search for these names on Instagram to find many more great miniatures)

1. tomoko_misumi_tchaiko, 2. lilacdreams_miniature, 3. mkupica.art, 4. h0life, 5. celeste.c_design, 6. smiraphotos, 7. dailymini, 8. se_2211, 9. meguroyoko, 10. june06hiro, 11. a.dollhouse.designs, 12. nicecrumbs, 13. petiteproperties, 14. ramalamacreatures, 15. lavenderbelle_miniatures, 16. coffee.seed.miniatures, 17. ibuildsmallthings, 18. slinkachu_official, 19. reddragonpottery, 20. tinymusthaves, 21. fourlittlewalls, 22. dekoubou, 23. meineschoenensachen, 24. igmaguildschool, 25. adore_mini, 26. hbsminiatures, 27. hbsminiatures, 28. dailymini, 29. littlestsweetshop, 30. Igmaguildschool

All images © their respective owners 2018

Dolls' House Inspiration - Historic Kitchens

20 June 2018

Here is another dose of our dollshouse inspiration, this time in the form of historic kitchens.

We have brought together a delicious selection of kitchens, each the heart of a beautiful historic country house.

We hope they whet your creative appetite! Enjoy!

Grey’s Court, Oxfordshire. Image from: https://bit.ly/2I3mUAE

Fellbrigg Hall, Norwich. Image from: https://bit.ly/2I3mUAE

Wordsworth House, Cumbria. Image from: https://bit.ly/2I3mUAE

Audley End, Essex. Image from: https://bit.ly/2I3mUAE

Osborne House, Isle of Wight. Image from: https://bit.ly/2I3mUAE

The Kitchen at Lanhydrock, Cornwall. Image from: https://bit.ly/2I3mUAE

Wightwick Manor, Wolverhampton. Image from: https://bit.ly/2I3mUAE

Cragside, Northumberland. Image from: https://bit.ly/2I3mUAE

Audley End House, Essex. Image from: https://bit.ly/2I8QxAq

The Kitchen at Wallington, Northumberland. Image from: https://bit.ly/2ljkoNy

Gainsborough Old Hall, Lincolnshire. Image from: https://bit.ly/2MGZGnA

Cefn Park, Wrexham, North Wales. Image from: https://bit.ly/2tjuQrW

Cefn Park, Wrexham, North Wales. Image from: https://bit.ly/2tjuQrW

Petworth House, West Sussex. Image from: https://bit.ly/2yoArmT

Petworth House, West Sussex. Image from: https://bit.ly/2t76t1B

Petworth House, West Sussex. Image from: https://bit.ly/2tbFi5Q

The Great Kitchen, Saltram, Devon. Image from: https://bit.ly/2t76t1B

The Great Kitchen, Saltram, Devon. Image from: https://bit.ly/2ttRfDl

The kitchen scullery at Lanhydrock, Cornwall. Image from: https://bit.ly/2I28qkx

The kitchen scullery at Lanhydrock, Cornwall. Image from: https://bit.ly/2ys4ppP

All images © their respective owners 2018

The Dolls’ House Exhibition at Newby Hall

8 June 2018

The Dolls’ House Collection is located in the heart of Newby Hall’s glorious 25-acre garden, a beautiful country house in Ripon, North Yorkshire. It is one of the finest and most important collections of dolls’ houses and miniatures in the world, with nearly 70 houses of all shapes, sizes, styles and ages.

The collection was put together by Caroline Hamilton and Jane Fiddick, who have shared a passion for dolls’ houses for over 40 years and exhibiting internationally for nearly 30 years. They have a talent for bringing the miniature world to life. Their collection ranges from small ‘room boxes’ such as Grandmama’s Parlour to the very grand Beagle House and Best House.

We hope you enjoy the tour!

Image from: http://www.newbyhall.com/dollshouse-exhibition

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Image from: https://www.harrogate-news.co.uk/2015/05/26/video-collection-of-70-dollshouses-gifted-to-newby-hall

Image from: http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/15433276.Amazing_doll__39_s_house_is_a_22_year_labour_of_love

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Image from: http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/15433276.Amazing_doll__39_s_house_is_a_22_year_labour_of_love

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Dolls' House Inspiration - Scandinavian Style

22 May 2018

The last time that we gave you some inspiration for your dolls’ house we looked to the past, so we thought for this one we would look to the present!

We have brought together a selection of Scandinavian style interiors, characterized by simplicity, minimalism and functionality.

We hope you enjoy our beautiful and Hygge (a Norwegian and Danish word for a mood of cosiness and togetherness) line up and we hope they inspire you to add a touch of Scandinavian cosiness to your dolls’ house.

Image from: http://stylecaster.com/scandinavian-decor

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Image from: http://jamiltmcginnis.co/scandinavian-inspired-living-room

Image from: http://jamiltmcginnis.co/scandinavian-inspired-living-room

Image from: https://www.vix.com/en/diy/526220/everything-you-need-to-know-about-scandinavian-interior-design

Image from: https://www.hallofhomes.com/perfect-scandinavian-interior-design

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Image from: http://bestdesignideas.com/the-scandinavian-style

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Image from: http://luxurybathrooms.eu/mesmerizing-scandinavian-bathroom-design-ideas

Image from: http://luxurybathrooms.eu/mesmerizing-scandinavian-bathroom-design-ideas

All images © their respective owners 2018

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