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The Miniatures of Julieta La Valle

20 March 2018

We recently discovered the work of Julieta La Valle, a talented sculptor, director, miniaturist and art director from Argentina. She builds models, miniatures, characters and other objects for animations, cinema, advertising, fashion and artistic projects.

We love her miniature creations so much that we thought we’d share some of our favourite images here on the blog.

We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!




















See more of Julieta’s wonderful work here https://www.julietalavalle.com

All images © Julieta La Valle 2018

Your Pictures - March

5 March 2018

We recently asked for photographs of your latest projects over on our Facebook page page and we had such an amazing response that we couldn’t resist sharing some here!

Here are a selection of just some of our favourites!


Credit: Annamaria Valentini


Credit: Annamaria Valentini


Credit: Annamaria Valentini


Credit: Carla OS


Credit: Carla OS


Credit: Debra Alison Kirby


Credit: Debra Alison Kirby


Credit: Izabela Kononowicz


Credit: Izabela Kononowicz


Credit: Judith Stolk


Credit: Milvia Novello


Credit: Marianne Rold


Credit: Patricia Gluckert


Credit: Patricia Gluckert


Credit: Patricia Gluckert


Credit: Patti Sullivan Foster


Credit: Patti Sullivan Foster


Credit: Patti Sullivan Foster


Credit: Patti Sullivan Foster


Credit: Patti Sullivan Foster


Credit: Rochelle Scott


Credit: Sharon Falcus Weeks-Woodford


Credit: Tracey Baker


Credit: Val Slater


Credit: Victoria Crumplin

A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed pictures of their projects. We absolutely loved seeing them. (Please don’t think that if yours aren’t featured here we didn’t like them, we absolutely did, we just didn’t have room for them all as there were so many!)

If you'd like to share pictures of your house with us, we'd love to see! Head over to our Facebook page page and post them there!

All images © their respective owners 2018

Instagram Round-Up

21 February 2018

We love Instagram!. We think it’s a great place to find some really interesting and unique miniatures. Here’s a round-up of some our favourite miniatures that we’ve found on Instagram recently. Enjoy!


Image credit (search for these names on Instagram to find many more great miniatures)
1. a.dollhouse.designs 2. a.dollhouse.designs 3. nicecrumbs 4. nicecrumbs 5. meineschoenensachen 6. meineschoenensachen 7. minafam1989 8. minafam1989 9. rem_brant 10. rem_brant 11. hannah.edmisten 12. hannah.edmisten 13. orit_haddad 14. orit_haddad 15. white_onrice 16. white_onrice 17. dekoubou 18. dekoubou 19. fourlittlewalls 20. fourlittlewalls 21. mytinyobjects 22. mytinyobjects 23. reddragonpottery 24. reddragonpottery 25. mowokayardman 26. mowokayardman 27. carlemilknox 28. slinkachu_official 29. slinkachu_official 30. slinkachu_official 31. ibuildsmallthings 32. ibuildsmallthings 33. mini.enthusiast 34. mini.enthusiast 35. royal.redover 36. royal.redover 37. cosydollhouse 38. coffee.seed.miniatures 39. lavenderbelle_miniatures 40. lavenderbelle_miniatures 41. ramalamacreatures 42. Petiteproperties

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 Rijksmuseum Dolls' House Collection

23 January 2018

We recently posted on our Facebook page about Petronella Oortman, who created the beautiful dolls’ house which inspired the book ‘The Miniaturist’ and the tv adaptation of the same name. As it went down so well, we thought we’d delve a little deeper into the collection of dolls’ houses kept at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, where Petronella Oortman’s dolls’ house now resides.

The museum has three dolls' houses in total, which date from the 1600’s and 1700’s and are an exciting window into what a wealthy home would have looked like in Amsterdam at this time.

Petronella Oortman

Petronella’s dolls house was given to her as a gift by her wealthy husband Johannes Brandt and she set about filling it with beautifully hand-crafted replicas of the real items from her home, between the years 1686 to 1710. Although the dolls’ house was incredibly realistic and it may not have been an exact representation of the house that she lived in, it may have represented her dreams and aspirations.




At this time, dolls' houses were a popular hobby for women and would have offered the same enjoyment as a curiosity cabinet would have done to the gentleman of the time. In fact, Petronella’s husband had a curiosity cabinet and you can see the miniature version in the bottom right hand room of the dolls’ house.



Petronella loved her dolls’ house so much, that she had a painting commissioned of it. The painting shows the yellow curtains which once protected the front of the house, as well as the original dolls that she had made for it. Unfortunately, all the dolls have now been lost, except for the baby in the cradle.



Petronella Dunois

The second dolls’ house in the collection at the Rijksmuseum was made by Petronella Dunois. Petronella was an orphan who lived with her sister in Amsterdam but was a wealthy lady and an art collector. Both sisters made their own dolls’ houses, but only Petronellas survived.



Unlike Oortman’s dolls’ house, Dunois filled her dolls’ house with ready-made furniture, many of the pieces are marked with the year 1676. The dolls’ house contains a peat loft, a linen room, a nursery, a lying-in room, a reception room, a cellar, a kitchen and a dining room.



Grachtenhuis

The third dolls house in the museum was made in 1760 and is quite different from the other two. Instead of a cabinet housing the main attraction being the realistic rooms inside, it is instead the exterior of this house that is the most interesting and realistic. Like the other two, it is a model of a real house.

The front of the house is removed to reveal the rooms inside. The house is divided into a basement with two cellars, portal and kitchen; first floor with hall, small hall, staircase, dining room; second floor with bedroom, small room, stairs and nursery; attic with two attics.



We hope that you’ve enjoyed this little tour of the Rijksmuseum's dolls' house collection. You can find out more by visiting their website.

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