Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The wonderful world of miniatures...

(holiday jenny)

(holiday jenny)


(Alicia Paulson)


(Alicia Paulson)




(midolls*melissa)


(The Paris Apartment)

(The Paris Apartment)



(amber e)

(amber e)


(La Belle Avenue)


(steaktaco)


(sevenfoldlife)

(sevenfoldlife)

(roblaliberte)

(Jaykissan)


(Lakeminis)

(Lakeminis)


(Hwar)

(Hwar)

(Hwar)

While I was quietly sitting, perusing through one of my favourite interior design books my daughter came to me and asked why I loved these kinds of books so much. I told her when I was a little girl like her, I loved to play with my doll house and decorate all the little rooms. If I didn't have what I needed for the rooms I improvised. This included cotton balls for pillows, hankie's for bedsheets, little cut out pictures from magazines for the walls and so forth. I then continued to tell her now I'm a grown up and have my own home I am still somewhat playing doll house but on a much larger scale lol. The books are an escape from reality for me just like anyone who is an avid reader of fictional novels. I actually dive into the pages and imagine I live in the rooms presented. I then jump back out and try to figure out how I can bring that fantasy room into my real home.

This conversation with my daughter prompted me to think about a post Claudia Strasser of The Paris Apartment made last week about collecting stunning miniature Parisian style furniture for her nieces, and picking up some gorgeous wall papers from a NY flea market for their doll house. I then became curious as to how seriously people decorate their doll houses these days and these are some of the pics I found...

Most of them I found on flickr. I love the vintage retro styles and the traditional. I am floored by the details in some of them and I adore those little french cafe style chairs in the pic by steaktaco. I also included a couple of extra pics I found by holiday jenny. She makes these absolutely beautiful shadow boxes as well as miniature girly framed prints. So cute!
My favourite find was Alicia Paulsons colourful doll house and all that adorable vintage furniture :) Her flickr sets are well worth having a peek as they also show off her amazingly happy and colourful home. I love it! Alicia's flickr page also led me to her blog, posie gets cozy, which is now one of my favourites to frequent. Read about all her wonderful creations and the new addition to her family....an adorable welsh corgi named Clover Meadow :)

Links...

13 comments:

The Paris Apartment said...

Oh wow, I'm honored! What a collection you put together. Guess we're not the only ones who cut made mini artwork from magazines and loved our tiny lives!

Firefly Hill said...

Anna,

Found your blog thru Annechovie. Love it! I spent some time going thru the designers you have featured and wow! some gorgeous rooms! Thanks for the inspiration.

Annie

Villa Anna said...

Hi Annie, nice to meet you :) Thank you so much for stopping by. I had a peek at your blog and WOW I love your bag designs. Is there no end to the creative and talented women in this world?! Outstanding! :)

Southern Heart said...

What pretty miniatures! They make such lovely little vignettes, don't they? I've found them fascinating since I was a little girl! What a fun post!

xo, Andrea

corine @ Hidden In France said...

Hello, I found your blog via All Things Bright and Beautiful. I love the selection you put together. I too was obsessed with funishing my doll house when I was little. I had to make everything from scratch from cardboard, paint and bits of fabric. It's interesting to me that there are other grown women who have kept that childhood heart.

cat said...

Beautiful. I created a "dollhouse" of sorts for my daughter in an old wall cabinet that has four shelves and a glass door. Each shelf is a floor. Then we needed to expand so we used a shelf on her bookcase. We glued miniture pics on the sides and back of shelf and I painted a rug on the "floor" of the shelf. The "houses" were for her small mouse dolls she collected. I still love going in there and looking at these, cleaning them and rearranging. Oh my gosh, dollhouses are so much fun!
Catherine

Villa Anna said...

Hi Anna,

I am so in love with your little feature today!! Can I please "move in??"

I want to collect Doll houses now. It brings out the little girl in me. I love the design of (Jaykissan) and (Lakeminis)
Those are very fitting my style to a "T" and adore that kind of traditional but yet unique taste. Love this Post.

And my Sister~in~law from Garb~oodles Soup here; http://garboodles.typepad.com/
She also collects this lovely stuff for her daughter. You should check out her blog and the last few posts. You will see her doll house soon. I will tell her about your blog, she will love it!

I now feel compelled to do a post on Doll houses as well;-))

Have a lovely day!!
xo Jeannene

Villa Anna said...
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Alkemie said...

Anna,

I adore miniatures and dollhouses. This is really quite a group of different styles of dollhouses you've put here. They're so intricate. Love the retro one myself. I can't believe it even has miniature magnets and children's art on the fridge! Some of the photos look like real life size houses! What a fun post!

Karen

Barbara Jacksier said...

If you love wallpapper check out Blik,Florence Broadhurst, and Cavern Home

All Things Bright and Beautiful... said...

Dear Anna - saw this blog on dollshouses and thought you might like it :-)
clublittlehouse.blogspot.com/

The Carolina Quilter said...

Love your blog--beautiful photos. I will visit often. I've added you as a link on my mini blog,
http://minileapsandbonds.blogspot.com/

Jody

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