Friday, February 10, 2012

Book Review - "The Encyclopedia of Dollhouse - Decorating Techniques"

Last year I bought a book "The Encyclopedia of Dollhouse - Decorating Techniques", a comprehensive A-Z directory, with an inspirational gallery of finished works by William Davis, trying to find new ideas and techniques.

The book covers everything possible when it comes to the decorating a dollhouse:
how to work with the exterior walls, flooring;

how to apply wallpaper borders, paneling;

how to do mar belling, slate roofs, decoupage, etc...,

but I've already heard, seen, read about it somewhere else, on the blogs, in other books... This book is good for just a beginner.

Anyway, I decided to keep it, because unlike the other books this one has a chapter at the end with a beautiful Gallery of inspirational finished projects that make this book valuable.

For example, The Chateau De Fontainebleu with The Napoleon Library and The Louis XIII Salon that "contain furniture and light fixtures made by some of the finest contemporary craft workers in the field".

or Hampton Court Palace

The biggest surprise for me was to see the collection of doll houses and room boxes built by Cookie Ziemba. I know that she is a talented artist but I've never had the opportunity to see her masterpieces. For instance, An Artist's Home. "The structure of the house together with its internal and external finishes are the work of Peter Mattison, the interiors were furnished by Cookie."

The exteriors of Cookie's Vssall-Craigie House is "copied from a house in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Cookie matched the paint color for her model from a chip found on the ground outside when she was visiting the real house."

"The music room has the great advantage of side windows through which light can enter and bathe th beautifully decorated room. You can see the 48-mesh needlepoint work on the fire screen that is by Cookie as well"

"This 16th century-style dining hall was created by Cookie. The wood paneling, fireplace, paintings, and furniture are all accurately detailed to represent those of the era."

and many many more...


anisnofla said...

Muy interesante.

Elga said...

This was one of the first books I bought many years ago on the hobby, The Gallery section is also the reason I kept it and Cookie's interiors is wonderful!!!!

Ludmila said...

Наташа, я тебе так завидую! Хорошей белой завистью :) Делов том, что у нас нет подобной литературы. И вообще миниатюра у нас не в почете. Многие считают это баловством, играми в детство. Жаль :( До всего приходится доходить своим умом и учиться по мастер-классам западаных мастеров.

debbie's mini thoughts and creations said...

what a lovely book, I have a vast collection of books on miniatures, you can never have enough books

Ilona said...

Again another beautiful book. So many inspiration, Natalia!
Hugs, Ilona

Judith said...

The Gallery is worth buying the book for alone to be honest Natalia! I've visited Hampton Court Palace and those photographs look just like the real thing. Amazing work! Judith x

Drora's minimundo said...

It's a beautiful book to have in any collection of books about miniatures.
Thanks for sharing these photos.

BiWuBär said...

What a fantastic book - no surprise you're going to keep it!

Have a great weekend!

Melli´s Hobby said...

What a fantasic book.
Thanks for showing. I didn´t know it before.

Josje said...

I don't know the book, but those photos of Cookie's houses are wonderful! I would keep it just for that reason too!


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