The first step in building your own Victorian dollhouse is to do your research. There are detailed books on the subject. You can read how to enhance your building, how to build its furniture and even the design of its kitchen. There are books on the history and development of materials, design alternatives, and options for furniture and accessories. Building and furnishing your home can be as complex as you want it to be.
Books on shouldn’t be your only resource for your design. Because this is a miniature reflection of a full-size merchandise, all information relating to actual homes and decor will be linked. When deciding on your Victorian dollhouse, take a look at what is included in a real Victorian house. Take a look at sample images and choose the colors, features and looks you want to include in your scaled down version. The Queen Mary Dollhouse at Windsor Castle was developed to show off the skills, tastes and materials of the time. Its content reproduces many objects contained in real royal castles in England.
Look to see what you like and what you would like to include in your miniature house. Then take a look at how to incorporate these elements into your miniature creation.
We now have the ability to find our materials all over the world. There was a time when the best miniature paraphernalia was made by hand in Germany. Access was limited to the very rich and sometimes the owner was limited in geography and money to what was possible. Today there are many other places to find quality miniature products and with the internet the world’s deals are available to us. Online, you will be able to find many options to decorate, furnish and accessorize your dollhouse. These options will include items to purchase and instructions for your own designs.
Just as important as material resources, interaction with other collectors and builders will provide a very valuable pool of experience. There are groups of enthusiasts all over the Internet. Finding a group of people who share the same passion and who are there to support, encourage and advise each other is invaluable.
One of the advantages of creating in miniature is that you have a lot more latitude for experimentation. If you try something and it doesn’t work, throw that part away and start over. I’m not talking about scrapping an entire building, but moving things around and changing colors and styles is much easier on a small scale than in a full-size environment.
Working on a 10 square inch floor creation will be less painful if you don’t like it, than redoing 300 square feet. And any project that must be rejected comes with an untouched learning experience. This results in an easier process next time.
Think of decorating your small structure as you would your own home, except furniture is cheaper and easier to move around. You’ll want to do some research to see what will match the larger image of your design theme, then choose what you’d like to live with.
The beauty of a Victorian dollhouse is that you can go wild with the moss, colors, and furnishings that you may be hesitant to incorporate into your current living environment.