I don't think I've ever been so pleased by a New York Times article in the whole of my life as I was by one that ran in yesterday's home section titled Modern Design, In Miniature, Is Growing. Two words: Modern dollhouses.
I attribute my interest in interiors to my own dollhouse that I meticulously arranged and rearranged while growing up. Mine was a multistory house with faux shag carpeting, a photo mural of a woods-in-fall scene covering the entire back wall of the master bedroom, and working lights that plugged into tiny sockets in the wall.
To Tony's unspoken yet palpable horror, it's still in my parents' attic just waiting to be cleaned out and brought back into use, and I just might do that after seeing Annina Gunter and her handcrafted miniatures profiled in the article. She is truly a master at her craft, so ooh and ahh with me over the realistic details in some of Annina's photos, will you?:
Amazing, right?! And while we're on the topic of dollhouses (unless I can convince Tony I need mine back, it might be awhile 'til we're on it again), I want to share pictures of the favorite dollhouse of my childhood and beyond, Queen Mary's:
Built from 1921 to 1924, the dollhouse is on a 1:12 scale and an incredible miniature replica of a working, post-WWI royal residence. It was built and outfitted by hundreds of craftspeople with every imaginable detail considered, including a plumbing system with running water, electric wiring and a working elevator, among myriad other things.
I visited the dollhouse often with my mom when we lived in England, and I still pore over my well-worn copy of the book Queen Mary's Doll's House by Mary Stewart-Wilson (from which these images by David Cripps are taken). You can also Google the dollhouse to find more photos.
Did you have a dollhouse? What was it like? What would you have in your dollhouse now?