Saturday, 3 August 2013

An inspirational fairytale

One of my colleagues recently sent me a link to an article with the subject line 'Thought you might like this'. Like is a bit of an understatement and doesn't seem appropriate for such a magnificent dollshouse, or more accurately, dolls' castle.

Film star Colleen Moore and her incredible dollshouse.
Sadly, I am never likely to visit Chigago's Museum of Science and Industry but they do have plenty of pictures in the form of a mini tour on their website. 

You can also see the full article here. I did wonder if it might be an inspiration for Tim's castle (a project that has been in the wings for some time) but I think it's a little grand for his liking. I'm sure his will end up being full of witches, potions and cobwebs, not chandeliers and grand dining tables.

The film below shows some of the objects in the house being handled. I have to say if it was mine, I don't think I'd let anyone touch! 


  1. When I was a kid, I had an old black and white book about the doll house that my mother got when she saw it in grade school. I used to spend hours trying to figure out how everything in it was made. For years, I tried to see it in person every time I went to the Museum of Science and Industry, but it was always in storage. Then, in 2007, I went to the museum and they had put it back on display. I got a years' membership and must have spent days worth of time visiting it.

    This doll house and all of the miniatures associated with it is one of the things that most inspired me to start working with models and miniatures, and I still go back to it regularly. The people that built it did some of the best miniature work I have ever seen anywhere.

    I'm so glad to see other people paying attention to it. If you ever get a chance to see it in person, definitely do so.

    1. How wonderful! Thank you so much for commenting. I love that you've spent so long looking at this house and that it inspired you. I would love to see it in person one day - fingers crossed that it happens.