Friday, June 5, 2015

Inspirational Doll House - Felicity

An interesting Craigslist ad for a large Colonial Dollhouse. You're sure to get several ideas and inspiration from these images!


 Exhaustively researched - everything historically accurate and to scale, including Virginia Gazettes in the study, colonial bird bottle, dishes, linens, pictures (most all of which are canvas, etc)! all the exterior walls of the house have opening windows which show in interior scene in the house. The interior scenes in each window show a colonial Williamsburg feature/building. Functioning doors.
 

ALL CHANDELIERS AND SCONCES HAVE BATTERY POWERED TAPER CANDLES WHICH LIGHT UP THE HOME BEAUTIFULLY AT NIGHT ALONG WITH THE FIREPLACES.
I DESIGNED THIS SPECIFICALLY FOR TEACHING AS WELL AS PLAY - THERE ARE AUTHENTIC DRIED HERBS/FLOWERS OF THE PERIOD, THE KITCHEN GARDEN HAS WHAT WAS GROWN THEN, THERE IS A CLOCK FOR TELLING TIME, BOOKS, THE COOKING UTENSILS AND METHODS ARE OF THE PERIOD, A GENTLEMAN'S LEDGER WITH COLONIAL CASH FOR MATH/COUNTING, AND OF COURSE EVERYTHING ABOUT THE HOUSE TEACHES OUR AMERICAN HISTORY DURING THE PRE-REVOLUTIONARY COLONIAL PERIOD. IT WAS DESIGNED TO REFLECT THE PERIOD OF FELICITY AND ELIZABETH IN THE BOOKS. 


Many of the furnishings are authentic American Girl, and some are 1/3 scale reproductions that I spent years acquiring, including miniature silver, etc.
LOCATED IN WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA.



Includes a fully decorated colonial kitchen with exterior wall and colonial kitchen garden with reproduction of and actual scarecrow used in colonial Williamsburg. All the garden items can be "picked" and replaced. the kitchen back wall is detached from the house structure and is movable. the interior wall of the kitchen is a wall in my studio and the furnishings will need to be rehung on a wall in your home. 
 



 A living room with to scale chandelier and working fireplace. Hardwood floor, tile hearth and working fireplace. French Silk damask upholstered wing chairs. Authentic to scale "Staffordshire" and other ceramic figurines on fireplace mantle.


 A second floor bedroom with beds and fireplace (working). Brass sconces. 


A third floor "attic mice" with living room, nursery, chapel, school, music room,, etc. I had these mice handmade in Luton England and they have a back story themselves. 
 


There are "mice" openings throughout the house so you can never tell where one might be. Here's their back story and it is charming: "Lady Martha Stilton, mother mouse, grew up in Luton, England on a vast estate, Luton Hoo. She fell in love with the parish vicar causing her family to disown her for marrying below her station. She and the vicar, Rev'd George Lymeswold, emigrated to America to begin life anew. She treasures the remnants of her past -- a beautiful harpsichord & a portrait of her mother, Countess Stilton.The oldest boys, George, Alexander, Louis and Wills, worry their parents: they have joined the militia and are agitating to separate from England. The younger mice, still obedient & loyal, are choristers, musicians, curates, tutors, and governesses for the babies and tots. The Lymeswolds have taken in lodgers to help with expenses and Betsey & Tom are hard at work.The Vicar attends chapel daily and Lady Stilton tries to instill humility and decorum in each of her children. The mice live in meager but proud elegance in "New "Luton." 

A "West Wing" detached and moveable that includes a study, music room and dining room. Handmade colonial Floorcloths. Miniatures of books accurate to the period (based on Thomas Jefferson's recommendations of the books a gentleman should have in his library). The music room has a hidden MP3 player under the chair with appropriate period Christmas and other music that plays from that room.

8 comments:

  1. Whoa! Awesome inspiration but WOW!!!! That is EXPENSIVE!!!!!! That's what...9 of Grace's Patisseries?!?!?! CRAZY!!!!!

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  2. I just saw that listing last night, crazy awesome! I can't imagine the hours of work that went into it.

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  3. WOW WOW WOW WOW! This is AMAZING and absolutely beautiful!! I love that people have dedicated so much to create historically accurate pieces for their dolls-- it is truly inspiring. If only I had the kind of money to afford one of these crazy-beautiful treasures. :)

    -aginparadise

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  4. A true labour of love. Amazing attention to detail and devotion to the grandchild it was created for.

    Louise in British Columbia

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  5. I saw this listing on Ebay tonight. Agreed it is a true labor of love! It is so detailed and I can only imagine the hours of fun their granddaughter had playing with it.

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  6. This is so wonderful!!!! Amazing!!!!

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  7. This belongs in a museum. Saying a quiet prayer that someone will get it to one right there home in Williamsburg. This is just a remarkable piece of love.

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