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Turning a Retreat into a Folly

January 17th, 2012

When it comes to making unique dolls’ houses out of our kits, we never fail to be amazed by your imagination, ingenuity and creativity.

Take Alennka – a blogger on our Discussion Forum under the name Celestial and hails from Tasmania, Australia.

She has just posted photos of her latest creation, an Oriental Folly based on our very own Retreat kit.

To say that Alennka has made a few modifications to the original kit is an understatement since she has literally raised the roof by adding extra height to the exterior walls.

And as for the roof itself, it’s a positive work of art with individual tiles made out of clay and shaped to give it a real oriental feel.

The interiors likewise are a feast for the eyes and are crowded with all things oriental, from vases to buddhas, teapots, ginger jars, dragons and statuettes.

Alennka’s thinking, as she reveals on her own blog, was originally “… something along the lines of a Japanese tea house.

“I say something like because to my knowledge the authentic ones don’t have two floors and they usually seem to have the roof gable running in the other direction so the sloping side of the roof faces forward.  So it will be an oriental folly house in the gardens of some rich European, part Japanese tea house and part pure flight of fancy.”

It might be called a ‘folly’ but we think it should be called a triumph.



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