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How well-travelled is YOUR dolls’ house?

April 26th, 2012

This jet-setting Grosvenor Hall dolls’ house winged its way to Brisbane, Australia, as a kit, was built there and lived happily for many years.

It was something of an ambition fulfilled when Nessie Middleton took delivery of the Dolls House Emporium kit.

She said: “I had yearned for a doll’s house ever since I was three years old!

“It took me 50 years to get it! We logged onto dollshouse.com from Brisbane, Australia, and decided that Grosvenor Hall was the one for us. We ordered it and in due course the flat pack arrived.”

Grosvenor Hall from The Dolls House Emporium

“With the help of three close friends, we conquered the problem of how to build it. We inevitably made some mistakes. Notably, putting one floor in upside down (!) which makes adding the electricity for lights somewhat difficult – but in Australia everything is upside down anyway!”

All the fabrics for decorating the rooms were taken from samples from Colefax and Fowler where she served an apprenticeship. The furniture was 40% hand made, and 60% bought from craftsmen.

Grosvenor Hall from The Dolls House Emporium

“I used a wide variety of materials for the home made articles, including bottle tops, matchboxes,” she added.

Cushions were crafted from fabric, table mats by her sister, reduced on computer, copy of cover of 18th century book on the stair case. Artist friends did miniature pictures, the outside painted with faux finishes learned at Colefax.

It was then that the Grosvenor upped its foundations and made a move half-way around the world to Vence in southeastern France.

“We decided to retire to the Cote D’Azur, so the dolls house accompanied us in a special crate with all furniture individually bubble wrapped. Only one finial was broken – a good result.”

Can you beat that for a well-travelled dolls’ house? Or have you ever had to wrap your up carefully for a move? Drop us a line at competitionsecretary@dollshouse.com and we could feature your story in our blog!

Grosvenor Hall from The Dolls House Emporium



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