Interiors

Many people are attracted to Georgian and Regency houses because of their elegant proportions but owning a period dollshouse does not mean that you necessarily have to furnish it in a historic style. With the increasing choice and availability of contemporary miniatures many collectors wish to furnish their dollshouse as it might be today. This gives huge scope to include furniture and decorative elements from any period and allows for the occasional blocking of a chimney and the inclusion of bathrooms, cloakrooms, kitchens and utility rooms. All our houses can be given a modern twist and below you can see a few ways that we have done this.

Contemporary Interiors

Kitchens

One of the most immediate ways of reflecting a modern look is with a designer-style kitchen. We can achieve this for you by either replacing period features with contemporary fittings within a room, or by creating a completely open-plan space.

Modern lighting and open-plan

The use of recessed spotlights gives a contemporary feel to a traditionally panelled room or an open-plan kitchen. The removal of walls from cupboard stairs gives an open-plan look whilst the opening up of a whole basement area provides total open-plan living. A log burner gives a contemporary edge to a fireplace.

Bathrooms

Just as with full-sized houses in a period property one of the smaller bedrooms will often make an excellent bathroom, whilst more structural modifications may be required to add an en suite or cloakroom.

Georgian and Regency Interiors

Georgian Kitchens

The open range with spit for roasting was the mainstay of the kitchen for centuries. Boiling would be done in a pot or cauldron hung across the fire, often suspended from a chimney crane. The main change that took place in later Georgian and Regency times was the introduction of the closed range, amongst many other things this facilitated fine cooking and sauces which had previously best been achieved on a charcoal stove.

Georgian Bathrooms

In early Georgian times water was scarce, often collected rainwater, and so it was usual for the better-off to wash no more than their hands and face with water carried to their rooms to fill a bowl on a wash stand. Bathing would usually take place in the bedroom but only occasionally. A few very grand homes did have bathroom with a large cold water plunge pool. The type of hip bath seen in the picture below would have been around from the early 1800's

Georgian and Regency Styles

For collectors who wish to furnish their dollshouse in a way that is 'correct' for a chosen period we try and ensure that as many of the decorative details as possible reflect that chosen period in time.

Early Georgian 1714-1765

Palladian influences from architects such as William Kent and James Paine.

Late Georgian 1765-1811

Robert Adam was probably the most well-know and successful architect of the period.

Regency 1811-1837

Fashionable taste influenced by the colour plates from Rudolf Ackermann's Repository of the Arts, Literature, Fashion Etc. and by designers such as George Smith and Thomas Hope.

Oriental or Chinoiserie

From the early 1700's there was a great fascination for oriental ceramics, wallpapers and textiles. Many grand homes had a Chinese Bedroom hung with hand painted wallpapers. The most flamboyant oriental decorative elements came together in the Prince Regent's Royal Pavilion at Brighton.

Mid-Eighteenth Century 'Strawberry Hill' Gothic and later Gothic Revival

From the 1740's the Georgian taste for the Gothic was highly fanciful such as Horace Walpole's house at Strawberry Hill and Inverary Castle. By Regency and Victorian times the taste for the Gothic was more influenced by medieval architecture.