Sunday, 12 June 2011

Inspiration in Chicago

I was in Chicago this April exhibiting my dolls at the Chicago International Show. While there I couldnt resist visiting the wonderful Thorne Rooms exhibition at the Chicago Art Institute. These photos are just some of the miniature rooms there. They are all behind glass so it wasnt easy taking good photos so please excuse the quality.
This first photo in particular really inspired me......... more of that later first here are some of the miniature rooms I liked best.

You would be forgiven for thinking this was a stately home ! The miniatures on display were really beautiful and the needlework in the rugs was amazing .

I loved this kitchen, the wood work was beautifully carved, very simple and oh so realistic.

I loved the way the rooms all had windows with light streaming through and open doors where you could peeek into imaginary rooms beyond !

Now back to Trimbles Toy Emporium .

I am a bit of a stickler for detail in a dolls house. I like to know that my dolls can actually walk up the stairs, open the doors and get about the house in a logical fashion if they so wished !

Sometimes though we have to use illusion and I am going to be doing this in Uncle Morts bedroom.

Uncle Morts room is up the stairs and there is a bannister in the room taking up a lot of space.

Belle's room is accessed by walking up the stairs and right through Uncle Morts room where there is a door to her room.

I really dont like this arrangement and have been dithering about how to overcome it.
However the first of the Thorne room photos shows a really lovely built in bed with curtains and a door leading to steps going up.

My cunning plan is to adapt this idea ( my room is much smaller than the one in the photo ) so that Uncle Mort has a built in bed over the stair well and a door next to it leading to the stairs.

he can then draw the curtains on his bed for privacy as Belle has to pass through his room to get to hers.

It also frees up tons of space in his room for all my other cunning plans !!

I hope to start work on this tonight and will post pictures as I this space !

julie xx

The Thorne Rooms Exhibition at Chicago Art Institute


Irene said...

The rooms look amazing (I have the book!) and it's great that you've been inspired by them. Your plans sound very do-able and I'm sure you're champing at the bit to get going now that the ideas are in place.

Anneke said...

The rooms are amazing and very inspiring indeed!
I think your plan is good one! I also like it when doors and stairs are 'real' in a dollhouse but then again it's not always possible. Your plan sounds good and I think you will execute it beautifully, like all your work!

Whittaker's Miniatures said...

The bottom pics if my fav, what a room! Im trying to imagine what you are going to do and cant so looking forward to seeing the pics to see what you are going to do! Kate xxx

Steinworks said...

oh I just drooled over the thorne mansion I wish I had one

Karen said...

I hope I'm not the only one out here google searching for Downton Abbey dollhouses. Can you tell I'm going through withdrawals? Your post was the fix I needed to hold on a little longer. Please visit my recent blog to see my other Downton Abbey dollhouse finds. I can see the Granthams living in this Edwardian palace. Maybe it is the future home of Lady Elizabeth or Lady Sybil. Or maybe this is where the Dowager Countess of Grantham lives. I could spend hours dreaming up new episodes while I wait for season 3. Please tell me I am not alone.

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