Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Want to furnish the dollhouse for organized living? Let's take a look at some of the neater furnishings you could consider - starting with this miniature sewing armoire. Update on June 19, 2013: Earth and Tree no longer has this armoire, but does have many other miniatures.
I've written about pie safes - but who knew you could buy a pie safe for your dollhouse? Update on June 19, 2013: The site that sold this specific pie safe is gone, but there are others. Here's a miniature pie safe from Shaker Works West.
Ann High makes some lovely and unusual miniatures. This is her miser's chest, which she says is "based on the chest in a painting by Hieronymous Bosch."
Colin Bird does some great miniatures, too. While he seems to specialize in chairs, he also makes some other neat pieces, like this pedestal desk with a real leather top.
Margie's Petite Palette offers hand-painted miniature cabinets and hutches, including this armoire.
And Alice offers some amazing miniature armoires, too. Update on July 25, 2015: The site that sold this armoire has disappeared. But I think I may have found the same Alice on a new site, which also has wonderful armoires.
Wendy has a very specific niche; she makes enchanting miniature display cases and tables - for those collections of shells, rocks, etc.
And of course, (almost) every house needs a place for books. Note that the shelves on this miniature bookcase are adjustable.
But not all organizing products are big pieces of furniture. We also have the more prosaic binders, magazine files, and such.
And how about a miniature pencil box from Chris Sturgess-Lief? He can also provide you with some lovely mahogany coat hangers.) Update on June 10, 2013: Sadly, Chris Sturgess-Lief died in 2011.
And then there's the ever-popular basket: everything from the laundry basket (empty or full) to the miniature baskets by Zara Thomson Ribeaud, which include this potato basket. Update on July 24, 2015: The full laundry basket is no longer sold.
And staying in the kitchen, we can admire these miniature canisters, from Reutter Porcelain of Germany. Update on July 25, 2015: I'm not finding this canister set any more.
You can get a miniature umbrella stand, complete with cane, from Pinchbeck Miniatures. Update on July 25, 2015: Pinchbeck Miniatures seems to have disappeared — sadly, Tony Rivett of Pinchbeck has died — but this umbrella stand (or something similar) is available elsewhere.
And let's not forget the clocks, so useful in organizing one's time. You can get mantel clocks, wall clocks, or longcase clocks - running clocks, in miniature. This miniature American banjo wall clock comes from Small-Time.
Halls Miniature Clocks is also worth a look.
And finally, let's circle back to the furniture and admire this miniature Tudor oak court cupboard. Update on August 5, 2011: The site that sold this seems to have disappeared.
Posted by Jeri Dansky at 11:20 PM