For those of you who have followed my blog for a while, you might remember the tiny little Dining Closet that I originally created for Daviot House. Charming, yes, practical... not so much.
The problem is that a dining room has such great potential in a Dolls House, from furniture to tiny accessories. A bit like the kitchen.
And a long time ago I purchased a lovely sideboard made by Ken Kirkbright. It was lovely, but it didn't fit into the Dining Closet.
So a proper Dining Room was required! Whenever I am back in Scotland, I take the opportunity to visit some lovely old houses for inspiration. My favourite dining room was in Provost Skene's House in Aberdeen (currently closed for renovation), and I used this room as a departure point for Daviot House.
I liked the dark panelling, but didn't want it all around the walls, as this tends to make a miniature room with low ceilings incredibly dark. It looks great on large models with high ceilings, but Daviot House has very low ceilings (which are authentic for Scottish vernacular 17th century houses, but difficult for this miniaturist!)
The solution was to make only one wall, the fireplace wall, panelled, leaving the others white-washed. I even managed to add two columns either side, which adds an element of gravitas.
The fireplace was made by Malcolm Hall - I have three of his fireplaces to date, and they are just wonderful - not too heavy, or over ornamented. For a medium-sized house this is very important, and I like the austere, simple grey against the wood panelling.
I made the chandelier with a red tassel - one of the features I liked about the Provost Skene dining room was the lovely chandelier hung from the ceiling with red silk. I mimicked this by making a red silk sleeve to go over the bulb wires, which is a useful way of hiding them!
The original chandelier was very big, so I scaled mine down to suit the room - a three arm is more than enough.
There are so many stars of the show in this room, but I am especially pleased with the dining table and chairs. They are by Masters Miniatures and are just the right size for this small room. I am considering reupholstering them, as I am not sure about the blue colour...something deep red might look better.
I painted the dinner service myself. It is very difficult to come by a good dinner set without breaking the bank. Stokesay Ware has become ridiculously expensive, as they have limited their production immensley. I couldn't manage that, but I did buy a good quality, plain white set and used porcelain painted with an Imari pattern.
The glassware is by Glasscraft - including this lovely fruit bowl, filled with the best fruits I have ever seen in miniature. Sadly the maker disappeared from Etsy, but I am so glad I have this arrangement. I'm just looking out for a well-made pineapple to complete it.
(We are going to ignore the death trap doorway at the back for the moment... I haven't finished the stair tower yet!)
And here is the sideboard that started everything off! The room next to the dining room has now been transformed from Dining Closet to Music Room, but more of that to come...