Thursday, January 21, 2010

Tatiana's Doll House: The Dining Room

The very talented Tatiana has started making a series of rooms in 1/6 scale - all together they will make a big dollhouse. I will be presenting her work here in the blog - one room each month. We start with the dining room. Tatiana was inspired for the table by the dining room from Calvin Klein's Doll House by architect Josh Prince-Ramus (see previous post and photo below) . She liked the "dressy" posh impression conveyed by the dark brown and white colour scheme, and decided to use black & white for her dining room.

Calvin Klein Dollhouse - for photo credit check previous post

The idea to make the whole doll house in black and white with style and colour coordinated rooms came to her after making the dining table from wooden frames, which she purchased on clearance for her craft projects. They are solid wood shadowbox frames with high quality black finish. Her husband kindly cut them to desired height with a mitre saw. She then finally had enough modern looking furniture to make not only the dining room, but also the living room and bedroom. These furniture pieces with their rich feel of solid wood and almost jewellery-box quality finish are her favourites.

Tatiana had several dioramas in foamcore boxes before and after discovering that they don't hold their shape and warp under furniture weight, began looking for something more sturdy. She found oversized double corrugated cardboard in a local art store and decided to give it a try. She scored the sheet with a construction knife, then proceeded to fold and glue it into a box. The result was much better than she had hoped for. Using oversize coverstock for walls and floor added more durability and allowed her to avoid unsightly seams.

The columns are 13-3/4" wedding cake pillars, bought here. The white chairs came with Dynamite Girls convention chair packs. Tatiana purchased some of them on e-bay and some on doll boards. Plates are Gloria accessories that were repainted white. The cutlery, candelabras, wine bucket with bottle and "crystal" glasses are from Gloria play sets too. Vases are by Mattel, except for the clear one, which is a lipstick base.

She cut out placemats from acrylic screen on collectible Barbie box. The white table runner is a candy box ribbon. The Fashion Royalty liquor cabinet was a part of her office diorama, that was disassembled to make room for this one. Tatiana thought that it would look much better as a china cabinet and, after arranging some Re-ment plates and tea sets in it, she was happy with the result. And so are we.


  1. This room is wonderful... I look forward to seeing more!

  2. A very modern and chique room,very nice!

  3. love, love, love your blog.
    added to my blog. would u please add me as well?
    i collect barbie dolls. mostly designers' labels and celebrities.
    love action figures as well.

  4. Thanks Asrul. I would add your blog if it was a doll blog, but it has a much more general toys perspective which does not fit with my content here.

  5. Your Photo is awesome! =)

  6. Thank you, Stratos for choosing my doll's dining room for your blog post! Thanks everybody for your nice comments about my diorama! :-)

  7. I stumbled over this blog and am completely wowed by the diorama!

  8. Amazing! I love B.W coordination!


  9. I was looking up 1:6 scale dollhouses and found this blog. I really like your dinning room and look forward to seeing the rest of the rooms! Thanks for blogging this Stratos! I always enjoy your blogs about Scarlett dolls!