Welcome to farfromibsen, where I will blog about my experiences of creating beautiful doll’s houses. The name for my blog came into my head months ago and never went away. The reference is to Henrik Ibsen’s three act play, which at the time of its first performance caused much controversy as Nora, the main character leaves her husband and family to ‘find herself’. Her husband Torvald is not a nice man, treating her as nothing more than ‘a plaything’, like a doll in her own home. My houses don’t have dolls, but I do create them by imagining the women who would live in them. These women are far from being ‘dolls’, instead they are amazing young women of their time and these are the homes I imagine them living in.
I loved doing my furniture research. I had no idea that in the late 17th century, there was seldom more than one chair in a house and that was usually reserved for the master of the household. The rest of the family and servants were relegated to benches, upholstered or hard wood depending upon their station. … More Lots of chairs means you’re rich