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Create a Jane Austen’s Room Box: Dollhouse Style

One of our readers recently shared a project that he has been working on. Author and art historian, Alexander Chefalas also happens to be a 1/12 scale miniature enthusiast. On his blog, MyGreekMiniatures.com, he shares numerous Regency themed projects, and has offered to here detail, in English, the step by step process he undertakes in creating his windows into Jane Austen’s world.

The completed Austen inspired room box.
The completed Austen inspired room box.

As a true & loyal fan of Miss Austen I decided to make a roombox inspired by her last and beloved home at Chawton cottage.

A view of Jane Austen's pianoforte at Chawton Cottage.
A view of Jane Austen’s pianoforte at Chawton Cottage.
Jane Austen's writing desk inspired this room box.
Jane Austen’s writing desk inspired this room box.

I found a small wall-case display in my store room and I decided to create a small roombox in order to put it next to her novels in my bookcase.

The original wall case, before transformation.
The original wall case, before transformation.

I had to remove the glass doors because the display case was in vertical line and I want to make my room box in horizontal. Then I removed the shelves in order to create my horizontal space for my small room box.

Regency themed wallpapers can be found in hobby stores as well as online shops.
Regency themed wallpapers can be found in hobby stores as well as online shops.

I’ve painted & put a suitable Regency wallpaper and floor.

Square pianos like this one can be found on ebay.
Square pianos like this one can be found on Ebay.

For its interior decoration I’ve chosen a small square pianoforte, a round writing table, a regency armchair and the portrait of her beloved sister Cassandra. In addition I found a pair of silhouette portraits of Mr. Darcy & Elizabeth (P & P 1995). I think it is a cute touch…

Hundreds of hand crafted Regency inspired miniature items can be found on Etsy.
Hundreds of hand crafted Regency inspired miniature items can be found on Etsy.

My roombox looked empty without Miss Austen so I made a special order to Costume Cavalcade Dolls. I am quite thrilled with the result…She is stunning & gorgeous don’t you think?

This Jane Austen doll was created by Theresa Thomson of Costume Cavalcade Dolls. She carries a full range of historically accurate 1/12 figures in her shop.
This Jane Austen doll was created by Theresa Thomson of Costume Cavalcade Dolls. She carries a full range of historically accurate 1/12 figures in her shop.

You can see the whole project on both:

http://mygreekminiatures1.blogspot.gr/

http://www.greenleafdollhouses.com/forum/index.php?app=gallery&album=6393


Alexander Chefalas was born in 1977 in Athens, Greece. He holds a BA in Art History and worked as a curator in several galleries, as well as an art history tutor in a private institute. He has been writing since 2007. With 4 published works and two others to come, he also writes to the literature fans in “Astidromos”.
His works include:
The English Lady, novel, Dioptra Publishing, 2007
Dangerous Connections, novel, Aparsis Publishing, 2011
Sacred Passion, novel, Aparsis Publishing, 2013
Apolis, Poems, Odos Panos Publishing, 2013

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