OK, if you haven't read this book yet, run I said run do not walk to your local non-chain bookstore and pick up Magnificent Miniatures: Inspiration & Technique for Grand Houses on a Small Scale.
This brilliant tome is the Holy Grail for aspiring miniaturists. Kevin Mulvany and Susie Rogers should be WORSHIPED LIKE GODS for their FABULOUS (and I don't use the "F" word lightly) dollhouses! I have read and re-read this book approximately one hundred times, each time sucking up more ideas and inspiration. The photography is pure perfection and the reader will be hard-pressed to tell whether they are looking at a photo-spread of the real Buckingham Palace as opposed to a mere dollhouse/facsimile. Only the occasional inclusion of a full-scale prop (such as a tea cup) gives the illusion away. Speaking of which, my only complaint is WHY I ASK YOU WHY would you plunk a pair of tired, scuffed-up Mary Janes in the otherwise flawless Spencer House Red Drawing Room? Eesh. Sacrilege.
I love making things and have a huge interest in architecture --especially Renaissance, Baroque and Classical styles. This is my first dollhouse project which I intended to use as a diversion from the maddeningly long, Minnesota winters.