Saturday, January 30, 2010

A Room With A View

Here's a few shots of some of the rooms. That's my Sue Cook fireplace I got all the way from England. I also got a door surround from the incomparable Miss Cook which I am placing in the Entrance Hall (top photo). Still trying to figure out the electric stuff. Wish me luck! I thought that I would run all the wiring under the basement and/or up in the attic. There are also hollow chimney breasts in each room that would naturally house wiring. But since I have a "front-opening" house, maybe it would be better to run the wires out the back?

My electrical dilemma is made all the more complicated by the fact that my house is going to be lit up like a CHEAP VEGAS BROTHEL! I've been looking at 12-volt transformers (which I guess is what you're supposed to use in a dollhouse) and they recommend you add up how many light bulbs you are going to be using throughout your house. A 20-volt transformer is supposed to be adequate for a "large house" of eight to ten rooms." But it only will service a fraction of the seventy count "em bulbs I am planning for six-room Merriman Park!


Karin Corbin said...[Reply]

You don't have to use a purpose made dollhouse transformer. You can use any 12 volt transformer that has the appropriate output. You can power dollhouse incandescent lights on 12volt DC transformers. I often find transformers at thrift stores that are 12volt. You can also purchase transformers from places such as Radio Shack. A computer power supply is another 12 volt option.

Karin Corbin said...[Reply]

John, it is hard to get good photos of dollhouse interiors. This tutorial may be of help to you.

A camera with image stablization helps or else use a tripod and use the timer to release the shutter. Just pushing on the button will mess up the shot.

Also get out the manual and find out what distance your macro lens can focus at. For instance my camera will focus on macro setting no closer than 3.9". I find I can get the macro to focus up to about 8" max distance away. As long as I am in that range I do OK.

John said...[Reply]

Thanks for the info, Karin! Didn't help that I took those pics after a few cocktails!

timothyseanmcshane said...[Reply]

The interior look is very appealing... so CLEAN!!!!!

timothyseanmcshane said...[Reply]

The off-white gives it a real stately air... I think bright white would have ruined it...

John said...[Reply]

It's all about MINIMALISM.