Miniature and Dollhouse Flower Shop Displays

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    Limited Views Encourage Peeping

    Kristine Hill's Garden Shed is built in 1:12 scale and housed in several volumes of garden books.
    Kristine Hill's Garden Shed is built in 1:12 scale and housed in several volumes of a garden encyclopedia. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.
    When the container is a strong statement, like this set of gardening books used by Kristine Hill, you need to make  sure something pulls the viewer's eye into the interior.  Framing and strong outlines on the windows and doors work. The birdhouses on the exterior are echoed by a similar shape that pulls the eye into the view through the window.  The exterior gives clues as to what is inside, but the viewer must become engaged, bend down and peep in, to see the collection on display.

     

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    What Pulls Your Eye Into a Detailed Flower Shop Scene?

    View throught the scale window and door into a garden shed built inside books by Kristine Hill
    The view through the scale window and doors into the 1:12 scale "Garden Shed" built into books from a garden encyclopedia by Kristine Hill. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    Not all miniature displays are massive dollhouses. Practise with small views will help.  This delightfully  cluttered space is given some order by the lines of the narrow birdhouse, which stand out from the other contents and relates to the lines of the book spines on the outside of the shop.  Once you see the obvious birdhouse, your eye goes to the next one, up on the wall at the edge of the window.  Other views draw your eye to the scene by the door to the position of the lighting and the...MORE reflective surface of the gazing ball.

    With limited views through windows and walls, the back of this small space has been used to great advantage, with furniture pieces, and wall displays that showcase a varied collection naturally.

     

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    Double the Viewing Space With an Open Wall

    Flower shop exterior and interior displayed on a turntable, with only a structural front wall.
    The front and interior of this flower shop are displayed on a turntable. Photo copyright 2009 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    When you want to show off both an exterior and an interior, sometimes a carefully connected vignette is the best way. The back of this wall shows enough elements of a flower shop to successfully house a varied display of plants.  Once piece of furniture has been set to work for both sides of the view, while the walls are carefully set up with decorative brackets and shelves.  This narrow display shows how few pieces of furniture you need to effectively display a collection of miniature plants. 

    Th...MOREe display is set on a turntable to allow easy views of all items.

    You can see part of  the reverse side of this display "Funky Flowers in the Spring 2009 Seattle Show Show Gallery

     

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    Flowershop In a Small Roombox

    1:12 scale flowershop - The Oasis - exhibited at the fall 2009 Seattle Dollhouse Miniature Show
    The Oasis Flower Shop roombox by Annie Herzfeld, exhibited at the Fall 2009 Seattle Dollhouse Miniature Show. Photo copyright 2009 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    Staged for height, the display shelves in this flower shop draw the eye into the background of the display.  The carefully stacked corner displays frame the back wall, but with one outer and one inner corner display, they offer a pleasing asymmetric balance, repeated in the curve of the front display unit.  

    Here the main display is of pottery and baskets. The use of indoor plants and a few other pieces turns it from being a pottery collection, into a well stocked flower shop interior.  Notice...MORE how the back wall display is set on one of the featured design curves to set it off.

    This roombox by Annie Herzfeld  is one of the Roomboxes from the Fall 2009 Seattle Dollhouse Miniature Show

     

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    Classic Windowbox Vignette Flower Shop

    A miniature flower shop vignette in a windowbox shop by Betty Bonney
    A miniature flower shop vignette in a windowbox shop by Betty Bonney. Exhibited at the Fall 2009 Seattle Dollhouse Miniature show. Photo copyright 2009 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    Great Display for A Small Focussed Plant Collection - A Classic Windowbox Vignette.

    This classic windowbox vignette is a simple box behind a framework.  The workspace is featured opposite and below the window, with just enough of a glimpse of an open drawer to imply someone has left their arranging station to head out the door and around the back. All the elements of a flower shop are here, with an easy view into the interior and ample exterior and window ledge space to showcase featured items...MORE where there is ample daylight. Notice how once again, the display space is tiered, going from the flowers at the front, to the window ledge with the cat, to the working counter and then up to the wall shelves.  The views into the interior aren't limited by the frontage, but framed.  These types of traditional windowboxes are often made from simple materials, foamcore for the box, and thick card (illustration board, bookboard) for the frontage.

    Windowboxes From the Fall 2009 Seattle Dollhouse Show

     

     

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    Separating Areas for a Working Flower Shop

    Interior shot of a 1:12 scale flower shop with plants, flower in tubs, and a cat chasing a mouse.
    Interior shot of a 1:12 dollhouse scale flower shop exhibited by Leslie Nelson at the Spring 2009 Seattle Dollhouse Show. Photo copyright 2009 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    This miniature flower shop is set into a small open backed one room house with a lean to shed. The main floral display is located in the main room, and clever positioning of similar tables allows for a range of plants and garden related items to be on display. The lean to has been used for a potting bench and working setting.  As this is in a small one room cottage, there is room on the sides and front for exterior landscaping, as well as signs, windowboxes and other floral displays. 

    The...MORE workbench area and frontage of this shop can be seen in the Spring 2009 Seattle Dollhouse Show Gallery

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    Shelving and Light to Showcase Floral Arrangements

    Front of a florist shop roombox by Judy Lauson from the 2008 West Coast Dolls House Show.
    A Florist Shop Roombox by Judy Lauson exhibited at the 2008 West Coast Dolls House Show. Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    Double windows flanking the door allow for an easy view into a collection of floral arrangements in this simple shop design.  The varied shapes of the floral arrangements show up well framed in the deep window bays. The interior of the shop is more of an afterthought to fill in the story, with the main focus left on the windows and shelves.

    This shop is from the Miniature Roombox Gallery

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    Hint of a Miniature Flower Shop Display With a Shop Backdrop

    French garden shop windowbox exhibited by Janey Elliot at the spring 2010 Seattle Dollhouse Show.
    Le Jardin shop window front by Janey Elliot exhibited at the spring 2010 Seattle Dollhouse Miniature Show. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    Apologies for the fuzzy quality of the photo but it is a good example of how little it takes to suggest a flower shop. This scene is a simple narrow windowbox with a shop window and upper windows which can hold a small vignette. Here only the street space showcases the flower shop collection, which could expand into the shop window if desired.  You can see more of this style of windowbox in the Windowboxes  Spring 2010 Seattle Dollhouse Show Gallery.  They are based on project instructions from...MORE Joanne Swanson published in Miniature Collector Magazine March 2008.   You can see a range of these shop fronts in the Fall 2007 Seattle Dollhouse Show Gallery

     

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    Entrance Scene for a Miniature Flower Shop

    Windowbox scene of the exterior entrance and window into a flower shop by Cindy Diamond
    Windowbox scene of the exterior entrance and window into a flower shop, exhibited by Cindy Diamond at the Fall 2010 Seattle Dollhouse Miniature Show. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    This vignette features the outside scene plus a backdrop window to showcase a flower shop. The angled door takes up little space but allows room for wreaths or other florals, while the window and wall frame the view of whatever you collect at the entrance.  This is another great way to start a small florist's shop display, but you do need lights for the most impact as the scene can be a bit dark. Without the angle on the door, the box would be far less interesting. With a window in the door...MORE you could showcase a few items behind the door.

    This scene is one of several built to similar designs. It featured in the Fall 2010 Vignettes and Windowboxes Gallery from the Seattle Dollhouse Show  You can see more of the same design in the Spring 2010 Windowbox Gallery from the Seattle Dollhouse Show

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    Melding Indoors and Out

    A bakery and cafe exterior vignette exhibited at the Spring 2010 Small Endeavors Miniature Show
    A bakery and cafe exterior vignette exhibited at the Spring 2010 Small Endeavors Miniature Show. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

     This shop doesn't showcase flowers, but it is a great example of using a narrow shop back with a sidewalk to extend a miniature display. Careful use of both indoor and outdoor space can extend the range of goods on display, or allow an easy view of part of the miniature storyline.  The outdoors and inside don't have to be treated the same way, the outdoors could show a scene of devastation as dogs chase a cat through a range of plants, or you could have a flower cart, or outdoor...MORE furniture featured on the pavement.

    Other similar shops with large sidewalks or patios are shown in the Spring 2011 Miniature Roombox Gallery From the Seattle Dollhouse Show.