The Kitchen

First of all, no, the picture on the right does not show my dollshouse kitchen. It is however, the photo from which I took my inspiration...




First of all, no, the picture on the right does not show my dollshouse kitchen. It is however, the photo from which I took my inspiration to build the kitchen in my dollshouse. The real kitchen is in Castle Twickel in the Netherlands.

The kichen in my dollshouse is located in the basement, as most kitchens in canal houses are. As it is in the back of the house, the kitchen windows look out onto the garden. The window above the sink area looks out onto a tiny courtyard in the center of the house.






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Here is my kitchen as it looks today. The sink is nearly finished, all I need is two taps.

I'm very pleased with the sink and the drain boards which I made from a piece of cherry I had in my wood stash. Also the wall tiles turned out very well. I tried to copy the 17th century 'witjes' (little whites) which are still present in many old Dutch kitchens. I made the tiles from thin card stock, paint and spray varnish.











Another view of the sink and the window above it. The difference in colour with the previous picture has to do with different lighting conditions. The view out of the window is the view from my real kitchen window. This picture was taken last autumn, you can see the red apples hanging in my apple tree.

I copied the hydrangea in the vase after a real one flowering in my garden. And in case you are wondering, yes, those are the actual colours of the real one!








To the left of the sink I made a little niche in the wall with some shelves where I can put my porcelain dinner service and glassware. I've been taking porcelain painting classes once or twice a year for a number of years now and I am trying to collect my own handpainted china this way. A lot of fun although results do vary!







Also in my kitchen, the absolutely perfect wine glasses...so beautifully made by Gerd Felka of Germany.











Last picture today: the salt cellar on the wall in my kitchen, next to the AGA.

Most pictures can be viewed much bigger by clicking on them!

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51 comments

  1. Your dollhouse kitchen is beautiful!

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  2. I love your kitchen!! it looks like the real!!!
    A very nice place where to cook!
    Really I love it

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  3. Your kitchen is fantastic! I love the tiles
    and the zink and the little niche and your
    painted porcelain! Beautiful!

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  4. Can I move in? just for a wee moment.I love 1-the hydrangea 2-the sink and tiles 3-the porcelain especially th oval dish on the AGA 4-your view!!! do you think that stamping my feet would be of any use to get one from my kitchen? I'm afraid not.Wonderful work Josje, you are a master.

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  5. Fantastic...Like Rosanna says; Josje, you are a master!!!

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  6. I always thought that your work is original and charming, your kitchen it's no exception,it looks perfect!


    Hugs

    Sofia

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  7. Absolutely AMAZING Josje....Wonderful!!!

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  8. Thank you for all your lovely comments!
    Rosanna, if you stamp your feet around the rootball of a newly planted apple tree outside your kitchen window it might work...;)
    And Rosanna and Synnøve, 'a master' is far too high a praise for what I do. My rooms always evolve and grow from a vague plan I have in my mind and the materials I have available at the time. This means I do run in to many problems as I haven't thought everything through before I start. Which in turn makes me a very creative problem solver ;) I think I should take a leaf out of Linda Carswell's book and start using graph paper!
    Josje

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  9. Iedere keer weer als ik je foto's zie kan ik heerlijk wegdromen...en ja! je bent echt wel een master!Ik vind alle detaills zo mooi en iedere keer zie ik weer nieuwe dingen,het is net een mooi ondekkingsreis.

    Wat ik je ook al een tijdje wil vragen is waar heb jij die handschoenen vandaan,ik vind ze prachtig en zou ze ook wel willen hebben.

    Bedankt weer voor de mooie foto's.

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  10. Absolutely beautiful and so cosy. I want to move in too... we'll have a queu and I'm right behind Rosanna. Thank you for sharing your photos and the inspiration for this lovely kitchen!

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  11. your kitchen is fantastic, it looks beautiful and so life like!! I've just found your blog and its lovely,
    felicity xx

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  12. You should be very proud of your creation, if you have posted it without words, it looks real. Stunning work, clever you!

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  13. Sabiha dank je wel voor je mooie compliment! Die gele handschoentjes zijn echt van rubber en ook echt hol van binnen. Ik heb ze zo'n jaar of 5 geleden gekocht dacht ik, volgens mij bij 'de Stolp' die tegenwoordig in Bathmen zit. Ik heb ze nooit meer gezien, maar het is de moeite van een mailtje waard lijkt me?
    Groeten, Josje

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  14. Ah Hannajaleijona, if only I had a shrinking machine, I'd throw a party and invite you all into my kitchen!

    Thank you Felicity and Marlene!

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  15. Josje bedankt voor de tip...ik heb geprobeerd ze zelf te maken van waterballonnetjes,maar dat wordt niet zo mooi,je ziet dan de naden zo erg en dat vind ik dan weer niet leuk. Nou,ik ga ze zeker een mailtje sturen.

    Ik vergeet je trouwens helemaal te vertellen dat ik je zoutpot erg geslaagd vind,ik hoop niet dat je het erg vind als ik er ook één ga maken?

    Groetjes,en nogmaals bedankt!

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  16. Josje, I've just come across your blog, and cannot leave it without sending you my most sincere congratulations. Great work and incredible taste and style. Your kitchen is a treasure. Thanks for sharing so beautiful settings.
    Regards from Spain.
    Susana

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  17. Your kitchen is exquisite! I'm very imressed! I may have missed your description on this, but I'm wondering where you found the copper lamp. It comes so close to replicating the one in the kitchen you're recreating, that I was stunned. Beautiful, beautiful work.

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  18. Sabiha, natúúrlijk vind ik dat niet erg. Maak er iets moois van! Ik heb er toch nog een gemaakt, een iets verbeterde versie ;) Groeten, Josje

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  19. Susana, thank you so much for your lovely and kind compliments!

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  20. Thank you very much for your very kind words George. I've just had a quick look at your weblog and was very impressed and wowed by your woodwork! I must say I am not nearly as skilled in the technical aspects as you, but thouroughly enjoy the process of learning and trying out things.
    The copper lamp is in fact not copper at all. It was a lucky find at the Arnhem fair last fall of a fairly cheap (although nicely made!)plastic lamp from the collection of Heidi Ott. I painted it using Humbrol paints to match my collection of beautiful copperware made by Frenchman Philippe Bordelet. By mixing a few metallic shades of Humbrol I ended up with a quite convincing copper colour.
    I looked on the internet and found it here: http://www.112dollshouses.co.uk/acatalog/Wall_Mounted_Lights.html (scroll down towards the end ref. nr. YL2092) The glass shade looks pink in the picture, but is a milky white.
    I will certainly be a regular reader of your weblog! Regards, Josje

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  21. You are absolutely amazing at what you do!

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  22. Me encantan las cocinas de puebloy con aroma a leña.Bellalatuya.Besos Vicky

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  23. Thank you Angela! I love your weblog. I spent a lot of time reading it yesterday, and laughing. Some of the posts you write are very funny. This, of course, is a compliment!

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  24. Muchas gracias Vicky! (I think...my Spanish language skills are not that good!)

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  25. What a gorgeous kitchen, such beautiful and interesting work!

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  26. Your kitchen looks lovely! Nice to see the pictures:)

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  27. Thank you Jean and Heli for your lovely comments. They certainly give me a boost of confidence!

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  28. Wow! I think this is the greatest minikitchen I´ve seen!!

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  29. How did I miss this post? Taenia's last post brought me here, Josje. I am gobsmacked, blown away and completely bowled over :). Museum quality for sure and your attention to details, wow!

    Although I shouldn't expect anything less, knowing what you do. You must set such a high standard for yourself , Josje. Your kitchen reminded of another that I saw at the Miniature Museum of Taiwan. Not sure if you have seen my posts on that but it is the one with the bakery on its left.

    I don't know how you did it but you even shrunk your scene outside the kitchen to fit the mni windows *shakes head in disbelief ;D

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  30. Thank you Julianna!

    So much praise Sans! Thank you very much. I'll have a look at your post on the Miniature Museum of Taiwan.

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  31. Oh my goodness! Your attention to detail is outstanding! You can't tell the 'real' kitchen from your kitchen . . . I had to show my husband . . . he's in awe too! Beautiful . . . just beautiful!

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  32. Well thank you MiniMadWoman and husband! And thank you for reading my posts!

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  33. Me he quedado sin palabras, es preciosa su ccina, tiene mucha armonia y realidad.Felicidades.

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  34. Hey rubber gloves, as they are made? They are beautiful
    Besujis!!!

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  35. Yes they are really rubber gloves, like the real thing. Aren't they great? Wish I could get a hold of some more!

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  36. Wow!! i don't have words to describe how beautiful are your scenes, I really love it!

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  37. Thank you so much for the compliment Mussa!

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  38. Hi There,
    I love your kitchen and the peonies...my favorite. Your kitchen has inspired me to try and make my own. Everything looks so authentic....beautiful work.

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  39. Amazing!!! It's wonderful! I love it so much! Congratulations

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  40. Perfecta, una verdadera maravilla, me gusta todo, tiene ese algo especial que la hace ser única.
    Un abrazo.
    Yolanda

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  41. Where did you get the rubber gloves?

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    1. These rubber gloves are -or I should say were- the best ones I have ever seen in miniature. I bought them more than a decade ago from a local dollhouse shop who don't sell them any more. There is quite a story on these. In short: They are amongst the first miniatures I ever bought, then they were ripped by two young girls who were playing with dolls in my dollhouse, then they were half eaten by mice who got into my dollhouse. I looked for new ones and got the help from readers here but have been unable to find the same ones again, unfortunately! There are other ones available from several online sources, but they are not looking as realistic as these. Sorry I can't be of more help!

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  42. Dear Josje, I realize it's been years since this post, but I hope that you will be able to read this comment :-)
    I'm looking for a nice bottle of wine to be included in the Robin's Nest Cottage, but I'm really discouraged: all I've found are very cheesy bottles.
    As you are the eminence as aware of craftsmen in the world: can you suggest someone? Your bottle is fantastic, just like that I need ...
    Thank you so much right now :-D
    Love,
    Flora

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    1. Hello Flora, as you can see I am still able to read comments on old posts ;-)
      Yes the bottle is quite wonderful, isn't it? It was made by Hanneke Verheem - Mini mini
      She has a great collection of wine bottles, other bottled products like olive oil and jars with jam etc. You can find her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hanneke.verheem?fref=ts
      She used to have a website but I can't find it anymore. But just scroll down on her Facebook page and you'll find some photos of her bottles.
      I think you'll be able to contact her through Facebook, but if that doesn't work, I do have an old email address . Just let me know if you can't contact her. - Josje

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    2. Dear Josje, I wonder why I was convinced that you answer me by mail, and I was about to despair! Luckily I remembered that you respond to comments directly on the blog!
      Thank you so much for the tip. Now I search on FB (I have only by two months a FB profile). I will let you know. Thank you so much :-)
      Love,
      Flora

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    3. Oh I am sorry Flora! But thankfully you found my reply ;-) I'm sure you'll find her on Facebook.

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