Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The nursery

I have learned a few things about designing mini-wallpaper. One of them is that the paper may look great in human scale, but it doesn't translate to dollhouse scale.

The nursery is a good example. While looking for vintage wallpapers I came across the name, Charles Francis Annesley Voysey. I knew this name because I had read about him when I researched Stockbroker Tudor houses. (see my Stockbroker Tudor blog:

The nursery wallpaper is 'Alice in Wonderland' by CFA Voysey. The busy design looks great in full size, but is almost overwhelming when shrunk to miniature. Next time I will do a little customizing on the print. This time though, I left the busy print as is for the top part of the wall. In PhotoShop I cut out flowers from the design and distributed them across a background of the main colour to make the bottom of the room. Then I went back in and cut out the characters from the design, and made a ceiling border. I botched the border when gluing and later got paint on it. I will replace it with a properly sized one when I regain that fabled energy. Really, I just wanted to get this house finished and move on.

It's not really finished though because I want to put up some ceiling medallions and (non-working) light fixtures. I still have a fireplace to paint and install in the living room too. All that can wait for another day. I am going to take pictures of the rooms with the furniture in and post those over the next few days. Back soon.


  1. Me gusta mucho el papel que has escogido, te quedará genial.
    un abrazo

  2. Oh I think it looks absolutely wonderful! I love the 'busy-ness' of it all, and typical of what Victoriana folk wouldn have loved and used.
    What % did you shrink it to, and did you use regular printer paper? Thanks!