If you have a soft spot for Mid Century Modern design classics
and anything glamorous from that era,
watch Mad Men & adore beautiful jewelry,
you better read on...
Maryann Roy makes
miniature furniture from that most decadent of times,
with the most exquisite detail imaginable.
She started out by restoring vintage dolls in 1996,
then decided they needed a suitable backdrop.
Frustrated that she couldn't find pieces with the right feel,
she began designing & making the miniature furniture herself.
they are perfect for the retail industry,
and the Connecticut based designer is now kept busy
making them for unique window displays.
The Gems & Jewels store
has just installed her stunning miniature furniture & vintage dolls,
to showcase their Mad Men inspired jewelry collection,
like these exquisite rose gold shoes.
The jewelry store is on the other side of the world
(in Ballarat, near Melbourne)
so the little pieces have had a big journey.
But don't they look fabulous?
One of Gems & Jewels' designers was inspired to create this
diamond & gold bra as part of the display.
Maryann's furniture creates the perfect Mad Men atmosphere.
At the launch of the collection,
Gems & Jewels went all out in the glamour stakes,
modeling the jewelry pieces with style & grace.
Can I have this in full size please, Maryann?
The silk texture, the elegant colours of pale blue & olive green,
the simple shape of the sofa...too sublime.
To celebrate the success of Maryann's shop window display
and the Mad Men inspired jewelery collection,
Gems & Jewels is giving away one of their beautiful doll shaped charms
(like these tiny shoes)
to a creative soul.
All you have to do,
is showcase your own dolls in a diorama setting,
together with life-sized jewelry.
Full details are on Maryann's blog here.
The competition is open until Valentines Day (Feb 14).
Now if doll's houses had been like this back in the day,
I would have wanted one just like it...
Hey, who said this is for kids?
It's just brilliant stuff!
All doll, miniature furniture & diorama images with permission from Maryann Roy:
Welcome Home by Maryann Roy, Connecticut, US. Images without jewelry were taken
as test shots (before the furniture was shipped) by Maryann herself. Multi-talented!
Dolls with furniture photography: Phoebe Morley
All jewelry & Mad Men launch images: Gems & Jewels, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Shoe charm photography: Greg Sarslake.
If you want to see the shop windows, Gems & Jewels is located at Shop 1, Sturt St, Ballarat.
You can purchase the furniture direct from Maryann via her blog.
Or contact her by email.