Since I started this blog, I've often referred to the online Yahoo group The Camp. Almost 1800 miniaturists (including some of the top artisans in miniatures) from around the world belong to this group and share their experiences, tips and hints.
One of the women I have been thrilled to 'meet' through this group is Lori Kagan-Moore who is the owner/curator of the Great American Dollhouse Museum in Danville, Kentucky. As you visit the website, you can feel Lori's enthusiasm for miniatures and her desire to share and educate.
Recently, Lori posted this comment on The Camp in regard to decorating a WWII period living room (used with her permission):
Sometimes it's the unexpected or out of place item that draws the eye and tells the story. What if the framed photograph of the soldier is lying on the sofa, instead of in its place on the mantle? Someone who is not in the living room has been holding it to look at. Want to go more dramatic? Take a tiny snippet of thin white fabric, dunk it in some glue water, wring it out and let it dry for a wet and wrung out handkerchief, to go on the sofa near the photograph. Says it all. No doll needed.The Great American Dollhouse Museum
Isn't that just an incredibly visual portrait!?! Those two little touches just say everything.
Perhaps Lori's comments can open your mind to that special touch that brings the scene alive. I know that I'm hoping that I can learn from her.