The Black Girl Dollshouse Club

Miniature Georgian sofa with 'The Harlem Toile Girl' Fabric Height: 14cm

Sheila Bridges is an Interior Designer based in Harlem, USA. Her ‘Harlem Toile de Jouy’ wallpaper and fabric designs are a new twist on the traditional French pattern. Interpreting the delicate pastoral vignettes and 18th-century costumes, Sheila Bridges uses African American figures at joyful leisure, dancing, picnicking and playing double dutch.

© Elizabeth Joseph 2022

The Kitchen:


  • A yellow wooden kitchen cabinet
  • Glass jars with seasonings
  • A miniature macrame hanging
  • Long Dining table covered with patterned fabric
  • Barbados plates and tray made from air clay and printed paper

The kitchen wallpaper is a repeat pattern I created in Photoshop; 'Mango Trees'. Caribbean style table decorations and wooden painted chairs covered in African Wax print fabric.

Miniature version of the Drinks Cabinet from 'The Front Room' installation at The Museum of the Home. Curated by Dr. Michael McMillan. Height: 18cm

Miniature Concept Bedroom on display at The Museum of the Home, Hoxton, London. 'Dreamscape:Past:Future'. Using references from fashion photography, Georgian interiors, The 1970s Front Room by Dr. Michael Mcmillan and fabrics by Sheila Bridges aka Harlem Toile Girl.

Above, Tim Walker photograph reproduced by kind permission of the Tim Walker Studio. Miniature Ghanaian woman statue on top of a Georgian cabinet with African Wax Print fabric on the inside back panel, inspired by Vogue July 2005 photograph ‘Lily Takes A Trip’.

Miniature Chair: The Beyonce

Two rooms on the second floor

These two rooms are smaller: one will possibly be a 'music room' so will have miniature vinyl records, record player, sofas. The other one might be a Library with quotes from my favourite poems and books in miniature bound leather books. There's also a miniature 'dollshouse in a dollshouse' based on a typical Barbadian single storey home, reminiscent of my Great Aunt's home when we stayed in Barbados.

Lighting: The whole house will be lit with dimmable LED bulbs fit into handmade lampshades on the ceilings. It will be powered using a standard UK plug. And, why don't we see dollshouses with street art? Stay in the loop and you can follow my journey...

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© Elizabeth Joseph 2022