I have not had a chance to work on miniatures in quite a while, but I have been able to get in a little "research" while on the road. My wife and kids and I, just finished a multi-state road trip before the start of school last week. My wife and I were able to visit the Getty museum just outside of Los Angeles. It was truly amazing and it was free!
This French room had a chandelier that dates from the early 1800's. The inspiration for the light was a hot air balloon and the crystal bowl on the lower section was designed to hold live gold fish!
My wife and I joked about which bed we should buy for our home back in Oklahoma. This pink room also had some great asymmetrical wall sconces dating from the mid 1700's.
We settled on the blue bedroom set from the 1780's. Complete with ostrich plumes. It reminded me a bit of the Queen's bedroom in the Queen Mary's Dollhouse. I also liked the woodwork that housed the curtains in the room. They let the furniture take center stage.
There was a model of the museum for the blind there. It was pretty impressive. It was constructed of sturdy metal so that one could feel the architecture of the museum and get a little taste of what they may not be able to see. If you look close you can see braille on the buildings.