Saturday, March 14, 2009

TOMY Sylvanian

I've mentioned my like (perhaps love) of vintage TOMY. I bought a TOMY Sylvanian house on Ebay, and was pleased to find it was in pristine condition, as the seller promised. Not a scratch on it. I loved the lines of the house, even though the scale is off. I discovered that the Sylvanian line is the precursor to Calico Critters, so they include all sorts of forest animals on small scale. Not my thing, but I liked the simplicity of their little abode, which dates from the 80s. It came with some heinous furniture, and the seller threw in some miscellaneous items, some of which will come in handy (wooden bowls, cutting boards, etc.) -- the butter churn and oil lamp, not so much.

I did a little kitchen, living room and bedroom scene and liked the effect of the natural light. It was fun to shoot through doorways and windows:

Believe it or not, it took me forever to set up the salt and pepper mills, they kept falling over:

I got some playroom toys so I wanted to create a kid's room:

And some living room and kitchen shots:

Credits: kitchen island and table/chairs and beds from the Villa Sibi; love seat and lounge chair by Reac; two cypress tables by Paris Renfroe; plant and cutting board by TOMY; laptop, saucepan and pepper mills by Elf Miniatures; items on table by AG minis and Re-ment; magazines and holder and toys by Re-ment; toy train by Calico Critters; artwork and kid's room table by Bozart.


  1. This is a fantastic house! I had originally looked at Sylvanian Families when I started out trying to find a house for the Pinky St: girls.

    If I had found this house, however, I might not have ended up this fascinated with dollhouses and modern miniatures . . .

  2. I do like it, and it's nice and compact, unlike the Villa Sibi, which takes up half our living room!

  3. Congratulations with your new house. It looks great!
    I'm also a fan of vintage Tomy and have thought of buying a Tomy kitchen, but alas I do not have much storage space.

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  5. Thanks for sharing, Abura Dollhouses! I will keep checking back to see your photos!

  6. I love this setup! Great shots.

  7. Thanks, MC! It was very fun to do.

  8. love the style !!1! great want one lol......:D

  9. the 2nd to last photo is gorgeous, the light coming through the walls is quite lovely. what you did with it here turned out so well.

    like Altera i considered this house too some years ago, but didn't think it would be big enough for me, but i guess it's a bit bigger than i thought.

  10. I came in here first, because, I HAD THIS HOUSE WHEN I WAS A CHILD!!! Every Christmas my mum bucked the bears out and put the nativity scene ornaments into it, ha, so funny to see it again, and you have done a fantastic job on it. Though I have to admit, I am quite partial to the bears stuff :D