Sunday, May 24, 2009

Serene Scene


I now have my used Kaleidoscope House after a small journey north. After the Citadel trip, my kids have acclimated to my hobby and no longer think it is weird to show up at strangers' houses and pick up a house that rides home in the back of our minivan.  This trip also featured TWO houses, because a fellow Mom was giving away a house she gave up on renovating.  It's a center hall colonial, and my daughter is thrilled to have it to fix up (needs new wallpaper, flooring, and paint).

So, the K house has landed in our living room.  Not too many other options, so I cleared off a low cabinet by the window.  I love the fact that it is near the window for the light and vistas to the outside, but it's not ideal because a) within kid reach b) in direct sunlight, so will have to close drapes everyday c) in a spot where I can't do anything 360 degrees, so I will have to turn it to access the other side.  But, it's mine and I am thrilled.



The condition of the house is really good overall, but it does have some dings, like crayon or other markings on some of the plexi panels and on the great room floor.  All of the plexi is there, and some accessories were included, some of which I already have like the artwork in set #1, some family figures, and dining room chairs. But, I got some new stuff like the large green couch and pink chair, as well as the glass coffee table and toilet and sink.  I actually found some stuff wedged in the fireplace (Mom's arm, rug, artwork), so I had to take it off and then put it back.





I set up a scene in the great room today and it was fun to work differently.  I took off the top and worked from above, and also took some panels off for access and ease with photography.  I love the light and colors in this house -- it makes everything look so real.  



The guy I bought it from (off Craigslist, $450) said he received it as a gift in 2001 from his in-laws.  At the time, he thought it was a cool but odd gift, since this was before he had kids, when he and his wife were in a tiny apartment in NYC.  He kept it until he had kids (2 boys), both of whom used it for their action figures. He said he met architect Peter Wheelwright a few years ago, who told him that a lot of the houses had roofs that were not perfectly flush (I've read about this before), but some ended up settling into place on their own, like this one. 

The possibilities seem pretty endless with this house...where to begin?!

Credits: Couch, coffee table and kitchen by Bozart; orange chair, two white dining chairs, and ottoman on balcony by Reac; boomerang table is vintage German; console and wenge stools by Paris Renfroe; rug by AG Minis; rocking chair is an eBay find; plant on balcony is from Lolly's; plant behind couch is from a rummage sale; antique heads from my husband's collection; TV and abstract painting are Lundby; deco light in fireplace from Dolls House Emporium; accessories by Re-ment, Lil Bratz, Manor House Miniatures, Lolly's, and eBay.

16 comments:

  1. Congrats! This first scene looks beautiful and really tranquil.

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  2. It's here! I'm beyond excited for you. Nice camera angles, I especially like the 5th and 7th shots. I never knew there was a recessed space above the fireplace. Great first set up. I can't wait to see all the inspiring things you'll do with it. : )

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  3. Thanks, Altera! I was definitely looking to create a calm vibe.

    Hi Christy -- this was so fun to do, and I am sure you will have a great time with yours! There are so many ways to look at the house and to get creative.

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  4. Congratulations - again:)
    This is just lovely! I love the light and the tranquility, as Altera said.

    I laughed when reading your comment on your children, my kids are also well acclimated to my hobby, my sons helps me build the lego, and my daughter lends me her dolls and their accessories when needed and profits from my leftovers.

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  5. Thanks, Pubdoll! The kids actually insisted on helping me with this scene. We went to get the furniture and accessories, and then my son did the kitchen and my daughter the table and chairs. They had opinions on everything! I think it's nice to share the excitement and love of this -- at least they feel like it is worthwhile when I am doing it without them! :)

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  6. I didn't know how to e-mail a link to you so I hope it's okay to post it here instead. I found a Mighty World Cafe set with some extras on Amazon UK. Unfortunately they don't ship to the US but they do ship to a lot of other countries in Europe if you by chance know someone overseas that could send it on. Here's the link:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mighty-World-Town-Life-8659/dp/B0026ZP99O/ref=sr_1_40?ie=UTF8&s=toys&qid=1243388321&sr=8-40

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  7. Thanks, Christy! I am going to try to get creative with overseas friends:)

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  8. Love the living room! The boomerang table is especially cool.
    Are you going to post pics of your daughter's house, too? Do you think that she will decorate the interior of hers modern as well?

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  9. Hi Tarkus! Thanks for your comment! I do love that table as well, especially seeing its shape from above. I may indeed post pics of my daughter's house, since I'd really like to make the time to renovate with her. I may be asking you for advice!!:)

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  10. Lovely! I sure do want to steal that dining table...

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  11. Hi MC, it's nice to have the table in a house that can carry its size -- it looks ginormous in the Villa Sibi, and it's not doable in the Stockholm. :)

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  12. I love the colours in this house :-)

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  13. Me too, Sarah! I've always admired that when seeing it in pictures, but it's really true in person.

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  14. I like the design but the photographs are absolutely stunning. Congrats!

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  15. I have that chair that you said is an ebay find. I got it for free at a local mini store,expect it has ugly wire cane in the seat.thanks

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  16. Thanks, studioseven! I appreciate your nice comment -- photography is fun, but a challenge.

    Hi, Anonymous. I have seen variations of this chair -- I believe it is Concord Miniatures, but who knows. Nice you got yours for free!!!

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