Saturday, April 17, 2010

My Newest Vintage


Can you guess what has made it into my collection...??

Here's some teaser shots of it coming out of its box.




And then, a telling mark!



Yes, it's a lovely vintage Brio house. I was told by the seller, who had it for ten years, that it is from 1966. The seller intended to restore it a bit, but never got around to it. The house has most of the original details intact, including the wallpapers, stairwell, and banisters. I love the wallpapers and might even scan them for my large VERO.

There were some repairs, dusting, gluing, and cleaning to do...



And then one big flaw that I don't quite know how to address...a fault line in the upper room.



I covered it with a rug for now, but need to figure out how to reinforce it. I tried gluing it, but the crack did not come together enough.

I furnished the whole house -- fun!












Also fun: I just came back from Chicago and made it to Three Blind Mice, a miniature fair, on the way home to O'Hare. I met up with Amy of Amy's Miniatures and Smalls (waves, Amy!) and we made our way around the mostly overpriced vendors. A few nice finds, though. Also in Chicago, I picked up a magazine on my lunch hour that I had never seen or heard of before: Atomic Ranch. It's all about classic mid-century modern (MCM) ranches and how people have decorated them, and love them. Very inspiring photos, and it made me want to set up the whole Brio. Perhaps they'd consider a feature on mini MCM? :)

Credits: There's a lot of vintage German pieces in these rooms: bedroom desk, bed, side lamps, bedding, sitting room chair and side tables, toilet, kitchen sink, and all the flower pots and the two window boxes! The sitting room coffee table is Ryan's Room; sitting room rug is AG Minis, as is the hanging lamp in the kitchen; amazing hanging globe light is by minimodernistas; the living room swan chair is Reac, as is the desk chair in the bedroom; side table and white bookcase are Re-ment; rug is The House That Jacq Built; bathroom sink is from the Dolls House Emporium; bathroom pouf is Lundby; kitchen table is Wolverine; stove, refrigerator, and two chairs are vintage Topper Toys. Accessories are Re-ment, eBay finds, MAR Toys, Three Blind Mice fair finds, Bozart, and Playmobil.

Re-ment: I have written about all the Re-ment in these scenes with two exceptions. The dish soap and sponge are from Is Dinner Ready Yet? #10, and are good for 1:12.

39 comments:

  1. Lucky Lucky. A way to repair the crack, I believe is in the floor, is to tape the crack underneath and fill the hole from the top with a glue like car bog or araldite(2part 5 min.)or white glue. The underside tape will act as a dam and the top glue will level or you can scrape level. Good Luck

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  2. I'm too tired to find english words for my exaltation, but for now only:
    wow!
    Your style and taste is incredible and especially in this vintage houses you have a knack!
    good night!

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  3. How exciting for you and what a beautiful house!

    Do you know about Modernism Magazine? (http://www.modernismmagazine.com/)

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  4. So here I am!
    The house is great of course, but the wallpaper is outstanding! Is this the original Brio-wallpaper? It seems to me it is an original 1:1 wallpaper and I have seen it in my childhood.
    I've never seen such a clever bathroom before the stair, love it. And I love the flipped lamp, what a great touch.
    The furniture you choose looks so good and matches to the house.
    The red colour of the railing is not my favourite, but you found the matching pieces.
    You can be proud to have such a treasure in your collection! Congrats - and btw so nice you met Amy!

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  5. doris/minimodernistasApril 18, 2010 at 3:41 AM

    Hiya,
    Love that you hung the triple sphere lamp from the ceiling. Looks smashing! Great stairway too!

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  6. It's gorgeous! Fantastic wallpapers - I haven't seen any as nice as this before :-)
    What a pity about the crack. I don't have many ideas, except maybe reinforcing it underneath? Or maybe out some kind of filler in it and paint it the same colour as the floor?? I know some people take their dolls houses apart to repair them, but with the wallpapers in such good condition, I wouldn't think you'd want to do that. Otherwise covering that part of the floor as you've done here works very well to disguise it!

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  7. Fabulous! I had no idea the house I stopped bidding on would be yours. CONGRATS! I am so thrilled you have this house. I loved the wallpaper so much. The way you have decorated it is oh so cute. I love the bedroom lamps with the wallpaper. Actually I pretty much love it all. I enjoyed meeting you much and also greatly enjoyed the miniature show. I bought a doll house too but it's not quite as big as this one and it was easy to carry around.

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  8. Oh!, wonderful. It is very real.
    A Carmen hug

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  9. Wonderful house. I love the wallpapers too, particularly the one upstairs, and the ceiling lamp, so unusual , it's the first one I see.

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  10. What a lovely house! The wallpaper is amazing and i really like the way you decorated it!

    *Nicola

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  11. What an amazing find, this house is fantastic with gorgeous wallpapers and you did a great job restoring it! It's impossible to tell the wallpaper next to the stairs was partially torn off!
    Love how you furnished it too, both the style and the colours of the furniture work so well with the wallpapers. I especially like the chair that replicates the stonepatterned wall.

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  12. Thanks a lot, Studio SWS! Excellent suggestion and I will indeed try it!

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  13. Thanks, Oese! It is a really cool house. I have been lusting over vintage Lundbys from the early 1960s, but had not been successful in getting one. I am so glad I came across this one!

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  14. Thanks, TSS! I had not heard of Modernism, but it looks fantastic. I realized looking at the publisher that it is put out by a dear friend's cousin over here near my neck of the woods!

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  15. Thanks again, Oese! The wallpapers are great and very 60s. I have had trouble locating ones such as this for my large VERO. The red is interesting, right? I was a bit surprised by the burst of color, but then tried to match it with accessories around the rooms. It was fun to meet Amy; she's incredibly nice and fun.

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  16. Hi Doris! I LOVE this lamp, if you haven't guessed. It looks great both ways. Thank you!!

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  17. Thanks, Rebecca! I will try to repair the crack but am terrified about making it worse! And I don't have many large rugs at all, so I am going to have to get very creative :)

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  18. Hey Amy! How funny is that??? I should not be surprised to be bidding against our small world friends. But I am glad you stopped bidding! :) The house is all I hoped it would be -- I am thrilled to have it home. It was great meeting you and I love your little house! Too cool!

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  19. Thanks, Bea! I am glad you like it. The ceiling lamp in the stairwell is a contemporary handmade creation by minimodernistas. It's great. The other lamp in the kitchen is by the now-defunct AG Minis line. They are very well-made. It's too bad they are not making the pieces anymore.

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  20. Thanks, Nicola! I had a very fun morning doing every room!

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  21. Thanks, Pubdoll! Toothpick and glue were my friends for that wallpaper repair. The paper is so fine and thin that I didn't want to rip it! I am glad you noticed my little "wall homage" with the vintage German chair. I got it from a German eBay seller for $2 (shipping more, of course), and have been looking for one like it for a while. It's a nice match! I also got the blue bedroom lamps from her and they really ended up matching the wallpaper.

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  22. Ah ha ha ha. Glad you won. I almost bid. It looks way better than what I would have done with it. See you in a few weeks. :)
    -M

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  23. Hey Mini Dork! So you saw it too, huh? I don't think I've ever seen a vintage Brio house since I've been actively hunting on eBay, so it was a nice surprise! Can't wait for our meet-up!! :)

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  24. There was another Brio house on US ebay in March last year - I bid and won, having checked with the seller that the shipping quote was indeed for Australia - then she found out that she couldn't mail it to Australia at all (too big), and cancelled the auction, even though I said I'd pay for shipping by a freight company! Then she moved and put the house in storage, so goodness knows what happened to it after that. I liked it, but the wallpaper in yours is much more striking - a really terrific win.
    Good luck with the crack!

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  25. wonderful house - I can't remember having ever seen it on german ebay.

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  26. I want to live in it, so sweet! ♡♥♥♡♥

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  27. Hi Rebecca! What a heartbreaking story about your Brio! I would be so disappointed and crushed! It's odd she did not re-list it. What a pity!

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  28. Thanks diepuppenstubensammlerin! I purchased it on US eBay, which was great because the shipping was so cheap :)

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  29. Thanks, pillowface! I'd like to move in too!!

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  30. I looooovvvve the wallpaper in your house...AND the way you have decorated it! And the red stairs that stand out so much more than the plain white!

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  31. Thanks, Florine! I like the red too. I was so surprised to see it in red, but I do believe it is original.

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  32. http://www.flickr.com/photos/magfs/sets/

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  33. Hello,
    My name is Mariana Correia de Barros and I'm a portuguese journalist. I'm writting an article about miniature design for the portuguese press. I found your blog on the New York Times article, and I was wondering if you could answer some questions about your activity by e-mail?
    My e-mail is mcorreiadebarros@gmail.com.
    Hope to hear from you soon,
    Kind regards,
    Mariana Correia de Barros

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  34. I came across this today and thought of your blog:

    http://ikeahacker.blogspot.com/2010/04/pop-up-paper-ikea-house.html#more

    The Pop-Up Ikea Paper House, homemade by a woman who had hoped to sell the idea to Ikea.

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  35. Thanks, Mariana! I am working on the questions now!

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  36. Hi Anonymous! I am aware of this cool-looking pop-up house. The creator sent me an email and I have also seen it on the hacker site. I like it and hope to see it in action!

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  37. This is gorgeous! I love the wall paper =) Hannah

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