Monday, April 26, 2010


Ok, ok, it's my little pun on "Stockholm." I felt like quickly setting up the Lundby Stockholm from top to bottom, and the result just felt homey. I already had the living area and "garage" taken care of from previous scenes, so it was the bedroom, deck, and roof.

Why so homey? Perhaps it's those amazing red and yellow handmade pillows by Annina?? Aren't they lovely, and do you recognize them from the New York Times article?!? I know I will be using them many times over.

Or perhaps it is the Lego mini house on the deck created by two of my kids, who saw me playing around with the pieces one weekend and decided to take the matter into their own little hands??

Maybe it's the pizza, soda, and popcorn drawing your insides in from the outside!

Credits: Desk is a clear box from Oese; chair is Reac; curved bench is vintage Fairline; table is vintage Bodo Hennig; toy box is a Re-ment storage unit on its side; plant is vintage German; deck table, lamp, pouf on roof, and plant stand are vintage Lundby; deck chairs are Mighty World; Lego house is handmade by two of my bunnies; mini mini furniture in and on the Lego house is by Re-ment and from Three Blind Mice fair; skateboard is a Tech Deck; roof couch is vintage Creative Playthings; two white lounge chairs are eBay finds; coffee table is minimodernistas; plant is Playmobil. Accessories are Re-ment, our local toy store, Mighty World, and Ryan's Room.

Re-ment: I have written about the Re-ment in these scenes with a few exceptions. The soda bottle and popcorn bowl are from Cooking with Mama #10, and are slightly large for 1:12 (especially the soda bottle). The pizza slice is from Puchi Petite Fun Meals # 1, and is also slightly large for 1:12. The toy storage is from Pretty Placement #7, and is fine as a large storage tower in 1:12. The yellow porcupine place mat under the pizza is from Megahouse Pop 'N Kitchen # 5, and is good for 1:12.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Day of a Lifetime

This scene evolved from a moody lounge into one about a dear friend who is taking the leap next week and is getting hitched. She met the man of her dreams and I am so happy for her. And, I am so happy that my husband and I will be on hand for the big day.

Perhaps this captures that moment when she is alone, preparing to dress, contemplating all the good that lies ahead.

How about a close-up of those little chocolates...??!

Credits: Mies van der Rohe daybed by Reac; chairs, sideboard, and plant are vintage German; side table is Lil' Bratz; wooden sculpture, vases on windowsill, and artwork on sideboard are Bozart; pouf is AG Minis; rugs are by Peppercorn Minis; car is by Schuco; lamp is vintage Lundby; box of chocolates, laptop, champagne glass, coffee cup, plant, and black cosmetics box are Re-ment; wedding dress is a scrapbook craft from Michaels; birch painting is a mini original from Gigi Studio.

Re-ment: I have written about the Re-ment in this scene with a few exceptions. The chocolate box is from Elegant Sweets #2 "Chocolate Lovers," and is a bit large for 1:12. The coffee cup is from Megahouse Cafe de Cake, #4, and is a bit large for 1:12. The glass on the windowsill is from Princess Tea Party #3 "You're Invited to a Champagne Party," and is large for 1:12.

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.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Instant Doll House!

Again, I am swayed by the portable, collapsible doll house. I recently posted on the vintage Fold-Away doll house from1949, and I have added a similar house (in concept), but more "house-like" and from the 1960s. This gem was made by an American company, Winthrop Toys, and is in excellent condition, purchased for $29.99 (BIN on eBay). It is constructed of heavy duty fiberboard that is coated in lovely, vibrant colors with fun designs of the time. The house comes with matching, pop-up furniture and all but one piece looked like it was barely used. I added a few accents and then took a spin around the house.

The sitting room/dressing how the mirror is framed by the recessed objects

A dancing/grooving entertainment room...check out the jiving couple!

And a kitchen...ahhh, the retro clock!

As well as a lovely outdoor area...dig the lamp!

The house came in its original box, too:

So...dress up, party, eat, and rest. And then fold it up and put it away!

Credits: All flower pots are vintage German and accessories are Re-ment, Topper Toys, and from eBay.

Re-ment: I have written about the Re-ment in this scene except for the record in the entertainment room. It is from Natalie's French Goods #5 and is great for 1:12.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Villa Sibi Sitting Room

It always surprises me when larger scale furniture fits into the Villa Sibi. The Sibi is smaller than 1:12, but somehow it accommodates 1:10 pieces...perhaps it's the boxy length or airy open front. It's a puzzle to me, but one that I am willing to live with :)

On puzzles, the shelving unit is actually comprised of wooden blocks from a children's toy puzzle that challenges you to fit them all into a cube shape. I gave up after I saw the potential for a modern piece!

The clear lucite sitting chair was from the bargain bin at FAO Schwarz, and its transparency led me to include the two Petite Princess tables into one, and the chrome Bozart table with the clear top. A standing silver lamp -- yet another great creation from minimodernistas -- provides slim contrast to the broad curves of the vintage German sofa.

Credits: Sofa, dresser, stool, table, and side table are vintage German; lucite chair is from FAO Schwarz; coffee table and striped lamp are Bozart; rug is AG Minis; double curvy table is made of two vintage Petite Princess side tables; shelf is made of puzzle blocks; standing lamp is by minimodernistas. Accessories are from our local toy store; Manor House Miniatures; Re-ment; Mighty World; AG Minis; eBay; and Elf Miniatures.