So far I have shown only one of the commercially made dolls' houses in my collection, the Lines No 17, and three of the home-made ones. I have other home-made ones too, but also quite a few commercially made ones. This Lundby house is one of my most recent purchases.
I loved the 1960s Lundby houses I saw in books and websites, with really funky wallpaper - and I especially wanted one because the house I live in now (built in 1974) has a staircase with a straight wooden banister very like the dolls' house staircase!
I found a really nice house with legs last year on Tradera (Swedish ebay); I wanted legs so it can sit under the real stairs. It was listed by a very friendly seller who was happy to ship it all the way to Australia.
This is how it looked on the auction:
Three great wallpapers, as well as the typical 60s 'woven' design paper on the side walls.
Once I had the house, of course, I had to buy furniture for it! I've bought a lot through Tradera, although I'm not being purist about furnishing it only with Lundby pieces - I've also used some Barton and Dol-toi furniture.
Here's how it looks now, with a lot more work to do.
In the living room, there's a family gathering. The dolls are from my Erna Meyer collection, of the right scale and vintage.
Grandma and the aunts and uncles and cousins are visiting. The beautiful red lounge suite is Lundby. The rug is made from a 60s tie, and I've made several pictures from 1960s stamps, or stamps of prints which were common then - the kind of pictures I remember having at home and at school in the late 1960s.
Downstairs in the entrance vestibule, more relations are arriving.
One of the kids has left the pink bag which holds their ballet shoes here - I had one just like this.
Behind is a glimpse of the bathroom, which has tiny toothbrushes in tooth mugs, and a tiny blue tin of nivea cream.
Here's the dining room - Dad has come downstairs to meet the new arrivals.
Because there are so many people, two tables (Dol-toi 'Continental', and Lundby) have been put end to end - but they do need more chairs. They have some wine, though - the tiny chianti bottle is a silver charm. I've just bought two more bottles of chianti, but I don't know yet whether they'll fit this house or a bigger one.
My cat likes to sit on the stairs and look through the banisters too:
The kitchen is quite crowded. One cupboard needs to be fixed on the wall above the workbench, and some bowls and containers need to be put away. There are also a Dol-toi twin-tub washing machine (not Barton; thanks for the correction, Sarah), and a Triang Spot-on dishwasher (we had a Colston dishwasher in the 1960s, which stood on a stand - no bending).
In the bedroom, lots of little cousins are keeping themselves amused with different things. Two little girls are entranced by the gorgeous toiletry set. Some little boys are looking at photos of Disneyland, which the family have recently visited, and one (invisible here) is sitting on the floor playing with a Donald Duck figure. The little girl on the bed at the back has brought in two of the kittens to play with. (And there are more pictures to be hung.)
I am really enjoying filling this house. This is a period for which I have some scraps of material, stored in bags from when my Australian grandmother made clothes for me and my sister and the rest of the family. (And I've bought a few more bits of fabric, too.) So I've got curtains, cushions, sheets, blankets, tea-towels, towels, etc, to make. I also want to make a little electric jug - the kind which was a ceramic jug with an element in it, and a plastic lid into which the electric cord was plugged. I've never seen this kind in miniature, so I'm going to try using a little jug, and making the right kind of lid for it.
I'd really like to get a cobra phone (ericofon) for this house, too - I love the ones in JennyMi's houses. There don't seem to be many miniature ones around.
I'll put up more pictures as I make the soft furnishings and hang the pictures and curtains and lights.
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