I have just received a dolls house I bought on Australian ebay last year; it has been sitting, packed, at my sister's place since we picked it up in October, but for one reason and another, has only just made the long journey to Darwin. I'll post about it soon, but in the meantime, here are some that I would love to have in my collection.
I bid on this little Triang house today, and was outbid by $1! It's in HO (1:87) scale, and made for Triang model railways. It looks rather like the Triang 'Daisy' bungalow of 1969-71, I think - and would take up so little space!
This lovely 1920s homemade house was listed on Australian ebay in Sydney last week. The seller said that it was built by a returned soldier from WW1 during the 1920s, and was presented to a child at Easter 1930, with the date painted underneath.
From the outside, it looks like many Tudor-style houses made during that period.
It opens at the back with four small doors, and the roof also takes off:
Inside is what makes this house really special, parquetry flooring and wooden detailing done with superb workmanship.
It came with furniture, some of which might have been original. It looks very interesting - I would love to have been able to examine it!
Sadly, I was outbid on this one by one bid, in the final seconds of the auction. I hope it has gone to an appreciative home!
This house is one I didn't bid on, but would have if I'd been able to afford the freight. It is also a homemade Australian house, this time from South Australia. From the outside, it doesn't look like much:
and the inside is not very exciting architecturally either:
What I really loved was the original 1970s wallpaper and carpet!
The carpet in the bedrooms looks exactly like the carpet in my mother's living room!
Isn't the wallpaper and carpet in the living-room groovy?
And so are the wallpapers in the bathroom and kitchen. The flooring here reminds me of my mum's place too!
And I don't recognise the furniture - perhaps it's also handmade?
While I'm posting photos that other people took, of houses I don't own, here's another house that attracted my attention, which I would love to see. It was listed in Queensland as pick-up only - I often ask the seller if they would pack a house for pickup by a courier, but in this case I think I was actually being sensible about how much space I have in the house I live in, and decided not to enquire.
This is not typical architecture for Queensland, where many houses are built on stilts for safety from floodwaters, and most have verandahs and louvre windows to give relief from the tropical heat.
It looks homemade to me, perhaps in the 1930s? And look at the detail - the wonderful wooden flooring, and all the built-in furniture inside - and crazy paving and a compass outside!
Sometimes I wish I had an unlimited budget* and unlimited space, but (1) that's not the case! and (2) I suspect that could get a bit boring. So it's good to have a virtual collection, as well as a real one!
* Did you know that Barbra Streisand collects dolls' houses? I discovered this by searching Google images for Silber and Fleming!
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