Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Haute Dollhouse

Just came across this blog called The Fashion Doll Chronicles and one of the blogs 'Welcome to the Haute Dollhouse – A homage to Jonathan Adler by Michael Williams' shows pictures from Michael Williams’ Flickr album that made my jaw dropped! They are closer to 1:6 Barbie scale and here are a couple of my many favorites:

The rooms are simply lovely and what amazes me even more is Michael's way of using simple arts and craft materials + creativity = design objects. More details on how he put together these rooms are provided in the links above.

Spotting these came in a good time as I am also trying to channel my own creative energy right now - in the process of reupholstering/remodelling a vintage Flairline living room set that I got off ebay. Now that I've already started getting my hands dirty, maybe I will try some of Michael's ideas as well.

Images: - Welcome to the Haute Dollhouse photoset

Friday, November 14, 2008

My Dream House

As mentioned in my previous post, I am still in the hunt for my own 'dollhouse'. One house that I would really like to have is the Kaleidoscope House by Bozart Toys.

This house is now out of production and highly sought after. From what I've read before, I think it's going for under $200 at retail and nowadays, you can find new or used ones on ebay. Just to give some idea on pricing/market value, there is a used one on ebay with some furnitures included bidding for about $72 as we speak with 5 days still to go. The last couple of ones that I've 'watched' went for around $550 to $650. Not sure how much this will go for but its not-as-good-condition may end up fetching a lower price. On the other hand, there is a brand new in box one has a starting price at $1,000 (no bid placed yet) with 6 more days to go. All these are still out of the budget for me, especially I've just bought my baby girl a new set of 'wheels' (a Bugaboo Bee at an incredible show special price but still not cheap).

Besides the house, the Kaleidoscope House furniture and accessory sets were also sold separately when they were all in production. These sets contain pieces designed by various known artists, e.g. Jonathan Adler, Karim Rashid, etc. and are as highly collectible as the house. I've been checking ebay from time to time for these sets and lost the bid on the Jasper Morrison modular living room set not long ago (it ended up selling for $177 and my bid just before end time was $175). There are quite a flood of just under 20 of these Kaleidoscope House furniture/accessory sets on ebay right now. I consider it a 'flood' being there are more than the odd one here and there that usually pop up when doing the search. Sadly, no Jasper Morrison living room set though.


Saturday, November 1, 2008

Confession of a 'mini-aholic'

Since I am 'new' to this mini-obession, I don't own a dollhouse to display my collection/set up miniature settings. My first 'trial' at this, with a very limited amount of goodies, was done on my Ikea Expedit shelf unit (see left pic below). Just about a couple of months ago, my husband finally put together a children's dollhouse that was a birthday gift from our friends to our older daughter. It's the 'Pretty Pink Dollhouse' made by Imaginarium (see right pic below). Although it's no longer on the Toys R Us Canada website, it's still available in their stores for about $70 CDN. The price includes all the wooden furniture you see in this 'before' pic and I really like how clean the white walls are. Not to mention that it took my husband no more than half an hour to snap and screw it together.

So what did mommy and daughter do after daddy had finally assembled the house?
Hehehe ... I know that this doesn't look like the work of a 5 yr old. Well, the deal is that I get to use her house and she gets to play with my 'more realistic' furniture pieces (although I made her promise to be extra careful with my Reac Japan chairs collection).
This house is only a temporary solution to my 'mini-fix' because its rooms are better suited for smaller scale furniture e.g. 1:16 or 1:18. Until I find my own dream house to invest in, I suppose I shall remain a tenant in my kid's house.