For my 4th birthday my grandparents made me a beautiful dollshouse, partly from a piano they no longer wanted. It was decorated with swatches of wallpaper and carpet from their own home and reminded me of them long after both of them had died. It had a real mis-match of furniture which I had collected over time and I treasured the dollshouse until I just couldn’t keep it due to lack of room in my twenties.
Ever since then I’ve been on the lookout for a replacement dollshouse. I would love to get my hands on a vintage Triang model but they are quite expensive and I really wanted one which I could experiment on. So I was very happy to find an inexpensive dollshouse on ebay. It’s simple, made from chipboard with internal stairs and two floors.
The roof lifts off and the front opens. As you can see it doesn’t look like it’s been re-decorated since the 1970s. The wallpaper and curtains are ‘special’.
It came with a selection of plastic furniture which went straight in the bin. Oh, and the front door is missing.
It’s a perfect size for our house (just need to find somewhere to put it!) and I’m excited about doing something with the inside. I can’t wait to replace the curtains and wallpaper, I’m just not sure what with. Should I try and recreate it as an authentic 1970s house or give it a contemporary twist with Orla Kiely wallpaper?
Sadly there’s no sign of who made the dollshouse. Despite the chipboard the outside is covered is matching paper so I think it was mass-produced rather than homemade. I can’t wait to get started on my little project!