Monday, October 21, 2013

Schafer Chalet Dollhouse: Dolly's Up North Vacation Home


Dolly's remodeled summer "cottage", right off Lake Michigan, of course!



Big Distraction

I bought this chalet from a lovely young mom who was selling her childhood items to help pay for her son's alternative Autism treatments. It is a 1:12 scale, 34”w x 31”h x 14” d home that is on casters, which is good, as it is big and heavy. It was a big distraction as I was repainting my own master bedroom and this home made it very hard for me to stay focused on such a mundane task!!

Here it is before the outside remodel that Dolly commissioned...

and after...

Notice the fancy popsicle stick shutters. Ooooo, ahhhhhh!


The Inside

Its a summer cottage so why bother changing the wallpaper? It’s all pretty nice anyway and I really wanted to keep some of the lovely original integrity of this huge home. 

This home teeters between full scale furniture (1inch = 1 foot) and 1:16 scale (3/4 scale) furniture. 



Strombecker kitchen appliance set, 3/4 scale, and a German dining set, 1:1.



Living Room...

Strombecker 1:1 and 3/4 scale furniture. The side tables are Kage.
Love the wood plank drawn on floor. Now Dolly's looking for the "just right" curtains.



1:1 scale German bed room set. I need to make some bed linens!!

I think the wallpaper is actually gift wrapping paper in the first and second floors of this home. Fragile, but effective.


This a 1:1 scale German bathroom set, sold in the USA about 1966.
I debated taking this bathroom out, opening the back wall up into the hall that leads to the balcony. I just couldn't do it! I used a piece of linoleum to cover the stair cut out so the bathroom set would fit better. There weren't stairs that came with the home anyway.



Here’s the hall that goes between the two bedrooms and in back of the bathroom. Leads out to the balcony. Not very accessible but looks good!


Nancy Forbes 3/4 scale cabinet and side table, and a Greek ashtray (unused!!) on the fireplace.
 I could’ve made this into another bedroom but I had a few pieces of vintage upholstered Japanese chairs I thought would make for comfortable reading.

Kid's Attic Bedroom...

1/2, 3/4 and 1:1 scale furniture.
Yes, even dolly children get relegated to the attic! Young dollies can navigate many stairs better than their elders.

...and Mom's Sewing Room

Well, for good or bad, this huge dolly home now has a home in our little home. Too bad it can't be made into a coffee table but it is still sweet and with wheels, easy to use. Its also a good size for little hands, if ever we have grandchildren! Ya! What's with that???

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