Thursday, September 3, 2009

My birthday present finally arrived

I always buy myself presents at Christmas and on my birthday. It's always something I couldn't justify buying otherwise and I always end up spending way more than I should.

I was surfing the net one day, looking for dollhouses of course, and found the Mini Modern Blog. She has some wonderful things on her blog, but what caught my attention was the Bozart Kaleidoscope House.

I remember seeing this house and furniture for sale at a shop in Toronto's Distillery District a few years ago. It was about $200. If only I knew then what I know now. I would have bought a couple back then. It is selling on eBay for $800 - $1300. I sure can't afford one now.

I went on eBay to check out Bozart and found that the furniture is still available and is not unreasonably priced compared to other quality minis. And voila, I had found my birthday present to myself.

It arrived yesterday and couldn't wait to get at it. I don't have a modern house. It seems most dollhouses are from an era before the year 2000. Where, I pondered, could I set up my new treasures?

A year or so ago I picked up a cardboard Ikea dollhouse at Goodwill for $5.00. It was still flat and in its original plastic when I got it, and I set it up to hold extra mini furniture. It could be my temporary modern house. After all, what is more modern than Ikea?

I had such fun setting it up last night.

Some of the smaller chairs are Reac, Japan, including my recent birthday presents from my sweetie. The art, rugs, lamps and vases are by Bozart. Some came with the furniture and some accessories came in a set.

The bedside table in the master bedroom is an acrylic cube with a globe suspended in it. I am not sure of its original function, but I think it looks great.

In bedrooms 2 and 3 I added wood blocks under the futons, just to get them off the floor, and the two children's chairs in the smallest bedroom are, I think, from a Mattel Kelly set. I got them at the thrift shop so I am not sure, but I think they are adorable.

Isn't the sculpture in the dining room hideous? (Well I think it is - but fun too). I added two Reac MacIntosh side chairs and a black Chrysnbon Grandfather clock. I think the dining room is my favourite room

I decided not to take the dishes out of their packaging until I had a proper house for them so I just put them on some round blocks and made a server bar in the kitchen.


  1. Wow! Happy Birthday!
    I love that bathroom set! Love it love it love it!

  2. Late Happy birthday-wishes! I really love the Bozart furniture and kitchen set, but unfortunately I haven't found a seller on eBay that ships to Europe.
    The reac chairs are amazing too!

  3. Thanks Kathi! The bathroom is really cool. I find it is a little small when you compare it to the rest of the furniture, but in a picture alone it looks great.

  4. Thanks Pubdoll! I emailed the eBay seller and asked if she would ship to Canada as it said only USA on the listing. She agreed, I think because I have very good feedback on eBay. It turned out that the shipping and customs brokerage cost as much as the furniture, so beware of that if you find someone to ship to you. I paid much more than I expected, but once we had made the deal I was stuck with whatever the charges were. I love the furniture, so I guess it was worth it in the long run.

  5. wow, it is all so wonderful, my best late wishes to your birthday and have fun with this nice things. I love the ikea house too, didn't know that something like this is available.
    and I saw, that you are one of the new followers of my blog - so welcome there too. It's a pleasure to me to have you as a follower.
    have a nice weekend

  6. this set-up is amazing! i love the graphic feel of the walls - it goes so well with the modern furniture.

  7. Thanks Annina. I think it goes well with the furniture. It has kind of an anime look. I was lucky to find this dollhouse at Goodwill for $5.00. One thing I really like about this cardboard dollhouse is that it is so light and easy to move around with the furniture in it.


  8. Wow! I am going to copy your Bozart Dishes Buffet right now! Mine are just sitting, lonely on the shelf. I was reluctant to open them too! Thanks for the solution. I will give you credit when I get to my Bozart blog!

  9. Wow! I am copying that Bozart Dish Buffet as fast as I can get to my shelf. What a clever idea. I didn't know HOW to herd ll those little dishes! Thanks Carol

  10. Thanks so much. I thought it was a great idea since I didn't want to take them out of the package and lose them.

    I love you blog. I am now following it.