Tynietoy Manor and its kitchen.
And so, I had to find new home for my newest acquisitions. Some of you may remember that I put a number of dollhouses in the garage last summer when I had to make room in the guest room for my out-of-town friends.
Yesterday I made the long trek across the yard to see what house would be suitable for this classic furniture.
I have removed the windows and door, because I intend to paint the exterior white. To make it more like the original Tynietoy houses I will probably put up green shutters and paint the roof black.
I bought the house from it's original owner, a young mother with two active toddlers - both boys. I guess she had decided not to try for a girl.
She told me how, at 12 years old, she had saved $300 for a dollhouse, as she had decided that that was going to be her hobby.
With her savings she went to a dollhouse and miniature show where she found this house. It had been built by an older couple, who left the outside as plain wood, and decorated interior with 1:1 sized flooring and wallpaper. I have pulled up their ugly, out-of-scale, floor tiles. You can see one remaining tile in the yellow bedroom.
I am leaving the attic wallpaper and floor as is for now. They work well for a small bathroom with a day nursery in the middle and night nursery at the other end.
Although I don't really mind this blue floral wallpaper, I may change it. Most of the wallpaper in the house is vinyl and just doesn't look right even if it is the right scale.
All the floors on the first two levels of the house need to be re-done.
I have put a Tynietoy bookcase and chair in here for now. The drop leaf table was called Tynietoy when I bought it, but I haven't confirmed that it is. It looks more like a German red stain piece to me.
The fireplace is unpainted. I made it from a House of Miniatures kit, and it is just a stand-in until I find a Tynietoy one. The piano and bench, lowboy and two painted chairs are Tynietoy.
The sweet little bunny rug is handmade needlepont that found on eBay. I have been waiting for a while to find a place for it. I think it works well here.
Unfortunately the tub and sink are missing their faucets. I will see if I can find replacements.
The little needlepoint rug has a bunny, a flower and a duck, and came with the nursery rug. It was probably made by the same talented needleperson.
I have added a bookcase and a mirror to complete the set.
There are four Empire chairs with hand painted seats, and a round Sheraton table. All are in a mahogany finish.
The brass chandelier is a recent unexpected find.
The 'painting' over the fireplace is cut out of a magazine. The ornate frame is a found item that I though suitable for an elegant room. I may paint the frame. I haven't decided yet.
The orange bowl on the lowboy is an antique dollhouse accessory from the 1920s
Most of the contents were what was available to collectors in the 1980's. Some of it was nice quality and I have re-purposed it, but most was Shackman or lesser quality, and I have put it away for now.
In my eyes the house is improved greatly the Tynietoy furniture, and provides a suitable home for it.
But, I watched the young woman as she showed me the dollhouse and it's contents, and later packed them for me to take away. This house was a cherished item with well-loved contents, full of memories for her. I am sure it contained many presents from those who loved her, and items purchased with baby-sitting money and funds from part-time jobs. How could she bear to part with it, I wondered.
I looked around her small home, at her two rambunctious toddlers, and at her nerdy, overbearing husband who was directing her in the packing up, and I realized that she had been convinced that she had to sell her childhood treasure. I silently vowed that I would respect this house and dedicate its future to her.
She may not understand or like the changes I am making to her treasure, but I will send it to the future as the cherished object it was in the past. She can rely on that.
I am not sure how long it will take me to make all the changes I envision, but I will keep you posted on the progress.
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