21 hours ago
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
My Tynietoy house is home - here's a sneak peek!
Most of you know the story (click here read about it) of how CM of MyReality.blogspot.com bought the house for me and Ann Meehan's husband rescued it from the Maine auction house and brought to it their PA home until I could get there to pick it up.
I have such wonderful friends! I can't tell you how much I appreciate these people.
I have removed the staircase from the front hall. It came with the house and is complete, but someone had glued it in with a very strange foamy type glue and it is a mess. I will scrape off the glue and put it back in.
I have cleaned this room and the others - they were really dirty - my water and cloth were black and I had to change them several times before I finally finished.
Then I dug out some floor wax that I haven't used in 20 years and waxed the floors. It looks pretty good now.
The wonderful yellow settee, wing chair and side chair - all handpainted with the same pattern - were a purchase I made from Ann Meehan. I picked them up when I got the house. The rugs were from her website too. All are original Tynietoy.
As you can see in this photo some of the windows are missing their acetate panes. I will eventually be making reproductions to replace them.
For those who aren't familiar with Tynietoy miniatures. Marion Perkins and Amey Vernon opened a TynieToy workshop in Providence in 1920. The TynieToy Company started making dollhouse replicas of famous New England homes to hold them. By the 1930s, they offered 10 styles of houses and more than 120 furniture items.
More info on this website
I am delighted with the condition of the house now that I see it in person. The photos of it on the auction site made it look much worse than it is.
I can't wait for the weekend when I will have more time to devote to the cleaning and furnishing. You will get the full tour then.