Wednesday, March 2, 2011

My Dollhouse!

Did you find a dollhouse under your Christmas tree when you were a little girl? BTW, that's not me in the photo! I don't know exactly when it was that I received mine, but I thought it was high time that I showed it to you!

I spent many an hour playing with this house.

And I took great pleasure in washing all of the furniture. I clearly remember a day when the mean girl next door asked me if I wanted to come over and play. To get out of it, I said "NO, I have to wash my furniture!".

She really was mean, but I got back at her one day by giving her bangs a really bad haircut. I was never asked back, and I was glad! Kids shouldn't be allowed to use scissors unsupervised, should they? Anyway, I enjoyed drying each piece of furniture too.

There's some very nice landscaping on the outside.

Very orderly tulips blooming in front of the fireplace wall.

C'mon inside! I'd love to show you around.

The living room. Wanna sit beside the fire? Perhaps read a book from the well-stocked library?

Here's the pink bathroom. I love the pattern on the floor, don't you?
I've heard of an open concept floor plan, but this room definitely needs a door!

Next we have the nursery room.

Aren't the graphics on the walls sweet?

The master bedroom. I wanted this room decorated in typical I Love Lucy fashion, and put twin beds in here!

I want a vanity like this one!

Even then, I wanted a red kitchen!

My copper-bottomed Revere Ware pots will never look that shiny.

The laundry room. If mine looked like this, I'd be more than happy to do laundry! Check out the wallpaper border up by the ceiling. Cute, huh?

There's even a sewing machine in there, and the only phone in the house!

The patio. Looks like it could be a great place for a wild party.

It's funny, but I don't remember playing with dolls in this house. Just endlessly rearranging the furniture. But when I opened the bag with all of the furniture in it, I found these wee little dolls.

And a couple of my long-lost Liddle Kiddles! See, I told you. A great place for a wild party!


Kim K. said...

What a sweet dollhouse. I just love the graphics.

Sil Campschroer said...

I love you're HOUSE. And the red kitchen the most. I wish I was KID again. Wish you a very good weekend already. With hear&soul:Sil.

JunqueMagnet said...

Wish my real house looked like that!Of course it will still be gunked up with a bunch of junque.Thanks for sharing.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Oh Carol, I have the same exact dollhouse!! I did a post last week with it! I have a garden shed with my antiques in it and it is displayed there. Yours in a little better shape. Glas to know someone is a sentimental as me!

craftyles said...

I never had a dollhouse when I was a kid-I've made up fro that mistake. I did have Liddle Kiddles-I wish I still had them. They are the cuteset things. Your dollhouse is wonderful. Good job on the haircut!

My Vintage Mending said...

I have been on the hunt for one of these houses for some time. I remember my neighbor had one with all the extras. Now I want one for myself....so that I can wash my furniture. Yours is simply pristine and well cared for. Thanks for sharing such sweet memories. I love the old lithos...smiles...Renee

Karen said...

What a lucky little girl you were!! ("are"... do we ever completely grow up? lol) A friend had a doll house similar to this. So funny... I can smell the plastic of that furniture now.
What a treasure. Thanks for sharing.
Ladybug Creek

SparkleFarkle said...

OH! MY! GOD! I think you and I live on the same Memory Lane: "Santa" brought me a dollhouse just like this when I was just a smitch of a smitch! Mr. Claus always came on Christmas Eve at our house. After supper that night, my aunt, gramma, and my sister would go for a drive to look at all the Christmas lights-decorated houses, giving my mom and uncle time to put the new toys and presents under the tree. The year of the dollhouse, our sightseeing was exceptionally long. Everytime my aunt would try to pull back into the driveway, my Knucle Matt would "wave" her on. "Keep driving!" he'd mouth from the livingroom window. There were sooo many metal tabs to insert and fold over on the dollhouse in order to make it just that! It was nearly Christmas day before we were let back into the house. I remember my uncle looking all frazzled and with his hair all messed up like he'd been scratching his head a lot, just like he always did when he was frustrated!. LOL!

Thanks for the memories! I'm happy for you that your DH is still a hands-on for you!

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

I LOVE your dollhouse. I keep watching the one I had as a child on eBay, but I've never bid. I keep thinking to myself...where would I put it? One of these days I might find a place to squeeze it in.

You can see the dollhouses I had as a child at:


Then look in the album titled The 1940's and 50's. I'd really like to get the one from Christmas 1948. It's all the way to the left in the picture and you can only see a portion of it, but they come up on eBay all the time. Perhaps someday I'll be washing furniture just like you. Enjoy!

Nancy Jo said...

This is funny, I not only have that really nice picnic tin that I found yesterday, and will be looking for more of those, I have a doll house almost like that.I have it set up. They would never be considered child proof now. All those sharp edges.
Nancy Jo

Jacqueline said...

What? Carol, I can hardly stand it. I want you to be my neighbor so bad! I could play all day with you! I put your doll house on my desktop, I hope that is okay. The photo gives me such pleasure and happiness!
I appreicate your faithful comments especially when I can't get over here as much to comment back. I think you are the best playmate in the whole wide world.
I love your blog and your friendship.
Of course, I had the same doll house. I often have the same stuff as you. Were playmates made in heaven for sure!

Protector of Vintage said...

What a lovely house and it looks in great condition!!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love your dollhouse! Oh my that is one I would have enjoyed playing with. I don't remember ever having a dollhouse but my daughters had one my Dad made them....sweet.

Victoria said...

That is so darling! I had a dollhouse in England that we had to leave behind when we emigrated to Canada. Then my dad made me one when I was in elementary school and I loved it!!! I also spent many hours cleaning my furntire, it was wood so I used my moms furniture polish and I can still remember the smell...ahhh the good old days! My husband already knows making me a new one is on his to-do list:)

Holly- Girls At Heart said...

Oh my goodness, Carol! Your furniture looks so sweet with the suds still clinging to them! I must get one of these old houses AND some pink furniture!! thanks for showing us! ♥

Holly- Girls At Heart said...

Okay, you might think this is weird but I can almost "taste' that furniture! I must have chewed on mine when I was little! Ha! I can taste Barbie shoes, too! :)

Holly- Girls At Heart said...

Oh, and you could have shown your red kitchen for Rednesday! :) Okay, I'll quit commenting now. :)

Mecky said...

I am so jealous. I always wanted one of those but never did get one. I think I had some of the furniture, though. Have you seen how high those furniture pieces go now?
I have never seen the style of your's. It's wonderful!
I have been tempted to buy one now just because I never got one, but where would I put it?

Is that a sewing machine or one of those ironing things? A Mangle or something like that?


LiLi M. said...

I just love and loved doll houses. My cousin (who had everything and more) still has hers which is similar to this one, but I never received one from Santa :-(

Susan said...

I am trying really hard not to envy you right now but it's not happening. I had a ranch-style dollhouse that the roof lifted off and you played over the top. I would give anything to have that back.

She'sSewPretty said...

I had that exact same dollhouse but I have no idea what happened to it! I see one every now and then at antique shows but they are always too expensive or in really bad condition. Yours looks great still!

laurie -magpie ethel said...

Love the doll house. Like you I could spend countless hours arranging furniture (and I used to make stuff as well to use in the house). Did not actually play with dolls in the house..just played with the house!

Ann said...

What a fantastic save from your childhood. I adore all the rooms-the colors are so pretty. I really like the well groomed outside too. I can imagine all the fun you had re-arranging the furniture.
Great share today.

Angela said...

It's wonderful! I wish I still had mine. I found a picture recently of me under the Christmas tree with it. I was only 2...I remember playing with it well into elementary school. I blogged about it at imlikealittlebird.blogspot.com/2010/12/christmas-memories.html

Sandy said...

How lucky youa re to have yours!!!! I had one as a kid too, but what happened to it is a mystrey...all of my toys got thrown away at one time or another, I wasn't very good abotu keeping them nice.....
I am also going to do a post on a childhood toy memory....I like that you cut the mean girls bangs short! That is what you get when you are mean!!!! 1950's stlye justice! LOL Sandy

Valarie said...

This is so sweet. I always wanted a doll house when I was little...oh, I still do !! xxoo Valarie

birdie blue said...

love your dollhouse, carol. it's a d o r a b l e!

i've had my eye on different litho ones over the years, but i've yet to find the one.

i just did a post on a few vintage dollhouse finds .


Andy's Attic said...

I love your dollhouse!! I never had one as a kid. You really took good care of it for it to last so long!

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

This is wonderful! I must go to the attic to see if mine is there or my Mom and Dad's attic. It is very much like yours!

Margaret said...

OMG I love your house. I had a dollhouse too that I loved. I got it whe I was five.I made sure my daughter has one too. What a special one you have, and Liddle Kiddles too! I had a couple and one was called Skiddiddle Kiddle!I think girls who play with dollhouses grow up to really love their owns homes!

Barbara at Oodles and Oodles said...

I enjoyed that house tour very much and picked up some good ideas for my kitchen. Particularly that plate rack. I would have played nicely with you (and the dollhouse) had I lived next door.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a great dollhouse! How fun that would be to play with.


Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi Carol,,

I just love that dollhouse. I had one something like that. I had to laugh, when you were talking about the mean girl and washing your furniture! I washed mine too! I kept all of my Barbie stuff pristine too, then I gave it to my neice. She ruined it all, and I am so sorry I did. Thanks for sharing and bringing back some happy memories!


Melody said...

Hey Carol, We must be neighbors..or least in the same subdivision;) I too never used dolls in my house...only the furniture and accesories I made for it. The furniture bothered me tho...I wanted real lookin..lol...I'd cut up the Sears catalog..like paperdolls...and taped in more realistic peices. I'm gonna hafta get into my playroom at Mom and Dad's and pull mine out.


Your doll house is so sweet! It's so cool that you still have it.
THose little kiddle dolls are sweet too.
Nice finds on your other post.
Happy weekend.

Lady Jane said...

I love your dollhouse. It is more like the one I had when I was a kid. I will post the one I have now. It is in pretty good shape but missing the cupola.

SueLovesCherries said...

Carol, that is just adorable! I WANT that red kitchen, lol!

Guess what? I have a similar doll house, too! But Mister picked it up somewhere a few years back.

I laughed when you said you didn't play with dolls, but just rearranged furniture. I did similar stuff - especially outdoors I would make roads and town designs in the dirt for my brothers' matchbox cars!

Linda said...

Adorable dollhouse...so fun you have one from your childhood!

The Chickens' Auntie said...

I love your dollhouse -- thanks so much for posting so many pictures! Sadly, the house my sister and I played with is long gone (which is strange because I saved most of my toys from when I was little). I'm happy yours is still around!

VintageBettys said...


Your doll house is in such great condition! I(Laura) also had those liddle kiddles.
Thank you for sharing

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

I never had one of those, but I remember my friends having them. Yours is much cuter than theirs was though. You have a great eye for decorating! :)

Ysé said...

In the photo "where it is not you", it looks as if the house is a bigger model... I seem to recognize some Renwal chairs which are 1/16 scale... Is your tiny Marx furniture that came with your house all marked by their logo ? I have the same unmarked furniture and was wondering if they were just copies... They look good quality to me though...