Thursday, January 19, 2012

Dollhouse playtime!

Every so often the lure of the small beckons me back to my fascination with miniatures.  When I saw that the toy company Brinca Dada was introducing a new contemporary beach house with an ingenious design that hinges along the back, allowing it to open and close like a clamshell, I quickly put my name on the preorder list.  Since my new Bennett House arrived, I have been scouring the 'net in search of appropriately-scaled (1:18) furniture and accessories with which to fill it.  Still a work in progress, and with the help of Elf Miniatures of the U.K. and Lundby of Sweden furniture, it's coming along nicely.
The kitchen furniture and appliances were completely custom-built by Elf Miniatures.  Some of the accessories -- especially those in the wall unit -- were made by Lundby.
The uppermost level of the house contains a light, bright bathroom completely furnished in contemporary Lundby of Sweden in remarkable detail.  Next to the bathroom is an open deck with a bamboo floor where the man of the house, who has just taken a dip in the pool, is grilling steaks and corn on the cob on the barbecue grill.  :)
Here's the office, also courtesy of Elf Miniatures.  It clearly needs further accessorizing ... and the warmth of some potted plants.  Guess I've got some work ahead of me here.
Every contemporary beach house deserves a Porsche Carrera convertible in its garage.  I found this die-cast 1:18 scale beauty -- complete with opening doors and hood -- in an antique shop.  Serendipity!  The man of the house is in the process of packing his beach gear in the back seat for a trip to the shore.

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