Making Progress

Hello All

Working hard on all orders from my “Little Bit Of Joy” sale.  Waiting on another fabric delivery, but here is a small sampling of my progress. All orders would not fit on my work table !   :)

Maryann

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REPOST : “Welcome Home Barbie” – One Of A Kind Spectacular !

Hello Everyone – Because of the online excitement over the photos of my OOAK Barbie Dream House, I thought it best to re-post the original sale for all to see.   This set sold via silent auction back in March of 2014 and was created in celebration of Barbie Doll’s 55th Birthday.

Enjoy the re-post!

Maryann

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I am  wrapping up My Barbie Birthday Celebration with this spectacular One Of A Kind set !

“Welcome Home Barbie”  is My personal take on the New Barbie Dream House originally issued in 1965.  While that set also included  Bedroom and Patio areas, this set concentrates on the Living Room and Kitchen of the home, as these are my favorite spaces to showcase how your dolls might live!

“Welcome Home Barbie”  features 3 sectional walls  that are all independent of one another (not attached) and are free-standing. This feature allows you to move walls at will and use them in different combinations.  AND because each section (Window wall, Fireplace wall and Kitchen wall) are not attached, they can each be used as separate backdrops allowing multiple looks and set ups for display as well as photo opportunities !

You will notice the Welcome Home style and touch on this set, but I did keep the original flavor of the New Barbie Dream House so that it is reminiscent of the original, yet totally one of a kind and life-like !

Take a look at all “Welcome Home Barbie” has to offer !

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The Kitchen Wall does double duty as it is two-sided.  On one side, the brick walled Kitchen with counter top and cabinets (cabinets do no open).  On the other, built-in nook to showcase treasures and “pass through” with shutters.   Nook AND  pass through feature built-in lighting !

The Window Wall  lets in plenty of natural light and features beautiful drapery with built-in valance. Yes – You CAN close the drapes for privacy!

The Fireplace Wall  is covered in painted field stone  – totally RETRO and the fireplace lights !

 

Here is the set at night :

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“Welcome Home Barbie”   One Of A Kind Set includes :

3 Free Standing fully decorated walls :

Window Wall – with drapery -Approximate size: 15″h x 16 1/2″ w x 2″ d

Fireplace Wall – with “fire” and lighting capability – Approximate size : 15″h x 10″w x 2″ d

Kitchen/Living Wall – double-sided with built ins and lighting capability – Approximate size : 15″h x 14″ w x 2″d

Upholstered Curved Sofa – With assorted colorful pillows. Sofa features curved styling and tapered legs.

Upholstered Curved Chair – Pink with orange pillow. Chair features curved styling and tapered legs.

Upholstered Curved Chair – Green (matches drapes) with pink pillow. Chair features curved styling and tapered legs.

Floor Lamp with paper shade – (shade matches built-in nook paper)

2 Round Accent Tables

Table Accessories – 3 magazines (do not open) 2 metal floral dishes

Pearsall style Wall Clock –  RETRO and totally cool !

2 Kitty Cat pictures – Copied from the original Dream House

Large greenery branch – Can be adhered to fireplace wall for a different look if you choose

Kitchen/Living Room Divider – Shelving for Kitchen or charming room divider – painted

Shelving accessories : 3 Cook Books (do not open), 3 Miscellaneous Books  (do not open), pink round metal dish, 2 yellow bowls, 1 orange wooden dish, 2 wooden “pots”, blue glass bottle, pink vase with greens.

Living Room Nook Shelving – Lights up and includes all of the glass/metal treasures inside. 9 pieces in all !

Pink corrugated folding shutters (durable stock paper)

Set of wall “Kitty Kats” – A favorite ! Also Hand made and sculpted by Yours Truly !

2 Upholstered Kitchen chairs

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Pink metal ornamental table dish

4 LED element lights for Nook, Pass Through and Fireplace + 4 replacement lights.

 

*FLOOR IS NOT INCLUDED – BUT, you can achieve this same look by placing your set on a dark table or shelf !

*DOLL IS NOT INCLUDED - You supply the model folks ! :)

 

Here are some photos of Barbie “living” in the space !


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This set was made with vintage Barbie in mind, however, it will fit any of your 12″ fashion dolls !

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HOW DO YOU GET THIS ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS ONE OF A KIND SET ?!

 

 

*THIS AUCTION HAS NOW ENDED.

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO BID AND FOR ALL THE LOVELY COMPLIMENTS AND MESSAGES !

 

Added 3-26 – Purely for FUN, Here are some of the photos in black and white, giving this set a 1960’s feel !

 

 

 

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 Welcome Home  – “Add a little LIFE to your display”

* Welcome Home is a registered/trademark business. All content including designs, photos and text are the property of the Artist, Maryann Roy, and may not be copied or used without written permission.

 

 

The Posh Penthouse

While  I’m busy working on orders from my JOYBIRD sale,  please enjoy a reprint of “The Post Penthouse” from Fashion Doll Quarterly magazine. (2013).

Maryann

“Posh Penthouse”

Re-purposing  a Rarity…

Text, photography and set designs by: Maryann Roy

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Many of you may not know that Mattel Toy Company offered some fabulous Eames style furniture in 1958. This is just prior to the introduction of the Barbie Doll. In those days, the most sought after fashion doll was 10- 10 1/2″  in height, and this furniture was perfectly tailored to them.

In the over 50+ years of play and storage, this forgotten treasure has become a rarity in itself. Perfectly crafted in every way, including opening  drawers and working components,  these pieces of decor history are now finding their way into collectors hearts .

For this presentation, I have taken the liberty to replace tired and worn upholstery, and re-purpose otherwise forgotten pieces to reflect the style to which they are accustomed .
Your focus in dolls may center around the 12″ or 16″ fashion doll. But, prior to 1959, and the introduction of the Barbie Doll, the “IT” gal was a mere 10″ – 10 1/2″ in stature.  And, until I started doing research for this article, I had no idea just how many there were! American Character offered Toni and Ginger, Ideal – Little Miss Revlon. Madame Alexander made Cissette, and a myriad 10″ dolls. Vogue had Jill and Jan while Horsman Cindy dolls were also quite popular.  Even with today’s contemporary dolls, this size can still be found  in Tonner’s Tiny Kitty, Madame Alexander’s Coquette, and The Ingénue lines, not to mention  hand made fashion dolls  like Persia Idols and Mdvanii.

 

To show you just how far this lovely little set of furniture can take  a doll collector, I’ve used the Mattel furniture to create a posh penthouse for my 10″ model. By adding some of my own pieces and a little decor know how, the penthouse took on a life of it’s own!  See if you can recognize these pieces in their new surroundings.

Peering in to see what’s going on, imagine if you will, a glorious abode for your favorite doll.

 

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Modern, clean lines show off the stunning living room! The sofas have been given new life with stylish, yet inviting brocade cushions. The credenza anchors the far wall, perhaps housing some stereo equipment or reading material. It is flanked on either side by hostess style chairs that I made to reflect the Eames style. No matter where she stands, notice how all of the pieces are in perfect scale with the model. No heavy accessories are needed. A crystal beaded lamp, colorful area rug and two plants make perfect accents.

A long  windowed hallway is a perfect place to set up a display or collection of treasures. Here, a second credenza is being used in a different way. By sliding the door all the way to the left and hiding the drawers, shelves are now exposed that can be used to showcase any number of items. The once sliding door now appears to be one that swings open instead, making the piece look entirely different!

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A Ladies Boudoir …Bold and colorful for my gal! The original coverlet used to hide the sleek lines of the bed. Now, with new linens tucked under the mattress in a more contemporary way, you can see the bed as it was meant to be seen. Low head boards were the style, and this one shows off it’s rattan trim.  The dresser pulls double duty as a vanity as well as storage for clothing . A bold black and white print rug and matching wall art add an element of surprise! Adding the pink voile chair rounds out this very feminine room.

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vanity In the walk in closet, an extension of the bedroom, I’ve carried the color pallet by using the same rug and adding a blue tufted ottoman. The original wardrobe is now set among two side cabinets which help to store the many needed accessories my lady would have acquired over time. An open wardrobe makes it so much easier to choose an article of clothing!

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The craftsmanship is so detailed and beautifully designed on all of the wooden Mattel furnishings that you don’t need a lot going on in any one area. Each piece speaks for itself. Yes,  Barbie doll lovers have adapted these pieces for Barbie over the years which is a loving tribute in itself, but using these modern style gems with the doll size they were designed for really makes you sit up and take notice!

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By the way, there are more pieces to the Mattel Modern Furniture collection!

Two style dining sets, another living  room set with two sofas, coffee table end table and lighted lamp!  Be on the lookout for these treasures. They are hard to find, but, not impossible. With a little polish and a little love, they can take on a whole new look. While you are at it, check out some of the 10″ dolls too. Someone has to live in your penthouse!

Re-post from Fashion Doll Quarterly Magazine 2013

 Welcome Home  – “Add a little LIFE to your display”

* Welcome Home is a registered/trademark business. All content including designs, photos and text are the property of the Artist, Maryann Roy, and may not be copied or used without written permission.

 

Decorating Fun with JOYBIRD !

Hi All

ORDERING IS NOW CLOSED FOR THE JOYBIRD PIECES.   THANKS TO ALL WHO ORDERED!

Today  I had a little fun enjoying the fruits of my hard labor and photographed the pieces along with one of my favorite dolls, Barbie as “Cat Woman”.  I repainted and restyled her, so you may not recognize her.   Either way, here she is modeling  the JOYBIRD pieces in a few different settings.

These pieces fit all 12″ dolls, so your favorite diva can enjoy them too!

I hope you find sometime to enjoy your collection as well !

Maryann

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 Welcome Home  – “Add a little LIFE to your display”

* Welcome Home is a registered/trademark business. All content including designs, photos and text are the property of the Artist, Maryann Roy, and may not be copied or used without written permission.

A Little Bit of JOY ! Sale

Hello Everyone !

It delights me to tell you that this particular sale is a combined effort between myself and the wonderful people at Joybird furniture !

Joybird, offers  mid-century modern style furniture to the real world.  When I first discovered them, I noticed that some of their pieces were very much like something I might offer in 1:6 scale.  And so I reached out to them to see if a collaboration of sorts might be possible.

Today, I am offering some upholstered pieces from their “Cosby” collection, as well as some wonderful wooden accent pieces that will spice up your miniature dwelling !

The upholstered furniture features the ACTUAL FABRIC that Joybird uses when creating their pieces.  The fabrics are rich and delicious ! They have so many to choose from. While difficult to narrow it down, I decided upon 5 beautiful colors that I am certain you will love !

As always, pieces will be made in limited quantities.

Since each order will be made specifically according to the furniture  you choose and your choice of fabric, I will be taking ORDERS for these special pieces.

ORDERING information,  is posted at the end of the sale.   Please feel free to contact me with any questions.      ORDERING IS NOW CLOSED !  THANKS TO ALL WHO ORDERED !

email: welcomehome@maryannroy.com

For your consideration, I have upholstered each piece in a different color fabric so that you may get a good idea of how your color choice will look.

Featured pieces are :

The Cosby Collection  :  Sectional Sofa,  Sofa,  Chair

Wood Furniture : Miles Wall Unit, Sandburg Table

Wall Art : Spear and. Stovall

Accent pillows – My design

 

Showcase :  Idea Gallery

Featured :  Cosby sofa upholstered  in Turquoise, Cosby chair upholstered in Flax, Miles wall unit, Spear wall art, Sandburg table and retro style accent pillows :

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 Featured :  Cosby Sectional Sofa upholstered in Amber, Stovall wall art and Sandburg table.  In the back ground – Cosby chair upholstered in Picante and Sandburg table  :

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Featured:  Cosby sectional upholstered in Amber, toss pillows, Stovall wall art and Sandburg table :

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Featured :  Cosby chair upholstered in Picante and Sandburg table

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Featured: Cosby Sectional and Cosby Chair both upholstered in Oatmeal. Miles wall unit, Sandburg table and accent pillows :

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Choose your furniture piece and upholstery here :

Cosby Sectional :   Curved lines, and attached chaise make this sectional a prized piece ! Features tapered legs and back “peek a boo” window!  Choose your favorite color !

$ 110.00 each  – Limited  to 10 pieces   SOLD OUT

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Cosby Sofa :  Curved lines, and ample seating ! Double cushions, tapered legs and back “peek a boo” window !  A beauty !  – What’s your favorite color ?

$ 85.00 each – Limited  to 10 pieces   SOLD OUT 

sofa1Cosby Chair :  Curved lines of comfort !  This piece also features tapered legs and back “peek a boo” window .  One of each color ?  Hmmm…   :)

$ 65. 00  each – Limited to 12 pieces     SOLD OUT

chiars1 Miles Wall Unit : A statement piece up against a wall or used as a room divider !  This multipurpose piece houses your books, and/or your many  collectibles.  Features horizontal and diagonal shelving and copper wire legs.  – A neat way to balance out your collection !

$ 85.00 each – Limited to 10 pieces       SOLD OUT !

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Sandburg Table :  What  a fabulous piece !  H shaped cross bars with “glass green” curved acrylic top.  Serves as an accent table or coffee table. Divine ! 

$ 55.00  each  - Limited to 12 pieces     SOLD OUT

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Wall Art :  Totally Retro !

  “Stovall” -( Large ) – 3D wall art, hand cut pieces.  Colorful and Lively ! Measures approximately  8″L x 2 3/4″ W  –   $ 55.00  each  – Limited to 8 pieces      SOLD OUT

“Spear” – (Small) – 3D wall art, hand cut pieces. Whimsical and Bright l  Measures approximately 5 1/4″ L x 2 3/4″ W – $ 50.00 each – Limited to 8 pieces   SOLD OUT

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Accent Pillows :   Spice up  a room with these sweet toss pillows. Colors match any upholstery !

Sold in packs of 2.  Choose from –  Gold and Floral    Or  Dark Teal and Multi Swirl  

$ 20.00 per pack  -SOLD OUT

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You will be invoiced via PayPal for your order.  Payment is due upon receipt of the invoice.  This secures your order  .

Because each piece will be made specifically  to your order, please allow 4 – 6 weeks for completion.  All pieces are made by Me, and by hand.  If you have never ordered from me before,  please feel free to read my About/Policy page.

If you have any questions or would like to see close ups of fabrics,  etc. please email me at :

welcomehome@maryannroy.com

 

Pieces are limited.  I reserve the right to close ordering or change the number of orders depending on reception of these pieces.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

 

See the real Joybird pieces here !  :

Cosby Sectional : http://www.joybird.com/sectionals/cosby-sectional

Cosby Sofa : http://www.joybird.com/sofas/cosby-sofa

Cosby Chair : http://www.joybird.com/chairs/cosby-chair

Miles Wall Unit : http://www.joybird.com/bookcases-wall-units/miles-wall-unit

Sandburg Table : http://www.joybird.com/end-tables/sandburg-table

Stovall Wall Art: http://www.joybird.com/wall-art/stovall-wall-art

Spear Wall Art : http://www.joybird.com/wall-art/spear-wall-art

 

Special Thanks to Alex at Joybird !

 

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 Welcome Home  – “Add a little LIFE to your display”

* Welcome Home is a registered/trademark business. All content including designs, photos and text are the property of the Artist, Maryann Roy, and may not be copied or used without written permission.