With the whole internet all abuzz about Mad Men coming back this weekend, I thought it timely to highlight the work of one of my favorite dollhouse artisans, Maryann Roy.
Maryann handcrafts original sets/dioramas, furniture and accessories in 1/6 scale (aka “playscale” [which is the scale Barbie dolls glamorously live in]), but from looking at photos of her staged rooms (albeit without dolls posed in them), you’d never know her designs aren’t made for humans. Her Neo Retro miniature interiors look like they could be the actual Hollywood sets of Mad Men. She’s so good, in fact, that her miniature interpretation of Joan Holloway’s apartment, “Flowers for Joan,” won 1st prize in 2010 for Mattel’s Mad Men photo contest, in conjunction with the release of their line of limited edition Mad Men character dolls.
My Kaleidoscope dollhouse is in a box right now! Long story. Good thing the instruction manual is available online. I’ve really never had enough room to keep the gigantic thing out, so it has been in storage for what seems like forever, but we finally have space for it here. I cannot wait for this piece to be whole again.
Inside the 2nd floor landing of my dollhouse. The ceiling air ventilation cover was found in the bead section of Michael’s.
Welcome to the Valley of the Dollhouse
by Julius T. Leisure, with credit to Uli Seit/The New York Times for the portrait of me & my fella in our apartment. We’re totally having a print of this picture framed (in the most ornate frame possible) so we can hang it prominently on our ever-expanding gallery wall. Thank you, Mr. Leisure!
NEW HOME, NEW LIFE, NEW BLOG
There have been some big changes around here in the past year or so. The biggest one being that I moved to Brooklyn. There goes the neighborhood!
But let’s talk about Eloise Moorehead. The poor thing has been in and out of psychoanalysis for her MAJOR abandonment issues, and she’s also about to undergo a considerably serious surgical procedure - a full face lift. She’ll be back in action soonish.
I am disappointed to report that I haven’t worked in miniature for quite some time (over six months?) because I have been CONSUMED with interior projects in HUMAN SCALE. And you probably won’t believe me because this sounds completely ridiculous but all the dollhouses? They’re currently being stored in fallout shelter in East Hampton. More on that at a future date. Including super creepy photos that will definitely give you nightmares. But expect to see a TON MORE of what I’ve been up to at my new place. Do you like Before & Afters? Get ready.
To the incredibly cultured, super chic and really good looking folks who are still following, thank you and sorry; and to those who are checking in for the first time, welcome! Stay awhile. I can assure you that there are some very delightful things to come. Both large and small scale.
Just brushing up on some etiquette for the new century. Starting small!
Definitely think the bathroom in my Kaleidoscope house needs a little-“Little Nude"
Bo Christian Larsson
30 x 120 x 50 cm
Courtesy and Copyright The Artist and Galleri Bo Bjerggaard
Obviously, I will be making a “Tinybook" of my Instagram pictures in miniature for the dollhouse.
Anyway. Can you believe the very kind previous owner of this house also threw in a fully functional miniature foosball table? In addition to all the original furnishings, dolls & accessories? I know. Pretty. Flipping. Sweet. I’m already declaring this whole thing Greatest Purchase Of The Year, and it’s only February.
You know what is kinda crazy? The renovation of the Hudson Hotel was happening around the same time this dollhouse was designed (circa 2000-2001). Who influenced who, huh? Next time you ride the escalator in there, think about this photograph, and get back to me.
I’ve situated the house near a window by the fire escape.
(It’s totally New York City safety code compliant, I assure you.)
Not sure if you are ready to see this house in full color.