Monday, March 11, 2013

Undersized Urbanite Art Deco Dollhouse Entry-Update

It seems that due to space considerations, my Art Deco house will be in 1:16 scale. This means that my Art Deco lady

will be too large and my Dollar Tree mermaids will be the residents of the house. If you recall, they started out as this:

It was a challenge to create an Art Deco/Jazz Age lady and not a 1980s prom queen. My first attempt looked like this:

(Confession, I have never liked Barbie dolls.).

My second attempt seems to have captured more of the era:

Yes, she has legs instead of the mermaid fins, but no shoes, yet (I will post pictures of the whole lady in the next post.) Her "mink" stole started life as a dollar store Christmas sock:

Wonderful visit
I had a lovely visit this past weekend with CM (of My Realitty), her daughter and beautiful grandbaby! Thanks to CM, I now have some great little architectural samples from her daughter's former workplace, and a piece of furniture for the Art Deco house, a Ghost Chair!

(Photo from Navy and Lavender)
It is my first Ghost Chair, and while the original Louis XV Ghost Chair

was designed by Philippe Starck
in 2002, the chair will find a place in the Art Deco house because the design seems to pay homage to the Art Deco/Modernist movement, like this Art Deco birdcage:

Art Deco Genius
Let me introduce an Art Deco in miniature genius, Sweetington. Others have written about Sweetington, such as CM at My Realitty. I bow before Sweetington's work. Take a look:

Many of Sweetington's pieces of furniture are Playmobil (like the wall candelabra which is part of a Playmobil fence) . Interestingly, Sweetington uses 1:12 scale rooms, windows and doors with 1:16 scale furniture. This adds even more glamour to the scenes. Sweetington's Art Deco scenes may be found here.

Wishing you only good things, Neen


  1. Beautiful Deco inspirations and The Flappers look great! Such fun. CM

  2. Amazed you managed to turn plastic mermaids into an art deco lady. Goes to show anything is possible. I love the room in the last photo with the splash of colour on the floor.

    1. Thanks for the nice comment, I agree that we miniaturists can make almost anything if we are inspired! I loved that floor as well. I keep seeing the seeds of MidCentury Modern and 1960s-70s interior design in Art Deco/Modernist settings. I love how settings from 80-90 years can be so modern!

  3. You did a fabulous transformation on the mermaids! I can't wait to see the finished product!

    1. Thanks Cyd! Now I have to knuckle down and finish the house (which is just as much fun as transforming mermaids).

  4. Unrecognizable. Would never have known her former self was a mermaid. Keep up the great work!

    1. Aww, thank you, from the mermaids and I!

  5. You've been doing well with those doll transformations. Nice to hear you all had a great little meet-up and ghost chairs to boot? Woo too! I really like that Art Deco bird cage and thanks for the reminder of the beauty of Sweetington.

    1. Thanks! Yes, isn't bird cage remarkable? I think I will try to reproduce that in miniature.

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    1. Thanks for visiting my blog, Connie! I discovered your magnificent blogs yesterday, and, with your permission, I hope to do a post on them soon. Amazing miniatures!
      Cheers, Neen

    2. LOL.

      Of course am honored Neen.

      xxx Greetings out the Netherlands

  7. Good grief, Fantastic conversion on the mermaids....and who would not love to own a ghost chair. Lucky girl.
    All the best.