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Lundby dolls houses: A modern twist on a classic play time, Part 1

When I was a little girl, I dreamt of having a doll house, but my mom (a single mother at the time) just couldn’t afford one. I’d visit friend’s houses, with their girly bedrooms all decorated with pink frilly pillows and their toy chests overflowing with the latest and greatest gadgets, but I always gravitated towards their doll houses. In it you could get lost in a sea of magic, decorating and redecorating a room over and over, moving the small fragile pieces to and fro, creating wonderful fantasies about the lives these little dolls lived inside this grand dream home. So when I was approached by Lundby, THE name in dolls houses for generations, to review their latest Smaland dolls house, I found myself, a 31 year old new mom with an infant, giggle like a little girl. I ripped open the box to find the coolest, prettiest house I’d ever seen.

Lundby's latest snapshot of our generation, the Smaland dolls house.

Lundby’s latest snapshot of our generation, the Smaland dolls house.

The Smaland dolls house consists of a two-story home, with 6 rooms, windows that open and close, a balcony off the upstairs sitting room, and wait for it….electricity. Like as in, when you plug it in, the LAMPS THEY SENT ME TO DECORATE THE HOUSE WITH ACTUALLY WORK (I totally squealed). The house is so inviting and on trend, from the bright wallpaper to the plush carpeting in the bedroom.

The ultra modern pink sitting room complete with coffee table and accessories.

The ultra modern pink sitting room complete with coffee table and accessories.

To start, I received the Sitting Room Set, a cumfy yet ultra sleek couch and chair in a vibrant pink with a glossy white coffee table, and the Lamp set which includes an awesome silver floor lamp with bright red shade and a ceiling lamp which I hung in the dining room.   Seriously, again, the best part was plugging in the power supply and watching those lights come to life. Jaw dropping.

Hi! Welcome to my home! I'll be right with you, I have several cats to feed.

Hi! Welcome to my home! I’ll be right with you, I have several cats to feed.

When I received their presentation box, it was filled with all sorts of goodies including a copy of a fabulous design book Scandinavian Design in the Doll’s House (it’s on Amazon for like $100! Thanks Lundby!), a copy of the 2013 Catalogue, and a super cute mini magazine called Lundby Living which is basically the best little magazine ever, for dolls, with real interviews (with the dolls!) about what they did to make their homes cozy and lovely, how happy they are living there, design tips from real editors and designers, and an exclusive interview with the Lundby design team. It’s all honestly so well-thought out.

Scandinavian Design in the Doll's House, a fabulous look into the history of design in miniature.

Scandinavian Design in the Doll’s House, a fabulous look into the history of design in miniature.

I was also promised future furniture pieces to help with my “big move” into my new Smaland home and I’m expecting the doll family next time, which I can’t wait to get. I was a little bummed they weren’t in this first package because it looks a little incomplete without them, not because I want to personally play with them or anything….I’m a 31 year old new mom with an infant, I don’t play with miniature dolls..(squeal! CAN’T WAIT!!)

This gift is ideal for kids ages 3 and up, and is definitely on a “wow” gift list so save up for the holiday season. The home retails for $99 on Amazon.

I’m seriously looking forward to furnishing the rest of my home and for keeping this for my family to enjoy when they are a bit older. For now, the little girl inside me can’t believe she finally has her dream home all to herself!

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Liza is a busy mom and wife, with a fun full-time job (where she luckily gets to work from home!). She's also an accomplished stage and voice over actress, and proudly tapped her way through her last pregnancy.

Filed under: Dolls, Gift Guides, Imagination/Creativity, Kids Gifts, Kindergartners, Nursery Decor, Play Houses, Play Sets and Figurines, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Toys (All Ages), Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

One Response to "Lundby dolls houses: A modern twist on a classic play time, Part 1"

  1. Leanne says:

    I love that there’s another 30-something out there that’s squealing over doll houses. I worked all summer with my grandfather to build a “very sturdy” doll house and some “practical” furniture when I was little but always dreamed of a real doll house – the kind NOT held together by huge nails and excess glue with furniture that was slightly off-scale. Luckily, I have a little doll house loving little daughter and son, so I get my dream of a store bought doll house through them!

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