Monday, August 24, 2015

Meeting the Vintage FAO Schwarz House

  The other thing this blog is for, is to be a place for my pictures of miniatures with no dolls in them.

So, this post is a bunch of pictures of a dollhouse with no dolls.

 Or furniture, for that matter.

Maybe not super exciting, but if you think of these as "before" pictures, then maybe the potential for what this house may become is a little more interesting.

Dunno. But these are my reference pictures of this new house that just wandered into the Wylde Kingdom today.

I picked it up this morning from Norm's Dollhouse.

David told me a nice lady came in Saturday with it, asking if he could find a good home for it.

She was the first and only owner of the house. She's had it since she got it in 1968. But for some reason was unable to keep it any longer.

David said he thought he could probably find it a home and immediately thought of me.

I love it. It's a unique little house, for sure.

I've seen pictures of an original one of these houses and I believe she's repainted and re-done the wallpaper.

Which makes me feel better about considering re-doing the wallpaper again, myself.

It is a neat house, but I really think with just a little bit of work, it could be an AMAZING house.

So these will be my reference pictures while I'm working on it.

Because I am stupid, and got rid of all of my extra miniatures (I don't really want to talk about it, but let's just say, don't EVER give up your world just because someone else promises they can make the real world worthwhile for you. Don't give up your world for anyone or anything. And if I ever find a time machine, I will be going back and telling myself that a couple years ago.) I need EVERYTHING for this house.

I have exactly 2 brass beds that could go in this house, and that's it.

I can't even tell you how depressing that is. But I'm trying to look on the bright side.

This way, I can buy all the furniture for each room that I like, and THEN find the wallpaper to match the furniture.

I think it's a lot easier that way. I guess we'll see.

It might take me a while to get all the furniture, though. (I am one poor miniaturist. Lucky I like Ramen.)

So I have a while to work on it, I guess. I wouldn't TOUCH the floors. I think they're beautiful.

And the electrical is kind of a magic trick (as in I have no idea how that happened, but it's cool), so if I want anything other than the overhead lights it came with, they'll have to be battery lights.

But that's okay. The electrical still WORKS! And that is AWESOME.

So, a little at a time, I guess.

First step might actually be the windows. They're all missing. But I can rebuild them and make them super spiffy.

I am so burned out on this miniatures show, playing with this house (even without furniture or dolls) was a very welcome respite.

So, enough of my babbling. I'll post the last few pictures without commentary.

More to come for this nifty little house! Hopefully sooner than later! :)

- Wendy

P.S. If you happen to know anything about this house or its history, I would love to hear it! All I know is it came from FAO Schwarz in 1968 and it's awesome. Any other information? Let me know in the comments or email me at wendy at normsdollhouse dot com!


  1. Hi Wendy,
    What a fabulous, wonderful little house! I am seriously in love it with it. It looks so cozy with the lights on and I can't wait to see the additions you make to it over time. I think you will have a great time redecorating from scratch and making it truly yours. Congrats on this amazing find! :)
    Farrah xo

    1. Wow! Thank you so much, Farrah Lily! I am so excited to get started on this house project, I'm not even sure where to start! It's a great house, and I am so lucky to have gotten to bring it home. I'll post updates here as I figure out what I'm doing with it, and who lives there. Thank you for the encouragement! You're awesome!


  2. Hello Wendy,
    What a great find! The house is beautiful. I love the size of the rooms and I think it has enormous potential! I can't wait to see you transform it!
    Big hug,

    1. Thanks, Giac! I am really tickled with it. Wish me luck on my transformation of this house! I want to take it slow and really think about what I want to do with it, so it might take a while, but I hope it will be magnificent when it's all done! We'll just have to see!



  3. I love this house. I have two of them. Your house is in this catalogue:

    The shutters were green originally and the house had no wallpaper.

    If you want to email me at susansminihomes at I can send you some other pictures and what information I know, as well as the link to the catalogue if it didn't come through.

    1. Oh wow! Shale, thank you so much!!! It is so fun to be able to see it in the catalog (which came through just fine, thank you!) and $150!!! That was a pretty pricey house back in 1967! WOW!

      I will definitely send you an email (right after I send this comment!) I would love to see more pictures, and I do have questions for you! Thank you for finding my little house, and helping! I am so tickled to have it! And I really appreciate your help.

      Too cool seeing that catalog. Really. :)

      All the best,


  4. Oooohhh, what a fabulous house! And the old electricity works??? Don't touch a thing! LOL! Do you think the large "picture" windows on the ground floor are original? Or did someone open up the window by cutting out the divider? I know fashionable windows in the 50"s were the wide picture windows, but it just looks so "hybrid" on that house!
    Have fun with this project!

    1. Hey Daydreamer! The wide picture windows are original. You can see them in the catalog picture Shale kindly linked to here - I am going to customize the house a little by adding a back wall (I love completely enclosed houses. I guess I figure in case of a shrinking accident, they'd be less drafty to live in.) :) the electricity DOES work, but I want to run some tape so I can have outlets as well as overhead lights. Wish me luck! At this point, I don't even know when I'll be able to get to it, but dollhouses are very patient about waiting. :)

  5. HI Wendy, I think that this is a Very lovely house and it is Fabulous condition considering its age. Well done you, in nabbing it! :D


    1. Hey Elizabeth!

      Thank you! I was shocked that it was in such great shape. I haven't had a chance to get to it yet, and I am grateful for the patience of dollhouses because I WILL get to fixing it up (oh... the plans I have) but I don't know when. Whenever real life stops getting in the way, I suppose. :)

  6. Just got this very house! Are you still working on this house? I'm going to rehab mine.

    1. Hey Unknown! I don't know if you'll see this, but just in case - I just got this house BACK! I was going to give it up, but I couldn't stop thinking about it! So now it's back and I'll be blogging about my progress with fixing it up!

      I hope yours is doing well with dollhouse rehab. :) I would love to see!

      - Wendy