Unlike my 1/6 scale house which is all about showcasing lots of random bits and pieces, the point of the Mountfield will be to look as realistic as possible. Which means making sure the miniatures I get for it are in-keeping to the 1973-83 time period I have in mind. The 1970s is not a popular decade in the miniature world and, unless you go vintage and size down to Lundby scale, it's difficult to find suitable stuff. But, if I can mod it, it's still worth considering...
✩ Wallpaper. It has to be patterned, and it has to have some orange. :)
✩ Carpet. This will be the most difficult thing to source, I think.
✩ Standard Lamp. Any will do, I can always make my own lamp shade.
✩ Plug Sockets. The Dolls House Mall does nice metal sockets and suchlike.
✩ Light Switch. Ditto.
|Something like this would be fab. If I can't find anything to buy, I'll have to get my own printed, I guess.|
Update! I've found some jazzy 70s-esque patterned wrapping paper to use.
✩ Curtain Rail.
✩ Net Curtains.
✩ Windowsill Ornaments. The Mountfield living room is at the front of the house, and has a bay window. I don't know, perhaps a vase or something? Will have to do some more googling.
✩ Pouffe. I'll probably make my own from the tried and tested pop bottle top, glue + fabric method.
✩ Baby Bouncer. Again, will have a bash at it myself. Hurrah for the boxy aesthetic of the 70s!
|Argos catalogue, 1973.|
✩ Fireplace. It will be easier to make it a coal fire, due to the hobby's love of Victorian houses, but I'm leaning more towards the beloved 3 bar gas fire. If you know of any miniature supplier which stocks something usable, please let me know!
✩ Horse Brasses. What self respecting fireplace would be without them? The Dolls House Gallery do a great miniature range.
✩ Mantelpiece Clock. Those working clocks might be alright, but I worry they'll be a bit big and off scale. I'll have to see one in the flesh (as it were).
✩ Mantel Ornaments. You know the type; Grandpa sat on a bench, young couple kissing, etc. A few places do these in miniature, so it's just a case of deciding which ones I like best.
✩ Paperweight. Murano glass style. (If I ever find a miniature Murano style clown I'll be getting that too!)
✩ TV Set.
✩ TV Stand / Unit.
✩ Games Console. The Atari Video Computer Sytem was released in '77, but there's also the option of the Video Sport MK2 (1974), the Ingersoll XK400 (1977), and various Pong knockoffs.
✩ Coffee Table. Rectangular, I think.
✩ Magazine Rack. Have this already!
✩ Magazine. And this.
✩ Print. So many to choose from...
|Argos catalogue, 1975. They were simpler times.|
✩ Notebook. Elf do some awesome spiral bound notebooks.
✩ Pack of Cards.
Suggestions for other must have items for the 70s living room are most welcome!