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Mountfield: 1970s Living Room

Before I get to actually building the Mountfield doll house, I want to plan out the rooms a bit. Mostly as I want to get all the wallpaper up before it's put together, because wallpapering tiny rooms is so fiddly otherwise. This post will focus on the sitting room...

Building the Mountfield Doll House

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.
✩ Light.
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.

1970s wallpaper
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!

Baby sundries
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!)

Murano Clowns

✩ 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.
✩ Newspaper.
 Print. So many to choose from...

Prints from 1975 Argos catalogue
Argos catalogue, 1975. They were simpler times.

✩ Ashtray.
✩ Matches.
✩ Cigarettes.
✩ Pens.
✩ Pencils.
✩ 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!

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  1. This is an amazing project! I was obsessed with making dolls houses when I was younger. Love the idea of a period one! #brilliantblogposts

    1. Thank you! :) I'm trying to be sensible and plan it because I know if I just dive in I'll end up wanting to change everything. I've ordered most of the wallpaper now though, so hopefully I'll be able to get the basic structure up soon.

  2. This project is very detailed and well thought out. I can't wait to follow your progress. Thanks for sharing on #overthemoon.

    1. Thank you! I can't wait to get started on it properly next month :)

  3. Such a fun project idea, and I do like the thought that you're putting into it!

    1. It's going to be my masterpiece! Or, you know, something like that. :)

  4. This is a fabulous project, I can't believe the detail you are going into. I remember a lot of brass ornaments in my 1970's childhood home and velvet cushions, oh the joys ha! X

    1. Velvet cushions! Will have to get some of them. I always remember playing with those little ornaments at relatives' houses as a kid - they have a whole page dedicated to fireplaces brasses in one of the Argos catalogues I looked at. :)

  5. I love this idea! That image from the vintage Argos catalogue is brilliant. I bet its going to look amazing when it's done!

    1. Thank you! It's so much fun trawling all the old catalogues for inspiration too.

  6. Aaah Jess — I blooming LOVE you!!!! Anyone who goes to this much trouble for a dolls house is right up there in my estimation. I cannot WAIT to see this when it's finished — it's going to look AWESOME.

    You should make one for every decade — that would be spectacular! Thanks so much for linking up with us :) #HomeEtc

    1. Hehe, thank you! I've kind of toyed with the idea of doing a 70s themed doll house for years so there's a lot of ideas to sift through. I would LOVE to do one for every decade - I think my OH might have something to say about it though... ;)

  7. Oh wow and how exciting - cannot wait to see! Fab project. Thanks for linking up! Jess xx


    1. Thank you! Hopefully I'll start having some progress posts before long :)


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