Real life? At the moment it's in chaos. Furniture piled up and covered with dust sheets, to-do lists as long as your arm and endless trips to the DIY superstore. Time to escape to the mini world so I'm joining Gunvald for a bottle of Swedish wine.
As promised here's a peep at dolls' house number three, my second 1970s Lundby Gothenburg. Initally I was searching eBay for an extention block to add to my other house but found this house listed locally and won it for a bargainous £20.
I thought I'd pay homage to Lundby's Swedish heritage by decorating the rooms in Josef Frank prints. Frank (1885 - 1967) was Austrian born but after fleeing the Nazis, he adopted Swedish citizenship in the 1930s. This design, Varklockor, was created in 1940.
The Lundby stereo system complete with speakers and stand has to be my favourite piece of furniture, the record player arm actually moves and the smoked glass lid is hinged so it can be closed after use.
Liv's leatherette swivel chair is the coolest thing ever.
Granny's in the kitchen, She's making a Princess Cake, a traditional Swedish layer cake consisting of alternating layers of airy sponge cake, raspberry jam , pastry cream, and a thick-domed layer of whipped cream. She's topped it with marzipan, to give the cake a smooth rounded top.
Another avocado bathroom suite - this time I've tiled it with black mosiac tiles with a slight metallic sheen.
You've seen Liv and Axel's bedroom before.
I thought I'd sneak in whilst they were out. That's the Can Can, London dress I scored off eBay last week.
The banana leaf salon has been on my blog before HERE.
As has the basement bathroom and young Saga.
Granddad's fixing Sven's Chopper bike.
Signe's sorting out the laundry in the utility room while Jussi the Boxer looks on.
Signe dreams of running away to the circus and escaping the domestic drugery. She's alway buying vintage circus posters from Tradera (the Swedish equivalent of eBay).
The traditional dining furniture (inherited from the in-laws) needed an injection of funkiness and this Swedish designer wallpaper fitted the bill nicely.
Axel's holding the baby in the living room. He's watching a repeat of Wallander, his favourite Scandi TV crime series after The Bridge.
I've already seen this episode, The Troubled Man, so I'm getting a few tips from my Making Miniatures book.
I made Caroline's dress from a knackered sari and a couple of hair bands - she's planning on wearing it to the office party next month.
Sven's invited Ellias round for tea. He's playing him the latest Abba cassette but Ellias isn't a fan, he prefers Country & Western much to Sven's disgust.
An hour spent playing with my doll's house and my sanity has been restored. I'd better go and check if my paint has dried.
Linking to Patti & the Gang for Visible Monday. See you soon!