The Victoria and the English Country Miniature House

by brae  

Yes, I know I'm a long way from finishing the Brownstone -- barely started, is more like it -- and I have the Creatin' Contest for this year as well.  But, I have two wonderful sets of plans for future builds to share today.  You know how saddened I was over the Carlson's Miniatures Queen Anne Tudor outcome, but either or both of these will more than make up for it.  I wonder if there are any built versions of these houses out there.  :D

First is the Victoria, also by Carlson's Miniatures.  I purchased a set of four plans in a lot on eBay.  I've since resold the other three, but this is why I bought the lot in the first place.

Its footprint is 2' x 2', which is pretty impressive for the amount of detailing involved.  What an interesting structure!

The second is the English Country Miniature House.  This was a featured build in Decorating & Craft Ideas magazine, spreading out over three 1981 issues in January/February, March and April.  I ran across this build in Greenleaf member Debra's album.  The house was designed by Jack E. Cavender, A.I.A., of Doll Domiciles, as noted in the magazine.


drawing from Decorating & Craft Ideas magazine

You can find these magazine issues on amazon and eBay, but you were to send away for the plans.  They are not included in the magazine.  :\

Luckily, Debra had them and decided she would most likely never get around to building the house, so the plans are now in my collection.

She also sent me the April 1981 magazine that shows the completed, furnished house.  Here is a sampling of the fine detailing found inside.  There are six main rooms, so it is open on one side and in the back.  This is the back view.

I picked up the other two magazines on eBay to complete the set.  It's easier to store dollhouse plans than actual kits.  :D

The March 1981 issue shows the landscaping details.  The base is almost 60" wide if you include the shed and side garden.

As an aside, old magazines are a hoot to look through in general.  Mom has a bunch of old craft and knitting magazines she plans to keep.  We flipped through one of them, and the thing that jumped out at us the most were the cigarette ads.  You don't see those anymore.  First page of the Decorating & Craft Ideas magazine from 1981...a smiling dude smoking a Golden Light.  :O  There was even a cigarette ad on the back cover...with one more somewhere in the middle.  So strange to see these now.

There was also an ad to sign up for the House of Miniatures kit-of-the-month club!  Now we scour eBay and garage sales looking for these treasures.

7 comments

Comment from: Blondie [Visitor]

I can’t WAIT to see you build these! :) :) And yes, loooove the old magazines. So funny and interesting.

05/19/14 @ 11:26
Comment from: April [Visitor]

Such beautiful houses and the details *swoon*. I love all the balconies on the Victoria

05/19/14 @ 12:37
Comment from: Debora [Visitor]

I love the new (old) house plans! Can’t wait!

05/19/14 @ 15:13
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]

I love the landscaping of that house on the pic! You will be a busy lady for a long time to come!

05/20/14 @ 04:29
Comment from: 12Create [Visitor]

They are both really interesting plans. I love the balconies and porch on the Victoria and the shed and landscaping on the English Country.

05/21/14 @ 03:30
Comment from: Daphne K. [Visitor]

Those are such neat plans – thanks for sharing the eye candy! Looking forward to what you have planned. And yes, those magazine ads are pretty hysterical. Funny how things have changed in the last few decades. :D

05/23/14 @ 03:57
Comment from: M. [Visitor]

Doll Domiciles… sigh.
I still have one of their brochures tucked away somewhere.
I was too young/poor to ever purchase anything from them but they were so covetable!
I can’t wait to see what you do with these!

07/14/14 @ 15:01