My Vintage Dollhouses

Schoenhut Beverly Hills 1939

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Rory Hill Moves Out

Rory Hill is 37.  Recently his mom told him that he was certainly old enough to be living on his own. After taking a couple of days to think that over, he started looking for  the right place for a successful young accountant to live---a batchelor pad for Mr. Rory Hill!


He looked in The Heights, in Montrose, the Midtown area, and finally found the perfect place near Rice Village , north of the university. He felt very lucky when he found this mid-century modern bungalow built by Albin Schonherr...and at just the right price. The walls needed new paper, but Rory was too excited to wait for his landlord to install wallpaper or paint.  He wanted to move in right away.  What a great idea his mother had!  Aren't mothers always right about these things?


Rory went straight to Alabama Furniture , a store specializing in quality consignment furniture, and selected some great Bodo Hennig items from the 60s era for his living room. He asked if they could be delivered the same day. When mom "puts a bug in his ear", he acts on it as quickly as possible!



The bungalow has a great kitchen. Hmmn, he certainly will miss his mom's great cooking...but with a nice large kitchen, maybe he will learn to cook.  Yes, cooking lessons will definitely be in order....he must check with Chara Gifford at urbanCHEF to see what classes are available.



Mom was kind enough to stock his pantry and also pick up some deli from Central Market for his first meal in his new home....now to squeeze it all in this small fridge!


Looking for just the right art work to compliment his "new" furniture, Rory visited a couple of his favorite galleries, Nau-Haus and John Cleary.  Finally, in a small gallery in his new neighborhood, he discovered several prints he thought would be perfect for his new space. The prints were listed by Australian photographer Rebecca Green, but no titles were given.


For now he decided to refer to them as Table Tops and Stacked Tables; maybe later he will google Ms. Green's name and discover if she  titled these delightful pieces.



A favorite place for Rory in his new home is the patio and steps leading up to his front door. Even with this city's "hot and humid" reputation, he finds this outdoor area to be pleasant and cool...and the perfect place for an after-dinner drink.


"Yoo-hoo!  Hey hunny-bun!"  Is that a neighbor calling him from across the street......?



[Albin Schonherr house was found on German eBay last winter; it seems to be a fairly popular model as it comes up for auction quite often.  All the furniture was found on US eBay during the last several years.]

24 comments:

  1. Love it! great pictures, you have a wonderful collection!

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  2. I like this pictures, the dollhouse is beautiful, I like the facade with the awning! greetings

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  3. wonderful furnished and decorated and the 50s 60s Hennig pieces are so perfectly put together - and a piano, that is not easy to be got, even in Germany - all together a feast for a Hennig-lover, thank you! greetings from my holiday in France

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  4. I love the decor. Such beautiful furniture and objects! I'm glad I dropped by for a visit!

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  5. I love it! It all looks fantastic together - for an accountant, Rory Hill has great taste ;-) And I am very excited and flattered that he selected two of my prints to adorn his living room - I think these are my first sales!!!

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  6. Great house and great story! Watch out for those neighbors. I don't think mom would approve!

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  7. What a great house, especially love that linoleum floor!
    The neighbors look a bit TOO friendly!

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  8. Thank you, Margot...dollhouses still hold such a fascination for me...61 years after receiving my first one!

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  9. Hi Paky! The original brackets for the awning weren't included...if you only knew how many different things I tried to get that awning to stay UP! I wanted it high enough to be able to see the doors...it is currently held up with belt eyelets and dowel rods...

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  10. I'm so glad you enjoyed it, diepuppenstuebensammlerin. I am still enjoying looking at your personal book of Hennig furniture...I'm so glad you shared that with us.
    I felt lucky to get the piano with other pieces; I assume it had a bench at one time.
    Hope you are having a great vacation!

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  11. Hi Rebecca! Hennig furniture is great, isn't it! and aren't your prints wonderful with this furniture? Want to give them a name?
    Rory said he is sure the check is in the mail....;)

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  12. Thanks, Heather! What are you saying that mom wouldn't approve?? They are just ballerinas!! OK, so one has lost her tutu and I was really wishing I had fishnet hose for them....

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  13. Vonlipi, thank you thank you thank you! I'm glad you dropped by for a visit also...because I discovered your blog and it made me laugh...can't beat that!

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  14. Hi Rick! Did you know that in the 50s my elementary school and almost every strip center at that time had these same linoleum floors?? Brings back memories...good ones!

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  15. Whoa! His house is divine. And the neighborhood! Mom was right. He needs to get out there! :) CM

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  16. I'm so glad Rory got out of the family basement and into a swinging bachelor pad of his very own. And by the palor of his skin, it was just in the nick of time. (He should spend lots of time on the patio!)

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  17. Hi CM! Maybe the boy should be with Daphne and Colette in SF this week...they look like they are having FUN!! Hope you and Susan are able to keep up with them! Flo

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  18. Hi Sandy! Do you think Rory is safe on the patio with the big girls that live across the street? :)

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  19. Oh my goodness, you have the CUTEST blog ever! I love his house, I want to move in! Maybe you, me, and Rory, ala Three's Company? What do you think? LOL! Awesome, job, truely.

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  20. Near Rice Village is a very nice location. I'm sure he'll be happy in his new home.

    I enjoy looking at your old dollhouses. I have some childhood photos of me with a few dollhouses and I've often thought of seriously looking for them. Two come up on eBay fairly often, but I just don't have the room so I guess I'll have to be content with looking at other people's houses. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. Please tell Rory to just stay on the porch and watch the ladies. They look like trouble with a capital T. Way cool lamp in living room. Also adore the Bodo Hennig furniture. You are so entertaining with your blog. Fun-Fun-Fun!

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  22. Great bachelor pad, I love the style! And he has a great taste in art, Rebecca's prints are very cool!

    And friendly and sweet neighbours too, what more can a man wish for? :-)

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  23. Thank you, Amy! It is a great little house, isn't it?


    Hi Betty! You are so lucky to have pictures of yourself with your dollhouses! Just one would not take up much room...and it could be a conversation piece. I can't express how much joy I get from all my little houses. Hugs, Flo

    Hey Miss Amy! I will tell Rory you are concerned for his welfare...we need a blog about your little peeps really soon!!

    Hi Pubdoll! I think he's a little behind Karl Edo in the social department...should I let him read your blog when Karl has his party? :)

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  24. He's most welcome, it turned out to be a bit more quiet party than usual (pictures will come soon) so I think it's safe :-)

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