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Schoenhut Beverly Hills 1939

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Coming to America!






Christine and Hans-Herman Anderson  left their home in Minden, Germany and immigrated to Texas .... the US state with the most embarrassing politicians.

The Andersons were residents of Püppilottchen’s Toy Blog . They decided to sell their Lundby Stockholm villa and move to Texas where Hans-Herman will be setting up his pediatric practice. Here you can read the story of how they met and fell in love.



 
Since they are making this a permanent move, they brought lots of luggage.
 
 
 
 
The appointment with their realtor, Chantelle Seller, is at her home. Christine and Hans are thinking that Texans dress very casually....but they both agree that she has a very nice home. Chantelle introduces them to her husband Chip.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chantelle has found them a very nice rental that is fully furnished, and hopes they like modern houses. This home, she tells them, was built by Brio in 1966. The Andersons are thinking they should have rested after arriving this morning....they have a feeling they look like zombies.
 
 
 
 
 
Entering the house, Chantelle first takes them to the kitchen. Christine comments that she likes the color scheme of lime green and turquoise, then laughing she says "We come all the way to America and we get a European size fridge!"  Hans-Herman, who considers himself quite the chef, tells Chantelle it looks like a good work space.
 
 
 
 
 
Next they check out the bathroom. "Hmm, only one sink," says Christine, "but I think the mirror is large enough to share!"  "It looks like I stepped in something, " says Hans-Herman, "and I'm tracking it everywhere! What is this? Tacky wax?"
 
 
 
 

Christine falls in love with the dining room.  Hans-Herman likes the corner area  where he and Christine can relax with an after dinner drink and contemplate just what makes Texas conservative politicians bat-shit crazy.
 
 
 Up the stairs! says Madge.
 
 
 
 
 
"Come, come! Come see your new living area. I just know you will love it!" 
 
 
 
 
"So, what do you think? Do you like the fireplace? You rarely need one in Houston, but we just turn the air as low as it will go and light a fire!"
 
 
 
Christine starts playing some tunes on the baby grand. She had to sell her piano before leaving Germany, so she is happy to see one as part of their furnishings.
 
 
 
 
"Awwwk! Your boobs are falling out of your halter top!" says Hans-Herman. "OMG did I say that out loud??? I was trying to say where will I put the wide screen TV?"
 
 
 
 
 "So nice to have a vanity table since the bathroom is so small, " says Christine.
Hans adds, "The bed looks large enough for three.....I mean comfy for both of us."
 
 
 
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"Yes, comfy, very comfy indeed!" 
 
 
 
 
 
 "Christine, I think we will be very happy here."
 
 
 
 
 This Brio house was sold in 1966.
 
Needing to date your house? Go to  Swedish Dollshouses  where you will find dollhouses from the Swedish, Danish, and English toy companies Lundby,  Brio, Lerro, Micki Leksaker, Kährs, Lisa of Denmark,  Hanse, and Barton.
 
Elisabeth also has catalogs, from the 1950s to the present, showing dollhouse furniture from Lundby, Brio, Caroline's Home, Lisa of Denmark, Hanse, Bodo Henning, Dora Kuhn and Modella. If you haven't discovered this wonderful website previously, discover it now!
 
 
Four sets of Brio furniture can be found in this house....

 
three bedroom pieces...as seen in the 1974 Brio house on the Swedish Dollshouse website...
 
 
 
dining set of 6 pieces which can be seen in the 1977 Brio house....
 
 
 
partial living room set, 2 pieces (seen in the 1974 Brio house,
the table in the 1968 Brio house)
 
 
 
and the 3 piece bath set seen in the 1966 Brio house.
 
 
 


 With the exception of this wooden flower stand by Lisa of Denmark (1974), the rest of the pieces in the house were produced by Lundby.
 

26 comments:

  1. cute story and idea-full and pretty house! :)

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  2. Cute story, laughed out loud when he stepped in tacky wax! Good thing he will not be around the Realtor any more! House is adorable and decorated so cute!

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    1. Too lazy to retake the picture after I noticed the tacky wax....or the zombie look on their faces.....or the boobs showing!

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  3. Another great story! You really gave me some laughs--thank you! The house and furniture are wonderful--too fun! xo Jennifer

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    1. Thank you....I do get silly sometimes! and I love the wall paper in this house.

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    1. Thank you! and you have a neat blog! Will add to my list!

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  5. I loved your story! I lived in Houston for several years and the people were the friendliest of anyplace I ever lived, (and I did turn the air conditioning on in winter so we could have a fire in the fireplace... ) Thank you for the education on the Brio house and furniture.

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    1. Hi Neen! Love your post on your art deco radio house...so many excellent ideas! I have a table radio that I am planning to make into an art deco room box. Thank you for saying Houstonians are friendly...made my day!

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  6. I'm so glad they've arrived, and I love their house! Terrific choice of artworks and curtains and rugs :-) Great story, too!!!

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    1. Rebecca, they arrived before the house was ready! I love the way Call of the Small tells us her design took her 47 minutes....I would have to say 2 weeks, 4 days and 5 hours.....or more.

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  7. Oh my! Loved this story, also loved getting pointed in the direction of Hans-Herman's original bachelor flat. (I've been lurking for ages...)

    Question: Who made the white desk in Chantelle's sitting room? (Apologies if it's some obvious maker like Lundby -- there's a lot of 1960s/1970s 3/4-scale that I don't recognize readily.)

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    1. Nicola did have a wonderful story line with Christine and Hans-Herman, that's why I had to have them when she gave them up for her love of her little dolls.
      The white desk in Chantelle's sitting room is the vanity for a Brio bedroom set. The Swedish Dollshouses website is a wonderful source for identifying the Scandinavian made furniture. cheers!

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  8. HAHAHA boobs are falling out!!! YOu are so funny!

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  9. Cute story, laughed out loud when he stepped in tacky wax! Good thing he will not be around the Realtor any more! House is adorable and decorated so cute.
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  10. Lovely pictures, I really enjoyed reading this story =)
    Hope they will have a good life in America =)
    Hannah

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  11. Thanks for the laughs, I even learned a new expression (bat-shit crazy) :D Love the house and furniture!

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    1. You have now been corrupted by reading my blog!

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  12. I don't have any old dollhouses, but I enjoy your blog and stop in once in a while. I was laughing when I read this story. I live in Texas and thoroughly enjoyed the first sentence. This winter we've been using the fireplace without turning on the A/C first!

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    1. Hasn't it been great having an actual winter in Texas!!

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  13. Aw, I don't know why I missed this cute story... ?! I really loved to read everything and laughed out loud about Hans Hermann's blooper ;) I can see they really have a cosy new home and I hope they settled in nicely?!

    Thanks a again for giving them a new home, Florine ♥ Hugs, Nicola

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    1. I am so happy to have them living here....must meet the other neighbors soon!

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