Monday, March 24, 2014

Playhouses, Campers, and Cabins Oh My!


This house is AMAZING.  It's like my dream house!
But if you look closely, you'll see that it's a playhouse....yes, a playhouse.
All I can think is, "I'd like to supersize my order please, thank you."
This little cutie can be found at Posh Tots.  They even make little vintage looking gas stations, grocery stores and corner diners (for a price of course).




Wouldn't it be fun to have a peek inside?  And wouldn't it be even more fun to decorate?

I had a simple playhouse when I was a kid.  It was a little shed in our backyard, with a door but no windows.  My dad sawed in a window and put up a little mantle on the back wall.  My mom gave me an old spice rack (with actual spices in it) and I used my little tin dishes to make mud pies.  I'd use beans from the caragana bushes, bird berries and a sprinkle of spices.  To this day, when I smell Paprika or Nutmeg they take me back to my little playhouse.  

I had a little cupboard that my grandfather built me when I was two.  He built it out of an old wash basin cabinet that he and grandma had used for years.  When my daughter was two, I repainted the little cupboard and fixed it up a bit.  She played with it for a long time.

My dishes were little tin dishes along with a set of child-sized Tupperware.

The tin dishes had a picture of little Red Riding Hood on them.  Because I was a child and didn't take pictures of anything, these photos found online will have to do.

I had little tin dishes just like these.

And I loved making mud muffins in my muffin tins.


Along with my little cupboard, I had a small round table with two chairs that was a gift from my Grandma Hen.  The table top was printed with pink gingham and the chairs had glossy, pink seats covers.  It all looked like they came out of a child sized ice cream parlor.  My mother gave me an old metal canister set that sat up on the mantle.  I think Mom also made a set of curtains for the little window. 
It was a pretty bare little playhouse, with unfinished, dark brown walls, but I loved it!
I think it would be fun to once again have a playhouse.  My sister-in-law twisted her husband's arm into purchasing an older little camper for her and the kids to hang-out in.  They permanently set it in their side yard and added a little wooden patio to the front.  It's adorable.  She made little curtains and cushions for it and her older girls have a lot of fun with it.  

Wouldn't that be a hoot-n-a half!

Here are some cute little campers I found online.







 



Unfortunately, our neighborhood policies don't allow anyone to place cute little campers in our yards (I totally understand why, but still...*sniff*...it would be fun.)  But you can't stop a girl from dreaming.  

Then there are cabins.  Some people have "get-away" cabins on a lake or on the prairie.

My "get-away" cabin would be a tiny little house that needs a little TLC in a little tiny town of maybe 200-300 people or so.  Maybe my little house would be near a small park.  I would have to be a house with a very small price tag, and you know what?  I'd decorate it all 1930s and 1940s decor.  No TVs allowed!  We would only have a vintage radio, connected to my iPhone or iPod full of old time radio MP3s. 

I like this photo, but I'd want a more comfy chair and some embroidery to be working on.




This picture of a family sitting around the radio is precious.  It doesn't look like a large house and I like that about it.  They have a Victrola in the living room.

I'd use very little electricity in my little house, not like we use in a modern household each day. 

I like the move Swing Shift for many reasons, but one of the reasons is the house that Goldie Hawn's character lives in with her husband.  It's a small bungalow in a little neighborhood.  You can see many pictures of it here on the blog Hooked on Houses (a very addictive site) or, you can rent and watch the movie!  Check it out, it's a cute place.  That is the décor I would have.  I really like the pink love seat and chair and all of the little built-ins throughout the whole house.

Goldie Hawn-living room
 
And the kitchen....swoon!

bungalow kitchen
And what a CUTE kitchen!!
 
Yup, I want this to be my "get-away" place.

Well, I hope you enjoyed that fun little chat about houses!

That's all for today.  Until another time, keep dreaming and have a very vintage day!

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