26 Aug 2013, 7:51pm
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Etsy Find: MODplayhouse

They’ve been around since 2011, but I have yet to show you these modern modular playhouses.  Now with new photos and a new website, I think it’s time to let you know about these colorful cuties from MODplayhouse.

MODplayhouse

Not quite a “dollhouse”, the kits can be used to create all kinds of structures for whatever characters your kids choose to fill them with from fairies, to farm animals to dinosaurs.

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With a system of interlocking panels and posts, the structures can be assembled many different ways.

MODplayhouse outside

I love that they’re handmade, eco-friendly and made in the US.  Of course those kinds of credentials come with a matching price tag.  The Starter Kit (not shown) is $125, the Basic Kit (middle image) is $225 and the Deluxe Kit (shown at the top) is $395.

16 Jan 2013, 11:26am
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Etsy Find: Modern Dollhouse from New8th Furniture

I know most of use aren’t in the market for a $450 dollhouse, but that doesn’t mean we can’t admire it.  From New8th Furniture’s etsy shop, this Black Walnut Modern Dollhouse is a tiny work of art.

Modern Dollhouse 2 is nothing to scoff at either. $350

11 Oct 2012, 9:06am
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Urban Girl Dollhouse

Here’s another modern dollhouse to help fuel my obsession. Take a look at the new Urban Girl Dollhouse.

This architect designed, open concept, urban house, is built in Indiana using eco-friendly materials and safe finishes.  It ships fully assembled and ready for play.  My only criticism is the name, as there’s nothing girly about this dollhouse and it’s perfect for boys and girls.

The dollhouse retails for $300 and the dolls and furniture sell separately.

16 Aug 2012, 10:08am
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Brinca Dada in Pink: The Zoe House

The girls win this round.  Brinca Dada is coming out with a pink version of their Dylan House, called the Zoe House.

With furniture, the Zoe House should retail for about $170 and is expected out this October.

More from Brinca Dada

First news I’d like to share is that the Emerson House has been discontinued and is being replaced by the smaller Edward House.

The Edward House is currently available for $279 (limited time), but usually will retail for $349.

Second, the Bennett House is finally available!

The furniture Dylan Furniture collection is now available and the complete Maison Collection is absolutely incredible– as it should be for $349.

Finally, Brinca Dada has a set of teak hardwood blocks that are unlike any others.  Regularly $59, right now you can snag these for $49.

I can’t wait to see what they come up with next!

My New Toy Finds from ABC Kids Expo 2011

My second day at ABC Kids Expo, I was out for fun and looking for toys.  I’m always searching for the best modern vehicles, blocks, stuffies, rattles, rings, teethers, dollhouses, riding toys and rocking toys for my modern toy guide.

The first thing I was excited to see (finally!) was the School Bus from Green Toys.  It’s a great addition to their collection of vehicles made from 100% recycled plastic.

I’m a big fan of Plan Toys.  My boys would have loved these new toys like the Leaf Magnifier, Caterpillar Telescope, Snail Measuring Tape and Tool Belt.  The scale and cash register expand the extensive wooden play food collection.

I finally got to see the Uptown Espresso Kitchen in person while visiting with Kidkraft.  Yup, still want one.

And KidKraft’s So Chic Dollhouse is a nice modern styled dollhouse if you want something really huge.  Yes, I’m going to put in a little holiday shopping reminder here in October.

Sevi is coming out with a nice new dollhouse.  The figures are pretty small so this is for the older kids, but would be cute on display until they can play with the pieces.

And probably my favorite new dollhouse find was the All Season House from educo.  Great colors, small footprint to play area ratio and the green roof flips over to a white side for “winter”.

We’ve been talking about cardboard playhouses lately, but I haven’t seen anything like this awesome kitchen and car from Green Town Toys.  Their castle is really nice as well and the cardboard chairs are adorable.

The topozoo display caught my eye as I went by.  I saw them more as great decor because of their size, but these mix and match puzzle toys are fun, clever, eco-friendly and not that expensive.  The sets of 3 animals (safari, monsters or dinosaurs) are just $30.  The new owl has felt pieces and would look great on a shelf.

The last thing I want to share is the Skwish Mobile from Manhattan Toy.  It’s a nice wooden mobile that looks great from baby’s perspective below as well as in the room.

Are any of my toy finds going on your holiday lists?

New From Brinca Dada: Dylan House

While we’re still waiting on Brinca Dada’s Bennett House, they’re going to distract us with the Dylan House.  Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with five rooms on three levels (living/dining room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and rooftop patio), the 3/4″ scale house will retail for $149 (furniture sold separately) and starts shipping July 15th!

**From now until 9PM on July 11th, the Dylan House is being offered on Gilt for $149 INCLUDING the furniture.  If you’re going to get one of these, this is the time.  You can use my invite link if you’re not already signed up at Gilt.**

Brinca Dada Update: Furniture Collection Now Available

The Brinca Dada Emerson dollhouse first went on sale back in August and now, just in time for the holidays, you can furnish that little beauty.  For $219 you get the Classic Contemporary set of furniture for 7 rooms (living, dining, kitchen, office, bath, master bedroom and child’s bedroom).  It’s the most beautiful set of dollhouse furnishings EVER so drool away…

While Brinca Dada remains in the dream realm for most of us, there are a couple of giveaways going on right now where you have a chance to win one.

Inhabitots is giving away a furnished house.  Enter here (before December 12, 2010).
Oompa.com is also hosting a giveaway of a furnished Emerson house.  Enter here (before December 7, 2010).

If you one of the lucky few who can purchase Brinca Dada’s creations, the Emerson House and furnishings are available at our affiliate Fawn & Forest.

2 Dec 2010, 4:09pm
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Links to Love: Cheerios Dollhouse

You may have noticed I have a little obsession with dollhouses.  There are lots of cool ones you can buy out there, but sometimes it’s more fun to just whip one up for yourself.  This Cheerios Dollhouse was made by Joel Henriques of the blog “made by joel.”  You can have a dollhouse whenever you need one, and can recycle it as soon as playtime is done!

The post on his blog includes a how-to video so be sure to check that out.

Thanks for the inspiration Joel!

My Modern Nursery #30: Not The Usual Safari Nursery

I was excited when Q Collection Jr. came out with its new Animali Crib Sets (now listed on buymodernbedding!).  They’re lovely, and I wanted to try my hand at using this pattern in a nursery design.  I just love how it turned out!  It’s a really chic and sophisticated modern version of a Safari themed nursery.

Safari Nursery

1- Animali Crib Set in Cardamom from Q Collection Junior- $395

2- Q Collection Junior Cielo Crib in Moonlight- $1180

3- Rayray Dollhouse from momoll- $320 (now listed on buymoderntoys!)

4- Cardboard Rhino Trophy Head- $30

5- Tube Top Colors Table Lamp by Pablo- $110

6- Bureau with 3 drawers from furniturea- $1595

7- Window Seat from furniturea- $1265

8- Birth Poster from ameliaKDESIGNS on etsy- $25

9- Carter Swivel Glider in Spice from Room & Board- $850
Even Elephant from rabbitsmoon on etsy- $36.50

10- Safari Rug from West Elm- 8’x10′- $500


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