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  1. Hi everyone, I was contacted today by someone who saw my Ebay ad for the Superlative Dollhouse San Francisco Townhouse.   She is the daughter of the man who designed the dollhouse, and she gave me permission to share this story with you all: "Every once in a while, I google Superlative Doll House(s). Today I got a hit. You might wonder why. My father was the person behind superlative doll houses. Started in the 1970's from our house. He did the designs at our kitchen table. Someone else did the big cutting for us, but everything else was done at home. So happy to see one out in circulation. We have several of the doll house fronts amongst the family (smaller wall versions), and I have one SF victorian like this one. Good luck selling it. As I said, you have made my day!   You may certainly share the info. Based on the address on the sticker this one was actually probably made between 1979 and 1980, give or take a few months. We worked out of our home in Los Altos from 1973-74 until about 1979 when someone (maybe in our neighborhood) 'ratted us out' to the town and it had to be moved. There was another move in 1980 ish to another location after the Weddell Dr. site (my brother and I are trying to work out the actual dates). My father had the killer work ethic/pride and had been laid off. Went to the local hobby store and was astounded at the crappy doll houses that were being offered, thought, I could do that, and off we went. We started out making houses and some furniture, switched to just houses and went from there. There are other models that we did, but this was by far the most popular/recognized. We have the Better Homes and Gardens (I think) magazine cover that it was in as part of the cover shoot, and one was in an episode of Murder She Wrote (something was hidden in the doll house). Unfortunately, the downturn in the economy in the early 80s hit the miniatures collectors market hard and that combined with the cost of a separate location led to doing other woodwork and eventually the demise of 'Superlative'. The name was my father's idea too. He actually used it while we were grown up - sometimes seriously and sometimes in fun, but it was what he wanted them to be. I am hoping that somewhere we still have at least one of the drawings he did. My brother posted about this on facebook yesterday for TBT and it has been fun to have all the old friends/neighbors chiming in. – Joanne"   You can see pictures of my dollhouse here from my blog: http://rockawayrosedollhouse.blogspot.com/2015/12/rehabbed-san-franscisco-townhouse.html    
  2. After working on it off and on for two years, including a move from NYC to Florida, illness, a family death et al, it is basically complete!  Have put it up for sale but if it doesn't sell right away I think I will rework the 2nd floor porch railings with the Real Good Toys porch railings or something along those lines. I find the uploading process here frustrating, so if you don't mind heading over to my blog, here's the link.  Would love to know what you think!  I visioned it as a Key West house, music-oriented, and wanted to have the color come from the furniture and artwork so have intentionally left the walls white.   Flooring is all removable template.  Feel so relieved to finally have this done! http://rockawayrosedollhouse.blogspot.com/search/label/Key%20West%20dollhouse and happy holidays to everyone from sunny Miami Beach! Arianna  
  3. This rare dollhouse which I have painted and decorated is my pride and joy. I purchased it as an unpainted shell from the original owner in NJ about 2 years ago. As you all know, Hofco made very high-end dollhouses in the 1980s which are very sought-after now (you can search for Hofco dollhouses on Ebay to see the kind of prices they fetch - a google search turns up an auction one year ago for the same make/model that went for over $2000). Made of cabinet-grade wood, this is a sturdy house but with delicate features. The 2-story porch is one of the widest dollhouse porches in the business. All of the windows are Hofco windows, and all of the doors with the exception of the swinging door to the kitchen which is a houseworks door. All furniture is included, and I will throw in the Ikea rolling cart base free of charge. Must pick up - Miami Beach Normandy Isle, Florida location - elevator building. Created in a smoke-free apartment. You will need at least two people to get it to your vehicle, and note dimensions: approximately 4 ft x 3 ft x 2 ft (dollhouse). Rolling cart is 58" long x 35" high x 15'" wide.Ground floor: 3 rooms: Living Room/Dining Room/Kitchen 1st Floor: 3 bedrooms and hallway with French doors that leads out to porch. Top Floor: 2 rooms. I've painted the interior white, and left it that way for future owners to decorate as they wish. The floors are templates that are removable in case you'd like different flooring or want to electrify the dollhouse. Will include touch-up paint. You can see many more pictures of the dollhouse on my blog:https://rockawayrosedollhouse.blogspot.com/search/label/Key%20West%20dollhouseJust the furniture alone is approximately $900 so this is a deal. Priced to sell as I need to make room for other projects. Will consider serious best offers.
  4. Unusual in-the-round dollhouse

    Hi everyone, I'm finally back to dollhousing after a six-month break - we moved to Miami Beach from NYC and it's taken a while to get the apartment set up and deal with reall-life stuff.  I just rehabbed this unusual in-the-round dollhouse for a client who wants to use it for her feng shui workshops to show ideal furniture placement.    If anyone has any guesses as to the name of the dollhouse and manufacturer - there is a pic of the label on it but unfortunately part of the label is missing with that key information.  Here is my blog post with pics: http://rockawayrosedollhouse.blogspot.com/2016/12/the-in-round-dollhouse.html Happy holidays to all.  Now back to work on the Key West Dollhouse (Hofco Americana)...
  5. So excited! Picked up this craigslist score today.this particular model of the Stockholm was manufactured somewhere between 1976-1985.  Needs some rehab but in pretty good shape. Not bad for $50!
  6. I've posted all the final pictures on my blog.  Let me know what you think!  Taking a few days rest before I tackle the rehab of the Artply Granville....   http://rockawayrosedollhouse.blogspot.com/2016/01/the-completed-fred-ginger-art-deco.html
  7. Coinciding with the end of break, I have finished the Lasertech Designs Beach Cottage tonight!  That's four dollhouses completed since Thanksgiving, whee!!!  I've uploaded a few pics to my gallery but many more are on my blog page: http://rockawayrosedollhouse.blogspot.com/2016/01/lasertech-designs-beach-cottage_4.html Let me know what you think!  
  8. The boathouse

    From the album Bungalow on the Boardwalk

    Painted and decorated a complimentary storage shed/boathouse for the bungalow.
  9. From the album San Francisco Townhouse - Madame Genevieve's School of Dance

    starting the makeover. The facade will be mint green, lavender, and a salmon pink.

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  10. Top floor right

    From the album San Francisco Townhouse - Madame Genevieve's School of Dance

    Yes, that is a dresser attached to the wall. Yikes.

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  11. Townhouse - interior view

    From the album Townhouse - Museum of Contemporary Art

    nice inside, just needs stair railings glued. passageways from room to room are irregular size for a door, so decided it would be fun to create a modern art museum and leave walls and floor as is.

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  12. Townhouse - Museum of Contemporary Art

    From the album Townhouse - Museum of Contemporary Art

    beautiful front facade.

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  13. Townhouse - Side View

    From the album Townhouse - Museum of Contemporary Art

    © The dollhouse whisperer

  14. Signed by the Artist

    From the album Townhouse - Museum of Contemporary Art

    Signature on bottom of dollhouse, seems to be "Lynne" but not sure. Owner said he purchased dollhouse from Tiny Dollhouse shop in NYC in 1999.

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  15. Paint job inside

    From the album San Francisco Townhouse - Madame Genevieve's School of Dance

    top floor will have mirrored walls as the ballet studio; main floor the reception desk and store; bottom floor the changing room and lounge.

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  16. Inside view

    From the album San Francisco Townhouse - Madame Genevieve's School of Dance

    bottom two floors were okay with a bad musty smell. top floor a mess, one side with grey glitter paint, the other side with a mirror wall and what looks like gold spray paint. Good news, electrified and it all works except for one ceiling light, and has outlets wired around the rooms. That saves so much time and money.

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  17. From the album San Francisco Townhouse - Madame Genevieve's School of Dance

    This is a Superior Dollhouses "San Francisco Townhouse" from about 1980. These are the colors when I picked it up in Philly in December 2014.

    © The Dollhouse Whisperer