Saturday, December 18, 2010

My Play Scale Christmas Diorama

I recently purchased a GORM shelving system from IKEA. It was easy to put together and I love it! I already had BONDE bookcases from IKEA, but the interior dimensions of the shelving area made it a little hard to realistically display my dolls. With this GORM system, I'm able to have a larger space to display each "room" of my diorama.

On this level of the shelving, we enter the apartment of the play scale, or 1/6th scale, dolls. Guests enter the living room from a patio (not shown). Displayed is a silver tinsel Christmas tree from Michael's along with various miniature ornaments. Under the tree are wrapped Christmas presents from both Michael's and Walmart. From this angle we get a glimpse of what is to come.

Here we get a full view of the living room. Darius is seated in a side chair from Welcome Home by Maryann Roy. In fact, much of the furniture you see in this room is Welcome Home furniture.  The sofa, coffee table, floor lamp, room divider, and fireplace wall back drop were all created by Maryann Roy. I love her mid-century modern flair! The On Location model muse is wearing a Santa t-shirt that is actually a Jolee's Boutique scrap book embellishment.

After the living room, we pass into the dining room where the table is already set for the impending feast.  The table is from a Gloria dining room set that was refurbished by a friend to look more realistic. Seriously, does anyone out there have a pink dining table in human size? Once again, there are other pieces from Welcome Home. The gold buffet and the window seat back drop are fairly recent additions from Maryann. The chandelier is from Kikkerland. They were given out at the 2010 Barbie Convention, but I actually bought this from a room seller at the 2009 Barbie Convention. The clear is no longer available from the Kikkerland website, but you can still get the black or pink variant. And the best part? The chandelier really lights up! It's battery operated so no need for an outlet. The rugs in the two rooms are from eBay. They are woven cloth.

You can see a few more pictures on my Flickr page.


  1. The apartment is looking fabulous, Valerie!

  2. Hi! I am new to this. Is this 3 Gorm units standing together? A great solution!

  3. I love it - I wish I could live there!

  4. I can't find any miniature rugs larger than 12" x 8" - what are the dimensions of your dining room rug? It looks larger than that, if so - could you tell me the seller? Thanks!

  5. Yes, that rug measures 24" x 16". The seller, praisehim54, appears to have stopped selling miniature rugs and is now selling fabrics and trims. I know I've seen the larger sizes somewhere else. I'll try to post where when I find out.

  6. To the previous anonymous poster, sorry about not answering sooner. I purchased two complete units, eight separate shelves, and one set of posts. This created four connected towers across.

  7. Thanks, Valerie. I went searching on ebay for a 24" x 16" rug, and I finally found one! Don't you find it frustrating that there are so many intricate and beautiful things available in 1/12 scale, and so little in 1/6?


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