- novelty toys that are fun for a bit and then get abandoned within hours
- toys that kids play with for days and then ditch before they have even been in the house a month
- toys that don’t get played with every day but are still returned to month after month
- and, finally, those special toys that are an essential part of play nearly every single day, year after year.
As you can imagine, there are lots and lots of toys that fall in those first two groups, and not so many that fit in the third group. As for that fourth group? It’s like a rare unicorn and you never know when, or where, you will find it. For us, the Lundby dollhouse is one of a handful of toys that squarely fit in that fourth group without ever wavering. From the moment the kids opened the Lundby dollhouse all those years ago, they were hooked. And then, with all the redecorating, DIYs, and crafting we have done on it throughout the years, the Lundby dollhouse just kept getting more and more beloved as we all added our personal touch to the house. So, when we got home from Boston and were greeted with a huge package from Lundby that contained a brand new Lundby dollhouse, the sideboard/TV set, and the awesome Lundby remote, it was declared as the best.day.ever. Ever since we saw a sneak peek of the newest Lundby items on social media and got wind of the remote, I was dying to try it out.
Finally, we made a little baby nursery off the sitting room upstairs. The kids originally had the baby in the downstairs room so that all the kids could room together, but the room got crowded with all the baby stuff and the accessories the kids wanted in the older kids’ room. So, we moved the baby upstairs to the parent’s room for a bit before we decided that baby Ruby just needed more space. Thus, the upstairs nursery ended up being created, and it’s the perfect solution to the problem of “too many Lundbys, not enough rooms”. Honestly, this little dollhouse has gotten more attention, decoration-wise and crafting-wise, than our actual house this holiday season. We’ve played around with different room configurations, redesigned entire floors of the house, decorated for holidays, made furniture for after the tree comes down, and spent a large chunk of three days wallpapering, gluing, painting, cutting, building, and designing. And, I wouldn’t change it for the world. Adding that DIY love is really what Lundby is all about. As much as I secretly wanted an all-original Lundby house, I know from experience that every time you modify and add to your dollhouse, you are breathing more life into it. In the end, the dollhouse becomes less like a toy and more like a family project that gets everyone involved. From the little dreamers who come up with the designs, the visionary who can see new things in what might otherwise be considered junk, the crafter that can make anything possible with a little yarn, glue, fabric and thread, to the doer who spray paints, solders and saws, we all have our specific job, and we take our jobs very seriously. And, apparently my kids have been talking non-stop about their Lundby dollhouse to anyone who will listen. I’ve had numerous people just this week tell me that their kids have had a dollhouse forever but now want to buy a Lundby dollhouse based on my kids’ excitement. Everyone wants to know what makes Lundby different, and my answer is always the same: our Lundby house is more than just a dollhouse. Our Lundby dollhouse is the result of our family working together to create something beautiful, something that speaks to us, and something that is representative of our family. I look in the rooms and I see the love and attention of my son who loves decorating the house with “treasures” from our adventures, and I see the crafts my daughter has created all on her own, which show the progression of her talents in the items she has created throughout the years, and I see the result of hard work on all of our parts to bring the dollhouse to life. For anyone on the fence about a Lundby doll house this year, I say go for it. Whether you go for an original Lundby piece that is move-in ready or you buy a house that could use a fresh coat of paper and some new floors, the resulting magic will be worth the investment. Want to see all the little details in the house? Check out our video tour of our Christmas decorated house here: