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Friday, January 18, 2013

Barbie Look Wardrobe et Ma Petite Chaise (No. 10)


Designed by: Bill Greening
Release Date: Nov 2012
Retail Price: $69.00


Just received the Barbie Look wardrobe. I wanted four to create a walk-in effect, but two is all I could justify in terms of budget and storage.

Even at two, are they worth it? Heck yeah!

They are tall, lightweight but sturdy, have working drawers and come with three wallpaper options (clever design - wallpaper holds securely). Other accessories are 10 shirt hangers and 5 pant hangers.



I’m very impressed with the wardrobe. Thumbs up, Mattel! 

Temperly Sexton (a former Nu.Face LWP Giselle) is moving into the Forest House and is happy with her en suite bedroom with walk-in, so I’ve asked her to demo the closet for you.

Barbie Look Wardrobe 
Ma Petite Chaise No. 10
(La Chaise by Eames)


When Eames entered La Chaise into the Museum of Modern Art’s International Competition in 1948 it created a buzz for its advancement in fiberglass free form molding designed to hug the human form. The dramatic gesture of this chair still raises eyebrows today and looks fresh juxtaposing both retro and modern décor in any room of one’s home. 



1:1 scale La Chaise by Eames sells for $10,000, and a replica for around $1000. Ma petite 1:6 scale chaise is a Vitra Miniature, runs around $300, and can be picked up on-line at various design retailers. 
Watch for bargains on auction sites – Ro was able to score hers in 2009 for $127.

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40 comments:

  1. Hello from Spain: I love your wardrobe. It seems real. The chair is also very interesting. Your dialogue is very cool. Keep in touch

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    1. Thanks, Marta. Always a pleasure to have you stop by for a visit. :D

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  2. I love Harper. <3 She makes my day with her impressive wit, and awesome antics. Sometimes disruption is so much more fun than playing by the rules. (^_^) However, the closet and the chaise are marvelous.

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    1. Thanks, Cat, so pleased you enjoyed the post. Harper seems to have only one rule and that is “break all the rules” but before I formally hand over the reins of powerlessness I plan to beat her at her own game. Seriously. No, seriously. S E R I O U S L Y. Oh, who am I kidding. lol

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  3. Ok, explain to me...this fabulous house with those gorgeous floors. Did/are you building it? Tell me more...cause I love it! The closet just makes it stand out more. Nice.

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    1. Thanks so much, grandmommy. First let me say how good it is to have you here – it assures me your health is restored and you’re back in the blogging business. :D My Forest House Project is still a work in progress - it consists of several free standing rooms (all with detachable walls) (floors are contact paper). It’s a bummer how much room a 1:6 house takes up, but the main reason not to permanently attach everything is because of photography. Have to be able to remove walls to be able to photograph 360 degrees. By the way, loved your blog on lighting. Recommend people check it out.

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  4. LOL!!! I can't get enough of Harper. Love the hangers in that wardrobe. Looking forward to seeing it completed.

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    1. Thanks, Vanessa. The wardrobe really was a pleasant surprise. So much babs furniture is under scale, yet often making it full 1:6 scale can make it look over-sized – Mattel nailed this, imo. Harper was especially pleased by your comment about her. But that’s Harper – it’s always about her. hee hee... such a bad dolly.

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  5. What is Harper doing in that 6th picture?

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    1. I know, right?! What an ungainly way to sit down in a chair. I just shuddered when I saw it. More reason why she has to be fired, once and for all, from being Roville’s chair demoer.

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  6. Love the review of the chair and the closets. Love your models - they are wonderful. Lots of personality and sass! Love your blog!!

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    1. Thanks for such kind comments, R. A pleasure to have you visit. Congrats on your newly acquired HEE Erin. Such a beauty!

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  7. Oh Harper, how I've miss you! I love the wardrobe closet but yikes 69.00!!! The chair look awesome and fit right in with the modern forest house.

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    1. You’ve made Harper grin from ear to ear. I’m not sure she deserves it after her sneaky antics, but for the moment she is satisfied and out of my hair. Thanks for that. lol Yeah, the cost of the wardrobes was high, plus the shipping was a budget buster, but this is one purchase I can’t see regretting. Just by adding/changing wallpaper makes it a versatile and useful piece for creating dios.

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  8. When Harper first appeared in that doorway I thought this was going to turn into something suitable for a knife wielding killer movie. She still managed to emotionally harm another doll though, lol.

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    1. Harper is life’s way of keeping me off balance, that’s for sure. She’s a terrifying little force in my dolly world. lol Always a pleasure to have you stop by, Muff.

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  9. I guess no one can intimidate Harper! The closets do seem lovely but *sniffs* I promised myself no more buying things until I finish the projects I have!

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    1. Harper is too busy intimidating to be intimidated. Sigh... But you know how it goes - you sometimes have to deal with female battle grounds in your amazing little world, too. I’m worried about you not getting a closet before they sell out, I can’t say enough good about them, but am happy to hear you are focusing on your projects. I love your awesome creativity.

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  10. I am really loving the wardrobes and your post has just enabled me. Thanks Ro! Lol! Oh and I love the chaise! Very nice.

    P.S. Harper is a little bully. Lol!

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    1. You won’t regret your wardrobe purchase, G. This time I will be the enabler you will thank. ^_^

      p.s. A bully? She’s a right little tyrant. I spend hours trying to devise non-violent ways to deal with her. No luck yet. lol

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  11. hehehe... Is it evil of me to enjoy seeing Harper back to her old tricks? She knows you so well, that crafty little minx! Obviously she knows how to pick her targets as well. I'm curious to know the outcome of a showdown between her and Agnes or Eugenia.

    The wardrobes are much better than I expected. Honestly, I've come to expect to be disappointed by Mattel's usual lack of attention to scale and the garish colors they use (though I understand why on that second point) and I don't even bother to look anymore. The wardrobes look fantastic though! I just wish I could afford something like this AND go to the convention. Alas... choices must be made.

    Congratulations on finding a winner and that absolutely stunning Eames for such a great price!

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    1. Oh, hehehe... yes, you are a very evil little girlie, but also a very adorable one. No Eugenia or Agi in the ville but that’s not to say there wont be. Agnes is on my want list and if I can’t rein Harper in on my own, then a showdown will be a comin’.

      The Mattel wardrobes surprised me too. After they ruined the Alder sofas with the use of pepto-bismol pink I lost hope. But what a pleasant surprise the wardrobes have been. I love everything about them – the look, the scale, the design, the quality. But yeah, I get your point about price. Choices, however annoying, are required to stay on budget. Convention is a skip for me because I’m considering a European cruise with friends, but if that doesn’t happen then I guess more dolls and doll furniture will HAVE to make it my way. hahaha!

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    2. Have to retract my comment "no Eugenia". I totally forgot about Pencil Me In. o_o

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    3. I get what you mean about Pencil Me In. She's easy to... uh... I mean... She doesn't have the same... crap.

      She's glaring at me. *hides under desk*

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    4. I know. :( I'm in the doghouse, too.

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  12. Hi Ro! I didn't know about Barbie Wardrobe, I think it's cool they didn't add nothing of pink. Too bad they're off my budget :( I love so much the forest house! Great!! Where do you take your inspirations for the dios? I have also a LWP Giselle on her way to my home :)

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    1. Hi Sergio. My predilection for modern interiors becomes my inspiration. I visualize a space then create it based on what resources I have available (which, as every 1:6er knows, is limiting). Often I don’t match my vision, but that’s okay - the dollies end up with a place to hang out in and seem content enough. *smiles*

      Congrats on acquiring a LWP Gigi. You are sooooooo going to love her.

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  13. Yay! Extended applause from Philly and the gallery of Harper-fans.

    Welcome back, Harper! We LOVE you!

    Oh, and hi and welcome to Temperly. Look forward to seeing your place filled with your favorite fashions and furnishings. (Blows on nails ... 4 fs in a row.)

    Thanks for sharing the Barbie closet. It is a MUST on my list.

    I like the chair, but I probably won't get one like it.

    As for the dressing of your dollies, Ro, your taste is exquisite. Thanks for this post!

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    1. You and the Joes sure know how to make a happy Harper. She’s in a jubilant dance off with herself as I write.

      I think you’ll love the closet. No, I know you will. It’s awesome. I feel like an echo, but it is.

      Thanks for your super kind comment about dressing the dollies. A nod of respect goes to the skilled doll seamstresses who have made it possible.

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  14. Ah my buddy Harper! I was wondering what sneaky, little antics she was up to these days! LOL I wasn't sure what to think when she came sneaking out of the bathroom...LOL Love the closet even at $69.00. Glad to see Mattel got their act together on this one. Love the chair too, although how Harper managed to position herself in it the way she did is beyond me! LOL I really enjoy your posts, Ro. Keep them coming! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Cindi. Harper grinned at your buddy comment. Such a brat!

      It was great to see things going so well over in Moreville. Looks like your folk fired off the New Year with a festive beginning. Things are definitely on the upswing in Moreville. Yeah!

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  15. Man I ordered one of these and it should be coming, but now I wished I had gotten two. I might end up building something similar just so its a little different if i make it an extention to this. Ill see once i get it, but I really thought it was quite perfect expecially for the price and seeing a FR against it.

    I really need to learn how to do wood flooring >_>

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    1. Hi Liz. You’re going to love it when it arrives. I know what you mean about needing to see a FR against it as it shows just how good the scale is. Please email me if you want to chat about floors; also would love to see your closet dio when it’s finished; your idea of an extension is fantastic. :D

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    2. I didnt even realize until I got mine wardrobe that its plastic. Im not sure how I missed that since the website doesnt say XD. I just thought it was wood because it reminded me of the silkstone trunk they made thats all out of wood. I still probably will make my extention, Im just not sure how to ...blend the two wardrobes

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  16. Wow,I'm impressed by the scale! Most Mattel stuff is horribly undersized. I'll check out Mariel Clayton's pictures and get jealous of all the great stuff,but then I'll take a look with my scale eye and realize how tiny it all is!

    Harper's chair is great, but hugely outside my price range. Luckily my next doll house project is a dilapidated Hawaiian house; old, mismatched furniture is to be expected!

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    1. MC uses a lot of re-ment furniture (way under 1:6 scale); it's her photography skills that make it work, albeit her subject matter is not everyone's cup of tea.

      M, your Hawaiian house sounds marvelous – would you do me a huge favor and zip me an email when it’s ready for viewing. I’m sure I’ll find it when I visit your site, but I’ll be darned how dependent I’ve become on Blogger’s dashboard list and how far behind I get on favs outside of it.

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    2. No problem! I was getting ready to start another roombox, but my local Rural King is selling a 4 1/2 foot tall generic doll house with windows already cut in it. I might just cop out and get that and re-decorate. The rooms would be small, but the story calls for a small house -- it could work!

      I'm also branching out into Monster High. I didn't like them at first, but they've grown on me.

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  17. Hello!
    I would love to see the final project of the room with the wardrobes! Where did you get the contact paper for the floor? It looks like laminate, if I was to search it on the Internet, what would I call it? I am trying to decide on which wardrobe to use... The refresh & renew trunk or two of the Barbie wardrobes. What do you think? I collect FR, FR2 and Poppy. Please email me at kristine_h@shaw.ca

    Hugs
    Kristine

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    1. The bedroom with closet is from my Forest House dio located in the diorama section at www.roville.net

      Look for the contact paper at retailers or eBay using search term “butcher block”.

      Either wardrobe will work very well for your dolls. Both are fashionable and functional. Renew and Refresh lends itself to a more glamorous setting while the Barbie white one is contemporary chic. What do your dolls ask for? *smiles*

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