Covetable Dollhouse

Have a Seat (or Two, or Three)

Brandon gave me a new Eames chair for my birthday! And a Panton. And a few more by Arne Jacobsen, Eero Saarinen, and Mies van der Rohe. And then some additional Eames chairs for good measure. They’re miniature sized (but they’re big on cute).

I picked up a miniature zen garden that came with a cute little chair about a month ago, and I thought it was pretty adorable. I had no idea at the time that Brandon had seen a whole slew of mini designer chairs and that he was already planning to give them to me for my birthday. Eleanor is going to have a really awesome dollhouse someday.

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  • Carol
    September 24, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    What a cool and thoughtful gift. Good work, Brandon!

  • Saima
    September 24, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Oh my, where are the from?! There are amazing!!

  • :::Lyzz:::
    September 24, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    absolutely gorgeous and i adore them.

  • Alana
    September 24, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    LOVE THEM!! So cute! And a great way to feed that bug without a house full of chairs. I remember seeing a really cool, modern dollhouse in the old Flax catalog several years ago that these would be great in. If only I could remember what it was called…Oh well. Baby brain, you defy me.

    Enjoy the new goodies! What a fun collection.

  • LauraC
    September 24, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Yeah for the awesome doll house for Eleanor someday! I love dollhouses, and it’s one of my life goals to design/build one.

  • highglossblue
    September 24, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Oh gosh, we share a similar obsession! I have that blue Paton mini, too…and the LCM. Aren’t these the greatest and for only $25! You just can’t beat it. Couldn’t resist sending you a link to some of my collection:

  • Jill
    September 24, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Those are amazing! Thanks for sharing them.

  • Audrie
    September 24, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Brandon’ such a wonderful gift-giver! The chairs are so very adorable!

  • Shannon
    September 24, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Wow, these are adorable! What a sweet gift. :)

  • Mrs. Limestone
    September 24, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Those are such a clever idea. I wonder if they make other iconic furniture as well?

  • Rebekah Coleman-Brahler
    September 24, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Oh my goodness!!! So adorable! Hope you had a great b-day!

  • Jessica
    September 24, 2009 at 7:37 pm


  • Kathleen
    September 24, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    She is going to have an amazing dollhouse that she doesn’t realize is amazing until she’s 22. But that’s okay. She’s lucky to have such a rad mom.

    And Happy Birthday!!!

  • wanderluster
    September 24, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    I LOVE Vitra miniatures. I have a Barcelona chair myself. I’m expecting Eleanor’s dollhouse will look more modernist 1960’s bungalow than Barbie’s playhouse :)

  • Jane
    September 24, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Your site is interesting. Almost every blog entry is about your recent purchases/gifts. There are countless times you have mentioned/referenced your EAMES chair… we all got the message loud and clear… you are now the owner of an EAMES chair. Materialism has you in its tight grip!

    • Margaret
      September 27, 2009 at 8:12 am

      I am glad I am not the only person who noticed. Materialism photographed and publically displayed for the oohs and aahs of sheep-like followers. How vain.

    • Dewi
      September 27, 2009 at 9:35 am

      YOu must be unfamilar with design/decorating magazines, books and blogs.

      The blog is all about home design/decorating.
      And Nicole is decorating her home, so the point is that she is buying things, and on the blog shares her design and ideas and give us her resources.

    • Brenda
      September 27, 2009 at 11:44 pm

      Yikes, I really don’t get some people. This is a personal blog, don’t read if you don’t like it. Everyone buys things, we just get to see her cute take on things. And it was her BIRTHDAY present she was letting us enjoy, lighten up!

  • Montanna
    September 24, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Cutest gift ever!

  • jo
    September 24, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    lucky you and lucky eleanor! i wish my little girl had chairs that cool for her dollhouse!

  • hayley
    September 25, 2009 at 1:54 am

    You can buy them in Japan for about $5 each (they are Y505) however they come in a box and its a surprise as to which chair you get, which is a common thing in Japan. Anyway I wanted a particular one, so the shop owner got out scales and weighed the chair I wanted and the all boxes until we got what was hopefully the correct weight, I paid for it, slowly opened the box and it was right! So lucky. The shop owner was so sweet to do that for me.

  • Laura
    September 25, 2009 at 7:52 am

    Those are adorable. I have seen those before and have been super tempted — but I’m just afraid of all the dust they’ll collect!

  • Stacy H
    September 25, 2009 at 8:44 am

    I have the “BARCELONA CHAIR BY MIES VAN DER ROHE” and it is where my cellphone sits. That way I always remember where I set it. Silly, I know, but it works for me. Happy Birthday!!!

  • Averill
    September 25, 2009 at 8:58 am

    So cute — and they would be so amazing in a dollhouse! I had a Victorian style dollhouse my mom made for me when I was 6 and I love it to death (fairly literally…it is, alas, pretty beat up these days).

  • Kate
    September 25, 2009 at 9:12 am

    I have these too! They are ADORABLE! I bought some of those cube wall shelves and made a formation with them on the wall so they are like little rooms for the chairs…I even used sample FLOR tiles as area rugs! My house is tiny and so is my furniture budget, but with these mini chairs I can have them all and have room for them all!!!!

  • Alexis
    September 25, 2009 at 9:54 am

    just adorable! What a good husband you have. I have to add these to my Christmas list.

  • Krissy
    September 25, 2009 at 10:04 am

    These little chairs are the most adorable thing ever! What a wonderful gift. :D

  • Redmaiko
    September 25, 2009 at 10:09 am

    I have a few of those, they are so much fun!

  • Laura Gaskill
    September 25, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Holy cow! Those are just way too cute. Lucky you :) Brandon is awesome – perhaps my guy should study these posts for tips – lol!

  • Nuit
    September 25, 2009 at 11:33 am

    aww those little chairs are fantastic! what a great gift! xo

  • Amanda Nicole
    September 25, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    We sell these in the shop I work in, and they are truly awesome and adorable in person :)

  • Mary
    September 25, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Where did you get these? I see readers have left comments saying they cost only $5 (from Japan) or $25. Everything I find online is the real thing from Vitra and they are are like $200 a piece! I am dying to know where you can find them at a reasonable price!!!! Thanks!

  • Wendy
    September 25, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Those are so cute!

  • Leyla
    September 25, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Soooo cute! =)

  • Tota
    September 25, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    You have a lot of money for your birthday presents. I must say.

  • meta
    September 25, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    *envious* (maybe our daughter will also need a cool dollhouse soon)

  • Down Pillow
    September 25, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    OMG, how cute are these!?!

  • Miss Prissy Paige
    September 25, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    How precious! I love them all!

  • rebecca
    September 25, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    they are just TOO cute for words! Who doesn’t need a chair or two? =)

  • oh holland
    September 25, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    I see many of these mid-century mod chair minis sold new on eBay — pretty good prices as I recall.

  • Alana
    September 25, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Ahh. Just remembered what the dollhouse was. It was the Bozart Kaleidoscope House. It would be so much fun to fill it with mini mc chairs. :)

  • A Merry Mishap
    September 26, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Wow! They’re super cute, how fun!!

  • corrin
    September 26, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Absolutely adorable. I had seen someone’s miniature chair collection on Antique Roadshow once and I’ve never forgotten it. I think at one time the MOMA carried replicas.

  • Dewi
    September 27, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Here is a link for all this cool mid century designer dollhouse furniture!

  • donna
    September 27, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    So cute! Happy Belated Birthday!

  • Jenn
    September 27, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    I want to gobble those up.

  • Lakshmi
    September 28, 2009 at 10:31 am

    I’m obsessed with miniatures! These are awesome. The Chelsea flea market here in Manhattan is a great place to rummage for this sort of stuff.

    September 29, 2009 at 7:10 am

    Happy Birthday – what a thoughtful gift!

  • Audrey
    September 29, 2009 at 8:30 am

    i’ve been dying for these for a while, but alas, my husband just doesn’t get it. way to go brandon!

  • highglossblue
    September 29, 2009 at 4:07 pm


    Ok after seeing that I clearly am not the only person obsessed with these miniature chairs I just imported 20 of these guys and am selling them here:

    COME VISIT and we’ll have have mini chairs!

  • Melanye K
    September 29, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    OMG those chairs are sooooooooo cute!! i make miniature food so this really hits home for me :D If Eleanor ever needs some mini cakes for her dollhouse I got her back lol. ;)

    happy belated bday!

  • Condo Blues
    September 29, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    I love the mini Paton chair. Actually I love all Paton chairs but I have room in my house for the mini one.

  • becky
    September 30, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Nicole, have you seen the Jonathan Adler-inspired dollhouse on flickr? It’s crazy good!

    Your husband is a great gift giver! I had this boyfriend whose mom collected Madame Alexander dolls, and I said I liked them to be polite, and thus, for every occasion after that he gave me one. Needless to say, the relationship didn’t work out ;) (nothing against the dolls, they just aren’t me; I’d much rather have your chairs!).

  • Sophie @ Century Finds
    September 30, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Happy Birthday!
    I just have to say these are the sweetest little gifts I ever saw! And the greatest way to collect these classics for not a huge amount of money (or space taken up… ) !

  • jos
    September 30, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    that is soooooooooooooooo cool! if the garden came with the vases instead, did you make the bowls? the bowls are cute too but i like the design of the vases.

  • jos
    September 30, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    oops, not to say if you made the bowls i didn’t like them. oh man, i should stop, that totally didn’t come out right and here i am digging my own grave.

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  • nancy
    October 22, 2012 at 12:46 am


    I just love the doll house that you made, it’s so lovely and I would love to do the same for my two little one’s. In the photo of all your tiny chairs you have two red one’s. But in the dollhouse they look pink. Are they pink or red? I would like to find the same if I could.

    And if you have any info for a new be that could help, it would be great.

    Also i love the pink bathroom but can’t find it anywhere one ebay. Do you think they still make them?

    Hope you can help Nancy.

  • Pat
    November 26, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Hey! I love thos little chairs, would you tell us where we can find them? Thanks a lot.