The Sycamore Cottage had to go.
That was my first thought when I decided to build a Sylvanian village. The cottage is pretty but too girly even for me. I actually prefer the soft blue and cream colours of the Riverside Lodge, which unfortunately has even less usable floor area in my opinion. The adult in me yearned for a Sylvanian house that could accommodate all the features of a real-life house – living room, kitchen, dining area, bedroom/s and bathroom – and its inhabitants. I examined the Sylvanian Families displays at all the major toy stores in town to get a good idea of what would make the ideal home. Surprisingly, Willow Hall – which is 50cm deep when opened – didn’t fit the bill, despite boasting 5 rooms and having a large footprint. I found the rooms too cramped; once you put the furniture in, there’d hardly be leg room for the critters. Cedarwood Terrace (21cm deep) and Babblebrook Grange (27cm deep), same thing. Oakwood Manor, too big, period. I was going to settle for Cedarwood Terrace when I saw Larchwood Lodge.
I didn’t fancy the teal roof, but I loved how spacious it looked, and a quick check on the internet using my smartphone (because the promoter didn’t know, tsk) gave me the info I needed to make my decision: it was 34cm high, 40cm wide and 31cm deep.
Best buy ever.
(Close second being Bramble Hedgehog Baby Boy a.k.a. Bilberry Bramble, which I had found 3 days earlier at a Toys ‘r’ Us. It was looking unassuming and ridiculously cute, all by its lonesome.)
With all that space on the upper floor, my big adult hands could set up the rooms without knocking into pieces of furniture and fixtures.I was able to install a complete bathroom on the right and a bedroom on the left that comfortably sleeps 4: parents on the double bed and the kids on the bunk beds, with some room still for a side table and a coat stand in the corner, which I intend to substitute with a wardrobe or dresser.
Close-ups of bedroom and bathroom:
And now for a look at the ground floor. Here’s the living room:
Here’s the kitchen:
I feel like I’m missing a cabinet for storing the dinnerware and dried packaged foods. But I love how the stove is positioned right under the window so that the delicious cooking smells can waft outside and entice guests and family members to come in for a meal. 🙂 And check out the staircase! There are stairs instead ladders! Win!
And finally, here’s the front view:
Home Sweet Home. 🙂
I haven’t decided who will live here. My son decided we would be the charcoal cat family, so I used them in these photos, but after seeing the baby Bilberry Bramble, he now wants us to be hedgehogs, which is fine by me because the Brambles were the first family I owned. I do think they fit better with the country look of the Lodge. The charcoal cats look too posh for it, and my family certainly isn’t the posh sort.
Plenty of time for such decisions.