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June 8, 2014

Won’t You Be My Neighbor – Barbie Dream Houses Edition


By Eartha Kitsch

When it comes to vintage houses, I like all kinds. I like the contemporary, minimalist ones and I like the kitschy, colorful ones. I DO have to admit though that the latter of the two really make my day. If a house has tons of colors and patterns and wallpapers, I am ALL about it. The colors and patterns don’t even have to play well together. I just like that they still exist.

I didn’t realize until recently where my taste in rampant patterns and color stems from. Why, my childhood Barbie Dream House – that’s where! I was recently at my Mom’s house and she had the old Dream House set up for my niece to play with and as I toured each little room, I felt that exact same joy that I feel when I see a time capsule house that has color and pattern mixing. As a kid, I played with that thing to exhaustion, lifting Barbie up and down in her fancy elevator from each glorious level of her home to the next.  I remember thinking that one day, I’d have a house that looked JUST like Barbie’s.




Um, and admittedly, I’d STILL be down with that!


This week, I have two houses to show you, neither of which are still on the market, but they are so good that I had to show them to you either way. They are examples of mastering color and pattern and even though we can’t actually buy them, I had to make sure that you could at least see them.


The first house is located at 90 Moore Lane in Reno, Nevada and it recently sold last month. Thanks to Zann for putting this one on my radar!


It has 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and a total of 1,551 square feet. It was built in 1959 and was listed for $280,000. The property was listed by Dickson Realty. This is the house that I have labeled in my mind as “Barbie’s Candy Colored Ranch House”.  Let’s take a look!


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See! What did I tell you? Hello, house. Where have you been all of my life? Did it hurt when you fell from Heaven?

The first twenty times that I viewed the photos of this house, I couldn’t even speak. The text on the listing for this house said, “Perfect, if you like pink! Seriously, bring your favorite designer or architect.” Um, ouch. In the words of that old Christmas carol from long ago: “Do you see what I see? ” – because clearly, no.

 The second property was for sale  last year when my husband and I were looking for a new place. We didn’t tour it in person because it was too far away from work. And probably because Mr. Kitsch knew that I would drop to my knees, grab onto the shag carpeting for dear life and start the begging. The kind of begging that goes with the ugly cry. You know the one. That couldn’t stop a girl from dreaming though. I stared at the online listing at least once a day and made gasping sounds like a fish living in a too-small fishbowl but with a view of the ocean. My heart knew that I should live in that house. Gas prices said otherwise.

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We’ll call this one “Barbie’s Citrus Split-Level”. This home is located at 8412 Rolling Hills Drive in Nashville, Tennessee. It has 4 bedrooms, 2 baths and is 2,186 square feet. It sits on 1.75 acres and was built in 1973. It was listed for $219,900 and was being offered by Fridrich and Clark Realty.  Let’s take a gander!


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You’ll notice that this is the only room without wallpaper. What it lacks in wallpaper, it makes up in shag carpeting however. YEAH!



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Sun Room

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Courtyard and Exterior

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Glory, Glory, Hallelujah. Wallpaper for miles! I love the front exterior of this house. The colors and the shape of the roof line and shutters are superb. And who would expect that cool Spanish style courtyard around back?

Well, that wraps up our Barbie Dream Houses tour. I hope that you enjoyed the fun mixes of color, pattern and plain-out pizzazz in these homes! Join me next Sunday when we’ll tour another awesome time capsule home!


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10 Responses to Won’t You Be My Neighbor – Barbie Dream Houses Edition

  1. Beth Reply

    June 8, 2014 at 9:08 am

    #1 is amazing. Some of the colors may be a tad too bright for me, but the view, the bathroom, the kitchen! (Not sure I’ve ever seen high-gloss pink paint on a kitchen ceiling. Hmmm….)

  2. Claudia Reply

    June 8, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Is that Skipper I see in your Barbie dream house? More photos of that, please. I wish I had kept mine.

    And the two “real” houses are amazing finds. I can’t get over the pink and teal tile in the bathroom.

  3. Michelle Reply

    June 8, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    I am with you…. love both of those houses! I am totally in love with the floral sprig wallpaper in the second house! oh my! And I would love to have that Barbie dream house to display as well- so cool!

  4. Sara In AZ Reply

    June 8, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Oh my gosh……Barbie’s Dream House…..I had the EXACT same one with the elevator…..right on down to that blow up plastic dresser! Awesome!

    And don’t even get me started on how much I want that house in Nevada!!! Swoon!!!

  5. Nikki Reply

    June 8, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    I love both of these! We live near Reno, so I’m almost tempted to drive by the first one just to see it. Although, I don’t know if my heart could take it if I saw them remodeling it! And I LOVE that wallpaper in the living room of the second house.

  6. dkzody Reply

    June 8, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Re the second house, I have a friend who always wallpapered her homes to the inth degree as in this house. It was the thing to do in the 70s. I would love to have the house just for the courtyard. It looks to be a great place to entertain.

  7. Caryn Reply

    June 9, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Ahhhhh these are both spectacular!!! I would move right into the second one for sure! The outside is stunning and that kitchen… the wallpaper… the light… ohemgee all I’d have to do is replace the stainless fridge with a glorious harvest gold one and I’d be all set! Sweet!! Thanks for sharing these with us!

  8. tammyCA Reply

    June 13, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Terrific houses…yeah, I love color and pattern, too.

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