June 8, 2014Won’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!
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.
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!
You’ll notice that this is the only room without wallpaper. What it lacks in wallpaper, it makes up in shag carpeting however. YEAH!
Courtyard and Exterior
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!