The history of my house, and determining who lives in it

History and scale

I found some examples of houses almost exactly like mine. It turns out it was created, most likely, from a kit called ‘The Barton’ somewhere between 1956-1976. Here are examples (here and here) of restored, decorated versions.

The scale of my house seems a little off; almost every pre-made item I’ve purchased for it ends up looking too big or too small. Some websites say the Barton is 1:10 scale, others say it is slightly smaller than 1:12, while others say it is something called 3/4 scale. Considering I am making most of the decor by scratch, these figures don’t come in very handy when I am out and about, eyeballing widgets at thrift shops. I decided the best approach is to come up with a little person to live in it, and bring the person with me in my purse so they can help me shop.

I held an open casting call a couple of hours ago. Everyone who showed up was a J.Crew model.

Here are the candidates:

Possible J.Crew model tenants for my mid century marvel. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Possible J.Crew model tenants for my mid century marvel. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

I positioned the likeliest three beside the front door:

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And though it was a close call between Cecilia and Lora, the winner is…

Cecilia!

I have laminated her with some clear tape, and she is now my portable guide in the shopping arena.