Friday, September 16, 2016

Lundby for sale

Hello Lundby fans! For the most up-to-date list of my items for sale, including descriptions and prices, please visit my album. I occasionally add new items to the list, and I remove items as they sell. Below are some of the items currently available:

Please contact me if you have questions or want to make a purchase. Thanks for looking!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Lundby! Lundby!

What a surprise to spot a Lundby Stockholm in the 1982 movie Author! Author! starring Al Pacino!

Too bad there was no closeup of the house and its contents. It was just a background prop in the girls' bedroom.

I wonder if the young actors played with the dollhouse between takes.

That very same dollhouse sat in my bedroom back then, where it was much more than just a fancy prop!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Hang it up!

If the lights (with plastic ceiling disks) and pictures in your Lundby dollhouse keep falling down, you're not alone! Instead of using glue or a permanent adhesive like double-sided foam tape, you may want to try a removable adhesive like Glue Dots. They come in a roll and can be found at most craft stores.

I simply unroll the backing paper and touch the back of the item I want to hang (in this case a Lundby clock) to one of the sticky dots.

The dot is transferred to the back of the clock, which is now ready to hang.

And voilà!

Removable Glue Dots are nice because they won't stain paint or paper, and you can just peel items off and redecorate as you please. But for heavier items they're sometimes not quite strong enough--especially in humid weather.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Connecting older Lundby transformers

In another post I talk about the basics of lighting Lundby houses, how many bulbs one transformer can power, etc. Here I'll share some tips for using older Lundby transformers.

Older transformer like the one pictured above were designed to work with a multi-socket adapter (#6099, shown separately below).

#6099 multi-socket adapter, top
#6099 multi-socket adapter, bottom
If you have an older transformer like the one above, follow the steps in the June 2008 insert to the Lundby Letter: Plug one end of a bridging cord (#6097) into the adapter and the other into the house. Plug another bridging cord into the adapter for an extension.

If you have an older transformer without a multi-socket adapter, you can do as shown in the March 2008 insert to the Lundby Letter: Cut the plug of a Lundby extension cord in half and insert the separated prongs directly into the grommets on the transformer (anchor them using Sticky Tack or a similar product). Then plug one end of the bridging cord into the extension cord and the other into the house. Follow the same technique for an extension floor.

Many thanks to We Love Lundby Club member Patricia Harrington, author of the Lundby Letter inserts mentioned above, for her expert guidance and for the transformer instructions.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Mini electrics & lighting 101

From the 1977 Lundby catalogue
A fully lit Lundby dollhouse is a sight to behold! lights will enhance the realism of your furnished rooms and give them a cozy glow. But mini electrics can be confusing. Have questions about lighting your Lundby dollhouse? Read on for help...

How may lights can one transformer power?
You should be able to light your house and extensions using a single transformer. One transformer (#6060) is designed for one house with one or two extensions, or up to 30 individual bulbs. With too many lights, the bulbs may burn out or brown out.

#6060 Lundby transformer from Jester Toys
How do I connect my house and extensions?
Does your house have more than one outlet on the back? If so, you can insert the tiny plug from the transformer into one of those outlets and a bridging cord (#6097) into the other, then plug the other end of the bridging cord into the topmost extension. Use another bridging cord to connect that extension to the next one and so on, being careful not to exceed 30 individual bulbs.

#6097 bridging cords
Alternatively, you can plug the transformer into the bottom extension and use bridging cords to connect to any upper extensions and the house. This is a good option for older houses that have only one outlet on the back. Another option would be to power your extension(s) using a separate transformer.

A note of caution
Enjoy your fully lit house in small doses! Never leave a Lundby transformer plugged in permanently. The transformer could overheat, and your bulbs will burn out.

See my other posts ("Lundby lighting" category) for tips on powering Lundby houses using older Lundby transformers and links to Lundby transformer leaflets.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016


As you may have noticed, Vintage Lundby Update has a new look!

In addition to the visual makeover, I am updating many of the posts, adding content from my former website. Now everything will be in one place and will hopefully be easier to navigate.

Photos in my Vintage Lundby for Sale and Lundby Papers albums are also displayed differently. To view information for any photo, click on the photo, then click the i (Info) button at the top right.

Let me know if you have any questions, and as always feel free to leave comments. Thanks for visiting!

Monday, April 20, 2015

A Lundby Gothenburg complex


Sally’s Lundby Gothenburg dollhouse was a Christmas gift from her parents in the early 1970s. She fondly remembers many happy hours playing with it as a child. Years later, she and her dad lovingly restored it and began adding custom extensions to accommodate Sally’s expanding furniture collection. The house—now a sprawling eight-story tower—measures just shy of 5 feet (1.5 meters) across.


The original Lundby sections are the top two floors and the living/TV room and formal lounge on Level 5. The rest was designed by Sally and constructed by her dad in various phases. Wherever possible they used Lundby parts purchased on eBay (doors, windows, balustrades, staircases, and more), seamlessly blending the new with the original.

They started by adding a two-story basement to the original house to create a garden area with a balcony, billiard room, and indoor space for the swimming pool.

Phase 2 saw the addition of Level 3 and the two levels at the bottom right, including the garage, utility room with WC at the rear, bar, and garden terrace off the kitchen. Sally adapted an original Lundby balcony for use in this level.

Level 4 features an outdoor patio area and a family/game room, as well as a landing, second bathroom, and office with adjoining conservatory.

Level 5 includes the girls’ bedroom and above it on Level 6 are the parents’ suite and boys’ bedroom.


Some of the furniture and unique accessories you see throughout Sally’s amazing house were created by Sally herself. She made the billiard table from a 12th scale dining table, adding molding around the edges and gluing a piece of green carpet on top. The cues are made from wooden barbecue skewers and the balls are colored beads. The green suite to the right of the billiard table was a damaged Barton/Caroline’s Home set that Sally re-covered to match the other furnishings.

The washing machine is made from a small cardboard box covered in glossy photographic paper. The round door is made from window acetate and a key ring, and the control panel is a piece of dark cardboard with silver beads for the buttons.

The bed and bedding and wardrobe unit in the parents’ bedroom are made from small wood off-cuts, fabric, and sticky-back plastic with a woodgrain effect.

The cabin bed/high sleeper in the girls’ bedroom is made from wood off-cuts and a 12th scale bedside cabinet. Sally also made the girls’ patchwork bedding and the curtains in all the rooms.

The patio heater on the top floor balcony has a parasol made from a cocktail umbrella.

Sally made the weight bench in the family/game room using bits of wood and dowel. The weights are vehicle wheels that she purchased from a model shop and attached to a section of welding rod. She finished it off with two Lundby floor cushions.


Sally finds her dollhouse project to be very therapeutic and satisfying, and her passion for it has grown over time. So have her ideas and inspiration! Her latest addition—now in progress—is a ground floor stable area.