“ Manufacturer: ELC / Type: Doll House Furniture „
As my mum was getting my daughter the Early Learning Centre rosebud dolls house for Christmas, I kept my eye out for bargains on the accompanying furniture. One set I purchased ready for Christmas was the living room set.
The living room set is part of the rosebud range available to purchase from Early Learning Centre, either in store or online. This set retails at £15 but can often be found on sale or codes can be found for money off online. I think I paid around £10 but I can't remember exactly.
This set contains the majority of items you would expect being a living room set. It includes a sofa, two single chairs, coffee table, rug, pot plant, tall plant, a sideboard and a flat screen television. It comes sat inside a cardboard insert placed in a cardboard box featuring the Early Learning Centre rosebud branding. The main pieces of the set are made from wood which is made to a very high standard being totally smooth with no jagged edges or little splinters, then painted with good quality paint. The colours are mainly fuchsia and white for these bits. The rest of the set is made from material; this is mostly the sofa cushions, rug and plant that goes inside the pot. Again, these material pieces are made to a fantastic standard with no frayed edges or problems of any kind.
The set fits in perfectly with the rest of the Rosebud range and looks lovely in my daughters Rosebud dolls house. The size of the pieces are in perfect proportion to the rest of the house without being too big for the different floors or two small to play with it easily. My daughter often rearranges the furniture and at the moment the house has an upstairs downstairs feeling with this set being placed at the top of the house. It is easy for her to move around and despite banging some of the pieces, they don't show any signs of damage.
I really believe this is helping my daughter expand her imagination. I often hear her talking away whilst moving the figures around the living room set, quite often grandpa has a nap on the sofa whilst the mummy chats away to the daddy whilst sitting in the single seats. The amount of creativity my daughter comes up with is brilliant. She loves moving the set around so the pieces never stay set up in a certain way for very long.
The only downside of this set is that it doesn't contain any figures to go with it, it wasn't a huge problem for my daughter as she also received the matching doll figure set for Christmas, but it would have been a nice addition to contain a figure with the set just in case my daughter didn't receive a separate figure pack.
Although £15 seems quite pricey for a single room set I think it is worth it. We have quite a few of the sets but I think the living room is one of the most important rooms as it's the room we spend most of our time in at our own house so my daughters imaginative play often uses the living room set of this house. The pieces are well made and durable so I would recommend it.
The Rosebud Living Room Set can be found in the Early Learning Centre and Mothercare and is made to go inside the ELC Rosebud Dolls House.
** About the set **
The Rosebud Living Room Set consists of a sofa, 2 chairs, coffee table, 8 cushions, rug, television stand, television, plant pot (with plant), tall lamp and flower pot. There are nine pieces of furniture in total (or 18 if you count the cushions and rug).
The sofa and chairs are made of wood, are white and have heart shapes cut out the back. The sofa fits 2 cushions on the seats, 2 cushions on the back and seats 2-3 Rosebud dolls. Each chair seats 1 Rosebud doll. The Rosebud dolls have bendy legs so they are easily seated. The cushions aren't attached to the chairs or sofa, which allows my child to move them around as she wants to but also means they slip around and often get lost! I would like to see something like a velcro strip to hold them on.
The coffee table is pretty basic - pink and wooden, it is meant to be kept on top of the rug which is round, blue coloured and a fabric material.
The flower pot is quite small but sweet looking. It's wooden, the pot is blue and the flower is pink and attached to the pot. My daughter usually keeps in on the coffee table or television stand. The plant pot is wooden, white and slightly bigger than the flower pot. It has a large (about 3 inches) plant inside of it. The plant looks good in the living room but isn't attached to the pot which means it quite often falls out and gets lost! It would have been better if the plant was attached to the pot.
The television stand is pink and wooden. It's the perfect size for standing the television on (with plenty of space either side on the television). The stand has small compartments underneath for children to pretend they have dvd players and game consoles! The television is wooden and blue coloured. It's very sweet looking, you can tell it's a television - it has a big screen with little buttons at the bottom.
The floor lamp is probably the tallest piece of furniture in the set. It's wooden and has a white shade on the top. It also has a small pull cord to turn the light on and off (which doesn't actually work rather unfortunately!).
** Overall **
The Rosebud Living Room set is really cute and really girly. It is beautifully made and is very good quality. All of the furniture seems sturdy and durable - we've had the set for almost 3 years and it's still in great condition. The set is made mainly from wood and isn't flimsy in the slightest. The pretty pastel colours all match (white/pink/baby blue) and although everything is miniature it isn't too fiddly.
I also love the little details such as the buttons on the television, the cord on the lamp and the hearts carved in to the chairs. There are no very small parts (except maybe for the flower pot) and the furniture is rounded and very smooth (no splinters!). The whole set seems very safe.
The set can be used on any level of the Rosebud house and can be moved around accordingly. My daughter likes to keep her living room set on the bottom floor. The living room can be set up in lots of different ways, there isn't a particular way that it should look.
I would say that the Rosebud Living Room Set is a great addition to the Rosebud Dolls House but would also suit many other large dolls houses. You don't have to use the ELC Rosebud dolls either - my daughter occasionally adds dolls and toys from other sets.
My daughter (who is 5 years old, but got this set when she was 2 years old) has had hours of fun playing with her set, even years on she still plays with it regularly. It really encourages imaginative play and can even help to build social skills.
In my opinion the only thing missing from this set are a couple of little newspapers. I don't think everybody in the Rosebud Living Room Set wants to sit and watch television all of the time, especially not grandma and grandpa!
It comes in a nicely decorated cardboard box with a full list and photo of contents.
The set costs £15.00 which might sound steep to some but in my opinion looks alot nicer and is a lot better quality than many other cheaper versions. Good value for money.
I really wanted to get my daughter the ELC Rosebud House but it was deemed too big and too expensive so I decided to just get her some of the dolls and then the furniture sets instead that could be stored in a box as needed. She later got a much smaller dolls house so is now able to play with her dolls in her house. She got his set when she was 22 months.
---About the range:
The Early Learning Centre Rosebud Family Figure Set is part of the Rosebud range available from ELC. All of the range are in the main colours of pink and white making them more suitab le for girls. The range includes the actual Rosebud dolls house, furniture sets for different rooms, dolls families, pet sets and smaller dolls sets.
---About the set:
The living room set consists of a two person sofa, two chairs, a coffee table, a TV unit, a TV, a free standing lamp, a pot plant, a taller plant, a rug, 4 cushions and matching seat pads for the chairs. The set comes in a cardboard box with a picture on the front showing all the items set up like they were in a living room. It is easy to get the items out and doesn't take very long so you won't have little ones waiting for ages. There is no assembly required except to put the large green plant in its pot which takes a few seconds; so it is just get out of the box and play! The chairs and sofa are white with pink and white pads and cushions. The table and TV unit are pink whilst the TV and rug are blue. Everything matches the other furniture sets and the Rosebud doll's house which can also be purchased.
My daughter already had a couple of sets from this range so recognised the box when I got it home and was very excited to open it. Everything came out easily and we straight away started playing with it all. We started to put it all into her dolls house and even though it is smaller than the ELC one, everything fitted nicely and she was able to play with it. All the items are recognisable to her so she was able to play with them and develop her imaginative play with little encouragement.
She's had the set now for about 5 months and the set is still very much played with. She enjoys putting the people on the chairs and getting them to watch the TV although she struggles to bend the legs of her dolls. Now she generally just puts her little animal families on the chairs instead!
I really love this range of toys and if I had the money and the space I would probably buy an awful lot of it. The colours are lovely for my little girl and the quality is excellent and is still in pristine condidtion despite near daily play. I would probably rate this as a very good set to buy and can be played with independently of any other sets or the dolls house. It fits nicely into our much smaller house and has a lot of items to encourage imaginative play. The only issue with it is that I wish they had stuck the plant in the plant pot instead of allowing it to come out as my daughter keeps taking it out and then can't get it back in on her own. There is a lot of play to be had with this toy although the part that gets left behind most are the cushions as my daughter finds it a bit fiddly to put these on the chairs, but I think this is something she might be able to do when older.
This is a very girly set with the colours and my daughter really enjoys playing with it. I would definitely recommend this set as I think it has a reasonable value for money as you get a lot of items in the set. It costs £15 for this set although I managed to get it half price when our ELC was closing down and I feel that you get enough play for your money. This set is fine for my 2 year old daughter, even though the age range is for 3+ as none of the pieces are that small and I'm happy to let my daughter play with it. I think this set will give her a lot of joy for many years.