These Mind-Blowing Miniature Homes Are Full of Design Inspiration

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Dollhouses are having a bit of a moment. You may have recently seen them on your Instagram feed, in the New York Times, or as part of Cold Picnic’s latest “lookbook.” When you hear the term “miniatures,” you probably have visions of stuffy Victorian dollhouses found in your great-aunt’s basement. Well, not anymore. There is a growing community of international miniatures makers who are gaining traction on social media with their modern designs. Each maker has their own style and specialties. And the content is totally mesmerizing.

When I first stumbled upon the @tinyhousecalls account, it took me several moments of staring before I understood that I was looking at a miniature and not an actual living room. Once I figured it out, I couldn’t look away. Kwandaa Roberts, an ob-gyn by day, views her dollhouse creations as a way to express her interior design fantasies and inhabit different aesthetic personalities. Her first dollhouse, which went viral in 2018, was a Fixer Upper–style farmhouse. Her next projects included an eclectic Brooklynesque townhouse, a Hamptons-inspired beach house, a boho barn renovation, and a Spanish-style hacienda. Kwandaa has a colorful eye and a knack for budget hacks.

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So this is NOT the light and airy costal kitchen I’m planning, but I was so in love with the unfinished cabinets, that I couldn’t bring myself to paint them…yet. So I staged them with some things I already had before they get their beachy makeover. These cabinets will get used frequently since the thought of making more 1/4” miter cuts makes me want to pull my eyelashes out. Sources: Stove: @my_miniature_emporium Faucets and beaded chandelier: @paperdollminiatures Lighting: @minimum_world_miniatures Floor plants and picture frames: @minmodio Plant in counter: @zaffiro1111 Flooring: @mytinyworlduk White chairs: @marionrussek Thonet chairs: @amazon Table: @sensaiku Flower art: @artbylynnemillar

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A mutual agreement with Hygge & West allows her access to shrunken-down wallpaper PDFs (at 1/12 scale). And she utilizes foam board and contact papers to create tiny range hoods, marbleized countertops, and stucco-finished sidings. Kwandaa’s “Type A” personality comes in handy for executing eye-tricking precision. “Remember,” she laughs, “I’m a surgeon. I’m almost cheating because I’ve been using a scalpel for 20 years.”

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I’M BACK! I’ve been on a mini adventure that dollhousing (I made up a word) took me on. As exciting as it was, I’m so happy to be back mini-making! I never even got a chance to post on my birthday, which happened to be the 1 year anniversary of when I joined instagram and posted my first dollhouse. This year has been a crazy ride, so don’t be surprised if you see a belated birthday post in the future. In the mean time, I’m dying over this pink velvet sofa! It was my only purchase just for the barndominium and I’m dying to sit on it. Maybe it can be a tiny toe rest? Sources: Sofa: custom by itsperfectlypetite on @etsy (fabric is from @joann_stores) Table: @3starstudio Books: @bakinginminiature Cactus on table: @zaffiro1111 Cactus on stool: @minmodio Pillows: @urthlings

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Jessica and Robb Coffee, of @jessicacloeminis, reap the benefits of being a spousal team. Robb handles the demolitions and structural renovations, while Jess tackles the interiors and furniture. Their homes skew towards the modern farmhouse variety, though they’re interested in exploring more industrial-inspired projects in the future. Robb uses 3D modeling and printing skills to create many of Jess’s dream accessories.

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A little peek at the #longfarmhouse family room! ⠀ ⠀ With a wide open loft floor plan, we opted for a freestanding fireplace and plenty of seating. (And we had too much fun making a tiny olive basket for the firewood.)

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Together, they’ve made items ranging from string lights, crib mobiles, and fireplaces to soap dispensers, surfboards, rain boots, and custom drawer pulls. For the pieces they can’t make themselves, they source from other members of the miniatures community or give modern updates to Victorian furniture sets. The duo spends up to six months per project and is keen to include tiny details like light switches, outlets, dishes in the sink, and overflowing laundry baskets. In miniature form, “it’s the small rituals of daily life that end up being the most magical,” says Jess.

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Pictured: Once upon a time I had my mini kitchen nearly put together. Alas, I am no match for cute, tiny children. But neither was my tiny kitchen. Not pictured: The ensuing decimation. (Not complete, but I’ve got extra work to do now.) #BayViewHouse

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Vonelle, of @lavenderbelle_miniatures, sets herself apart with her rustic French countryside style and ambitiously small spaces (she often works in 1/24 scale!). She favors white walls, exposed beams, wood furniture, and crystal chandeliers. The majority of her pieces are handcrafted (also with the help of a 3D-printing husband), and instead of upholstering and tiling, she often hand-paints leather or patina textures and stain washes for aged finishes. She completes each build with her own intricate tiny paintings.

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Looks like there’s going to be pumpkin soup for dinner tonight#StoneleighRoombox

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While these makers focus on contemporary interiors, other members of the miniatures community take different approaches. Chris Toledo of @ibuildsmallthings is known for his flawless replications of early-20th-century architectural feats, while @joshua_smith_street_artist re-creates real urban exteriors decked out with grime and graffiti at a 1/20 scale.

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My 1929 Bathroom is finished and heading to its new home in Canada! I also updated the store on my website and added a bunch of new things that were never available before! More pieces coming soon! See link in bio.

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With each miniature more mind-bogglingly impressive than the last, this is the kind of Instagram rabbit hole we don’t mind spiraling down.

Via Architectural Digest

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