Dollhouse Decorating

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I have had a life-long love affair with dollhouse miniatures, and careers in art education and interior design. I hope to combine these life experiences to help other miniature enthusiasts get more out of this wonderful hobby we enjoy, a hobby that often reaches the level of an art form. Susan Downing

Posted on 26 January, 2017


Elegant Home Office, hidden behind the sofa. Source unknown.

The Miniature Home Office

If you work from home, you may not be able to devote an entire room to business use. But you don’t want to hide your office behind louvered doors in an extra closet, either. The same is true in a contemporary room box or dollhouse. Here is one example of how to do it in a tiny space, and still have this work area fit in with elegant surroundings.

Elegant Surroundings

Move the sofa to the center of the living room, using the space behind as a home office. A glass-top desk and narrow credenza have just enough room behind the sofa. With this arrangement, if the TV is centered in front of the sofa, and the desk is too, you can have entertainment while you work. There’s just one negative with this plan. I dislike seeing a big, flat-screen TV on a living room wall.

Hide The Flatscreen

Here’s how I handled that for a client. I bought a stretcher at Michaels, framed the telly with 1X4s and stapled a piece of Marimekko wall art to it. The stylized poppy picture is easily removed when the client wants to zone-out with the tube. Why not do the same in a miniature room?


Flat screen TV takes over the room, an unattractive focal point.


Hide the flatscreen TV behind a piece of fabric art stapled to a stretcher.

A Studio Apartment

Christine Ferrara, the owner of The Call of the Small, had this idea for a home office in a studio apartment. The same arrangement could be done in any room that has another principal use.


Christine Ferrara, featured in the New York Times


Just think what you could accomplish with screens and drapes!


Susan Downing, with Patrick Owens


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