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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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Posted on 07 June, 2016


Emerson Dollhouse, with designer Tim Boyle

Emerson Dollhouse

The first time I saw this picture of the Emerson House, with Tim Boyle in the background, I was so excited. Modern lines, plenty of glass for light, stone, and wood for warmth. Now that’s a modern dollhouse; it’s got everything! Seems a bit large in comparison to the designer, though. Maybe it’s the lighting or the camera angle. Or he’s a really small person. Then I read the caption and found … No, no! Barbie world! Oh … darn!


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Posted on 11 May, 2016


Scandinavian dolls’ house “Göteborg” 1960, found on Galerie Mobler. Sold ot, unfortunately

Modern & Scandinavian Miniatures

In this article on modern and Scandinavian miniatures, Julia Morrison offers an alternative to Victorian dollhouses – the Mid-Century Modern. Do you like Eames chairs or the Ikea aesthetic? Then Julia’s suggestion may be for you.


Posted by Susan Downing

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Posted on 20 December, 2015

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20 Modern Dollhouse auctioned for the KIDS charity

Thinking Out Of The Box

Twenty London architects built miniature houses in 2011 to be auctioned for the benefit of KIDS, a British charity that provides support to children with disabilities. Each of the designers incorporated an element that would make life easier for a disabled child.Besides the worthy cause involved in this project, these miniatures are one example of how diverse the dollhouse universe is today. Wonderful! Click on the image to see all twenty dollhouses. I wonder where they are today.

Modern Dollhouses Are Worth A Second Look” is another post that might interest you.

And here’s a very good resource for miniature enthusiasts: Modern Mini Houses.


Posted by Susan Downing

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