These dollhouses feature miniature art, wallpaper and antiques

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“My end goal,” explains Michael Hogan, designer and collector of dollhouses, “is to make people say, ‘wow, I can’t believe that’s a miniature!’ and tiny European antiques – all styled to perfection – is often the reaction he receives.

A living room in one of Hogan’s dollhouses.

Courtesy of Michael Hogan

Hogan finds himself immersed in the world of miniatures (which, like any participant in Beautiful house The Dollhouse Beautiful series will attest to this, is a passionate community) five years ago, when he won a dollhouse at auction for around $500. After driving it home and doing some research, he discovered the house (made by Lawbre Co.) and its contents were worth around $10,000. Sure, that might sound surprising for decor that fits in the palm of your hand, but when you understand the work that goes into making each piece, it starts to make a little more sense.


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Since getting her first dollhouse, Hogan, who shows off her creations on Instagram at @dollhouse_miniature_interiors, has amassed three complete dollhouses and 24 bedroom boxes. Rooms run the stylistic gamut, from a shingle-style Cape Cod home to a Georgian home. Hogan arranges the furniture inside accordingly.

swimming pool from above
A dollhouse even has a swimming pool.

Courtesy of Michael Hogan

He works with a variety of artisans to commission custom furniture, offering measurements and specifications much like an interior designer who works on a human scale. From pleated upholstery pieces to distressed wood benches, silver filled cabinets and working clocks to interior necessities like wallpaper, carpeting and window treatments, no stone is turned in Hogan’s interior treatments. “My goal is to make sure it’s staged in a way that it looks exactly like an actual piece, at just an inch scale,” says the designer.

miniature fireplace with tree
A dollhouse living room decorated for Christmas.

Courtesy of Michael Hogan

Each piece takes between six months and a year, essentially the same timeline as an actual interior. Corn contrary to a real renovation, when we impatiently await the finished product, the process is the real fun. It’s also a way to connect with other miniature dealers, collectors and creators, like a Spanish manufacturer who custom-makes his furniture or a Canadian artist who specializes in miniature Christmas trees. (It’s no wonder this hobby has grown in popularity over the past year and a half’s quarantine orders.)

“I want people who didn’t know anything about this world to see it,” Hogan says. “And to show the remarkable talents of these miniaturists.”

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