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These Mind-Blowing Miniature Homes Are Full of Design Inspiration

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

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Home design inspiration: Creating a chic yet cozy escape

The formal living room in this 1915 Tudor cottage in Wellesley was made over into an intimate setting.
The formal living room in this 1915 Tudor cottage in Wellesley was made over into an intimate setting.Sarah Winchester

After adding a family room to the 1915 Tudor cottage in Wellesley that she shares with her husband and their 10-year-old daughter, Jennifer Brady reassessed the function of her home’s formal living room. Knowing they would use the addition to entertain, the principal of KidderKokx Interior Architecture and Design decided to take advantage of the living room’s small size, cozy fireplace, and tucked-away location by turning it into a lounge. The intimate setting is conducive to reading, catching up over cocktails, and family time. “The concept is based on boutique hotel lounges, where you can retreat alone or meet with friends,” Brady says. “It’s a luxurious little getaway in our house.”

1. The wool carpet from Steven King Decorative Carpets is grounding and plush. “I love the textural pattern,” Brady

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Virtual event to offer inspiration to build the next low-cost green homes

Simple and affordable ideas can be most effective when designing a house that allows owners to lower energy costs, live comfortably and help the environment.

Geelong homebuyers can learn how the owners of some of Australia’s best environmental homes have achieved their sustainability goals.

Belmont resident Fleur Pitman is joining more than 150 people offer virtual tours of their homes for Sustainable House Day on September 20.

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Ms Pitman said the most important design element was orientating the house to face north and reducing a house’s footprint by creating more multi-function spaces like study-bedrooms and design entertainment units to eliminate separate media rooms.

“People don’t need to spend more money, they need to choose how to spend their money and what is that contributing to,” she said.

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