Photo Galleries With Great Miniatures, Models, Dollhouses

This master list links to all the photo galleries from dollhouse, railroad and model shows as well as individual work by dolls house, railway and other scale miniature enthusiasts. There are also reference galleries for various building styles popular with miniature builders. Scroll through the multiple list pages and click on the item title  to find the scale or type of photo you want to view. You'll be taken off to a gallery featuring those particular photos.
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    Facing Side of Kathy Barbier's "Gypsy Wagon" scene in 1:48 scale. Photo © 2015 Lesley Shepherd

    Gypsy wagons, houses, chocolate boxes, this slide show of 1:48 scale projects has all kinds of variety.  What it doesn't have are any 'regular' smaller scale houses. Lots of imagination here on display.

     

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    Dr. Seuss style house club project with a simple frontage and elaborate garden
    Front of Terry R's fanciful "Seuss" style house with a colorful garden. Photo © 2015 Lesley Shepherd

    This year 2014/2015 the Miniature Club of B.C met several times to build their club project Dr. Seuss style houses.  The theme was "Oh the Places You Will Go" .  Check out the wide variety of examples and see how far some of the went!

     

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    Sewing room vignette in dollhouse scale by Terry Parkin
    "Sewing Room" vignette exhibted by Terry Parkin at the 2015 Westcoast Miniature Show. Photo © 2015 Lesley Shepherd

    This slide show of the vignettes exhibited at the 2015 Westcoast Dollhouse and Miniature Show has something for everything. There's a living miniature garden, lots of model gardens, and many highly detailed almost completed rooms and seasonal projects. Thanks to everyone who made the effort to exhibit!

     

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    Front of a 1:24 scale
    Front of Mary Lee Hyman's "Cozy Cottage" in 1:24 Scale exhibited at the 2015 Seattle Show. Photo © 2015 Lesley Shepherd

    I'm so glad people are still willing to bring in 1:12 scale houses to the shows. This year's largest example took a lot of moving skill to place, adjust and show. It was a great comparison with a nearby 1:24 scale house (shown in the photo with this link).

     

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    Miniature apartment scene built into a vintage wooden radio case by Georgia Matuschak
    Entire 1:12 scale apartment built into a vintage radio case by Georgia Matuschak. Photo © 2015 Lesley Shepherd

    Roomboxes at this year's show came in a hatbox, a radio, bread boxes and several other formats. Lots of ideas on view here!

     

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    Front of a 1:48 scale brick bungalow exhibited by Rosemary Shipman at the Seattle Miniature show
    Frpnt of a 1:48 scale bungalow exhibited by Rosemary Shipman at the 2015 Seattle Miniature Show. Photo © 2015 Lesley Shepherd

    Quarter scale were formed the majority of displays at this years Seattle Miniature Show. Exceptional examples of vignettes and houses were on display, scratchbuilt and kits.

     

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    Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater Vignette by Sheri O'Brien
    Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater exhibited by Sheri O'Brien at the 2015 Seattle Miniature Show. Photo © 2015 Lesley Shepherd

    Fairy tales, fairies, Christmas scenes and more from the 2015 Seattle Miniature Show.  These vignettes may be small, but they pack a lot of design features into their smalls size.

     

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    Interior of a quarter scale cabin
    Interior of the quarter scale "Picket Pond" cabin exhibited by Rosemary Shipman at the Spring 2014 Seattle Dollhouse Show. Photo © 2014 Lesley Shepherd
    Quarter scale exhibits are a favorite part of the Seattle Dollhouse Show. Talented designers and exhibitors combine to showcase the great strides being made in this scale.

     

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    Attic roombox with a collection of old time miniatures.
    "Mama's Attic" roombox in 1:12 scale exhibited by Dena Hamlin at the Spring 2014 Seattle Dolhouse Show. Photo © 2014 Lesley Shepherd
    Lots of range in the roomboxes exibited at the 2014 Seattle Dollhouse Show. From a classic Whitledge Burgess kitchen to fanciful collections like 'Mama's attic", this gallery shows how roomboxes can encompass a few items or represent the design of an era.

     

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    Vignettes from the 2014 Seattle Dollhouse Show

    Dinner for Two scene from a cemetery by Joanne Hallmark, exhibited at the Seattle Dollhouse Show
    Vignette of a scene from a cemetery exhibited by Joanne Hallmark at the Spring 2014 Seattle Dollhouse Show. Photo © 2014 Lesley Shepherd
    Vignettes need to be highly focussed to be effective. As usual, the 2014 Seattle Show had some great scenes, displayed in a variety of scales and containers.

     

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    Jennett's Shabby Chic Retreat miniature garden building in 1:12 Scale by Janet M. Oliver
    Front View of a garden retreat "Jennett's Shabby Chic Retreat" in 1:12 scale, exhibited by Janet M. Oliver at the Spring 2014 Seattle Dollhouse Show. Photo © 2014 Lesley Shepherd
    Whether you like your miniature gardens alive and growing, or captured forever at a moment in time, there is something for all types of gardeners in this gallery of miniature exhibits.

     

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    Dollhouse scale display of Santa's compound with a reindeer barn, Santa's Workshop and more.
    Santa's Compound a Christmas display in 1:12 Scale by Marylou Johnson with Santa's Workshop, Rudy's Cafe, Santa's Sleigh, A Gingerbread Cart, and the Reindeer Barn and Elf Workshop. Photo © 2014 Lesley Shepherd
    This enchanting set of  miniatures is a delight to examine at leisure. From the reindeer barn, to the elves's living quarters and Santa's workshop, the detail of all of these miniatures is at the top of the range.

     

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    Front of a half scale
    Front of a 1:24 scale "Mary House" exhibited by Pat Williams at the Spring 2014 Seattle Dollhouse Show. Photo © 2014 Lesley Shepherd
    These houses were scratch built by a very talented team of a NAME group, the Girls in the Garage. Although the houses use the same design and similar trims, the photos show how distinctly each miniaturist has made her house reflect her particular interests

     

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    Quarter Scale witch's house on top of a witch's buckled shoe.
    Witch's Shoe House exhibited by Pat Williams at the Spring 2014 Seattle Dollhouse Miniature Show. Photo © 2014 Lesley Shepherd
    Halloween scenes from Seattle 2014 include several versions of the "Witch's Shoe House, as well as some great renditions of "Witches Hollow cabinets" by designer Robin Betterley.

     

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    Madinat Al Zahra roombox in 1:12 scale from a class by Ron Hubble
    Madinat Al Zahra roombox from a class by Ron Hubble, exhibited at the Fall 2012 Seattle Dollhouse Miniature Show by Janey Elliot. Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    This roombox gallery is full of exception examples of class workshops. Whitledge - Burgess roomboxes are especially well represented. Their kitchen have huge appeal for miniaturists who love food and china.

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    1:12 and 1:24 Buildings From the Fall 2012 Seattle Dollhouse Miniature Show

    Clairevue cottage in 1:24 scale exhibited by Joan Claire Bergstrom.
    Clairevue Cottage 1895, exhibited by Joan Claire Bergstrom at the Fall 2012 Seattle Dollhouse Miniature Show. Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    There are certainly some show stopper buildings in this gallery! Check out Clairbourne Cottage, which is a 1:24 scale companion piece to "Clairbourne Manor" exhibited at the Fall 2009 Seattle Dollhouse Show. This is also the gallery where you'll find the wonderful HMS Miniscule about to set sail.

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    Campground cottage quarter scale scene by Rosemary Shipman
    "Campground Cottage" from a Debbie Young Kit, exhibited by Rosemary Shipman at the Fall 2012 Seattle Dollhouse Miniature show. Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    Lots of highly detailed quarter scale scenes, shops and houses in the Fall 2012 Seattle Dollhouse Show. From the fanciful to the vintage reproduction Seattle miniaturists continue to push the limits in this scale.

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    Vignette dollhouse scale scene of Elvis in a Soda Shop
    "Elvis Centerpiece" exhibited by Amy Doucette-Allen at the Fall 2012 Seattle Dollhouse Miniature Show. Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    I love the smaller displays at the Seattle Dollhouse Show as they are one of the best ways to encourage experimentation with a small number of well displayed items. This year there are several variations of the same miniature kit on view, which is always fun.

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    Vignettes From the 2012 Spring Seattle Dollhouse Miniature Show

    Valentines day hutch, table and prep board in dolls house scale
    Valentines day display `Tokens of Affection`, exhibited by Kristine Hill at the 2012 Seattle Dollhouse Miniature Show. Photo Courtesy Copyright 2011 Used With Permission
    There are some great ideas for indoor or balcony planters here along with a range of well laid out vignettes which could easily go on to become part of a larger scene.
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    Roomboxes from the 2012 Spring Seattle Dollhouse Miniature Show

    Paper Toy Shop Roombox in 1:12 scale by Angelika Oeckl
    1:12 Scale Toyshop roombox full of paper toys exhibited by Angelika Oeckl at the Spring 2012 Seattle Dollhouse Miniature Show. Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    Another great 'apartment' roombox example, as well as some very formal single rooms and a spectacular German style shop full of paper toys were some of the roombox highlights at this show.

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    2012 Spring Quarter Scale Displays From the Seattle Show

    Quarter Scale
    Quarter scale "Trinity Circle" dollhouse exhibited by Rosemary Shipman at the Spring 2012 Seattle Dollhouse Miniature Show. Kit by Debbie Young of Young at Heart. Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    Beautifully finished examples of "Young at Heart" quarter scale houses featured at this edition of the Seattle Show. As this scale becomes ever more popular, the detailing and the range of finished miniature furnishings continues to grow.

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    Dollhouses And Scenes from the Spring 2011 Seattle Dollhouse Show

    Front view of a scale model Texaco gas station by Joni Gilland
    Front view of a scale model Texaco gas station by Joni Gilland, exhibited at the Spring 2011 Seattle Dollhouse Show. Photo Copyright 2011 Lesley Shepherd

    From a classic garage, to a 1:12 scale glitter house and some wonderful children's dollhouse entries there were lots of examples of traditional houses and scenes on view at the Spring 2011 Seattle Dollhouse Show. Two great examples of two room cottages show how much you can showcase in small displays. Lots of things to look at and learn from.

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    Miniature scenes fill the divisions of a vintage divided storage crate.
    Miniature scenes in a divided antique box from the Spring 2011 Seattle Dollhouse Show. Photo Copyright 2011 Lesley Shepherd

    Small scenes at this show included several repeated projects so you can get a great view of how small changes can impact a piece of a miniature scene. As usual there were some exceptional vignettes display, proving that a lot of miniatures moving well away from the traditional dolls house setting.

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    Smaller Scale Displays from the Spring 2011 Seattle Dollhouse Miniature Show

    Quarter scale
    Quarter scale "Story Book Cottage" by Rosemary Shipman from a kit by Suzanne and Andrew's Minis. Photo Copyright 2011 Lesley Shepherd
    Quarter Scale was, as usual, a large part of the miniature display at the Spring 2011 Seattle Dollhouse Show. Great work in 1:144 showed up as well. As a photographer I have to make careful notes. It is getting very difficult to tell the scale from just a photo, the detail incredible in some cases.
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    Interior of the 1:12 dolls house scale Merry Olde England Souvenir Shop by Rose Marie McPurdy
    Interior of the 1:12 dolls house scale Merry Olde England Souvenir Shop by Rose Marie McPurdy. Photo Copyright 2011 Lesley Shepherd

    Everything from interesting miniature shops to a personal museum was on display in roomboxes at the Spring 2011 Seattle Miniature Show. Souvenir shops are a great way to build a memory of a special holiday

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    Window Boxes and Vignettes From the Fall 2010 Seattle Dollhouse Show

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    Detailed view of "The New Dollhouse" vignette exhibited by Rosemary Shipman at the Fall 2010 Seattle Dollhouse Miniature Show. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.
    Scenes in shallow frames and small stand alone scenes in several scales exhibited at the Fall 2010 Seattle Dollhouse Show. Once again there are a wide variety of ideas here to adapt to your own small displays.
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    Interior view of a
    Interior view of the "Cornish Kitchen" roombox in 1:12 scale, exhibited by Tere Gidlof at the Fall 2010 Seattle Dollhouse Miniatures Show. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.
    These roomboxes in 1:12 scale from the fall 2010 Seattle Dollhouse show demonstrate a lot of different principles for display design. They're also very interesting examples of how to show off a miniature collection.
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    Front View of the 1:48 scale Granny Fanny's Herbs and Cures
    Front View of the 1:48 scale Granny Fanny's Herbs and Cures. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.
    Granny Franny's Witch's cottage a number of gardens and a "Tudor Loo" are some of the featured displays from this section of the Fall 2010 Seattle Dollhouse Miniature Show.
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    Photo Gallery of the 2010 West Coast Dollhouse show

    Dolls house scale trunk full of smaller trunks and assorted other miniatures.
    Trunk in 1:12 scale full of smaller trunks and assorted miniatures exhibited by Ethel Snow at the 2010 Westcoast Dollhouse Miniature Show. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.
    A wide range of room boxes a great soda fountain and a contemporary dolls house are some of the photos from the 2010 West Coast Dollhouse Show. Lots of clever scratch builders in this group!
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    Platter of tomatoes, eggplant, peppers and courgettes (zucchini) in 1:12 scale by Carol Cook
    Platter of vegetables by Carol Cook exhibited at the 2010 Kensington Dolls House Summer Festival. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    See some of the wonderful miniatures for sale at the 2010 Summer Kensington Dollshouse Festival. All periods, all styles, all types of miniatures are represented here.

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    Street of Roombox Shops from the 2010 Small Endeavors Miniature Show

    Interior of a classic antiques shop with collectibles and quality furniture in 1:12 scale.
    Exactly what everyone aims for in miniature, a photo where you can't tell the miniature from the real thing. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.
    The Small Endeavours Miniature Club hold a biennial show. This street of roombox shops in many styles was a club project.
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    Front Porch Scenes From the Small Endeavours Miniature Show

    Stone covered cottage front porch in dollhouse scale.
    Stone covered cottage front porch in dollhouse scale. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.
    Another club project from the Small Endeavours Miniature Club in Victoria B.C. were Front Porch Vignettes which they built in several scales. This gallery is a great way to see how many twists you can put on an identical project.
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    Houses and Shops From the Spring 2010 Seattle Dollhouse Miniature Show

    Full front view of a lighthouse in 1:12 scale, set on a ship's wheel as a base.
    Full front view of a lighthouse in 1:12 scale, set on a ship's wheel as a base. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    The displays at Seattle are always enjoyable, and very educational! Captain Jack's Lighthouse by Janet Oliver doesn't have a single angle where the view doesn't astonish you. I can't thank these talented miniaturists enough for sharing their work with the public. The Houses and Shop gallery is just one of the galleries from this year's show. You can find several others in the Dolls House Show section of the Miniature's Website.

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    Window Box Displays from the Spring 2010 Seattle Dollhouse Show

    Dolls house windowbox with a patient beagle waiting in front of a chocolate shop store window.
    "Shopping" window box showing a chocolate front shop and a very patient dog, exhibited by Mary Lou Johnson at the Spring 2010 Seattle Dolls House Show. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    I'm a big fan of simple framed window box displays or 'vitrines'. The Seattle Show always has a great range of these, in lots of styles and sizes. If you compare the galleries from past years, you often find similar projects, interpreted slightly differently, which is a wonderful resource for a miniaturist! This years Seattle Windowbox displays has some very elegant examples done simply but brilliantly.

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    Windowbox Settings From the Fall 2009 Seattle Dollhouse Show

    Miniature Writing Nook Scene in a framed window box by Kristine Hill from the fall 2009 Seattle Show
    Miniature Dolls House Scale Writing Nook Scene in a framed window box by Kristine Hill. Photo copyright 2009 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.
     

    Frames give you a surprising amount of scope for miniature displays and can give extra protection while they showcase your best miniatures They also make great gifts. The Seattle Dollhouse show featured some great ideas for getting the most out of a minimum display space.

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    Quarter Scale Scenes From the Fall 2009 Seattle Dollhouse Show

    Quarter scale Washington Heights house by Rosemary Shipman
    Quarter scale 'Washington Heights' house with a backyard pool, exhibited by Rosemary Shipman at the fall 2009 Seattle Dollhouse Miniatures show. Photo copyright 2009 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.
     

    There were so many wonderful quarter scale scenes at the Seattle Fall Show this year that they deserve their own gallery. This is a scale which is gaining in popularity.

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    2009 West Coast Dollhouse Show

    Witch's or warlock's collection housed in a simple dolls house scale hutch by Joanne Bailey.
    Joanne Bailey filled her collectors hutch with items from a witch's or wizard's collection for the club project exhibit at the Westcoast Dollhouse Show. Photo copyright 2009 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.
     

    Wide range of scales and styles including some great examples with simple big box store hutches.

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    Miniature dressed hedgehog and duck characters made by Annie Willis of Fine Design.
    A dressed hedgehog and duck on the stand of Annie Willis - Fine Design at the 2009 Kensington Dolls House Festival. Photo copyright 2009 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.
     

    The world's best miniaturists meet in Kensington twice a year to sell their spectacular work.

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    A grape covered pergola with seating and planters underneath and a cat playing with some grapes.
    Garden scene with a large grape pergola and a naughty cat at play. Exhibited by Kristin Hill at the Spring 2009 Seattle Dollhouse Show. Photo copyright 2009 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.
     

    Flowers and gardens were the theme of this show and there were a wide variety in all scales.

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    Spring 2008 West Coast Miniature Show

    Danielle Perry's West Coast Elder is dressed in a traditional Button Blanket robe and wears a traditional head dress. Danielle Perry Miniatures copyright 2008 Used with Permission

    The west coast miniature show has some dedicated builders with a local flair

     

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    A miniature Whoville home from the Dr. Seuss books.
    Seuss House #2 by Marla Smith. Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.
     

    More great ideas and beautiful scale scenes.

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    Spring 2008 Seattle Dolls House and Miniature Show

    A miniature doll surrounded by open chocolate boxes in a scene built inside a chocolate box.
    A fun dollhouse miniature scene built in and on top of chocolate boxes, note the chocolate hat worn by Lady Godiva. Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.
     

    Roomboxes, houses, great display work and a sense of fun can be found in the displays at any Seattle Show.

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    Tiny model of the Titanic, displayed in an elegant Edwardian room with miniature ship blueprints.
    This accurate four and one half inch long scratchbuilt model of the Titanic was on exhibit at the Fall 2007 Seattle Dollhouse Miniature Show. Built by Brian Siler it is believed to be the smallest accurate Titanic Model ever built. Photo ©2007 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.
     

    Seattle often has great reference material with new ideas and lots of scales.

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    Autumn 2007 Miniatura, Birmingham, UK

    A miniature travelling sales wagon laden with baskets and dry goods.
    Honor's General Goods Wagon pays tribute to the travelling salesman of times past. Photo ©2007 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.
     

    Miniatura is primarily a shopping experience, but there are some great club projects here as well.

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    A scale miniature furred polar bear and cub by Linda Fisher.
    Scale miniature polar bear and cub sculpted by Linda Fisher. Photo Courtesy Linda Fisher copyright 2008 Used with Permission
     

    Scale animals made by you, all types, all sizes.

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    Santa Fe style bedroom with furniture, traditional baskets and woven blankets in dolls house scale.
    Detail of the bedroom half of Mary Register's Santa Fe House Roombox exhibited at the 2008 West Coast Dolls House Show. Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.
     

    Only room boxes in lots of styles.

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    Trash to Treasure Gallery

    A dolls house scale salad bar made from recycled packaging.
    Janet created this doll's house scale salad bar almost entirely from recycled items. JanetW936 copyright 2008 Used with Permission
     

    The gallery for dedicated recyclers! Wonderful ideas here.

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    Byron Rosenbaum's ship Twinkle held in by hand to show the scale.
    Byron Rosenbaum's ship Twinkle, shown to scale. Byron Rosenbaum Photo ©2007 Used With Permission
     

    The work of our own community at About.com If you want to see yourself here, follow these instructions.

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    Model Float Plane coming in to land on a model railroad scene.
    With a float plane coming in to land this model railroad sawmill scene comes alive. Photo ©2007 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.
     

    Miniatures in several railway scales, European and North American.

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    Victorian bookshop front on Lewes High Street
    This bookshop shows a plain front which allows for a dolls house shop and living quarters combination. Photo ©2007 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.
     

    Lewes has some lovely historic buildings, just right for a small shop!

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    Photo Gallery of a Corrugated Iron House From the Gold Rush Period

    Moody - Gosset House Front showing the surrounding veranda and the door and french window details
    Moody - Gosset House reassembled at the Saanich Historical Artifacts Society Site near Victoria B.C. Photo ©2007 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.
     

    This historic house was shipped to the West Coast of Canada in a series of boxes, just after the start of the California Gold Rush. It is typical of prefab houses used in the California Gold Rush, the Klondike, and on the Australian gold fields. Great subject for a miniature!