Oh My Goodness. There’s a special place for us.


I just discovered there’s a gathering of like-minded people happening in April in Chicago.

That’s right! A gathering of miniaturists!


I’m so excited! I need to go to this show!

My only concern…

I mean…

You know…

Sometimes miniaturists get a bad rap.

Remember in The Lovely Bones

or how about this painful movie?

Well, regardless, I’M IN!

See you there!

Escape from Thorne Mansion


Favorites from the Past…
Before I began Flip This (Mini) House, I’d occasionally post about miniatures on my other blog Holly Recommends. A new feature here on Flip This (Mini) House is the refeaturing of some of these articles. Here is one from 2011 about Thorne Mansion.


A friend of mine, knowing I love miniatures, recently sent me a link to a game. The object? Escape from the Thorne Mansion, an elaborately decorated, miniature world. If you have never been to the Art Institute of Chicago and visited their extensive display of miniature rooms, you are missing out.

“The 68 Thorne Miniature Rooms enable one to glimpse elements of European interiors from the late 13th century to the 1930s and American furnishings from the 17th century to the 1930s. Painstakingly constructed on a scale of one inch to one foot, these fascinating models were conceived by Mrs. James Ward Thorne of Chicago and constructed between 1932 and 1940 by master craftsmen according to her specifications.”

— The Art Institute of Chicago

Try it for yourself!


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A side note…


Inspiration for my house flip comes from many designers, from Jonathan Adler to Emily Henderson and many others. It’s also inspired by the iconic Brady Bunch house. Which leads me to this bit of trivia: Did you know there’s such a thing as Brady-con, a convention for Brady Bunch fans? Wow. Amazing. Here’s super fan Amy Lombard’s inside story on attending this event.