As soon as I opened the box, I jumped head first down the rabbit hole and into the wonderful world of miniatures. I went to town and channeled Joanna Gaines’ neutral palette and farmhouse chic style. There’s a copper tub in the bathroom, a charcoal gray bookcase downstairs, exposed wood beams in the ceiling, white subway tile in the kitchen, and a marble island set with tiny dishes, topped off with a gingham-check living room chair.
I even created a tiny copy of Magnolia Journal that’s the size of a postage stamp in the magazine rack, a miniature copy of Capital Gains: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff by Chip Gaines on the nightstand, and Joanna Gaines’ book, The Magnolia Story, on the coffee table.
As I started working on the house, I would bring in pictures to show the women in my office. They went insane and insisted I post my work on Instagram. At first I thought, “Really? It’s just my hobby and this is all about having fun.”
I took the plunge and put up my first IG post on my birthday, February 28. Almost immediately, hundreds of ‘likes’ started racking up. By the end of the week, I was getting messages from as far away as New Zealand and Indonesia.
Then followers began tagging Joanna Gaines, using the hashtag #showJo. Soon, Joanna Gaines was admiring my work and sharing lots of slides on her InstaStories.
I’d only posted 25 times and then everything exploded—which they tell me is unheard of in the social media world. HGTV, Architectural Digest, People Magazine, Country Living, Southern Living, BuzzFeed, and more have all picked up my story. NBC’s The Today Show, ABC News, and even The Daily Mail in England have done stories. My Instagram account, @TinyHouseCalls, has grown to over 80,000 followers as of February 2021.
Never in my wildest dreams did I think anything like this could happen. And while the attention is exciting, the best part of it is that I get to indulge in one of my favorite passions and my mother isn’t asking me: “Why do you have another chandelier!?” I’ve had requests to decorate normal-sized homes and now have the beginnings of a burgeoning interior decorating business.
But I still love to decorate in miniature and currently have three more dollhouses in the works right now. Like I said, I always need projects!