We meet Tiny Dollhouse enthusiast Karen Kelly to find out more about her passion for miniature and tiny objects.

Since the earliest 20th century, doll houses have been a popular children’s toy for many, but the art of crafting and collecting them is also enjoyed by many adults.

The growing trend takes many forms, from ready made and decorated houses to enthusiasts who design and build their own miniature homes.

We meet Karen Kelly, the Creative behind the Lovilee Blog who’s introduced the tiny doll house revolution to South Africa when she started her on-line dollhouse emporium that offers modern doll houses, miniatures and DIYs – all available on The Tiny Dollhouse South Africa.

Karen explains that there are two different scales that are very popular at the moment, the 1:6 scale which are sized with common fashion dolls such as Barbie, and then there’s the 1:12 scale which is known as your Calico Critters (Sylvanian Families) – that Tiny Dollhouse focuses on.

We asked Karen about the driving force behind what she does, and for her top advice for budding entrepreneurs.

What legacy would you like to leave behind?

“If I could add a smile on someone’s face, inspire them in some kind of way, and add a touch of lovilee to a person’s day, everything I do is worth it!”

Where do you go to escape and connect with yourself?

“I love my home office. It’s a perfectly organised space filled with natural light. I can just be creative in there and create to my heart’s desire.”

Do you have an encouraging quote to end off on?

“When it comes to starting your own small businesses – the best way to start is just to start.”