Art is exploration, and the heart always seeks what is next. There comes a time in an artist's quest for the ideal where they must invent the meaning of their next step themselves. For us, this often means pushing the skill of our artisans beyond comprehension. And when we tried to think big, we ended up thinking of miniatures.
It is funny to think that the earliest 16th century Dutch Dockenhauses were carefully protected from children. A Dutch cabinet house was no child's play; they would cost as much as an actual townhouse on the canal in Amsterdam. They are better described as cabinets with the features of a house. These were used to store objets d'art and curiosities from all over the world, at a time when travel was perilous and expensive. A cabinet house could only be afforded by the very richest and would be a prized family possession.
Later English Baby Houses were still artisan-made but more affordable scaled replicas of your home which would include all the swag of your full-sized home, including the finest furnishings. Given the old English aversion to the sight of children, it is no surprise that children were not seen anywhere near these either. But mothers would often use these to teach young girls how to manage a household. Many Palladian-style antiques survive as a fascinating glimpse into an 18th century English household.