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Designer Creates Houses in Miniature

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By Mary Beth Breckenridge

miniature_house(MCT)–Jim Pesce’s dream studio has a well-worn armchair, a writing desk and an armoire filled with art supplies.

It’s also about 8 inches tall.

Pesce, a retired interior designer, creates rooms and entire houses in miniature, right down to the pictures in the books and the cookies on the kitchen table. Some are replicas of existing homes. Some are re-creations of places long gone. Others, like the studio, were shaped in Pesce’s imagination.

The hobby had its roots in his fascination with the village of little paper houses his mother used to display under the Christmas tree. “I thought, I want the village, but I want all houses of people I know,” he said.

He started creating miniature versions of friends’ and relatives’ houses more than 10 years ago, but invariably those people would become enamored with the models of their houses, and he’d give them away. So he kept making more.

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