If a dollhouse is on your little one's Christmas wish list, and the thought of spending the next 4 years co-habiting with a Malibu Barbie Beach house makes your eyes water, then never fear! Here are five incredible dollhouses, that all look lovely (and some are even quite compact).
1. Arne Jacobsen's House. I know not many of us are in the market for a $550 doll house, but you have to at least look at this thing. A replica of Jacobsen's own home, it can be wall mounted, and the top flips down to reveal tiny rooms. A thing of beauty.
2. Lundby's Smaland House. This modern Scandinavian doll house comes with the most amazing assortment of accessories. Pictured here with additional floor (attached below the main house) and garden, it can also be set on a "Winter" themed garden, and the whole thing is electric which means the entire thing can be lit up with tiny lights. Awesome.
3. The Stockholm House. Also from Lundby, this house is a little more compact - the garden pulls out from a drawer. Each of the rooms can also be enclosed through the inclusion of sliding down perspex doors. Doesn't appear to be currently available in the US, though you might be able to source second-hand via ebay etc.
4. Plan Toys' Chalet House. If wood is more your thing, then Plan Toys offers some good alternatives. Pictured here, the Chalet House is modular: it comes in two parts that can be moved around in a number of different configurations. Plan Toys offers a good range of wooden accessories for this house, also.
5. Modular Dollhouse from Manzanita Kids. Even more modular - this doll house can be reconfigured into a number of different shapes, being made up from a number of different interlocking wood pieces. Made in the US, too.
6. The Urban Girl Dollhouse. Super simple and still modern, the Urban Girl Dollhouse is actually on sale right now (reduced from $250 to $199). Also, despite the name, since it's pretty gender neutral in appearance, this would be a great dollhouse for boys, too.
7. The Kaleidescope House. Finally, what list of modern dollhouses would be complete without the inclusion of the Kaleidescope House - lusted after by dollhouse nerds the world over. Designed in 2001 by artist Laurie Simmons and architect Peter Wheelwright, it is, for some insane reason, not being made anymore. But I can always dream of magically finding one at a yardsale some day, can't I?