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Adi Ben Zeev, the founder of Lovely Little House, sits smiling by her desk

Hi, I'm Adi

When I was a little girl, back in the eighties, living in a town near Tel Aviv, Israel, I used to have a house-shaped wooden shelf hung in my room, displaying my beautiful miniature collection. In fact, every little girl around me had one. We called it: The House of Miniatures.

My friends and I used to go to the local pop shop every time we got our allowance to buy a sweet new miniature. We used to debate for hours which of the little creatures is the cutest. I was very fond of the little porcelain animals, so I usually ended up buying a little frog, dog, or piglet.

When I got back home, it was time to re-arrange the miniatures on the shelf, which was a real treat. I enjoyed trying different arrangements and figuring out what's the best way to display my little minis.

Over the years, I grew my collection quite nicely and was very proud of it. I think my 'House of Miniatures' was proudly hung in my room well into my teens.

When I finally decided I outgrew my miniature collection, I put them in a box and stashed them somewhere. I have no idea what was the whereabouts of the shelf though. I suppose my mom got rid of it in one of the spring cleanings.

Adi Ben Zeev, the founder of Lovely Little House, and her daughter Ronny hug each other and smile

And this is Ronny

Ronny is my youngest daughter and by far the most artistic of the lot. She is a real collector, and her collection of small 'treasures' is growing every day. She sees something special in almost everything that lands her way.

When she was 4 years old I couldn't keep up with all the little things she collected: scraps of paper, clothing tags, receipts, ribbons, rocks, beads, leaves, and flowers. She kept all those little nick-nacks in a big box.

When Ronny got older, her collection grew as well: Sonny Angels, Lego figures, LOL dolls, Calico Critters, Shopkins, and whatnot. The collections were either stored in boxes, thrown in a drawer, or just laid around in one of the corners of her room.

I thought it would be much nicer if she had a special place to show off her precious goods. A similar shelf to what I had when I was a child. So I started hunting for such a display unit.

I've found very few options online and at nearby shops, but I didn't like any of them. I had an image of a shelf in my mind: clean and elegant lines, a Nordic style look, high-quality solid wood, not bulky, and one that Ronny would love to play with.

So I decided to design the shelf myself, and shortly after, Lovely Little House was founded.

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