Life in a Dollhouse Instagram

Angela R. James

When Ella begins a new project, she looks at her inspiration, then draws out her design in the rendering software SketchUp. But Ella isn’t a professional interior designer—she’s the insanely talented 13-year-old behind @life.in.a.dollhouse, an Instagram account and online store where she shares the detailed miniature rooms and furnishings she creates in the basement of her Minnesota home.

It all started two years ago: “When I was 11, I started watching tiny kitchen videos,” Ella tells House Beautiful on a phone call after school one day. “And I thought it was the coolest thing. So I started making miniature boxes.”

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Joanna Gaines gives an update on life at home with Chip and the kids

Angela R. James

Life as we know it has changed in recent weeks with social distancing and self-quarantine keeping families close to home — and closer to each other than ever before.

It’s no different for former “Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines, who are currently hunkered down with their kids on the family’s farm in Waco, Texas, without the distractions classes, work and outside interactions usually provide.

But as Joanna explained during a Wednesday morning virtual visit to TODAY, while this new way of life comes with extra challenges, it comes with plenty of perks, too.

“The kids are loving

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