There are elaborate dollhouses and then there’s The Sahlberg, a $100,000 architectural masterpiece in miniature form. Created by master builder Jimmy Landers, The Sahlberg is a custom-built, 9-room hardwood cabinet house that’s unparalleled in its intricacy.
Complete with a three-story grand foyer, a two-story wood-paneled library, and a variety of other meticulously designed spaces, the miniature mansion is truly a design marvel. Just a few of its intricate details include 2,000 individually-placed marble tiles in the grand foyer, accompanied by a curved staircase made with hand-turned spindles and real mahogany banisters.
This staircase winds up to a striking stained glass center dome, created by Barbara Sabia and decorated with hand-cut lead and beveled and frosted glass textures.
The tiny marvel’s two-story library is also a sight to behold, featuring floor-to-ceiling built-in bookcases that house thousands of books. And because one must be able to reach said books, there are real rolling ladders installed along brass rods, which can easily roll across the floor composed of 3,000 cherrywood planks. The library also features a handful of intricate recesses that showcase fine art paintings and decorative art, all of which are under the stunning umbrella of a coffered ceiling with hand-hammered copper panels and hardwood beams.
Meanwhile, the home’s master bedroom, guest bedroom, dining room, and parlor all feature brass lighting fixtures, real mahogany floors, and floor-to-ceiling triple stained glass windows. And to keep its visitors warm, these rooms also come with ornate fireplaces punctuated by granite hearths and gold-trimmed mirrors.
Given the absolutely meticulous nature of this design, it’s no surprise that it took Jimmy more than two years to create. And he did it all without any plans or patterns, going with only his design instincts and the help of several other master artisans who helped create details like the marble flooring (Frank Crescente), stained glass windows (Barbara Sabia), and fireplaces (Sue Cook).
Jimmy is known to spend up to 18 hours per day in his studio, working away at his ornate works of art, and given the results, it’s most definitely time well spent!
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