"Mini-fique" art for Francophiles and dog lovers

Sausalito, California | 35 Sales


"Mini-fique" art for Francophiles and dog lovers

Sausalito, California 35 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Susan Perry-Hinkle

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Susan Perry-Hinkle

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A French Addiction

Sausalito, California artist Suze Perry-Hinkle has indulged her French addiction for years, masterminding flights of fancy yielding breathtaking French miniature buildings. The Hotel Vendome (shown here), was featured on the cover of "Dolls House and Miniature Magazine" (UK), which often highlights her work. Her next project, Le Chateau Bidaine, is a miniature replica of a French chateau which was featured twice on magazine covers, "American Miniaturist" in March 2013, and the UK's Dolls House World in March 2014.

The first "coloring storybooks" in the "Dollhouse Dogs" series feature Cavalier King Charles spaniels in the miniature Chateau Bidaine. These are titled "Follymops and the French Chateau". The first book in the next series is "Prelude to Paris", a "Tail of Two Dogs" who meet, fall in love and get married in Northern California. In subsequent books they will have adventures as they honeymoon at the Hotel Vendome in Paris. This series features Australian cattle dogs. Each book is published in 3 editions, a black and white version, a color version, and a bilingual French/English version.

The visitor to can promenade down an imaginary cobblestone street in an old French town, with whimsical stores fashioned in painstaking detail. Here you can see many of Suze's miniature buildings built over the last decade.

Her apprenticeship as a faux finisher led to a passion for the patina of age. “I try for realism, a lived in quality. I do not do ‘pretty’ or ‘cute’, those qualities are for others. I aim for realism, where one would find dirt and grit. I am most interested in displaying the signs of decay over time, referring to myself happily as the ‘Queen of Distress’."

The Eiffel Tower Project began when, taking a break from constructing buildings, Suze decided to decorate over fifty 11" high Eiffel Tower balsa wood bird feeders in various themes. They premiered at an exhibition in Marin County, California on Leap Day 2012. Only a few of them are left, and they are listed for sale here on Etsy.

Rue de Suze art and gift items are for sale here on Etsy. The coloring storybooks are available on Amazon (search keyword "Follymops"), or your local bookstore can order them through their wholesale catalogue.

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  • Suze Perry-Hinkle


    Suze is a passionate lover of everything French. She is the artistic mastermind behind these pieces. Her French architectural miniature scale buildings can be enjoyed in detail on the Rue De Suze facebook page, or at

  • Marybeth Adkins

    Photographer And Designer

    Marybeth Adkins photographs the sculptures and designs the cards, wall decor and coloring books.

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Last updated on September 29, 2015
Welcome to our Etsy shop. Suze's creative obsession with everything French has generated quite a variety of unique gift items, and we hope you find something you'd love to invite into your home!

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Returns and exchanges
We want our creations to live in homes where they are loved! We hope that you will be delighted with your purchase but if for any reason you are not pleased, you may return the item, in "good as new" condition, within 10 days of receiving your order and we will refund your purchase price (less the shipping charge). If the item we receive back is damaged there will be a restocking fee of 20%-75% (depending on the amount of damage), and we will refund you for the balance of the purchase price (less shipping).

We will ship you a replacement item, and pay your return shipping costs, if you receive an incorrect or defective item. If you can send us a photo of the defect that would be much appreciated, to marybeth [!at]

Return Instructions: We will give you the address for return shipping. If you have the original packaging that your order was received in, simply reuse it. Make sure any delicate items are carefully packaged. Paste a new label on the "recycled" package. If the value is over $50 please insure the package. If you ship via U.S.P.S. please mail with delivery confirmation. Thank you.
We accept most major credit cards and Pay Pal. 9% sales tax is added to orders shipped within California.
Coloring books are printed to order and shipped directly from the publisher, unless we have them in stock at the time of your order. We estimate printing and shipping time, but it can vary. Gift packs are usually in stock. If you need an item quickly, please let us know! We can offer various options for an additional charge.

All items are shipped with tracking numbers and delivery confirmation.
Additional policies and FAQs
Please contact us for wholesale pricing if you are interested in reselling our items. Eiffel tower sculptures and architectural miniatures are one-of-a-kind, but printed items are available.

We are open to custom requests. We can't do them all, but sometimes it may just be a great idea that we'd love to do!