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These Stunning Images Of A Funky Real-Life Dollhouse Will Rock Your World

05/21/2015 12:07 pm ET | Updated May 21, 2015
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This is just our funky cup of tea.

"A House for Essex" is basically a human-sized dollhouse in the English countryside that's available to rent -- if you're first lucky enough to win a chance to do so through a lottery system. When contemporary artist Grayson Perry was commissioned to design the home for an architecture project, he did what any incredibly creative person would do: He invented an imaginary woman named Julie Cope, and filled the home with trinkets that describe her "life" -- she was married, then divorced after an affair -- and tragic "death" by motorcycle collision.

The house is all kinds of bizarre, but irresistibly cute. Four staggered sections are lined in green-and-white tile with unconventional accents like a motorcycle chandelier, voluptuous clown-like sculpture and massive murals of Julie Cope -- who does not actually exist, if you'll recall.

This is pretty much the trippy, down-the-rabbit-hole wonderland of our dreams.

  • With four stacking sections, the house looks like it could collapse and expand, accordion-style.
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  • The outside is tile, with a copper roof and glowing lights.
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  • Dare to enter?
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  • Inside, the house is meant to look like a shrine to the artist's muse, a fictional woman named Julie.
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  • The kitchen is decidedly modern, with a built-in fireplace on the opposite wall.
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  • Portraits galore! (They're all of the artist's imaginary woman, of course.)
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  • The house sleeps four people in two bedrooms at the back.
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  • A luxurious bathtub overlooks the English countryside.
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  • And what dollhouse would be complete without a motorcycle chandelier?!
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