Julie Silvester received her first doll house, built by her father, for Christmas when she was 7-years-old. She later added two additions and a horse barn. When she was 14-years-old she built a house using plans found in her great-aunt's home. Many years later, she and her daughter built a new doll house together. In early 2013, Julie started an online doll house and miniatures business - eventually buying a brick and mortar shop in Richmond, Virginia which she happily ran for several years. The Lilliput's family moved to Grapevine, Texas in 2020 where Julie now runs a dollhouse build/restoration business from her home.