Dolls' Houses Past & Present

A website and ezine about dolls' houses: antique, vintage and modern. Plus furniture and accessories.

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Welcome to Dolls Houses Past and Present. We welcome anyone who is interested in dolls houses, dolls house furnishings, dolls house dolls etc, antique, vintage or modern.

Until now, new members have been automatically accepted. However, in order to deter those who just want to use our site to promote online gambling, medical products, antivirus programs and other things not related to dolls houses, we will now be accepting each new member personally. We'll try to do this as quickly as possible!

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theinfill.wordpress.com
Member
Female
67 years old
About Me

I’m old and small and live in north east England on the borders with Scotland. My hands and eyes are aging rapidly and I’m trying to get as much out of them as I can whilst I can. 

I enjoy history, crafts, making things. My abilities are more in the ideas department and sideways thinking than in the execution. A friend did dolls’ house things and I quite liked the idea of miniaturisation or the detailed scaling of the world.

I run a blog - theinfill.wordpress.com which covers the building of my first house Hogepotche Hall which is more of a fantasy story than anywhere near historically accurate. I hope it feels full of warmth and love and it's certainly has it's share of sweat and swearing.  I'm now working on an Art Deco semi and doing just as much flapping and struggling around as with Hogepotche and enjoying it just as much :)

 

 




Rebecca Green
Site Owner
Female
About Me

Hi, I'm Rebecca. I live in Australia, in Darwin, right at the top of the continent. My interest in vintage dolls houses was started by my grandmother, who collected dolls and dolls houses in the 1960s and 70s (she lived in Oxshott, Surrey). She gave three of her houses to me and my sister. Since about 15 years ago I have been adding to my collection, and have a blog about it at http://rebeccascollections.blogspot.com/.



Azul
Member
Female
79 years old

Tomas
Member
Male
33 years old
About Me

 Hi. I´m from Czech republic and work at big car factory as planner of gearboxes production. 

I have wife, two guinea pigs and tomcat :-) We live in small flat in the city.

I like small woodworking (vintage toys replicas, dollhouse, etc..), vinatege toys, mechanical toys, toy theatres, paper toys; hiking. I collect board games and advertising fairy tales. I like also digital restorating of old prints, blueprints, ...   





Sherri Farley- Little Cabin Creations
Member
Female
64 years old
About Me




Claire Smith-Campbell
Member
Female
78 years old

Miniknitwit
Member
Female
59 years old
About Me
I live in South Yorkshire, I'm a retired nurse and was a manager of a residential home for the elderly. I'm a volunteer with my local Age UK doing home visits to help people complete any forms they have to fill in.

Willem
Member
Male
About Me
Al zo'n 20 jaar bezig met popenhuizen en miniaturen. Ben begonnen met het maken van miniatuur meubels. Inmiddels staan hier 4 huizen en diverse kijkbakken. Momenteel bezig met een zelf ontworpen magierhuis.

Sherrie
Member
Female

susiedripping
Member
Female
About Me

I have eight dolls houses none of them vintage.  I sold three last year and the ones I kept are from Dolls House Emporium (boring I know)  and an Arkwrights shop which I call Beach Road Cafe and General Stores.   I am at present making The Country Store into a Theatrical Costumiers which will be called Nathan's.  I also have Magpies & Jenny Wrens which is a Post Office, General Store and Dressmakers and called Fred, George & Berts Stores. I have made Cumberland Castle into a wedding venue.  Fairbanks is 1950's era and The Manor House has a seafarer's theme.  Lakeview and Mountfield have yet to be decorated.



Zoe H
Administrator
Female
50 years old
About Me

I'm Zoe and I live in North Yorkshire with my husband and two very cute Cavalier King Charles spaniels.

I have always been fascinated by dolls' houses but didn't start it as a hobby until my husband bought me a made up but undecorated Edwardian house (Sid Cooke) for a wedding anniversary in 1998. It took me 15 years, working on it in fits and starts, to get to a point where it was almost finished (are they ever really finished?!). It is my pride and joy and I can (and do) spend hours looking at it. It was so good to find this site where I could safely get this guilty confession off my chest!

Having 'almost' finished  my Edwardian house I had been thinking about what to do next when, in the back of a little antique shop in our local town, I spotted a lovely old dolls' house, in need of some TLC, and I fell in love! I knew nothing about vintage houses but my mum said it was like one she had as a girl so I guess it might be 1930s / 40s and it looked home made rather than manufactured.  I have since gleaned from this wonderful site that it is one of a number of houses with similar features by an unknown maker known as a Dolly Mixture. 

Typically, it would seem, the vintage house hobby fast became an obsession and I bought a Handicrafts 325 (or 'Artistic') house.  I had no idea where to start with furnishings for this one but gained massive inspiration from many members of this site.

The Handicrafts house was followed by 'a number' of other houses and I am now a fully fledged doll's house addict!

I have a blog to record my mini activities and you can find it here:

http://trulymadlytiny.blogspot.co.uk/  

I have also become hooked on Grecon dolls which now inhabit the majority of my houses and you can follow their lives, loves and exploits both here on this site and on my blog at:

http://grecondale.com/




Sarah
Member
Female
56 years old
About Me

I was born and brought up in Kenya, leaving when I was eleven.  I now live in Buckinghamshire with my husband, a standard poodle puppy and a tabby cat.  My passion for miniatures started when I was about 4 years old and Dad made me a beautiful dolls house with the help of Mum to do all the decorating. I always loved to make things for the dolls house, particularly sewing, knitting or stitching items for it. A few years ago I rescued the house from the attic and my passion started all over again!



Grandma Jill
Member
Female
71 years old
About Me

My name is Jill Friendship   I have had to re-join due to computer / email problems. I hope to be able to revert to my old ID when the problemhas been sorted!



Julie
Member
Female

Anna-Maria C Sviatko
Member
Female
About Me

I became interested in dolls houses as a child, particularly representations of modern homes. For many years I  was mainly a creator working in 1/12th scale until a fateful day in March 2003, when I bought a 1975/ 78 Lundby house at a dolls shouse show and fulfilled one of my childhood dreams.

Since then my collection of dolls houses has grown to include 16 houses from 1957 to 2007, mainly in 3/4" scale. In 2008/ 2009 they were exhibited at Canberra Museum and Gallery as part of their Cabinets of Curiosities exhibition programme and in April 2010 were featured on ABC TV's programme The Collectors which was followed by an article in the September 2010 issue of The Collectors magazine. Photos I have taken have also been broadcast across Europe on Euromaxx TV.

I am the creator and administrator of the FLICKR Modern Miniatures Group and, in 2010, curated an exhibition called Call of the Small at Craft ACT: a 1/12th scale craft gallery containing miniature works from ten artisans, most of which had never worked in miniature before.

In 2011 I wrote an article for Uppercase magazine on the modern miniatures movement, was featured in Netherlands magazine Flow, and am  taking part in as many modern miniature swaps as I can find willing partners!

Further information on my collection can be found on my blog.



Christine Larter
Member
Female
66 years old

teaqueen
Member
Female
About Me

     Hello! I have collected antique and collectible dolls houses for over thirty years. I particularily like the paper on wood lithographed houses and shops. I also love Wagner, Silber & Fleming and one-of-a-kind houses with a history attached to them. I have been a collector for all of these years up until a few months ago. I now find myself becoming a "seller" as I am trying to help a friend sell off an estate of a lifetime dollhouse and toy collector.

    My husband has become a wonderful help in lighting, with great care, my old dollshouses and has done minor repairs that I have felt needed to be done. I generally do not repair my old houses because I enjoy the patina and "age" they develop over years of being played with or cared for by others before me.

     What fun to find a site where we can share and sell or buy items! I am so happy that "Lizzie" - a long-time friend of mine from England - sent me this link!



JenH
Member
Female

Edel
Administrator
Female
48 years old
About Me

You can see some of my houses and other old dolls and toys at https://www.flickr.com/photos/shero6820/

I have loved dolls' houses since getting my first and for many years only house for Christmas 1974 - a Gee Bee DH10C "collapsible" house that has had many makeovers over the years.

I can remember really really wanting a dolls' house and am not so sure why - none of the other children I knew had one. I was only six, and hadn't yet read Rumer Godden's "The dolls' house" or been to the wonderful Museum of Childhood in Palmerston Park in Dublin, now sadly closed.

The only possible inspiration that I can think of is the Sesame Street minifilm "Two little girls in a little doll house" which I could have seen - we got our first (rented) television early in 1974 I think and Sesame Street was one of the few things I was allowed to watch. According to muppet.wikia.com the film was made in September 1970. I know it was shown many times on the programme, so I could have seen it sometime in 1974.

But whatever the initial trigger was, it was the beginning of a long, fruitful and rewarding relationship with miniature homes!



Jane
Member
Female
66 years old
About Me

Hi, I'm a 64 year old female, recently retired, married with two grown up daughters and two dogs. I live in a very rural part of Lincolnshire which is great but no dolls house shops nearby! I've dabbled with dolls houses for many years but now have the time to really enjoy the hobby. 


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