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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Tanja
Member
Female
52 years old
About Me

Hello :)

My name is Tanja. I am 52 years old. I live in Denmark. I am very pleased to be a member of your group :) 



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. 

 

There used to be an expression that everyone had one book in them, though I think opinion has moved a little on that, but I didn’t want to write what was in me; the jumble of my thoughts, memories, opinions. I wanted something expressing more of warmth and more than a little love.

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. Existence in a more controllable format? No idea, but it seemed an interesting direction to follow.

theinfill.wordpress.com and my postings here are my ‘book’. More of a fantasy story than a historical reflection, full of warmth and love and not a little bit of sweat and swearing – a reflection of life, perhaps.

 

 




Linda B
Member
Female
61 years old
About Me

I am a West Midlands girl born and bred.

Recently moved to Staffordshire.

Married, with 2 sons and a daughter who are all grown up and lead their own lives.

I now have the time to indulge in my hobby, and meet likeminded friends.



lallyp
Member
Female
About Me

Hi,  I'm a "mature" child, with three grown up children, 5 grandchidren, 1 husband, a West Highland White, who is rarely white! and one cat.  I knit, sew, crochet, spin; sometimes!  and have had a go at most crafts.  My husband is building  a Model Railway in the garage and I have been collecting Sindy dolls.  The dolls have had to be put away due to my 6month old Blue Burmese eating their ankles and, recently a ball gown!!  At least you can close  a Dolls House!  The dolls were on the dresser.

I used to be a keen gardener but due to Arthritis have had to give that up.  I can still play with dolls,however!



Judy C
Member
Female
About Me

Busy grandma who enjoys dancing to keep fit, genealogy, miniatures, needlecrafts and reading. Love being retired from the NHS.

 



Barbara
Member
Female
About Me

Hi, I'm  Barbara,  I have been collecting antique and vintage items since the 1980's. I had a large Victorian house as a child, sadly given away.  I am particularly fond of English box back houses and also items from the 1930's. I love auctions and have found many treasures at general sales, still searching.



Zoe H
Member
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!

One of my [madder] projects is an attempt to convert an old 1970s kiddies house into a look-alike vintage American Masonite house! You can follow my progress (or lack of it just at the moment!) on my blog at:

http://keystonecrazy.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/grecondalelife.com




Jan
Member
Female
About Me


Mary Noel
Member
Female
57 years old
About Me

I live in California, USA.  I am an avid doll and doll house miniature hunter/gatherer and can be found most weekends at a swap meet, antique market or haunting my favorite shops.  I work full time so that takes a bite out of my hobby time..LOL.



Brooksey
Administrator
Female
61 years old
About Me

I've been an adult miniaturist since 1991. I intended to work in 1:12 but by accident my first house was a one-off 1:16 one-room workers cottage (my profile pic). I started my first 1:12 house in 1992. This was my only house in this scale for 22 years, because I fell sideways into vintage Tri-ang houses and Jenny's Home rooms, with Spot-On and Barton furniture plus a bit of Lundby. That collection is centred around two No 50s (used as the two halves of one house), a U and a Daisy Bungalow, all set in 1965. The bungalow forms the one representative chalet for my 1:16 1960s holiday camp (!!). (My two Jenny's Home Large Rooms are used as the camp's manager's office and gift shop/tea bar). I also have two roomboxes: a 1:16 chapel and a 1:12 cottage parlour scene. In February 2014, I became the very lucky owner of a Tri-ang DH/81 from 1933/34 - only my second 1:12 house, but also my oldest and most rare. Unbelievably, this was joined, just over a year later, by its sister house, the very similar but slightly larger, DH 82!

The summer of 2015 saw my collection grow to a total of 17 houses, plus the holiday camp (the equivalent of five very large and six large rooms), the two Jenny's Home Rooms and the two separate room-boxes. I cannot have any more - there is nowhere left in my real-life tiny cottage home for another dolls house! As my capacity for planning far outstrips the time I have for working on them, very few of these projects are finished!

Personally, I've been married to Brian since 1971. We have two grown-up sons and eight grandchildren. Now retired from nursing and midwifery, I'm a family carer, looking after my elderly father on 2 or 3 days/week. Besides dolls houses, my main interests are cooking and entertaining, supporting our local cricket team, music, literature and theatre.



Jazz
Member
Female
About Me

I live in a small country village in the middle of England.  Or "Back of beyond"  as my Mum would say!  Having lived in the centre of London all her life!!!!!

Downsized real human house in 2011 - four doors down and across a road - from a large, draughty, 300 year old Recotory to a 30 year old cosy warm house!!!  

Have  two cats and, so far 5, miniature houses. 3 - 1:12 and 2 - 1:16.  More on the way (2017).




Rosalind
Member

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/.



Wendy Stephen
Member
Female
About Me

 I started this website in May 2009, I was keen to converse and share my Dolls House hobby with other enthusiasts. Due to health problems I had to stand down as site owner. 



stuart duncan
Member
Male
68 years old
About Me

for many years i have wanted to build a dolls house but working full time as a builder never found the time but now i have retired i have lots of time on my hands


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Maddy
Member
Female
82 years old
About Me

Hello,

 

I was born in London but now live in East Anglia. I have just discovered this lovely site.  I am a doll's house enthusiast of 81, outwardly, but I am all of 10 where dolls houses are concerned.  However, I do not consider my hobby has anything to do with being childish; it is all about one's imagination, isn't it?.


Before I retired I woked as a secretary.  I have always had a great interest in reading and drawing, the latter especially when I was younger.  I enjoy photograpy too, a little, and have enjoyed taking photos of various scenes in my houses.  I have always been keen on the computer and have had great fun in the past with creating images and cards for fun, which made it easy for me to create tthings for my little homes such as tiles, 'china', and tiny books. 





sfmsco68
Member
Female
49 years old
About Me

Hi everyone.  I have just bought this house and it will be with me next week.  I would love to know more about it.  I need some replacement window panes and shutter and was wondering if anyone had these spare to sell...  Thank you Shernelle Scott

I should have introduced myself, but in the excitement of my newly acquired Triang house, I forget same.  The house arrived and it was damaged.. That said the seller did refund me some monies so it took the sting away.... the base is damaged as I know very little about restoration, I am hoping that I will be able to get it fixed...

I started collecting in 2009, mainly with 1:12th scale and then fell in love with everything vintage.... I have a hobby page (not membership) on Facebook Lundby & Dolls House, where I post pics of my Gothenburg (Lundby), which will be appearing in Dolls House World later this year... very excited about that.. I have a Stockholm, a Hanse House, a Tudor (small house) project!, Church project that I would like to undertake and yes I have aquired a mouse house with a little mouse and I have bought several mice sice... So bits of everything.... I still buy some modern bits and bobs, but loving the vintage xox 

I am a single parent, divorced last year, but thankfully get on with my husband as we have a 8 year old darling dote of a wee girl called Erin... I suffer from depression and dolls house is my therapy...






Claire Quick
Member
Female
50 years old
About Me

 i have been collecting dollshouses and miniatures for 8 years now. i have 35+ houses and l. I love all styles of furniture  both vintage and modern 

 



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!



Val Hill
Member
Female
59 years old
About Me

I was born in 1958 in Edinbourgh. I have been married since 1979 to Kevin, we have two sons, and three grandaughters, all are delightful girls, but they are all autistic.


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