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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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!



Christine R
Member
Female
66 years old
About Me

I have followed this site for some time now and I love it, so many times I have wanted to join in but I'm not the best with computers. I have lots of questions and I need advice as I could not bare to spoil a beautiful old house through ignorance again. We've been married 41 years and we live in Essex, I have a great family.



cestina
Member
Female
76 years old
About Me

I have been collecting and making dolls houses and miniatures for more than forty years and am at last in the process of achieving a dream - a small dolls house museum of my very own.

 

Although I live in Herts, UK for six months of each year, the other six are spent in the Czech Republic and this is where Small Worlds/Malé světy is taking shape at the moment.

 

You can read all about my journey here: http://www.czechdollshouses.blogspot.cz

 

I am looking forward to using this site and gaining and sharing experience with others......

The profile photo is me with my very first dolls house nearly 70 years ago.



Holly
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Female
About Me

 



Sue
Member
Female
67 years old

theinfill.wordpress.com
Member
Female
68 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 :)

 

 




christine jaeger
Member
Female
About Me

i am an aussie from the land down under.. i have been obsessed with antique dolls and dolls houses forever..  i have met some amazing people on this site and learnt so much. the internet has made an enormous difference to my collecting... 

http://rosemyne.blogspot.com   yay  ..   go check out my blog..... :)



Jeanette
Member
Female
About Me

I have one dolls house and I love adding to it. It was made by Chris and Joan Rouch of Toptoise, Selkirk, Scotland. I have always loved Dolls Houses and had one when I was a child, it came with Furniture and I used to make my one as well out of cardboard and lolly sticks, god only knows what happened to it as the house we lived in when I was young has since been demolished. Later in my 20's I used to love going to the V&A whenI was in London to just wander and look in all the dolls house rooms and wonder about the stories behind them, there was also a shop in Covent Garden that I visited too. One day, I think it was the early 1990's I was reading the local paper and I saw there was a Dolls House Fair in Motherwell Civic Hall that week. My mum and I went, and this was where I commissioned Toptoise to make my house. The original trim was a sedge green colour and it was sized to fit in an alcove in my new house. The alcove was plastered over about 10 years ago and the dolls house relegated to the bedroom floor and at some point it lay unopened for at least 5 years. The main reason I forgot about it was... that when I first got it there was lots of Dolls house fairs and shops and I regularly done the circuit of these, purchasing lovely and wondrous things from stalls that just put your little treasures in white paper pokes and you bought with a smile and a wee bit of gossip about your house,Shops all over Scotland and the North of England that no longer exist. I have kept an expenditure book since the day of purchase and to myself and probably other peoples dismay I have not kept a record of the makers of pieces, only the Fair or Shop name and how much it cost. The main place of purchase of the earliest bought pieces come from Miniatura which was staged at the SSEC and the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow. I have bought in Europe and America and one suprise was discovering a wee shop in the Isle of Man. I bought my house and most pieces before the internet was born, when every transaction was done over long phone calls. Last year we were decorating once more and my husband threatened to throw the house out as it was ' minging ' . I took it out to the hut and painted it , we were throwing a chaise longue out and I rescued the legs from it and put them on the house and it has now back to it's lovely pride of place in the bedroom. It has always been 'played with' I myself have a running story that is written in a book and is based on the year 1912, some of my characters have names of my family and made up stories, wee bits of them true, haha...that's why I can only say so much...

 

Recently my nephew Ricky (10) a playmobil collector and my great niece Mia are moving the pieces about. Mia has her own story which consists of all the relatives living together because one family had their house go on fire ( don't ask how she came up with that one ) one thing I will not let her change are the animals names, the cats and dog are past pets and the pup is called Kim... ( I will not let her rename it Petal ) My grand daughter Erin(14 )has just got DHE Mornington Mews for her 2015 Christmas...

 

My house is well loved by my family and my favourite thing is the stair carpets, not just because I made and embroidered them myself but because I made the first flight and my mum loved it but was unable to get up and see it in situ as she was in a wheelchair, I made the second flight when she was in hospital and she never saw it finished. My Mam was there right at the beginning... and the story of my house still hasn't ended, it will always be in my family. I have no wish to own another house as this one is full of memories that bring a smile to my face and hopefully to the children who aren't even born yet...



Audrey
Member
Female
67 years old
About Me

I am retired and live in the South of England



CeliaT
Member
Female
About Me

My name is Celia Thomas and have been trading as KT Miniatures since 1997 from my website www.ktminiatures.com . I am lucky enough to have been able to combine my hobby with my work  for many years now and I love it!

 

Not only do I make 1930s/40s miniature items and commissioned scenes, but the other half of my business is to sell antique & vintage dolls houses plus related old accessories & furnishings.  I am absolutely passionate about these antique dolls houses and anything that goes in them!

 

Looking at the membership of this website already, I think many of us already know each other as the miniature world truly is a small world! But I also look forward to meeting many others for the first time. 



Marie
Member
Female
44 years old
About Me

I am the keeper of a busy menagerie, consisting of cats, a flatcoated retriever, fish and prawns, three lively children and a husband. I am a keen gardener and enjoy embracing new skills and meeting new people.  



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Member
Female
About Me


Angie Nolan
Member
Female
48 years old
About Me

I love everything dollhouse related and am just getting into restoration of anytique/vintage dollhouses.



Ninja
Member
Female
About Me

Hi, my name is Cath & I have two major passions - motorbikes & dolls houses!



Clare Harlow
Member
Female
53 years old
About Me

Hi, I'm Clare and I live in Buckinghamshire with my partner, Grant and tabby cat, Tog (any of you out there remember The Pogles?). I collect '60s and early '70s children's annuals and books associated with Watch with Mother. I'm a huge fan of the Famous Five and to be honest am still waiting to grow up! I love gardening, reading, and dolls' houses of course. I started dolls' house renovation with my late mum and now have six, three of which are in various states of dereliction!



Nicki
Member
Female
24 years old

jenny
Member
Female
48 years old
About Me

I have always loved dolls houses, I have about 30 now (never count!). I love the challenge of finding out the maker. I spend a lot of time raking in flea markets and antique shops, never happier than when I come away with a bag of bits and pieces not necessarily in good condition.  I particularly like Triangs but home made quirky houses are welcomed too, I treat them all with kindness and could never get rid of them. I was delighted when I came across this web site since International Dolls House News ended  I have felt a bit lonely.  I have not submitted a photo of me as the shadowy outline is quite similar!  Happy Dolls Housing Everyone.   



Rosemary
Member
Female
About Me

I love old Lines and Triang houses, preferably with the old wallcoverings and windows! My image now re-juvinated along with my computer!



Tottie
Member
Female
About Me

Hi I'm Tottie. I had a dollshouse as a child which was made by my Grandfather. It is currently sitting up in our loft in need of some serious tlc. But I would love to renovate it and furnish it as it would have been when made. I have always collected little things and love social history covering the period from the 1930s to the 1950.



Edel
Administrator
Female
49 years old
About Me

You can see some of my houses and my photos of 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!


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