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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Badger
Member
Female
About Me

I live in the Peak District and work part time.  My other interests are walking, cars, all animals, (mainly dogs)and reading. 




Maddy
Member
Female
83 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. 





Joan
Member
Female
About Me

This pic is me with my dad.I have been making dolls houses for 10 yrs.I always wanted a really old one but could never afford the ones I liked.Then I looked at kits and didn't like them either,so I designed and made my own.Since then I have made about 30,mostly for family and friends.I have 4 of my own - no room for any more.I have made quite a few bits of furniture etc and customised lots more.Now I have found the internet I have bought a few vintage pieces,some of my houses are inspired by antique ones and the vintage pieces go very well!

I am at present working on an old dolls house for a friend that I found in a car boot sale for £4.It was missing its front,so I am making one.

What did I say about no room for more houses???? We now have 12 houses!!! :P



Jan
Member
Female
About Me


Liza
Member
Female
About Me

I have been collecting since I was a child, with a brief interlude while I grew up. I decided that wasn't much fun, so have been searching, researching and restoring ever since. After 10 years of work, I have at last finished my book on the subject, and some years further on, am nearly ready to publish volume 2. I can't believe I have actually written two books!



Ana
Member
Female
39 years old
About Me

I live in Germany and I am a big fan of little doll miniatures, vintage items and primitive folk art.



Brooksey
Administrator
Female
62 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.



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!



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!



Pat
Member
Female
67 years old
About Me

I collect old toys and love my old dolls houses.I still get pleasure from finding something old to tuck into my houses.On stressful days,I open the doors,gaze in,and peace is mine again.



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/.



karen
Member
Female
57 years old
About Me

I found this site whilst looking for information on old dolls houses. I always wanted a dolls house as a child but it never happened, so I started collecting a few years ago. I now have 5 houses.



Purple Creative
Administrator
Male
61 years old

annmark61
Member
Male
56 years old
About Me

hi everyone

i started making minatures about 2yrs ago, it all started when me and my wife ann went on a barge for a week (loved it)! anyway i've always made model kits but i couldn't find any model barges, well i found 1 but i didn't like it much, so i decided to make one myself, Ann made the soft furnishings, then it progressed to minature houses, we love tudor. this project is our 3rd,

we've made another tudor (smaller 1/24th) and a 1960s mock tudor pub, i love going into tudor buildings and taking photos (asking first) then making it to our own design. i think people who have shown their models are very clever and i get some great ideas from these sort of web sites, hope to put a short video on soon.

many regards mark



Laurie Wanat
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.



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 :)

 

 




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/




Sue
Member
Female
About Me

Hi I live in the Isle of Man, a small island between the UK and Ireland. It is a Crown Dependency but not part of the UK. I work full time but believe a healthy work/life balance is key so I like to have a hobbies and interests for the weekend and evenings. My main hobby is photography. As a child, I loved any girly toys including the dolls house I had. I would have been about 5 or 6 years old when one Christmas morning, I asked my mum if I could go downstairs to see if 'he had been'. I opened the door of the living room and the room was in total darkness apart from a dolls house which had the lights on in the upper rooms. A Triang 62. It was a magical moment and that dolls house gave me many, many happy years of enjoyment. I still have it - the only thing I have from my childhood. I would love to restore it.



Kitty
Member
Female
60 years old
About Me

Hi there everyone, Kitty here from the Netherlands. I am a young woman of 59, married, with two adult daugters.
As a little girl I had a dollhouse that my grandfather made for me. When we moved to another city, my mother decided to not take the house to our new home. Recently she appologized to me about it. Anyway, that probably is the reason why I always kept a soft spot for dollhouses. I purchased a selfbuild 1:12 from the internet in November 2016 that I'm turning into a modern nautic house. Then I bought a 1:16 Hanse house with the intention to pimp it but haven't done anything with yet. And last week I stumbled across this gorgeous house on a secondhand Dutch side that I just had to have. I love the way it was build. And eventhough it looked neglected and parts were missing I made an offer. I am kind of handy so a missing pergola isn't an issue. It turned out to be a Gottschalk house! The one from 1961 with the butterfly roof! The previous owner had no clue, neither did I btw before I did my research, so I didn't pay much for it. Yesterday (April 29 2017) it arrived. And that is when I decided to join this group of expertise. I want to restore the house that has been mistreated and painted in different colors but I can use some help and advise to do it right



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