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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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/.



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!



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.



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.



Elizabeth J
Member
Female
About Me

I have loved collecting dolls houses of all kinds for 35 years, and am always on the look out for 'played- with' ones that are still in good original condition. 



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..... :)



YorkshireLass
Member
Female
50 years old
About Me

I live near the beautiful Castle Howard estate in North Yorkshire with my hubby, our 2 gorgeous Border Terriers, a gecko and a snake.

My interest in doll's houses goes back to when I was born when my parents bought me an old house, but as they years went by I lost ineterst until recently when I decided to renovate my ageing, what I believe to be, Tri-Ang house.

I'm hoping to pick up help and information from the knowledgeable people out there



cestina
Member
Female
75 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.



annabelle
Member
Female
59 years old
About Me

Have a lfelong love of dolls and their paraphenalia, started collecting antique/vintage as a teenager, am now a middle aged mother of two adult daughters - neither of whom share my passion!



maggie t
Member
Female
About Me

Hi my name is Maggie.  I have been collecting dolls houses for quite a while now.  I have Triang, Lundby and quite a few without names or none that I have come across.  I have started to collect room boxes as I have run out of space, but will find space when I come across a Deco house.

As you can see by the profile picture I am the lucky owner of the shop sign from the Singing Tree dollshouse shop which was in the Kings Rd Chelsea.  I was the only bidder  and as luck would have it she also lived quite near.  It was badly broken up but I knew my dad who is in his 80's would be able to restore it.  The sign measures 8 x 3 feet so quite large.

Maggie



buttercup
Member
Female
50 years old
About Me
A forty something complementary therapist living in bolton

Jeanette
Member
Female
57 years old
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...



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 :) 



Lee
Member
Female
About Me

 I collect and renovate Triang Dolls Houses, I have completed six so far and have three yet to complete.  I keep thinking this will be my last, but I am hooked.  Most of the houses I have rennovated have been realy delapadated, and it is very satisfying to see them bought back to life.  I also collect Triang furniture, and have just purchased Triang Garden furniture, complete with a box.  I have a blog where I have detailed most of my renovations, please take a look.

http://shedonthepond.wordpress.com/



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!



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/




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. 




jenny
Member
Female
47 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.   



Janice
Member
Female
64 years old
About Me

My interest is in the creative side of dolls' houses, but also in collecting things for them, when funds permit. I started the hobby at least 15 years ago, but it was a slow going process, as it had to fit in with a very demanding full time job - mostly on Sundays in the Winter. Nevertheless, I have completed four dolls' houses and am now on my fifth, which is probably my most ambitious project yet. Since I retired last year, this has been a much easier and quicker experience. My problem now is finding places to put them!



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 :)

 

 



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