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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Jane
Member
Female
About Me

Hi, there, I'm a Kiwi who loves everything old. When I was a child, my beloved English grandmother sent me Barton and Lundby furniture for the dolls house my dad built for me, as there was very little available in NZ. When I discovered I could keep on collecting on ebay, there was no hope for me! I've just bought an old 1924 DH/D on ebay and am hoping to get some help with restoring it, and will post pix soon. It is in need of a lot of loving care, still has remnants of the roofing paper on the roof and the red brick paper on the back. Inside, I think most of the old wallpaper was stripped and new wallpaper added. There is a vintage fireplace on the ground floor but I am not sure it was original to this house. Some of the original dark green paint on the front door is peeking through. The floors still have some of their parquet paper. The chimney and shutters have gone, unfortunately but it has a lot of charm!



ilenalana
Member
Female
65 years old
About Me

I joined this site some time ago but because we were moving house and have had a busy year I haven't had time to post anything until now although I have popped in now and again for a quick peep at photos of members houses.  I live in Clacton on sea with my partner Steve and my lovely Norfolk terrier Missy.   I have many hobbies, war time re-enacting, water colour painting ( only started 18 months ago) reading, writing ( poetry), gardening, crafts of all kinds and of course collecting miniatures and dolls houses.  I love making things for my dolls houses and never throw a scrap of anything away that might come in handy when I'm fabricating something.

 Having taken early retirement I don't know how I had time to go to work.

 

 



Jan
Member
Female
About Me


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.



Gwyn
Member
Female

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!



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 :)

 

 




Paige
Member
Female
About Me

You'll find me living and working in the leafy suburbs of London. As a designer by trade, I have always loved all forms of design such as graphic, 3D and interior design, to name a few.  This is what makes collecting vintage Scandinavian dollshouses special is that you can see a clear timeline of the changing styles in furniture and interior design over the past 70 years. Through collecting, my interest in contemporary furniture and modern architecture has grown, whilst being able to re-live the pleasure of my childhood.  I now have several Scandinavian 1/16th scale dollshouses, dating from the mid 1950’s to the present day.



Ysť
Member
Female
About Me

Born in the late sixties, I came back to my childhood toys in my forties and from there I got interested in some European brands (and their worldwide counterparts) of girls toys but mainly makers of doll furniture... Looking through their history I started to acquire some samples in plastic and now also in wood. I am more interested in vintage miniature furniture than dollhouses so far... but that might change...

I am now here on Blogger too and still here on Flickr




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. 



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!



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. 




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!



Anita
Member
Female
46 years old
About Me

Hi I'm Anita. I am from Brighton originally but have lived in Essex for the last 20 years with my husband and we have two young girls.

 I have always been fascinated by dolls houses. I didn't have a dolls house as a child, just some odd bits of Barton furniture and a few dolls, including some bedroom furniture and a Dol Toi cupboard with the pull out ironing board. These were passed on to a younger neighbour who probably did have a dolls house to put them in unlike me!

 About 20 years ago I made myself a dolls house out of plywood which is still a work in progress. Then I discovered this site and became hooked on vintage dolls houses, particularly Triang, Gee Bee and Amersham. I bought a Triang 61 with the green window frames and it currently has some Dol Toi, Twiggs and Barton furniture in it. I eventually acquired another Dol Toi ironing board cupboard for it! I have a few Grecon inhabitants too...

I also loved Pedigree Sindy dolls as a child and have a few I have collected over the years, plus lots of Sindy furniture and accessories which my daughters now play with. 

 

 

 



Freda Knight
Member
Female
64 years old
About Me

Hi, my name is Freda and it is a pleasure to meet you all!  I am happily married to Dave, and we enjoy our home, and keeping it nice, as well as having holidays.

Having retired from the Court Service (a former Court Shorthand Writer and PA) and NHS (Secretary to a Consultant in Palliative Medicine), I am now free to pursue my hobbies, which includes collecting vintage children's books (particularly early Hodder & Stoughton 'Famous Five' Books) and, of course, dolls' houses.  I am also an avid reader, and keen gardner.  I enjoy studying German and keep my skills honed by contact with a German uncle, who does not speak English!



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.

Although I have limited space I do have several vintage 16th scale houses that I have restored and furnished with vintage furniture.  I also have a 24th "Tudor" house which lives in the bookshelves, and one day by hook or crook, I shall own a 12th scale.

 



JenT
Member
About Me

I write musicals, mainly. Which is a funny sort of way to make a living, but there you go :)



Sue Shorthouse
Member
Female
40 years old
About Me


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/




norrie
Member
Female
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