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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Sue Puremont
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Brooksey
Administrator
Female
62 years old
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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.



Isabella
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Female
69 years old
About Me

I live in Berkshire, am a volunteer in a charity shop, and belong to a small dolls' house club.  I have been collecting dolls and dolls' houses for more than thirty years and concentrate on 20th century items.



Jan
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Female
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wendy c
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Female
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I'm 56 and and live in a little cottage in Lincolnshire.  I have collected old bits and pieces forever and just bought a little old dolls house to fill up a gap in a shelf in my collection of toys about 7 years ago.......and have been totally hooked ever since!



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.

 



Maddy
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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. 





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Female
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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!



Claire Quick
Member
Female
51 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 

 



Marie
Member
Female
45 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.  



Badger
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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. 




Tollgate Debs
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Female
About Me

Live in Hampshire, UK, with the Hubster.  I am interested in many crafts, including dolls houses.  Also make my own lampwork and produce jewellery.  I have a small business Chowneys of Whitchurch, where I sell my own jewellery, bags, purses and scarves.



Clare
Member
Female
About Me

Hi, Ive been collecting Dolls Houses for about 4 Years.  I like Triang Dolls houses ,Grecon Dolls and looking at other peoples lovely Dolls Houses



Mary
Member
Female
About Me

My older sister started me into miniatures many years ago.  I started building my own house from scratch (literally), but alas with two young ones on the go, it was put on the back burner until 2 years ago when I resurrected the bare bones from the basement, and I've been plugging on since.  Last year I "inherited" two large homes - one is a Lines DH15 (aka "the big one") and the other is a Georgian home which apparently was on display at the Philadelphia Exhibition in 1876 (I have yet to verify this).  After I finish my doll house, I will be starting on one of the older homes......



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

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Female
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I love collecting old dolls houses and  and researching information on their history ,makers,furniture and furnishings.

I enjoy meeting other collectors and sharing photographs of my houses and the process of restoration. 



Jeanette
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Female
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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...



Frances
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Female
About Me

Currently living in the north west UK but very happy to spend as much time as possible in France. Married to David for long enough to win a long service medal. Parent to 2 adult sons & several cats.



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!


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