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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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 :)

 

 




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. 



Val Hill
Member
Female
60 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.



carol
Member
Female
About Me

I am very happily retired from teaching after neary 40 years, living in in a small fell side village in Cumbria, a wonderful part of the country with the Pennines onone  side and the lakes on the other. I love filling in my time with all the things I have not had time for before, cross stitch, upholstery, walking our scatty collie, gardening, and my new hobby doing up my dolls houses, of which I now have three. Earlier this year my husband converted an old outhouse into a workshop for me so now I can go and do my stuff without having to find a space to work, and all my equipment is in one place, instead of being scattered around the house, ........ And I can leave things out rather thn having to clean up and put things away all the time!

Purely by accident I have three beautiful houses, my wonderful hobbies house built and furnished for me by my dad in the 1950's, in pretty much original condition. Because I wanted a grown up Tudor house I discovered, and started collecting Barton Tudor furniture which fits it so well. Then at an auction where I was after a chair to reupholster I saw a very well loved old house that no one was going to bid for, so that came home as well. Some research confirmed it as a vintage triang from about 1946. With broken and missing windows, doors and some of the oak beam details, and felt pen decoration it was in desperate need of some tlc. My last purchase early this year was my stunning Lakeland cottage which I saw in the window of the Oxfam shop in Ambleside, which I was told came from the collection of an old lady who left her entire estate including steiff bears to the charity. The outside mostly needs very little help but the inside was not so good, but has provided a fantastic blank canvas for my desire for a real Tudor house with all the beams, and oak planked floors. Two rooms completed so far, and another well on the way.




Chris
Member
Female

Michaela
Member
Female
About Me

I've loved doll's houses all my life.  As a child, growing up in Lancashire, I had a Jenny's Home set.  I discovered the collecting world about 30 years ago and various houses have come and gone since then.  I now live in Southern Ireland.

 

I'm great at starting new projects but hopeless at finishing them.  I currently have two houses and one shop which are actually going backwards!  Two house kits not started and two vintage houses - a Triang No. 60 from the '30's and a G & J Lines No 13 from 1906.

 

I was delighted to find this group with its focus on older houses.  I still mourn the loss of the excellent magazine International Dolls House News.



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. 



Jan
Member
Female
About Me


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..... :)



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. 





Purple Creative
Administrator
Male
62 years old

karen
Member
Female
58 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.



Sarah
Member
Female
57 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!



Holly
Member
Female
About Me

 



Freda Knight
Member
Female
65 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!



Jane
Member
Female
About Me

I am Jane and I live in Concord, New Hampshire, US and have been collecting dollhouse furniture since I received an 1890's dollhouse that was handed down to me when I was about 10. I now have several more houses in various stages of completion.



linda
Member
Female
62 years old
About Me

I have been collecting dolls houses for the last 15 years . I am 59 and live in cornwall . I have a large shed in my garden which holds about 35 or probably more !! .They are all well furnished and decorated and i just love them all. My dad made me a lovely house when i was a child unfortunatly it was passed on to my niece and i never saw it again. Then after finding one in a junk shop 15 years ago which needed a lot of TLC, i got the bug.  I love history, architecture, any thing miniature and old toys. my kids think im mad but my brother has a fantastic train set in his attic and one in his garden too so he is at least understanding.



Carol Peters
Member
Female
About Me

I am a very kind and generous person but I have an irrepressible naughty streak! What I think tends to come out of my mouth!

I`ve had a big interest in dolls houses since having my childhood homemade one in the 60`s, it since died of woodworm!

I have made a few houses from scratch to my own design as well as "doing up" several. I like a house that I can do a bit of work to!



Sheila
Member
Female
About Me
I am now down to twenty houses, having donated two to Pat Cutforth for her sale in November. I have two old Triangs from early 1930s; The Nook and a No 60 ; and one of the original metal fronted No 50s, which dates from 1949/1950. The others are various ages and sizes but include five quarter scale houses as I really have run out of space!

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