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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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!



Ninja
Member
Female
About Me

Hi, my name is Cath & I have two major passions - motorbikes & dolls houses!



Sally Plummer
Member
Female
About Me


Brooksey
Administrator
Female
63 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

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.



cestina
Member
Female
77 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.



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. 



jill friendship
Member
Female
73 years old
About Me

I live in Somerset and have about 28 houses plus a couple of gypsy caravans.  I am lucky enough to have a big shed of my own to keep my collection in, which are mostly older houses.  I love Walterhausen furniture, and houses which have a character of their own.   I make all sorts of bits and pieces for the houses   - I'm no skilled carpenter,  but I enjoy just playing with my collection.  My dad made me my first house when I was five.  I still have it, and almost all the original contents. 



jenny
Member
Female
49 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.   



Zoe H
Administrator
Female
52 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/




Alice
Member
Female
About Me

I am usually a doll collector - I have collected many kinds of dolls over the past 10 or so years, but now try and keep to a limited number of collections...I have bjds, Blythes, Skippers and Sashas and have been selling off the rest bit by bit as my husband wants the loft cleared out! :)

But I also have a couple of dolls houses needing my attention - plus a load of furniture and dolls for them...just need the space to set it all up...




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. 




wendy c
Member
Female
About Me

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!



Comfort
Member
About Me

:) Hello!  I collect stuffies/plushies, doll furniture, tea pots and lots of other stuff.  My favorite book, for most of my life, is "The Doll House Mystery". It took me years to find it and I now own it. That's as close as I ever got to owning or even seeing a doll house!



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!



Jeanette
Member
Female
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...



Mary Hamilton
Member
Female
About Me

A grandmother, I live with my husband and dog in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.  While I have acquired a few quaint cupboards and chairs, kitchen appliances, and handwoven rugs to furnish someday-in-the-future room boxes, my intentional collection is a vaguely 19th-century Swedish farmhouse and accompanying structures, their occupants (both human and animal), and their surrounds. Within the household live a widow with her many children (three infants of unknown gender, three daughters and three sons), three dogs and one cat.  However does she manage?!  Their only income is from the sheep's wool and the chickens' eggs.  They do have a lovely cow and an equally lovely goat who provide them with milk, cheese and butter.  An affectionate donkey keeps guard over everyone. There are also a gentle Danish plowhorse and an Icelandic mare and her foal. There is an ever-blooming vegetable garden which seems to only grow squash and a single fruit tree that bears imaginary fruit. There is an adjacent conifer forest inhabitated by bears, foxes and birds; a nearby neighboring farm on a hillside (a shelf across from the table); and a smaller scale town that looks more Dutch than Swedish.  It does, however, have a disproportionately large bakery filled with cakes, pies and breads, all made by one figure with a tidy blue kerchief and her hands perpetually on her hips.  Someday, I hope to take pictures and post them on this website when it--and I--are up and running.



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/.



jill
Member
Female
About Me

I live in North Herts, and am married with three grown up children and five grandchildren.  I spend most of my free time painting or working on my dollshouses.  I've loved dolls houses since I was a little girl of four when my father made me a beautiful dolls bungalow and now finally have the time to spend on the  houses I've acquired over the years,


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