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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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. 




Anni1226
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Female
About Me




theinfill.wordpress.com
Member
Female
70 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 :)

 

 




Joan
Member
Female
About Me

This pic is me with my dad.I have been making dolls houses for 10 yrs.I always wanted a really old one but could never afford the ones I liked.Then I looked at kits and didn't like them either,so I designed and made my own.Since then I have made about 30,mostly for family and friends.I have 4 of my own - no room for any more.I have made quite a few bits of furniture etc and customised lots more.Now I have found the internet I have bought a few vintage pieces,some of my houses are inspired by antique ones and the vintage pieces go very well!

I am at present working on an old dolls house for a friend that I found in a car boot sale for £4.It was missing its front,so I am making one.

What did I say about no room for more houses???? We now have 12 houses!!! :P



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.




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.



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..... :)



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/




LauraR
Member
Female
About Me

Hi, I have 2 grown up daughters  ( neither of whom understand the appeal of the Dollshouse)& 2 grandchildren. I only own 2 dolls houses at the moment -a Triang 61 & a 62 & (along with so many others!) love a Grecon doll. 



Mehitabel
Member
Female
58 years old
About Me

Last year, a dear friend died and I inherited several of her 'Hitty' dolls. Who needed a roof over their heads. You can guess the rest...


I bought them 'The Cabin' kit from the Dolls' House Emporium. However, whilst researching tips and tricks for building my first kit, I stumbled on photos of old Triang houses and you can guess the rest there, as well!

Have just started my first 'renovation' - an enthusiastically overpainted Triang 61.  And waiting for an interesting 1940s' homemade dolls' house to arrive, from my eBay adventures.

I'm a writer with an interest in textiles and craft history, folklore and genealogy. I write for various US and UK magazines.



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.   



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...



ilenalana
Member
Female
66 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.

 

 



juliefbennett@aol.com
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Female
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Val Hill
Member
Female
61 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.



Wendy Stephen
Member
Female
About Me

 I started this website in May 2009, I was keen to converse and share my Dolls House hobby with other enthusiasts. Due to health problems I had to stand down as site owner. 



Sue Puremont
Member
Female
About Me


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!



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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