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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Jacqueline Stephen
Member
Female
About Me

Hi,

I am fascinated with dolls houses and anything in miniature.  My dolls house was given to me around 1953 and was second hand.  It would be interesting to acquire any information about its age and contents. 



Brooksey
Administrator
Female
64 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.



Jennie
Member
Female
About Me

Hi, I am the mother of Emma, who has also just joined as a member and is restoring the DH/11. I have been married for 31 years and also have a son Oliver. 

 I am the 2nd to youngest of a family of five, Two older sisters (had an older brother) and a younger sister. I've always understood my aunt who was a nanny bought the dolls house into the family. I always remeber seeing the dolls house and in time played with it a lot with my immediate older sister ( she is four years older then me, my eldest sister been 10 years older then me, I am now 57 6years old). The dolls house was well loved and Heather and I wecre responsible for painting it lilac and for the Lino on the floor. The house had cardboard shutters by the side of some windows , which we recently removed. Originally all the lilac paintwork was the dark green. The side cimney is intact but was removed by a family member because they were storing it and the chimney was large and got in the way. The kitchen with the blue sideboard is original, it didn't have any other fixtures apart from the fireplaces and doors, however it came with a chandelier which hangs in the hall, this we still have along with numerous furniture, ranging from tin furniture to plastic, depending on the person who was playing with the house at the time and the era. The house over the years has passed onto various nieces and nephews who have all played with it but recently due to storage etc we have taken the house back and Emma is now the owner. I greatly look forward to learning like her more about the house, (it does have a lock and key also original). In our defence to the state of the house, all I can say is.. It's passed through a large number of families and been played with by numerous children and has been well loved.

 

 




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/.



Chrissy Bailey
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.



Zoe H
Administrator
Female
53 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/




jenny
Member
Female
50 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.   



Helen
Member
Female
About Me


Edel
Administrator
Female
51 years old
About Me

You can see some of my houses and my photos of 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!



Jackie
Member
Female
70 years old
About Me

Retired professional restorer of ceramics and furniture since 2003. Since then I collect and restore old toys pre 1950. My favourites being rocking horses produced by G & J Lines. I recently bought a Triang no 92 dolls house which is all original but needed a tidy up. It is now finished after many tedious hours of rubbing down the corroded window frames, but it was worth it in the end to see it returned to former glory. 

I live close to the sea on the south coast in England with my other half Dave, two Chihuahuas and a crazy cat. I have two daughters and a son and 5 grandchildren.



 



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!



Anne Brown
Member
Female
About Me

I have been collecting old houses and contents for 20 some years, and have (according to my husband) more than enough now. Probably upwards of 30 if they were gathered together and counted. I have carefully NOT counted them. Still looking for more, though. I now only buy pre-WW2 Tri-ang houses, or any very old hand-builts which appeal. My cats love them too, as they are ideal for hopping around a room without touching the floor.



Gwyn
Member
Female

juliefbennett@aol.com
Member
Female
About Me


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.




Val Copley
Member
Female

Warty
Member
Male
72 years old
About Me

I am a retired carpenter and School Caretaker, aged 68. I have taken up the hobby of doll house building  / refurbishing.



shell
Member
Female
57 years old
About Me

I am the proud owner of an early triang  and 2 hobbies dolls houses 



Hayley
Member
Female
About Me

I like dolls houses, any dolls houses and everyone I know thinks I'm sad so its nice to be on a site with likeminded people!


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