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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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.



lucy
Member
Female
About Me

Hello,my name is Lucy and I now live in Kent with my husband and son ,but am returning to my home in the lakes later in the year ,I am originally trained in art and design but was a runway model for many years, I later went back to design and create dollshouse miniatures which sell worldwide to collectors and for advertising  ,you can see my work and some of my houses featured in American Miniaturist .I home rescued orphaned and abandoned herdwick lambs each year and have a current flock of 20 ,we also have a miniature donkey and two french endangered Poitou donkeys ,two children a dog, fish,cat  and rabbit, I have many dollhouses in various stages of completion and love collecting grecon dolls , I am found in my studio most days creating miniatures, I try to incorporate in my work knitting in miniature and  cross stitching ,and I enjoy beading and work with a variety of materials which takes me into a fantasy world I often wish I could stay in ,I love to take photographs of my houses and enjoy looking at other peoples creations and to see dolls from around the world and how different countries prefer varied designs not often seen here in the uk ,and how the dolls can vary in size and also the houses its such fun ,it can be very time consuming and with all my pets leaves me no time for anything else but it makes me happy

http://stores.ebay.co.uk/clutterland

https://www.etsy.com/shop/Rainbowminiatures?ref=hdr



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. 




Linda B
Member
Female
63 years old
About Me

I am a West Midlands girl born and bred.

Recently moved to Staffordshire.

Married, with 2 sons and a daughter who are all grown up and lead their own lives.

I now have the time to indulge in my hobby, and meet likeminded friends.



Jan
Member
Female
About Me


Zoe H
Administrator
Female
51 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/




Edel
Administrator
Female
50 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!



Barbara
Member
Female
About Me

Crazy Westacre collector!



Frances
Member
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.



Kitty
Member
Female
61 years old
About Me

Hi there everyone, Kitty here from the Netherlands. I am a young woman of 59, married, with two adult daugters.
As a little girl I had a dollhouse that my grandfather made for me. When we moved to another city, my mother decided to not take the house to our new home. Recently she appologized to me about it. Anyway, that probably is the reason why I always kept a soft spot for dollhouses. I purchased a selfbuild 1:12 from the internet in November 2016 that I'm turning into a modern nautic house. Then I bought a 1:16 Hanse house with the intention to pimp it but haven't done anything with yet. And last week I stumbled across this gorgeous house on a secondhand Dutch side that I just had to have. I love the way it was build. And eventhough it looked neglected and parts were missing I made an offer. I am kind of handy so a missing pergola isn't an issue. It turned out to be a Gottschalk house! The one from 1961 with the butterfly roof! The previous owner had no clue, neither did I btw before I did my research, so I didn't pay much for it. Yesterday (April 29 2017) it arrived. And that is when I decided to join this group of expertise. I want to restore the house that has been mistreated and painted in different colors but I can use some help and advise to do it right




Maddy
Member
Female
84 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. 





Jazz
Member
Female
About Me

I live in a small country village in the middle of England.  Or "Back of beyond"  as my Mum would say!  Having lived in the centre of London all her life!!!!!

Downsized real human house in 2011 - four doors down and across a road - from a large, draughty, 300 year old Recotory to a 30 year old cosy warm house!!!  

Have  two cats and, so far 5, miniature houses. 3 - 1:12 and 2 - 1:16.  More on the way (2017).




Trumble's Mum
Member
Female
65 years old
About Me

I am a retired teacher, living with my husband and my very elderly mother on our little smallholding in Wales.

I have a collection of dolls and bears and, after many years of wondering if I could sneak a dollshouse in too, finally took the plunge! Now I have a little Dolly Mixture house, No 2, Dolly Mixture Lane (no. 1 turned out to be riddled with woodworm and mould) and have just bought a wonderful 1:12 to share with my mother.

Ps  I was asked about this - Trumble is my childhood bear and I took him everywhere so local shop keepers etc called me Trumble's Mum. The name stuck with me and, over 55 years later, I see no reason to give it up!



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,



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.



Lee
Member
Female
About Me

 I collect and renovate Triang Dolls Houses, I have completed six so far and have three yet to complete.  I keep thinking this will be my last, but I am hooked.  Most of the houses I have rennovated have been realy delapadated, and it is very satisfying to see them bought back to life.  I also collect Triang furniture, and have just purchased Triang Garden furniture, complete with a box.  I have a blog where I have detailed most of my renovations, please take a look.

http://shedonthepond.wordpress.com/



Rainsend
Member
Female
54 years old
About Me

At this point in my life I am an artist (oil and watercolor). 

Last fall a few friends and I decided to get together to work on dollhouse crafts. I decided to finish the dollhouse my husband and I had started/made for our daughters. He died a few years ago and though the dollhouse was in playable condition we had never finished the brick work on the chimney or the roof shingles.  We had designed and built this house ourselves and I had made the furniture. In the process of looking for more supplies for this endeavour I discovered a world of other dollhouses.  I have always loved old toys and never really knew much about older dollhouses.  I started collecting furniture for a Lundby house and made some as well.  From there I became  facinated with Bliss and other houses. 

When I was about 8 I had spent some time with my sister making dollhouse furniture out of balsa wood and arranging it in a cigar box. I guess I will never grow out of this.



Kim W
Member
Female
About Me

I am a 54 year old who has just (yesterday) bought my first dolls house, well two actually, couldn't decide between them. I have two grown-up children and one grandchild and three cats. My husband always has "projects" in progress and now its my turn!



Helen
Member
Female
About Me


juliefbennett@aol.com
Member
Female
About Me

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