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
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. 




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.



lallyp
Member
Female
About Me

Hi,  I'm a "mature" child, with three grown up children, 5 grandchidren, 1 husband, a West Highland White, who is rarely white! and one cat.  I knit, sew, crochet, spin; sometimes!  and have had a go at most crafts.  My husband is building  a Model Railway in the garage and I have been collecting Sindy dolls.  The dolls have had to be put away due to my 6month old Blue Burmese eating their ankles and, recently a ball gown!!  At least you can close  a Dolls House!  The dolls were on the dresser.

I used to be a keen gardener but due to Arthritis have had to give that up.  I can still play with dolls,however!



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.



Claire Quick
Member
Female
52 years old
About Me

 i have been collecting dollshouses and miniatures for 8 years now. i have 35+ houses and l. I love all styles of furniture  both vintage and modern 

 



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/




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.



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.   



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.



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/.



Anne D.
Member
Female

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,



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.



Rainsend
Member
Female
55 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.



Barbara
Member
Female
About Me

Crazy Westacre collector!



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!



juliefbennett@aol.com
Member
Female
About Me


Dolls House Restoration
Member
Male
About Me

Restorer of vintage dolls houses - mainly Lines and Tri-ang.

I also produce reproduction Tri-ang and Lines papers, shutters and fixtures.

 2011 Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) award holder.

Have a  Masters in  Conservation, so I can be trusted to look after really old dolls house!

www.dollshouserestoration.com



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.



Alicia Davies
Member
Female
About Me

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