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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Judy C
Member
Female
About Me

Busy grandma who enjoys dancing to keep fit, genealogy, miniatures, needlecrafts and reading. Love being retired from the NHS.

Although I have limited space I do have several vintage 16th scale houses that I have restored and furnished with vintage furniture.  I also have a 24th "Tudor" house which lives in the bookshelves, and one day by hook or crook, I shall own a 12th scale.

 



Freda Knight
Member
Female
67 years old
About Me

Hi, my name is Freda and it is a pleasure to meet you all!  I am happily married to Dave, and we enjoy our home, and keeping it nice, as well as having holidays.

Having retired from the Court Service (a former Court Shorthand Writer and PA) and NHS (Secretary to a Consultant in Palliative Medicine), I am now free to pursue my hobbies, which includes collecting vintage children's books (particularly early Hodder & Stoughton 'Famous Five' Books) and, of course, dolls' houses.  I am also an avid reader, and keen gardner.  I enjoy studying German and keep my skills honed by contact with a German uncle, who does not speak English!



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!



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.



juliefbennett@aol.com
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Female
About Me


SunnySpirals
Member
Female
50 years old
About Me


Laurel Parker
Member
Female
67 years old
About Me

I'm an artist and ocassional teacher with a lifelong love of well crafted toys. I'm married to a  museum exhibit designer and we have  a 22 yo son and 18 yo daughter. All of them are wonderfully supportive of my habit of rescuing animals and houses.  We live in the US ( Georgia), . 

Currently we are rescuing the house we live in, since an 80 foot tree fell on it. two years ago. It's never fun (or fast) to remodel a house while living in it, especially when it wasn't planned, but we're enjoying the process. The irony is that my husband had just given me the dilapidated Christian Hacker house you see in my profile photo, and I was expecting to be doing the same sort of work, but  on it. This turned out to have some unexpected benefits.  It's allowed me to research Christian Hacker and resources, more thoroughly than I'd likely have had the patience for otherwise ( I was very excited about this house!). And, it's influenced our house design too. I love Christian Hacker's  strong and eccentric color schemes - the ones he used in his catalogues, especially. Those colors have made their way into our kitchen plans, and in smaller doses, into the rest of the house. In a strange sort of way, the two have become entwined. 





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!



Val Hill
Member
Female
62 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.



Chrissy Bailey
Member
Female

DianeP
Member
Female
52 years old
About Me

Hi my name is Diane and I live near Aberdeen, Scotland.  The house in my profile picture is my first ever dolls house which I got when I was 5 in 1973 and is a 1/24th scale Toy Works house.  When I was 17 I bought my first 1/12th scale kit house from the Dolls House Emporium which was the Classical and furnished it in Victorian style as there wasn't any other type of furniture or accessories available.  It was packed away in the garage for 15 years or so but a few years ago I took it out and did it up in modern style for my daughter and caught the dolls house bug all over again.  I now have lots of dolls houses of various ages and scales.



Carol Peters
Member
Female
About Me

I am a very kind and generous person but I have an irrepressible naughty streak! What I think tends to come out of my mouth!

I`ve had a big interest in dolls houses since having my childhood homemade one in the 60`s, it since died of woodworm!

I have made a few houses from scratch to my own design as well as "doing up" several. I like a house that I can do a bit of work to!



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.   



Stephanie
Member
Female
68 years old

Rosy Riach
Member
Female

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.



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.



Debs
Member
Female
57 years old
About Me

Hi , i am 53 years old have love crafting of any kind although machine sewing is what I am best at .i have a grown up family and a part time job .We are renovating our cottage which takes up a lot of time and money but I want to make time to renovate my dolls house too.



George
Member
Male
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