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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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.   



Ninja
Member
Female
About Me

Hi, my name is Cath & I have two major passions - motorbikes & dolls houses!



Jan
Member
Female
About Me


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!



Pam's Properties
Member
Female
About Me

I was bitten with the dollshouse bug as a child (60 years ago) and never got over it.  About 6 months ago I came across a Triang no 40 which I thought to buy as a project for my little granddaughter.  So I now have plenty of project work for the winter.



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.



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.



annmark61
Member
Male
58 years old
About Me

hi everyone

i started making minatures about 2yrs ago, it all started when me and my wife ann went on a barge for a week (loved it)! anyway i've always made model kits but i couldn't find any model barges, well i found 1 but i didn't like it much, so i decided to make one myself, Ann made the soft furnishings, then it progressed to minature houses, we love tudor. this project is our 3rd,

we've made another tudor (smaller 1/24th) and a 1960s mock tudor pub, i love going into tudor buildings and taking photos (asking first) then making it to our own design. i think people who have shown their models are very clever and i get some great ideas from these sort of web sites, hope to put a short video on soon.

many regards mark



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.




chris g
Member
Female
About Me

My name is Christine, and am married with two children.  I absolutely adore old dolls houses, as they are so full of character. I am looking for some help and advice with my quickly growing collection.  My recent interest was sparked when I decided to clean up this wonderful dolls house that my father made for me in the 1960's(profile pic).  It is loosely based on illistrationsof a book that I had of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  I am now hooked!!!! as I have in two years become the proud owner of 4 Triang houses, a Dolly Mixture? and a large house which was too much of a bargain to miss on ebay, even though I had to travel over 200 miles to collect.  So I am looking for inspiration and ideas to complete all these



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..... :)



Maddy
Member
Female
85 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. 





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.



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/.



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.

 



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!



susanne
Member
Female
75 years old
About Me

I live in Oxfordshire in an old house which is being renovated. I would prefer renovating my doll houses! It is exciting to find so many collectors in the UK because I have lived in Canada for over 30 years, where collectors of antique doll houses were few and far between, although enthusiastic.Still it was an opportunity to find some nice pieces from the U.S. I would like to find some German rooms to display furniture.I have 5 doll houses all of which need work although I prefer all original unless work is necessary for conservation.Most of my houses I left behind when we moved, although I kept all the furniture.The most interesting is probably a 1915 Lines which I think is a no.35.



rachel40
Member
Female
49 years old
About Me

Hi, I have just found this great site and what a find it is. I have had my dollshouse since my 18th birthday so like me its on its way to being vintage! As much as I love my house i have always wanted a antique house, but have never been able to find one to suit both taste and budget.I have a fondness for victorian and edwardian houses which seem to be quite expensive and rare. That all changed today, today i bought a victorian dollshouse at auction, it needs work but it was a bargain and I Love it, I can't wait to get started. I have spent the last few hours looking at all the wonderfull pictures on here which have inspired me to tackle my new house. I will put up some pictures of it, I don't think its a particular make but I don't know that much about antique houses yet  so I am hoping being a member of this site will change that. Regards Rachel



Mario Herrada
Member
Male
About Me

I purchased my second doll's house in December 2014.  This doll's house is a 1930's Folk Art House constructed from Pear frut crates.  I named the house Maison d'Anjou.

I also purchased a  vintage, hand built English Georgian dolls house in 2003 and have been slowly working on the exterior.  I found the dolls house at an antique mall.  The dealer told me that he purchased the dolls house in England from an estate sale.  He seemed to remember the town of Wigan, England as the source.  My guess is that the dolls house was constructed in the 1960's.  I call this house Sabine Hall and have posted photos.


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