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
48 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.   



theinfill.wordpress.com
Member
Female
68 years old
About Me

I’m old and small and live in north east England on the borders with Scotland. My hands and eyes are aging rapidly and I’m trying to get as much out of them as I can whilst I can. 

I enjoy history, crafts, making things. My abilities are more in the ideas department and sideways thinking than in the execution. A friend did dolls’ house things and I quite liked the idea of miniaturisation or the detailed scaling of the world.

I run a blog - theinfill.wordpress.com which covers the building of my first house Hogepotche Hall which is more of a fantasy story than anywhere near historically accurate. I hope it feels full of warmth and love and it's certainly has it's share of sweat and swearing.  I'm now working on an Art Deco semi and doing just as much flapping and struggling around as with Hogepotche and enjoying it just as much :)

 

 




Christine R
Member
Female
66 years old
About Me

I have followed this site for some time now and I love it, so many times I have wanted to join in but I'm not the best with computers. I have lots of questions and I need advice as I could not bare to spoil a beautiful old house through ignorance again. We've been married 41 years and we live in Essex, I have a great family.



Brooksey
Administrator
Female
62 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.



Elizabeth J
Member
Female
About Me

I have loved collecting dolls houses of all kinds for 35 years, and am always on the look out for 'played- with' ones that are still in good original condition. 



Jan
Member
Female
About Me


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/.



Trumble's Mum
Member
Female
64 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!



CeliaT
Member
Female
About Me

My name is Celia Thomas and have been trading as KT Miniatures since 1997 from my website www.ktminiatures.com . I am lucky enough to have been able to combine my hobby with my work  for many years now and I love it!

 

Not only do I make 1930s/40s miniature items and commissioned scenes, but the other half of my business is to sell antique & vintage dolls houses plus related old accessories & furnishings.  I am absolutely passionate about these antique dolls houses and anything that goes in them!

 

Looking at the membership of this website already, I think many of us already know each other as the miniature world truly is a small world! But I also look forward to meeting many others for the first time. 



NorthWest Jan
Member
Female
About Me

I live in North West UK and I've been collecting dolls houses and furniture for 30 plus years. I also collect art glass and fine china. Now I'm retired, my family are persuading me I should downsize as space is limited. So I'm trying to do less collecting, finish off restoration projects, and reluctantly offload some things that I love but I don't really have space for.



Marie
Member
Female
45 years old
About Me

I am the keeper of a busy menagerie, consisting of cats, a flatcoated retriever, fish and prawns, three lively children and a husband. I am a keen gardener and enjoy embracing new skills and meeting new people.  



wendy c
Member
Female
About Me

I'm 56 and and live in a little cottage in Lincolnshire.  I have collected old bits and pieces forever and just bought a little old dolls house to fill up a gap in a shelf in my collection of toys about 7 years ago.......and have been totally hooked ever since!



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. 




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!



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!



Edel
Administrator
Female
49 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!



jill friendship
Member
Female
72 years old
About Me

I live in Somerset and have about 28 houses plus a couple of gypsy caravans.  I am lucky enough to have a big shed of my own to keep my collection in, which are mostly older houses.  I love Walterhausen furniture, and houses which have a character of their own.   I make all sorts of bits and pieces for the houses   - I'm no skilled carpenter,  but I enjoy just playing with my collection.  My dad made me my first house when I was five.  I still have it, and almost all the original contents. 



Florine
Member
Female
About Me

I have loved dollhouses since I received my first one for Christmas in 1948. That one was passed down to younger children, but I found another on ebay and have furnished just like mine was in 1948.  Keystone of Boston are probably my favorite American dollhouses, but  I have added several other makers to my collection from UK, Germany, France, Sweden and Denmark ... plus a Winnebago...because even dollhouse dollies need a motorhome!  Most of them can be seen on my blog    http://my-vintage-dollhouses.blogspot.com/ ; My "dollhouse village"  has taken over my guest room, but who needs overnite guests when one can have dollhouses!



Purple Creative
Administrator
Male
62 years old

Eleanor Catalina
Member
Female
25 years old
About Me

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