attracted to the dolls house hobby come in all shapes and sizes.
Whether they choose Victorian, Edwardian, Tudor or even Modern
periods when buying a dolls house, they find that they are part
of a collective band of enthusiastic hobbyists. We now live in
a fast moving computer driven age where quality and style is perhaps
forsaken for cost and speed. However, collectors can engross themselves
into the world of their dolls house, and miniaturists can re-create
the finery and elegance of a bygone age. It now seems strange
that the very things that have replaced the ways of the past i.e.
fast track communications and the Internet are serving to help
those people re-create their "dreams in miniature" -
such as through this website.
Maybe there lurks in every dolls house collector a secret longing
that they could have lived in an age where they would have been
surrounded by fine furniture, extravagant architecture, exquisite
design and sumptuous decorations. They would be wearing the fine
clothes as modelled by their elegant dolls and have been served
by the maids, cooks and butlers that staffed the grand old houses
of years ago - just like the ones in their own dolls house.
Whilst it is not true of 100% of the hobby, the collection of
dolls houses is very much based around 1/12th scale. Most shops
and retail businesses supply dolls houses and accessories based
around this scale. The number of miniaturists has grown throughout
the years and now there are many collectors throughout the world,
together with a sizeable network of retailers to look after their
needs. In addition to the shops and Internet sites there are also
many dolls house clubs (throughout the UK and the rest of the
world). These clubs enable collectors to exchange ideas and enjoy
together the hobby of their choice. Even dolls house holidays
exist to cater for the real miniatures enthusiast, who just needs
to get away from the world, to concentrate on the important things
the hobbyist represents a significant percentage of dolls house
owners we must not forget that many a child wakes up on Christmas
morning to unwrap their very first piece of property in life -
a dolls house. Whilst they see it as a toy the educational value
(unknown to them) is great. In their playing they will learn the
fundamentals of house furnishings and even decoration (if Mum
lets them choose carpets and even wallpapers - although look out
for some "interesting" colour combinations at first).
Specific ranges of furniture (made to be both robust and safe)
and also dolls make it even easier for the child of today to create
their own "play house", and to become head of their
very own household. In many cases, children who have enjoyed the
thrill and benefits of a dolls house as a child, return in adulthood
to take up the hobby for real. On the other hand, many a collector
is drawn into the hobby in order to have the dolls house that
they always wanted as a child.
Most people will be satisfied with one dolls house. However,
a growing number of people want to expand their "property
portfolio" and they either add a second or subsequent house
to their collection. They may decide on variety and opt for a
shop, a pub or even create a dolls house garden. There are also
those more imaginative enthusiasts who re-create other scenes
such as schools and churches and some base their projects on more
obscure themes such as funeral directors.