you new to the hobby? Have you still to decide whether the dolls
house hobby is for you? Well, we will try to explain in the next
few paragraphs a little about the hobby and what is available
to allow you to enjoy the wonderful world of dolls houses and
We often see people in our shops who say that they are worried
and concerned about what the hobby entails.
They are worried that they do not know enough about architecture
and design, period and style, dress etc.
They are concerned that they will not be able to create their
dolls house, whilst staying faithful to the particular period
or style which matches their house.
They are put off by what they hear from the "experts",
who like all experts baffle them with science.
They are also worried that they are not clever or "handy"
enough to cope with the DIY demands of building and decorating
a dolls house. What they hear confuses them. They think that ­
"I do not even know the difference between Georgian and Edwardian
Worry ye not ­ there is only one rule that you must follow
when embarking on the dolls house hobby and that is - ENJOY YOURSELF
­ do what makes you happy. Do what you want.
The dolls house hobby like any other hobby is one to be enjoyed
and it should form a part of your life, which brings only joy
and happiness. If that fun is generated by re-creating a historically
accurate reproduction then that is fine, and enjoyed by some.
However, buying a dolls house for any other reason can be just
as much fun for someone else. If you want to buy a Victorian dolls
house and decorate and furnish it with items from the Edwardian
period then do so. In real life many people live in Georgian and
Edwardian houses with furniture and trappings from a variety of
periods. So first and foremost enter the hobby of the miniaturist
to enjoy it and be assured that it is very much the hobby, which
has "something for everyone".
Once you have decided that this is the hobby for you the first
stage is to decide upon the dolls house that suits your plans.
This decision may take in many factors such as cost, space available
and simply what you like the look of, or maybe the "project"
you want to follow.
You must then decide if your dolls house will come in kit form
or ready assembled. You may even want to build the dolls house
from scratch simply buying the raw materials yourself. However,
whilst this route is sometimes taken for economical reasons, it
can, quite often turn out to be a false economy. The major kit
manufacturers, due to economies of scale, can produce an easy
to assemble kit at a very reasonable price. As with most things
quality is very much linked to what you pay and the various dolls
houses on offer will be no exception. We feel strongly that for
most people the actual dolls house itself is the one major investment
that they will make in the hobby. Accordingly a lot of thought
should go into this decision. Better to walk away from the shop
to think about it in the quiet of your own home, than buy on impulse
something you may regret later.
If a house proves too expensive for your situation you can start
with a room box. This is a simple one-room construction about
the size of a shoebox, which can be easily sited on a shelf or
even in a cupboard. This room box may satisfy you totally or may
prove to be a springboard to your ultimate ownership of a dolls
Always remember - you can always go back to purchase another
day. Mistakes further down the line are far easier and cheaper
to rectify than if you were to do the same with the dolls house
itself. There are many options available when choosing a dolls
house. We would always advise people to ask lots of questions,
get the information, but ultimately make your own decision.