Doll houses or miniature homes have been enjoyed for thousands of years in one form or another. Early examples can be traced back as far as ancient Egyptian, where servants, furnishings and other wooden items were placed in tombs.
However, the doll house as we know it today has its roots in European doll houses or “baby houses” as they were known. In the 16th century, these dollhouses were not for the amusement of children but instead were finely detailed replicas of the homes of the wealthy. Used to display their status, baby houses were created by craftsman and were expensive, some costing as much as a modestly priced home would in that era.
The best dollhouses of this period were made in Germany were several dollhouses companies flourished and then exported to Europe and America. These early dollhouses painstakingly recreated furniture’s, paintings, rooms and more. The exquisite craftsmanship of these early dollhouses as well as their detailed look at life during this time has made them highly priced collectors items with the best examples currently on display in museums.
Unlike the toy they are today these early dollhouses were for show. If children were allowed to play with them it was rarely and only with exquisite care. In the 1700 and 1800s, these dollhouses were often found in children’s nurseries, uses as a way to teach young girls about domestic life and managing a household.
As the industrial revolution happened in Europe, factories began to mass produce items including dollhouses. With interest in the product spreading, doll houses became more affordable for the middle class and by the 1900s, dollhouses were in production in America as well. It was also during the 20th century that a standardized scale was put into place for dollhouses. A scale of 1 inch to 1 foot was created for Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, one of the most well known and admired dollhouses of any period.
Built in the 1920s Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House was created by a leading architect of the ear, Sir Edwin Lutyens and was the idea of her cousin Princess Marie Louise. The doll house is remarkable because many of the furnishings and items inside are replicas of those found in Windsor Castle with silk walls, marble floors and wool rugs. The dollhouse included a flushable toilet, workable lights and a wine cellar fully stocked with alcohol.
After World War II dollhouses were mass produced using new methods that emphasized quantity over quality. These newer dollhouses were made of painted sheet metal and contained plastic furnishings but their affordability allowed many young girls to pick up the hobby.
Today dollhouses are popular among children as well as adult hobbyist. Paper and cardboard dollhouses can be purchased as can cheap mass produced dollhouses. Collectors and hobbyist will find expensive and elaborate dollhouses that feature the craftsmanship found in early European dollhouses. Antique style dollhouses can be built using a variety of materials or hobbyist can build a perfect replica of their own homes. A doll house kit can also be purchased to help beginners create a dollhouse with their child.
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In the days of video games, Ipods, and even stuffed animals that come with computer programs, good old-fashioned doll houses still remains at the top of every little girl’s wish list. Doll houses and doll house furniture are a great way to encourage creativity. Whether doll house furniture is used for child’s play or for a unique doll house collectors, there are a variety of doll house furniture styles to choose from.
Doll houses and furniture are keepsakes that are being passed from generation to generation and create memories for families and kin. They develop a child’s imagination and creativity as well as encourage them to value time spent with parents, grandparents, friends, and other family members. The doll house furniture selected for any type of doll house is a great form of expression, learning, and imagination.
You can buy dollhouse furniture for virtually any household room in any style. Dollhouse furniture can be Victorian, modern, for log cabins, cottages, historical, or traditional. A child can really get creative when designing the inside of their dollhouse. Aside from your traditional kitchen, dining room, living room, bathroom, and bedrooms, a doll house can be customized to fit any desire. Your doll house can also include a laundry room, office, nursery, game room, music room, and a completely furnished backyard and patio.
Life-like furniture isn’t the only thing that can be purchased for a doll house. Today’s doll house furniture really allows you to pay attention to detail. You can purchase wall art, lighting, floral arrangements, rugs, wallpaper, pots, and pans, etc. If you can put it in a real house, chances are you are going to be able to find it for your doll house.
Doll house furniture comes in all different materials, quality, and price ranges. You can buy plastic, wooden, hand-crafted, or manufactured. These are practically available at big box stores or small specialty stores so you don’t have to worry about finding the perfect piece of furniture for your own doll house theme. The internet is also a great place to get search for unique and eccentric pieces that are only sold by antique collection stores and could be a little costly compared to ordinary type of doll house furniture pieces.
Building up your very own doll house is a creative, fun, learning experience for children. It is also a great opportunity to create an exceptional bonding experience for parent and child as well. These houses and their doll house furniture can be passed from generation to generation as a great family heirloom that will definitely be treasured by any kid or adult that remains to be young at heart.
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