When the topic of doll houses comes up, the first thing that often comes to mind is children toys. The image of a young girl playing with her Barbie doll house or decorating her old-fashioned Victorian-style home. Though this may often be the case, these homes are no longer just the playthings of children. Antique doll homes, are decorated to perfection and for historical accuracy, are perfect for adults.
Surprisingly, the first houses were created not for children but for their parents. Adults created tiny replicas of their favorite architecture and styles, paying attention to the smallest detail. While, today, the Fisher Price ones are generic and more common, the original doll houses were off limits to children. As the years went by, there popularity with adults faded and they became children's toys.
In this day and age, antique houses are becoming popular again. Go into any antique or craft store and you'll likely find doll houses, sets of furniture, miniature clothing, and the makings of small doll inhabitants. The types of furniture and decorations that can be bought for doll houses now harken back to the days of the original state; they are tiny, intricate replicas of real furniture from different eras of our past. Hundreds of dollars can be spent in a single shopping trip on the most beautiful accessories or one can make their own decorations themselves with kids.
Today's doll houses are a fascinating way to explore historical fashions, be they rustic cabins or Victorian mansions. To get started in the antique doll house hobby, it is important to know where to look. Doll house kits can be bought in craft stores or online. Toy auctions are also great places to start. Once the basic structure is set up and ready, it's time to buy the furnishings. Try to stick with a theme, such as the Victorian era, and only purchase or make furniture that fits the time period. There is no need to rush. Taking the time to pick out just the right piece is half the fun.
Doll houses are the perfect hobby for someone who loves history, architecture, and fashion. They are a great way to express your sense of design and to create something beautiful. These structures are elegant toys for adults who don't want to lose touch with their childhoods. Doll houses take time to build and arrange and are very much worth the effort. Doll houses need not be plastic cubes for children. They are, once again, the playthings of adults.