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Old 04-09-2010, 09:20 PM
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well my daughter (aged 6) really really wants her own dolls house now and I think every girl should have one (she used to have one but when you give a 2 year old a dolls house you must keep in mind it might get ruined!!) anyway I was thinking for christmas (sorry i know its early, but i have 3 kids to buy for - and then the rest of the family!) of getting her a dolls house, I am going to get one from DHE as i now have a house from there and really appreciate the quality of it. I just feel toys these days (and everything else) are just not made to a good quality. I want her to have something she could keep, maybe even pass down to her own children. I think I can get that quality with DHE

I also love the busy boxes they do and might buy a few of them (especially as they are on offer too!) my son would love them too!!

so anyway, what house should I go for???? theres so many, and I could make the most of the 4 part payment plan as I finish paying my house in november, gives me a bit more to spend decisions decisions!!
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Old 06-09-2010, 08:52 PM
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It really depends on your daughter, my little girl is 5 and has asked for a dolls house for christmas but i've already brought most of her presents so said maybe for her birthday, i was looking at Wisteria House thought she'd love it but it seems she has set her heart on ocean drive very modern,she examined the catalogue for ages. Tried to sway her round to my way of thinking but for a 5 year old she really knows her own mind. God help the teenage years
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Old 07-09-2010, 09:25 AM
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This is a tricky one Katie, if you want her to keep it for a life time, maybe going for a colectors one rather than a childrens one would be best. But I think it depends on the child, is she going to take care of it and play carefully, or is she likely to be rather over enthusiastic with it! The childrens ones are nice - but not somthing that you would necessarily want to take through into adult hood with you. There are some nice sort of 'inbetween' houses like Amber Cottage and Ocean Drive, (I love ocean drive kitted out for kids!! Completely see what your daughter means radley!) maybe kit it out with the more robust furniture while she is still little and them replace it with the more delicate bits as she gets older. I had my first collectors dolls house when I was 10, but I had my mothers old one up till then (I used to stand on the roof to look out of the window to wait for dad comming home!) Maybe decide on a childs or a collectors first and then go from there?
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Old 08-09-2010, 09:42 PM
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I bought my 2 granddaughter's houses at carboots lovingly restoring each for Christmas (see my album) I restored the first one in 2005 for my eldest, then aged 4, adding some wooden and plastic furnishings. She is fast approaching 9yrs.now so when we go to dollshouse fairs together we purchase more delicate items so we can gradually change the decor and furnishings. She definately takes after Grandma, another budding miniaturist in the making.
The second house was given to my other granddaughter last Christmas when she was 5yrs old, once again robust furnishings were added, and when she grows out of the tomboy stage we can hopefully change things. I also made a 3rd house from scratch for my grandson 5yrs.old last year,(see my album) Superheroes House, he wasn't going to be left out and loves playing with it. My youngest grandson is just 6 mths.old and Iv'e already started planning his house
Happy dollshousing, Carol
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Old 09-09-2010, 11:53 AM
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I think any of the children's houses would delight a 6 year old but if you were looking at adult houses, I have a soft spot for Mimosa cottage which to me is a classic nursery dollshouse which is also a nice adult house.

One thing to keep in mind though are what dolls she loves. If she wants Barbie and Ken to move in, they probably won't be able to lie down comfortably and will bang their head every time they stand up. But if she likes the 6 inch Polly Pockets or similar a 1:12 house would be perfect.
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