Hi, I’m Edel and I am Irish and live in Germany. I think I was born with the collector gene (or bug?) – I was the sort of child whose pockets were always full of acorns and stones. My very first collection was of buttons, in a plastic margarine box. Many others followed – matchboxes, stamps, coins, books… I now “only” collect books, toys (including dolls’ houses of course!) and old tins. You can see some of my houses and my photos of other old dolls and toys at https://www.flickr.com/photos/shero6820/
I have loved dolls' houses since getting my first and for many years only house for Christmas 1974 - a Gee Bee DH10C "collapsible" house that has had many makeovers over the years.
I can remember really really wanting a dolls' house and am not so sure why - none of the other children I knew had one. I was only six, and hadn't yet read Rumer Godden's "The dolls' house" or been to the wonderful Museum of Childhood in Palmerston Park in Dublin, now sadly closed.
The only possible inspiration that I can think of is the Sesame Street minifilm "Two little girls in a little doll house" - we got our first (rented) television early in 1974 and Sesame Street was one of the few things I was allowed to watch. According to muppet.wikia.com the film was made in September 1970, and I know it was shown many times on the programme over the years.
But whatever the initial trigger was, it was the beginning of a long, fruitful and rewarding relationship with miniature homes!