Sarah explores houses

Edith Macefield’s House

image from: wikimapia.org

image from: wikimapia.org

Remember that Disney movie UP? Turns out it was based on a true story.

This is the story of the little old lady who hung on to her historic home until the very last hurrah.

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My 5 favorite Christmas movie houses

image from:  hookedonhouses.net

image from: hookedonhouses.net

1) Funny Farm – Cap Cod house in Vermont

This is my absolute favorite movie. All the right elements come together for some big laughs, including the adorable Cap Cod style Vermont farmhouse where much of the drama takes place. Although the movie spans several months in the life of Andy & Elizabeth Farmer, the culmination of the movie is the Christmas scenes when the unlucky couple try to sell their house.

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The fallen soldier’s room frozen in time

image from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ Photo by Matthieu Bock of Europe1.

image from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ Photo by Matthieu Bock of Europe1.

I saw these intriguing photos doing the rounds on the internet and I had to look into them.

Here’s the back-story:

After a French World War 1 soldier was killed on the battlefield, his grief-stricken parents preserved his room exactly the way it was on the day he left for war. As a memorial to their fallen son, they kept the room in that state the entire time they owned the house. When they sold their house in 1935, they wrote a clause into the deed which stipulated the room must remain untouched for the next 500 years. Owners from that time on have honored their request.

soldier's room

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The legality/viability of the clause is questionable, but wouldn’t it be amazing if it could be upheld for five centuries?

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Vintage dollhouses: my personal finds

 

hand made antique doll house

Recently, I took a stroll through some antique stores in Florence, Colorado – affectionately known as the “antique capital of Colorado”. I came across so many vintage dollhouses that I thought I’d throw a post together with the pictures I took.

The first image (above) looked to be a folksy, hand-made affair – possibly even modeled after someone’s own house. Which I find so endearing!

The huge beauty (below) was more of a pro/factory job…

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Christmas Houses

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image from: pinterest.com

For us, our house was not unsentient matter—it had a heart, and a soul, and eyes to see us with; and approvals, and  solicitudes, and deep sympathies; it was of us, and we were in its confidence, and lived in its grace and in the peace of its  benediction. We never came home from an absence that its face did not light up and speak out its eloquent welcome—and we could not enter it unmoved.

—Mark Twain, 1896

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image from: http://www.1856countrystore.com/

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~ House Crazy Sarah ~

Sarah Felix Burns

"So many houses, so little time"






Featured house artist:

Naomi Maddux - custom stained glass and mosaics

Featured house artist:

Julia Callon featured on Wondereur

(Click on the images above to learn more about these artists)

Featured house books:

Creating the Artful Home
Mushroom House of Charlevoix

(Click on the book cover images for purchase information)

My first novel

JACKFISH - The Vanishing Village

My second novel

Song Over Quiet Lake
Rivit Media Publisher