A Fairytale Mountain Lodge – guest post

Fairytale cabin in British Columbia

*Today’s guest post is by house enthusiast/writer John Miller. House Crazy Sarah is taking a nap this week.

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There is something about cozying up next to a stone fireplace in the winter, especially when the mood is intensified by the smell of warm wood, the comfort of thick rugs and a breathtaking vista outside an oversized window that just makes me long for the mountains.

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Kelley castle

photo credit: Arleen Kelley

photo credit: Arleen Kelley

Recently I received the following email:
Dear Sarah
I share your interest in homes. I have a project I expect you will find interesting. It is not complete but far enough along you can see where it’s going.
- Pete Kelley
photo credit: Arleen Kelley

photo credit: Arleen Kelley

Tell me more!

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The Grocer’s House: frozen in time since 1932

image from: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/

image from: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/

Another time-capsule house! I just can’t get enough of these things.

Number 7 Blyth Grove in Worksop, England was home to grocer Mr. William Straw and his family.

When Mr. Straw died unexpectedly at the age of 68 in 1932, his widow and 2 sons resolved to leave the house exactly as it was on the day he passed.

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The Little Cottage on Maple Avenue

photo courtesy of David Lacey

photo courtesy of David Lacey

My friend Canadian artist David Lacey and his wife Heather Stephens like to tackle house projects in their spare time. They are probably laughing boisterously as they read this because they have so many “project” houses, that they have no spare time. David and Heather are also responsible for the X-permit Cabin, The Remodeled School House, and their own home, A Seaside Retreat.

Their latest adventure is 43 Maple Avenue in beautiful Wolfville, Nova Scotia. They bought it as an investment to rent but it needed some work.

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Another bizarre house-like thing in the desert

image from: http://la.curbed.com/

image from: http://la.curbed.com/

The desert hosts weird things. Aliens. Nuclear testing facilities. Odd houses.

Like this one in the Coachella Valley near Joshua Tree National Park in California.

I’m starting 2015 off with this stylin’ house because it pretty much encapsulates how I feel about the new year: optimistic, bold, and slightly dizzy.

image from: http://organicmodernestate.com/

image from: http://organicmodernestate.com/

Without question, it is stunning. Whether in a good or bad way, is in the eye of the beholder. I happen to love unusual dwellings in desert settings, so I am very impressed with this home.

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~ House Crazy Sarah ~

Sarah Felix Burns

"So many houses, so little time"






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