Saturday, October 15, 2011

Dream Catcher

I have driven by this old mill house in my neighborhood for fourteen years now. It's been here for at least one hundred before that. That used to sound like a lot more years to me than it does these days. Ha!

The house sits farther off the road than it appears here. And until very recently was an abandoned and crumbling ruin. Its former perfectly aged gray stucco suggested to me an old French farmhouse. Now and then I would pull off the road just to look at it and imagine what life beneath the elms, inside those tiny rooms, would feel like.

 Many locals have had a romance with this house. Though I haven't spoken to a single one of them, the well worn pull-out on the side of the road tells the story. Indeed, I've seen a few folks stop to snap a photo. Something that I regret I never did do.

We did stop once to survey the place a few years ago when the door stood open and we were brave enough to withstand a possible scolding for trespassing. The rooms were musty and damp. Shocking for a house in our arid climate. Windows were broken, as were the stairs. Yet the general decay only left a more endearing impression and a yearning for rescue.

But now that it has been thankfully restored, and its ghosts banished, the old bricks and boards and rusty roof seem to have no room left for catching dreams. . . .   

Today's open house to a lot of subdued people.

Upstairs view to the front. The rooms were too small and full of people to get photos of much except outside the windows!

Main bath.

The staged guest room in Southwestern style.

Second story view to the south.

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  1. It's a lovely place for sure! I like how they have accented it for autumn with all the pumpkins.

  2. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing,I love it,Joann

  3. Hi J,
    Thanks for taking me along, I love old buildings!! The mill house is beyond charming, I would have loved to see it old and grey. There is always a hard line between the romance of an old building and the renovation.... Great old trees, I see your leaves are beginning to turn.
    Happy Weekend to you:-)

  4. When I saw the first pic I thought you were going to talk about what looks like a natural dreamcatcher in the trees. See the circle where the trees branches meet.

    Lovely home, so glad someone restored it and for you letting us take a visit with you.

  5. You took amazing pictures of a fantastic place! My favorite is the table with flowers on it, the picture is just stunning. Imagine living there and seeing all that beauty every day! Thanks for sharing with us!

    Mary @ Redo 101

  6. That was fun. Aren't those trees wonderful? It looks like the house has a happy ending.

  7. So glad that the house was given a fresh start in life. I love the way it sits back from the road beneath those gorgeous elm trees. The tile in the bath is stunning!

  8. It Is beautifully restored. What a treat to tour the inside!

  9. This is a charming little house. I love the alley of huge trees that seem to dwarf the house. Someone must have put a lot of money into the renovation of it. Thanks for sharing. Pamela

  10. What a great driveway! It is a unique property and full of so much potential I would think. I am your newest follower and wishing you a great day from Alberta Canada :)

  11. I found you via LaurieAnna's Vintage Home...I just wanted to thank you for the tour. I have a list of old houses I'd LOVE to see...before I had babies, I was a realtor mainly so I could look at houses.
    I especially love the wood light fixture in the dining area - so is the big barn.
    Thanks for sharing, have a great weekend. erin


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