I have been for as long as I can remember.
My Mom had this friend - Jenny Doan (who is now pretty famous I might add)
who had this house....sigh.
This house was amazing. Like dream-a-little-dream amazing.
It wasn't in the perfect shape, it was out all by it's self on a lonely old highway, and it had a leaky upstairs claw foot bathtub that made water marks on the kitchen ceiling down below it.
I fell in love with that house.
I can still recall every nook and cranny. Every secret little room hidden inside every closet.
I remember the built in white cabinets that held the china and was also a look through to the dining room.
My favorite was the servants ramp that went up from the kitchen to the second floor. It was a ramp, like add a flattened cardboard box and you can slide down it kinda ramp. Uh, yeah, we did that....a lot.
It had a very large grand mahogany staircase too. But that wasn't near as fun.
I think it had seven bedrooms and only one bathroom on the second floor. That's how they did it back then.
This dreamy house also had a very large laundry shoot that maybe, possibly, some children slid down instead of laundry. Not me of course! I would never do that. (my three brothers may have though)
I would babysit kids while my Mom and Jenny went and played. I think I had just as much fun playing as the Mom's did. Talk about the best hide-and-go-seek house ever!
I remember it had huge eucalyptus trees that surrounded the property. Every time I smell eucalyptus it brings me back to that house.
Jenny's house was a cross between these two houses below.
I think the obsession was fueled by where I grew up.
I mean I did have this house two blocks from my house,
walking by it everyday on my way to school:
And the house in a town filled with houses just like it was not far away:
Oh and my favorite place...ever:
Here are a few sites I like to look at when I need a little house obsession fix.
Hooked on Houses
My new favorite - Tales from Carmel - up close and personal tours of houses in Carmel Ca.
My favorite little neighborhood that I can't get enough of - Agritopia
I even like this little blog - Tiny House Blog - because you never know when you may need to build a tiny house somewhere. And man! Can they fit a lot into a teeny tiny space.
The Lettered Cottage - has great ideas on adding charm to your house.