The Guest House

 I did not get one trick or treater last night.  I sure hope some come out on Saturday. So, here we are back to the guest house tour and the build up to the party.  This is the view from the hall on the garden side of the upstairs.  If you look closely you will see the tiny arborvitaes planted next to the garden door.  My wall of huge trees was broken by the big snow a few years ago so I am growing a new wall.

 The full bath with the original mud slip floor.  These floors are great and I preserve them whenever I can.  This has the original wall tile too.

 A guest room with The Blog Tech's old bunk beds.

 The kids used to love playing on these beds.

 Another dollhouse.

 The kids portraits from long ago.

 I made these blocks for The Blog Tech when he was born.

 Each day I would cut, sand and paint a few of them.

 A guest room in the front of the house.

 The bed has a Bad Witch pillow on it.

 The trunk holds my quilt collection.

 My pyrograhy chest sits on top of this dresser.

 Leaving the bedroom.

 When I refinished the floors, I had the original floor plan stained in a lighter shade.

 You can see the outline of the original walls. This would have been the original doorway from the living room to the dining room.

 I framed in an old schoolhouse blackboard and used chalk to create a Halloween theme for the party.  Click for a closer look.

 These doors lead to the patio and gardens.

 This kitchen door leads out to the terraced orchard.

 The pumpkin held pumpkin pie dip served with gingersnaps.

 A bat lace throw.

 Teddy lays outside of the kitchen door and waits for me to go home.

 A wonderful old German spice rack is just above the stove.

More German utensils. 


I think it wonderful how you preserve the original material in the older home. Beautiful

Happy November 1st.......Happy November.
Debbie said…
Joyce...Your guest house is amazing!! Better than any house I have lived in! I love how you decorated it and I love that your sons bunk beds are still there. What a wonderful mom you are.
Anonymous said…
It is so beautiful!

Have a great day!
Robin Larkspur said…
Well, Joyce, here we go again with the countdown to Halloween reset to 5,000 days again (or so it always seems). Great views of your beautiful guest house. Pumpkin pie dip with gingersnaps? Oh please, recipe???
Hugs to you Joyce, you are an extra special Witch and I so enjoy your blog every single day!!!
petoskystone said…
Love the German utensils & spice cabinent. Poor Teddy....impatiently waiting patiently.
luckybunny said…
and... I'm moving in.
Patty Woodland said…
I'm sure the kids will be out in force on Saturday. I didn't get a single trick or treater and Halloween WASN'T postponed here :(
I love old timey bathrooms, so long as the facilities are all modern and work well (as I'm sure yours must)! That's an inspired idea to serve ginger snaps with pumpkin dip -- what flavour!
LOVE that guest room, Bad Witch pillow and all!!!

Everything in this house is super,, and all of a theme. What fun it must have been, to dooooooo allllll this! To think of, and plan things, and see them come to fruition. You are a very artistic and talented person.

I am always in awe of people who can envision things, and bring them into being... All kinds of things. All kinds of art forms, because this is an art form, in my estimation.

Nellie said…
Beautiful house, Joyce.
Guillaume said…
Hey in my family we used to have a black bear's skin like this!
Suzanne said…
I love the German spice rack!
Barb said…
You did a great job preserving the old parts of the house. I love old homes and really enjoyed the tour. We had quite a few trick-or-treaters considering it rained all day .I wish you a great Sat. night filled with children in costumes!
jody said…
love the tour! so fun to see! of course i love your decorating and all your fun stuff! i have the same pumkin tureen. i love it! i gave all the small ones to my sister so someday the big one will go to her too. sounds like you had a nice party and all the food im sure was wonderful! now rest! enjoy your day!
Dessa Wolf said…
What a breathtaking home! It is just beautiful!