Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Storybook Homes

my house (circa 1931)

I adore my little Storybook home. My neighborhood is full of them....

here are a few examples of some of my neighbor's homes....

a charming cottage (circa 1934)

the house I almost bought (circa 1929) but glad I didn't...cause I love mine so much

my friend, Deidra's house (circa 1929)

(circa 1928)

(circa 1930)

(circa 1934)

(circa 1935)

As I was saying...I adore my Storybook home but sometimes I fantasize about what I would build if there was one empty lot still available in my neighborhood or heaven forbid my home got totally blown away in a tornado. 

I should never have said that....
I do NOT want my home to get blown away! 
(knock on wood)

Anyway, I sometimes fantasize about building one of these storybook homes by this incredible company just for fun.

They sell books of their plans. Most builders don't get the right proportion or details when designing these type of homes. But these are just delightful and just right. 
(as Goldilocks would say)

Here are just two examples of their wonderful designs.

Go to their website www.storybookhomes.biz to view more. They are absolutely charming.

I've mentioned before the book Storybook Style that I found to be a great resource for learning about Storybook homes.

find it at Amazon.com

and there is also a website dedicated to Storybook Style...it's called...

webmaster, John Robert Marlow explores Storybook Style and includes photos of Storybook homes in California.

Here are a few of them...

Living in one of these homes would definitely mean...

living happily ever after

"living happily ever after"


Donna, The Decorated House said...

Loved seeing the pictures of your neighborhood. I have walk about a half mile or so out of mine to go visit the houses like these. It's one of my favorite places to walk, just to see the older houses.

Erin {House of Turquoise} said...

Oooh look at that last one with the turquoise door and window! That's absolutely one of the neatest houses I've seen! LOVE it!

Frugal Home Designs said...

I don't even know what to say. That is the most beautiful neighborhood I have ever seen.

Allison Shops said...

What a quaint neighborhood you live in.

The Sterling Cherub said...

Nita, you are SO LUCKY to live in a Storybook home! I *knew* I was partial to your home for a reason, it is so charming! We have many Storybook homes and homes that have been made into apartments here in the Los Angeles area, and I would *LOVE* to live in one. I'd really like to buy the books with the plans in them, just so I can keep them on hand and dream about owning one. The one in the second drawing is the one I have had my eye on for some time, it is probably too big for me and 3 cats, but I have a friend with an amazing green thumb and he I am sure would be happy to set up the atrium for me!

(I see Erin has commented on the one with the turquoise accents! LOL! I'm a huge fan of aqua/turquoise and all shades of it, and am a huge fan of Erin's blogs, and have been following them longer than any other blog. It's nice to see her here!)



kim23 said...

I would want to live in a storybook home! These houses are absolutely gorgeous! Two years ago, I visited a very beautiful storybook house, namely The Witch House in Beverly Hills, California. I was very impressed of this wonderful cottage! The owner, Michael Libow plans to preserve it for the historical society. very nice of him! You're perfectly right, living in one of these amazing homes would surely mean living happily ever after...:)