Sunday, January 3, 2010

Gnome Sweet Home





















Last night we had dinner up at my parents house (again!) and my mom had set aside an issue of Old House Interiors for us to look at. There was an article in it featuring these mushroom houses in a neighborhood up in Michigan. According to the article, these houses, designed by Earl Young, were all built in a short amount of time from 1928-1929 until the Great Depression hit and that was the end of them. So there are a very limited selection and when I Google Images-searched "mushroom house" this is the one that mostly came up. It was also the one in the big picture introducing the magazine article. Anyway, aren't they ADORABLE?! I don't think I need to state that Martin and I fell in love with them. And while Martin's first reaction was something like "you couldn't pay me to live in Michigan" my mom pointed out that he had married an architect's daughter...
So now all we've been talking about is mushroom houses and living in one of our very own on our farm. Someday.
Greta's crying.

7 comments:

Clare said...

I love it!!! I wonder if I could add a mushroom addition onto our house! And I have been making gnomes and writing Dr. Suess rhymes in my head all week... something like...

I had some very homey gnomies
who lived in very gnomie homies.
And one of my not-so gnomie homies...
had an anti-gnomie homie.
And now his soil is never loamy.
He should be kinder to his resident gnomie.

Sad. I know. But it kinda freaked me out that I have been making up variations of this rhyme... and then I saw your post... and I think we most be on the same wavelength or something!!! LOL!!! Very, very crazy. Maybe 2 kids under 3 will do it to you! ;) Good luck with the mushroom house!!

Anonymous said...

Oh, Annie, I hope SO MUCH that you can live in a mushroom house on your little farm! I will give you a pygmy goat as a house-warming present!
Love, Mama

PS Maybe Daddy could design little mushroom houses for all of us and we could create our own little "shire"! We are all actually kind of short and hobbity.

Beth said...

So uh, what's wrong with Michigan? :)

pillowthrowdecor said...

Oh my word! I love it. I've painted "gnome homes" on rocks for years but none look as lovely as this one :) Building one on your own farm is a wonderful idea. I need to save this picture! Cheers Christine

Anne said...

That is adorable! Mrs H's comment is spot on because I kept thinking: it looks just like a hobbit's house! I'm definitely coming to visit when you live in your mushroom home. :o)

Anne said...

And completely unrelated: Annie!!! Thank you so much for recommending that Soule Mama book. I've been on hold for it and it was unexpectedly waiting for me during a trip to the library last week. I'm devouring it and it has given me a much needed fresh perspective about things. So thank you. I never would've heard of it otherwise.

Ben Hatke said...

Annie, I love the mushroom house. Every once in a while I fantasize about such spaces too. You need to read the Cob housing book. It will make you drool!

anna