7 Dec 2011
avatar Author: Colette Van Den Thillart
Creative Director

Seriously. I presume we are all James Lees Milne readers…and this is clearly not the same thing as charming ones way into the grandest of British piles…but I still can’t drive past a boarded up crapper.

Not to mention the fact that the colours on these old barns are a positive delight…

While I have little interest in freshly painted red barns, you will not be surprised to hear that I positively swoon when it fades and drifts towards ashes of coral pink.

And THEN when one walks around the corner and this little tableau of broken window and chair ready-poised for entry…oh oh.  I’m this close to full on B&E.

Thank goodness from my perch on the vinyl covered chair… I can see the Uppark-esque curtains blowing in the autumnal breeze…in consummate state of dishabille…a moment of ephemeral joy, and I can be on my way – morals intact.

8 Responses to “Damn – I’m addicted to country house snooping and I fear where it is leading me!!”

  1. avatar Tish says:

    Whatever floats your boat. I’ll stick to the big piles.

    Funny you should mention JL-M, just started Some Country Houses and their Owners two nights ago.

  2. avatar mary says:

    I love barns–but when they are down to that state, all I can think of are ghosts and bats. Have a great day-dreaming day.

  3. avatar Karena says:

    Oh Colette I think the same thing, turning an old barn into a great loft, then thinking oh dear $$$$$!!

    Well one never knows!!

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    Karena
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  4. Colette-

    Happy holidays to you and NH…
    I love the poetry of your images…and can see why you were entranced.
    DIANE
    http://www.thestylesaloniste.com

  5. The words that come to mind are “romantically haunted.” Country house shopping is addictive. We’ve been doing so since before we could afford it. Now I think we may be too attached to the hunt itself. We look at least once or twice a month, but rarely make a move beyond that! Maybe soon….

    Lovely photos!

  6. avatar Patricia Don Diego says:

    Wabi Sabi!

  7. avatar columnist says:

    I’m guessing this is in North America. Haunting photos, intriguing tale.

  8. avatar Asher Rozenberg says:

    The wind is howling as I type this, trouble is, once you start tarting it up, the magic and romance vanishes…But I’m sure you and NH know where to stop!

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