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Gothic Harvest at Barn House

October 21st, 2008

Ever feel like you’ve walked straight into the pages of a magazine?  Me neither.  Until Saturday, that is.  My kick-ass girl gang trip to Barn House was heavenly and I had to touch everything to make sure it was real life - and not printed pages.  Heavenly.  Delightful.  Magical.  Beautiful.  Breathtaking.  And a little macabre-larious too (saving that for the end of the post - no skipping ahead).  My challenge was to whittle down all my photos into only 3 dozen.  Between Paula and me, I think we snapped a couple hundred photos.  Click.  Click.  Click…  we just couldn’t stop.  Barn House is located in Battle Ground, Washington… which is about 30-40 minutes NE of Portland, Oregon - and about a 2 hour drive SE from my house (in Astoria, Oregon).

Mother Nature put on quite a show for us - the fall colors looked like they were airbrushed on.
Gothic Harvest at Barn House

Entrance to the barn - this is such an E Ticket!
Gothic Harvest at Barn House

Gothic Harvest at Barn House

Gothic Harvest at Barn House

Gothic Harvest at Barn House

Our hosts.  Far right is Jermonne, one half of “J & J” of Barn House, aka Joe and Jermonne. Everyone at Barn House was so friendly and gracious, and made everyone feel like a VIP guest.
Gothic Harvest at Barn House

A chicken feeder - something ordinary into something beautiful.
Gothic Harvest at Barn House

Terracotta pumpkin patch.  Ishy.
Gothic Harvest at Barn House

Gothic Harvest at Barn House

A sweet little garden just outside of the refreshment tent.
Gothic Harvest at Barn House

Seriously.  I feel like I walked into the most beautiful wedding or party setting ever.  Over the top, but the good kind of over the top.
Gothic Harvest at Barn House

All creatures great and small love Barn House.
Gothic Harvest at Barn House

Beverages. For all.
Gothic Harvest at Barn House

Gothic Harvest at Barn House

Gothic Harvest at Barn House

Cardamon bread, pumpkin bread, marionberry bread… I was in bread utopia.  Oh so very good, especially the cardamon bread.   Also on tap was coffee, mimosas, fruit… just so much good stuff.  Edited in:  I found out who the mystery baker was (all we knew at the time was that her name was Karen).  One never knows who they’ll meet in our wonderful little internet village… and Karen is from an IRL village just up the road from me!
Gothic Harvest at Barn House

Gothic Harvest at Barn House

Fantasy tables and settings.
Gothic Harvest at Barn House

My inner harvest is tingling on high.
Gothic Harvest at Barn House

Gothic Harvest at Barn House

Gothic Harvest at Barn House

Gothic Harvest at Barn House

Gothic Harvest at Barn House

I love this lamp idea.
Gothic Harvest at Barn House

Brave? Ballsy? Either or both… I loved it.
Gothic Harvest at Barn House

My inner harvest is now past the tingling stage.
Gothic Harvest at Barn House

Gothic Harvest at Barn House

Gothic Harvest at Barn House

My inner harvest is smokin’…
Gothic Harvest at Barn House

Gothic Harvest at Barn House

… my inner harvest just exploded.
Gothic Harvest at Barn House

Gothic Harvest at Barn House

So macabre, so hilarious… so something that I get such a kick out of.  Dexter meets farm house chic.
Gothic Harvest at Barn House

This photo should probably come with a warning, but what the heck…
Gothic Harvest at Barn House

And this was just part one of three of our awesome girl gang field trip. Two more stops (we followed the signs to more delightful surprises). More to come!

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27 Responses

  1. The fabulous Jackie allegedly said:

    What a great day for a fall harvest, harvest, harvest, harvest…. Boom! Mine blew up too! Great pics… I am glad to see that is a fake head, but who knows what we might see in the next posts????

  2. The fabulous Carol allegedly said:

    I didn’t breathe once during that entire post

  3. The fabulous Anne allegedly said:

    Wow… what wonderful eye candy. Why don’t I know about this place, Monica? Monica…do you hear me? You’re holding out on me!

  4. The fabulous Tamara allegedly said:

    What a fabulous trip that must have been! Your pictures are phenomenal too. I grew up on the west coast (Yakima, WA) and posts like this make me miss home and all the fabulous places in Oregon all the more.

  5. The fabulous Laurie Miller allegedly said:

    Your post is great, your pictures are spectacular. You really captured the essence of barn house! Wasn’t it fun!!! Can’t wait to read parts two and three…

  6. The fabulous Busy Little Quilter allegedly said:

    I was really afraid to look at the photos because you know what you always do to me…inspire me to do something.

    The last time you took a little trip you inspired me to hang a butterfly quilt on my garden gate. When I saw the word barn I thought to myself “Steve’s gonna love this. Now we have and excuse to get a barn! Thank you Monica!” We love barns, but we don’t have one.

    It’s beautiful there! There’s lots of ideas for fall decorating! More inspiration from more lovely photos. I can’t wait to see the rest!


  7. The fabulous MichelleB allegedly said:

    What a wonderful little trip! I loved all the pictures. Off to look at your slide show. (Don’t you just LOVE Dexter! I do!)

  8. The fabulous jen duncan allegedly said:


    Lucky you to have those girlfriend trips. Looking forward to the next installment!

  9. The fabulous Nanette allegedly said:

    What a gift it would be to be that talented to put everything together like that! It really is beautiful on several levels.

  10. The fabulous carol eldridge allegedly said:

    Looks like a lot of fun…isn’t halloween just the best!


  11. The fabulous Hen allegedly said:

    Looks great, should be in a magazine. Must have taken you ages to load all the photos but I enjoyed it very much so thanks a lot!

    Hen x

  12. The fabulous robin-bird allegedly said:

    thanks so much for visiting my blog and your generous comments my version of Barn House :) your viewpoint is to the moon and back again complimentary to the boys and their hard work. they really are gracious and ever so generous it’s true :) i love going to the Barn House sales and have posted innumerable times with photos and a commentary on their creative style. for me they are fantastic photographic challenges and keeping my eye pasted to the viewfinder prevents me from emptying out my wallet within the first hour of being there ;)
    thanks again and i will look forward to more of your photos…did you buy anything???

  13. The fabulous Jennifer from NY allegedly said:

    I’ve been looking forward to your pictures ever since you told us you were going there! Awesome, fabulous, and oh so picturesque! You take such wonderful photos. I feel like I was there with you (I wish I was!). Thanks Monica!

  14. The fabulous cathleen allegedly said:

    Wow…I really enjoyed your fabulous pictures. Everywhere you looked must have been one beautiful vignette after the other. You’re lucky!

  15. The fabulous AnyoneCanQuilt allegedly said:

    Oh my gosh who knew such wonderfulness existed? Gorgeous! Thanks Monica…my harvest meter just splattered the computer screen…Share more! x

  16. The fabulous Nanna J (aka Jan) allegedly said:

    I don’t know about the Barn House, but I have been gone from B.G. for 11 loooooong years! I am in serious L-U-S-T after staring at all your pics of this wonderland. I think my fave is the roses in the vase full of white punkins! Gorgeous!!
    What a excellent photog you are!!!

  17. The fabulous sharon allegedly said:

    WOW what a fun trip. I would have gone crazy there. I love the idea with the little fence as a hanging light. I may have to be using that one. Can’t wait for more,more,more!!

  18. The fabulous Paula allegedly said:

    I found myself looking intensly at your pictures because they’re so gorgeous, then I realized that anyone watching me would think that I hadn’t seen it all with my very own two eyes! I think I forgot there for a minute!!
    I haven’t even downloaded my pic’s yet. Soon.
    What a fabulous day it was. Full of laughter and harvest magic…

  19. The fabulous Connie W allegedly said:

    So Way Cool !

  20. The fabulous Robin allegedly said:

    I am always amazed after looking at your pictures…were we at the same place? You are an excellant photographer. You see things in a different way then the rest of us do or at least from what I see.
    It was the best day (it always is with you guys) and all the purchases fit in your car after a fashion.

  21. The fabulous Doe allegedly said:

    Amazing photos! Are you sure these are not from Country Home, Country Living and/or Cottage Living? Except for the Dexter-esque photos of course!

    I have yet to tell you my Dexter job. Soon, I promise!

  22. The fabulous Karen allegedly said:

    Your photos are amazing! I haven’t seen the others yet, but, wow, they’re great! Why is it that I was there and didn’t see all these things? I tried to take pictures and the crowd was so intense, I put the camera away so I could try to see it all. I must have missed half of it! Karen

  23. The fabulous Jennifer Paganelli allegedly said:

    You are so stinkin lucky…Have fun at market my friend…xoxoxo Jennifer

  24. The fabulous carolbrowne allegedly said:

    I enjoyed the biggie size slide show. This place looked great. So festive and fun.

  25. The fabulous Mary Anne allegedly said:

    Holy Harvest Bliss , Batman!!!! I was seriously feeling my breath shortening to little gasps as I looked at those pictures (then I clicked on the link to “Barn House” blog and I think I stopped breathing all together!!! ) WOW !!!!

  26. The fabulous Stacey allegedly said:

    I want to join the girl gang!
    You guys do so many fun things!
    Maby when I’m in Astoria visiting Paula I can tag allong on a trip.

  27. The fabulous blop allegedly said:

    Your sharp eye always leaves me in wonder! I was next to you and didn’t see things the way you and your camera did….wonderful job, my dear! You really captured the flavor…it was terrific, wasn’t it??

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