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Gothic Harvest at Barn House (revisited)

September 15th, 2011

Harvest - my favorite time of year. Harvest. Fall. Autumn. This is my Spring. My time of year when I feel most alive, most energized, most creative and most cozy. The crock-pot comes out of hiding. And so do I.

I got all nostalgic and harvest happy looking at a past blog post - so I thought I’d revisit it and re-post it… because Autumn is just around the corner and I CAN.  NOT.  WAIT!

From Fall 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

Not the end - I may revisit the rest our of wonderful day, too.

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22 Responses

  1. The fabulous amy dunn allegedly said:

    The decor is fantastic!! I love white pumpkins! What a fun place to visit. :)

  2. The fabulous blop allegedly said:

    Wow, that seems like eons ago!! Loved it!
    Nice to relive!

  3. The fabulous Katie allegedly said:

    Thanks for the virtual get-away! I needed that and am totally blown away by the detail and creativity! WOW!

  4. The fabulous Robin allegedly said:

    We did have fun that day and you say it was three years ago…wow time flies

  5. The fabulous Tabitha O. allegedly said:

    Damn I so want all that in my house right now…I LOVE FALL, love love love and until we left Florida I had never really understood where all the Fallish Fall colors come from…isn’t that funny the Lizzie Borden rhyme I will bet kids today have not a clue who that was and who am I kidding they probably don’t sing rhymes any more….

  6. The fabulous Connie allegedly said:

    FALL is the BEST season there is. I love, love, love it. I wish it lasted longer!

  7. The fabulous Megan allegedly said:

    Oh good GOODNESS!!! I NEED to chandeliers!!! Lovely…

  8. The fabulous Neeroc allegedly said:

    Hi! I’ve just found your blog and I was just checking this post out yesterday! I love every little bit of the decorating that was done and I’m sure it will inspire me this fall

  9. The fabulous Denise allegedly said:

    Wow…that’s all I can say. Just beautiful and fun.

  10. The fabulous cindy allegedly said:

    Will you take me there next fall when I live in the PNW again?? :)

  11. The fabulous Natalie V2 allegedly said:

    I want to go to there. Presently, or by time travel if necessary.
    I fall in love with FALL.

  12. The fabulous daisy allegedly said:

    fabulous fall fotos

  13. The fabulous AnnieO allegedly said:

    Spectacular! Some genuinely original and inspiring decor ideas. What a great place to spend hours and hours. Love it!

  14. The fabulous Kitty Pearl allegedly said:

    I saw 101 fun things to do with white pumpkins. Awesome party, thanks for sharing :)

  15. The fabulous RenaisyDaisy allegedly said:

    I live for autumn. Live for it! Loved the white pumpkins.

  16. The fabulous Lou allegedly said:

    we’ve only been to the BH sales, but this looks like a blast!!

  17. The fabulous The Little Shop of Stitches allegedly said:

    Gorgeous, simply gorgeous. Except maybe the dolly head in the rocking chair. Kinda creeps me out!

  18. The fabulous AnyoneCanQuilt allegedly said:

    I remember this post! I have been waiting for fall all summer, it’s my favorite time of the year too. It’s still a bit warm, but looking foggy in the mountains in the morning. Now I need some crunchy orange leaves and smoke coming out of chimneys stat! xoxomf

  19. The fabulous nanette allegedly said:

    All beautiful but my favorite is the doll heads. I’m weird.

  20. The fabulous Mary allegedly said:

    The rooster is so colorful and fun, it’s hard to believe he’s real.

    And you just can’t beat a good … um … head in a basket.

    Fun times.

  21. The fabulous Jean Carpenter allegedly said:

    What a great trip. I have relatives in WA. Good excuse for a trip I’m thinking. I couldn’t help laughing at the Lizzie Borden sign. Lizzie’s house is not too far from me in Fall River,MA
    My great state of RI has some wonderful landmarks as well…ie HP lovecraft’s gravesite, haunted mansions, etc.. So very FALL!!!

  22. The fabulous Grace allegedly said:

    Fabulous! What a fun place to visit. Fall is my favorite season, and I love everything about it. I love that they used white pumpkins. So creative, and beautiful.

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