Monday, August 10, 2009

The Burrow ~ Home Sweet Home #4

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I finally took my kids to see the new Harry Potter movie...we loved it!!! I probably don't need to tell you I'm a huge fan! There's a Harry Potter Exhibition here in Chicago at the Museum of Science and Industry through Sept. 27th, I'm pretty excited about that too! Anyway, The Burrow, home of the Weasley Family, was featured extensively in the movie! I love that house! Molly Weasley gets the best Mom and homemaker award! The Weasley's Burrow has fueled my obsession for handmade houses! I love the Weasley's kitchen table plenty of room for a big family and and guests! Hmmm...I smell Gypsy soup!

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Warner Bros. should set up a website with set details, props and such for the Harry Potter series. There's a great website like that for the movie Practical Magic, where you can check out the interior design details for all the rooms of their magickal Victorian home!

The Burrow reminds me of the famous Handmade Houses of the Northern California woods in the 60s/70s...these homes were photographed and compiled in an amazing old book called Handmade Houses: A Guide to the Woodbutcher's Art. Another great book is Woodstock Handmade Houses My soul-sista, Tamera of Verhext fame, has a flickr set with more photos from these books, you should take a peek...

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It also brings to mind the hippie houses of Freetown Christiania in Copenhagen. Europe's largest commune, the self-governing community of Christiania began in 1971 in a squatted military area. A counterculture activist occupation of disused army barracks in the south of the city and has continued for nearly 40 years as a sort of utopian social experiment. More photos and info here...

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There's this brilliant man by the name of Lloyd Kahn who wrote three books on the subject of handmade human habitats called: Shelter, Home Work: Handbuilt Shelter, and Builders of the Pacific Coast. If you buy all three books from Shelter Pub you get 40% off only $47.31 for all 3 books!

Make sure to check out the link section of my blog, there's a category called "Eco-Dwellings" where you'll find lots of great links about sustainable and natural building! You can also click on the "Home Sweet Home" label below to link you to my blog posts regarding magickal living!


Holly said...

Ahhhhh, so beautiful. I have such a soft spot for fabulous towering houses and magical architecture...its my dream to live somewhere like that one day. Thank you for the inspiring post as usual, m'dear! ;D

Anne, Bulles dorées said...

ça fait rêver !! it makes me dream !!
thank you for the links !

Stella Dora von Swineburg said...

Thanks for the enchanting post and pics!

micha michelle said...

wonderful post. special thanks for the handmade house book list. the ultimate dream indeed, to make my own house. i just visited a handmade ten story treehouse in crossville, tennessee you might be interested in.

blog post here:

take care,

Julianna said...

I agree about the Burrow, love it. My parents have those handmade house books, I have hermit tendencies and I've always wanted a house like that!

Nicomi Nix Turner said...

Oh my, amazing! I think the thing I always loved about Mrs. Weasley was how the home she made emulated the same mothering calmness and magic :D
Great great post~

tamerajane said...

seriously, i was in RAPTURES over the Weasley house. Dying. Need.

Same in the Bay Area on the lofts -- I had one for a little bit, but $$$, oh. We need to win lotteries!

I also have an older post: with a list of other handmade house books!

sigh sigh sigh.

Violet Folklore said...

Mmmm I love your blog! I love Home Work and am constantly inspired by it.

Based on what I see here of your musical tastes, I must suggest a listen to Fern Knight Radio at I tripped out to it alllll night last night!


Mia Araujo said...

Love the Weasleys and the Burrow! This is such a fabulous series of posts. xxx

Kaffeslabberas said...

Oh my holy religion what a nice post!
I LOVE your blog and am VERY happy to meet you, although I have´nt read more than this post… :D Adding you to my blogroll. ;)
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lisa_d said...

Awesome designing of that home. SO great to live in there.

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Talina said...

Very cool ideas here. We have a stack of old windows too, now I just need those building plans.