My longtime friends from Pasadena have developed a charming spot on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands in Washington state. They have been going there for 22 years! It is a dream of a family compound!
This summer I went to Orcas Island to visit my granddaughter at her camp and visited the Coffey’s “compound” close by! This red house is one of five! This one is called “Missel Thrush” after a quotation in “The Secret Garden”; a book my friend Marty has loved her entire life.
Orcas Island has very strict rules about development; which has resulted in an unspoiled natural environment!
There were five little “shacks” on the property when my friends purchased it; and they were allowed to only build on the “footprints” of those “shacks”. They are reminiscent of a Swedish village with the feeling of the Swedish artist and interior decorator Carl Larsson.
This is “Argonauta” named after another of my friend Marty’s favorite books. “Gift from the Sea” by Ann Morrow Lindberg.
Isn’t this the most delightful place to store logs? It is on the deck of “Missel Thrush”
This tiny cottage is “Goose Corner” because one of their daughters (the youngest) they have called “Goose” her whole life!
Here is another one! This one is “Pooh Corner” after another favorite book of the family of four children and the grandchildren who have been coming here for years!
painted inside…..note the part of the quote…….”as our days disappeared all too soon ” are paler than the rest…so true
and so poignant.
A wonderful artist actually lived here for some time painting all these charming vignettes!
There are four of these bunk beds with privacy curtains and even a secret passage to a loft to “hide from parents”!
Talk about a “kid magnet”?? The grandchildren love the whole place! Magic!
The kitchen in the main house “Missel Thrush” and the cozy nook below.
Just next to the nook is the living room looking out to the deck with this wonderful fireplace!
I can’t remember the name of this one, but it has an ingenious cupboard bed! And the delightful girl outside!
Who could guess this would open up to be a double bed? with a window and lamps!
The “secret” hideaway bed!
and these are the steps to climb into bed!
The living room beyond the hall with the secret bed!!
I hope you enjoyed our trip to a Swedish village on Orcas Island! Poppy did!!!!!