18.7.11

little house in the big woods


Here I am, in another sweet little abandoned house in my town I've only just thought to photograph. This ramshackle place lies down a rather desolate dirt road, surrounded by towering pines, and appears to have been the home of an elderly lady. Her boxes full of dusty stuffed animals and empty pill bottles broke my heart; I wonder, did she have no family members interested in taking any of these mementos?









It's funny, little red abandoned houses, light blue dresses, and I seem to be quite a winning combination, it seems! I only wish I'd had my nice [and now broken ☹] camera so I could've documented this house with a bit more artistry. I think I'll have to spring for a new camera sometime soon, this cheap awful one is driving me mad.

Well, I hope you had a nice weekend! See ya soon.

29 comments:

  1. I'm always amazed at the abandoned houses you manage to find! :) So neat... It must be like crawling through a time capsule; albeit a dusty and somewhat heartbreaking (abandoned homes are always heartbreaking to me). Love your outfit too--so pretty!

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  2. All these houses you visit are so cool. Looking pretty too Dakota!

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  3. Lovely outfit! I wish I could find abandoned houses like these, what treasures and secrets it must keep inside!

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  4. what a strange and mysterious place! How sad that it has no one to love it. Your hair is looking super cute in these though :)

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  5. I have this image of your town being a weird ghost town where all the houses are abandoned and full of amazing old things! Love this outfit - and you are rocking the shorter hair :)

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  6. What a neat place and fun photos! So sad to see it abandoned. At least you were able to give it some love. :)

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  7. Love, love love. You look gorgeous, and I can't tell you how much I continue liking your short hair. And I love blue gingham too!

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  8. So sad but oh so Interesting! Love your dress :)

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  9. I love your tender, respectful way of memorializing the person imagined to have lived here. Melancholy yet uplifting to know there are some who care about these faded souls.

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  10. Gosh, there's nothing like this around where I live. It must be fascinating and but also strangely sad to walk through an abandoned house still filled with personal effects.

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  11. Such an interesting looking place... and That dress is simply lovely!!

    For The Vintage Fashionista

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  12. What a beautiful peek into the past life of someone. It's so sad, but perhaps you were meant to find it and remember whoever lived there. Beautiful photos, as always!

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  13. I love how you tenderly trespass in the homes of the deceased & in your own sweet way pay homage to their lives with your interest in their forsaken dwellings & worldly goods. darlin dress. and congrats on riding the tractor around too!

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  14. Your photos turned out lovely even if you did have to use a crappy camera- you have a good eye. :] I can't get over your always-perfect hair & that amazing gingham number.

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  15. Ahhhh your photos have such romance to them! Sadly, any abandoned houses in London would be full of drug addicts :(

    Your dress is beautiful by the way,

    Kate xx

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  16. What an amazing house, cannot believe the hair dryer, it is so eerie, yet fascinating to see how it has been left. The dress is darling, and your hair looks gorgeous.

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  17. I'm awe-struck at the abandoned houses you find and document. They all look so mysterious and intriguing, and I'm very envious of your lack of fear (I'd be terrified of getting caught...:P ) You look lovely. xo

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  18. Oh, thank you for all the dear and insightful comments!

    Rebeccak, I assure you I do not live on a ghost town, hehe! Most of these abandoned relics are tucked away, on lonely dirt lanes; you sort of have to know about them to find them. Though in the [even smaller] village I grew up in, we had three abandoned houses in the center of town at one point!

    And thank you, loveliest readers, for understanding so well the poignant beauty of deserted homes like these <3

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  19. I would be tempted to take some of the objects from the homes-- especially the typewriter and the record player! It's sad that no relatives bothered to clear out the home but I'm glad that you appreciate them & give them new life by sharing photos with us.

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  20. Yeah, I'd tempted to snaffle the typewriter too but the fact everything is untouched in this lovely old cottage makes me feel like it should be left alone. Your hair is looking particularly splendid Dakota, I love the little clip and isn't the little blouse under the gingham and lace dress utterly gorgeous?! Love the brooch too - thank you for sharing these pics - keep 'em coming - I don't have any abandoned buildings near me so I love to see what you've discovered:)) xo

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  21. Ahh, Leilani and Desiree, I was so tempted by some of those things, but the electric was all chewed away by mice; it was probably a little dangerous! That's the trouble, I think this house has been empty 20+ years, and things are really starting to rot and fall apart. That bureau with the decoupaged flowers is awfully pretty though; I'd like to find the owners and ask them if they'd consider selling it to me, though I can't really fit any more furniture into my house, hehe.

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  22. Abandoned houses where I live are taken over almost as quickly as they were deserted by squatters. It's great to see that they still exist in the world, and you're doing them the ultimate justice by making them permanent in time with photographs.

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    http://ifidontloveyougritsaintgroceries.blogspot.com/

    Tx

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  23. Love all these houses. I love how you put a shirt underneath that dress too and you look so gorgeous in it. It fits you MUCH nicer than it did on me when I borrowed it!!! Lovely!!! So interesting to see what things just sit around when people leave places!!!

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  24. Dakota, this house is amazing! I can't believe that there are places like this in your town that you can wander into like that. I would love to come across something like this but anything abandoned over here get's boarded up straight away or (like Katie said) full of drug addicts.
    It makes me sad to think she had no one to collect all her memories up, it's lovely that you have shared them through your blog, places like this should be shared not left to ruin .
    You are looking as lovely as ever. xx

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  25. Hi Dakota I found you via Nelly's blog. I feel sad too that the remnants of this ladies life have been left to sit forlornly in her abandoned house. Your blog post has done a lovely job of respectfully documenting her past.Love your blog and can't wait to read back through some older posts. :)

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  26. I love abandoned houses! I have a couple next to me. One is surrounding by mint. It smells divine.

    sophia
    http://lasophialasophia.blogspot.com

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  27. you're dress is so lovely!!! i adore it

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