Sunday, October 17, 2010

A Visit to Ravenbrook Cottage

The beautifully hand painted writing, in Old English style, above the closet doors in the foyer reads:

 "All are welcome here at ♦ Ravenbrook ♦ as Luck would have it."

 When you walk through the front door, you know immediately you have entered the magical realm of Hugh Luck. My friend Carolee (King of Mice Studios) and I were fortunate enough to take a tour of the most amazing house I have ever been in. Hugh graciously allowed me to take photos during our visit (I think it would have killed me if I couldn't).
All decked out for Halloween, a gargoyle greets us as we enter.

The master of Ravenbrook himself.

An amazing witch by Jim Morrision greets us in the foyer.
The walls have been hand painted by Hugh, well known for his murals and faux finishing,
and president of Pine Street Studios.

Treasures to be found in every nook and cranny.
Click on each photo for a larger view.

Stairway leading down to a living room.
Antique paintings covering the walls. I am in heaven.

Hugh's kitty, Taboo, standing guard at he entrance to his office.

A vintage jack o' lantern mixes nicely with original Halloween art on an antique table.
Do I see an Allen Cunningham piece in there?

One of my favorite pieces, a Raven & Ring sign.

An original Scott Smith, one of many.

An antique gate is beautiful as well as functional.

A life size pirate from the original Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney sits in the tavern room.

I love this old rocking horse.
 You get a wonderful view of the woods, gardens and brook from the large windows.

Taboo follows us on our tour, carefully sidestepping one of Carolee's bowls.

A peek inside the Halloween room reveals more amazing treasures.
 I could spend all day in this room alone.
Hugh created the extrememly detailed house painting you see here.

New and vintage Halloween pieces mingle.

I love the antique doll bed now used by Taboo and his other housemates.

I couldn't take my eyes off this portrait.

Good bye Taboo!

I hope you enjoyed the tour.
I know we did!


Hugh Luck said...

Thanks for stopping by and doing such a wonderful job on this blog post.

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

What a cool place to visit! Nothing like that in my area for sure.

Robin Larkspur said...

Another wonderful field trip from you with great photos, and loved Taboo! Always enjoy stopping by here!!

Enchanted Productions by Joyce Stahl said...

Oh my! What an amazing home! So inviting! I'm green with envy, Jen! And you photographed it so well! I felt like I was right there with you!

Kath said...

Wow! I could live in this house! and what a darling cat.

Jennifer Rose said...

what a cool place!!

Debbie said...

Fabulous pictures. What a fabulous house. Thanks for sharing x

paynterfamily4 said...

Thank you for such an awesome tour - so inviting!!!

Carolee said...

The photos turned out great!! Truly the most exquisite home I've ever seen, and both Hugh and Taboo look fabulous too!

~ Carolee

LuLu Kellogg said...

How wonderful that you got to visit Hugh's home. I love all the pictures you took! His home is amazing!

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Wow - I would love to actually visit that house! How amazingly beautiful and so gothic. So happy Hugh allowed you to take photos. Taboo is one adorable little kitty. Theresa

jane augenstein said...

Wow, how incredible! What a wonderful house to visit, what a wonderful post, thank you!!!! I loved it!!!!!

Rue said...

What a fabulous home! And a handsome host-cat too!

Designs By CK said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS and thanks for sharing Jen!

Steven & I had so much fun meeting you, Carolee, and Hugh at the STJ Soiree!

SpOOky Hugs,
Chris >:-)

Jeanne said...

What an enchanting place! So much waiting to be seen around every corner. Thank you for taking us along for the tour! :0)

Jessie McCandless said...

Absolutely love it all! Using an antique doll bed for the critters is super, super cute :)

witchesandwhimsies said...

Wonderful pictures! Thanks for sharing them! What a beautiful home!

Julia Finucane said...

What a wonderful house and that kitty is adorable. Thanks for shearing this with us.

Iva Wilcox of Iva's Creations said...

Fantastic photos Jen!! Hugh's home is gorgeous, with just the right mix of antiques and Halloween collectibles! How neat you two were able to enjoy such a splendid tour! Thank you for sharing and my thanks to Hugh for allowing you to share them with us too!
~ Iva

Lin said...

Oooh, what a fantastic house!! I could have stayed all day exploring that place! LOVE Taboo!

Anonymous said...

So cool! Glad you had the opportunity to visit.

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

Wow, wow and wow! I love that I get to "visit" so many neat places on your blog.

LYNDY WARD said...

Fantastic Gothic Style Home & Furnishings!

Your PICs should be in Homes & Gardens...

Cosmic Blessings, Lyndy

Linda said...

What a great house. Thanks for the tour. It inspired me for Halloween.

Linda said...

What a wonderful Visit, Lindax