The Hippie Houses of The North Mountain Nova Scotia

The 1970's on the North Mountain near Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia was a magical time and place in history. Word had gotten out to hippies near and far, that land on the mountain could be had for a very reasonable price and the chances of anyone coming looking for you in this very remote location were pretty slim. American Draft dodgers from all walks of life began showing up to the remote Canadian mountain to start communes, build handmade homes and live off the land. Many of these homes were completely off grid, some only accessible by foot path.
My Dad was a young man and a local during this time and lived in and visited many of the hippie houses in the area. I grew up hearing stories from my parents about the hippie houses on the mountain and these stories have gradually taken on fairy tale status in our family. With names like The Farm, Crow's Hollow, Moonrise, The Wooden Tee-Pee and The Dome, it's easy to see why. 
When I was a teen my Dad took me to see the remains of The Dome where he had lived for a time in the late 70's. My love affair with handmade houses was born, and geodesic domes top my list of favorite specimens. I recently harassed asked him to take a trip to visit The Dome and take some pictures for me. This past week he made my dreams come true and sent me some great photos of the old dome. Coincidentally the people that own the land now said it will have to be torn down this Summer, so I guess it was fate that he made it there before it's last day. 

After 40 some years left to decay in the weather, the dome has seen better days. While some groovy details remain very intact. As my Dad pointed out- " They took the time to corbel it (the chimney) and add some character to it, how cool is that? The fascia board on the wood shed is 40 years old and it still looks great". 
The interior of the dome, like many of the other hippie house was not very well insulated. As Dad said, he had to sleep in his toque in the Winter. Folks were not necessarily the most experienced carpenters and for that reason many people didn't make it through the harsh Canadian Winters, and bit by bit the hippie houses on the mountain were mostly abandoned. 
There is no sign of where Moonrise had once stood, The Dome is on it's last legs. Dad tells me people are living in The Tee-Pee still (awesome). Rumor has it some ruins can still be found in the forest of maybe Crow's Hollow and some other satellite commune buildings. 

Sadly we won't make it up North to visit this Summer. We absolutely will not miss next year though and when we do, I can't wait to go on the hunt for more of the hippie houses. While we're there we'll visit some hidden waterfalls and beaches that I 'm lucky enough to have the inside scoop on from dear ole' Dad.
Whenever I think of these houses and that beautiful time in history, I am reminded of this quote by the late great Hunter S. Thompson- 

“It seems like a lifetime, or at least a Main Era — the kind of peak that never comes again. San Francisco in the middle sixties was a very special time and place to be a part of. Maybe it meant something. Maybe not, in the long run... but no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of time and the world. Whatever it meant...

There was madness in any direction, at any hour. You could strike sparks anywhere. There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning...

And that, I think, was the handle — that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn't need that. Our energy would simply PREVAIL. There was no point in fighting — on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave...

So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high water mark — that place where the wave finally broke, and rolled back.”

I think that the waves are gathering their momentum again, but this time they won't break and roll back, but instead wash over us finally with love, peace and understanding. Here's to hoping. 

Peace Man

Bonus Reading- To read more about these groovy times, check out my friend Seymour Hamilton's book- The Hippies Who Meant It HERE

Update! Due to the amount of exposure this post has received, I think it is important to note that The Dome is indeed on private property. Although The Dome itself stands empty, people do live VERY near by. Please respect their privacy and don't visit The Dome without permission. Thanks!


Modern Magical London Warehouse Revival

I've always had a thing for catching a peek into the interiors of outwardly interesting looking houses. I'm not above peering over someones shoulder as they bring their groceries inside. That's not weird and totally normal right? Anyway, when I can't get my fix in person, there is always online real estate stalking. And did it ever lead me to a treat this time... This modern, magical warehouse revival in London is all that and then some.

I posted about a million of the pictures since it is a real estate listing and will disappear once it has been sold.  Some background info- It's a refurbished warehouse in London.  It was designed specifically for an art collector; the sky lights, cabinets and shelving are all designed to highlight the art securely.  You don't even want to know the asking price, but that's not important.  The point is- INSPIRATION. Breezy, Summery, light and organic Summer inspiration. Man does this place bring it.

I could never have this much restraint when it comes to color, but the textures, furnishing, art and collections certainly make up for the lack of saturated hues. It took some serious talent to turn this bare bones space into this magical forest apothecary/art gallery oasis. Just wow wow wow. How much do you want to wander around in this home, discovering it's spectacular contents?

More information and photos Here while they last.



July 4th Outfit Inspiration From Urban Outfitters

While cruising Pinterest this week I came across these two beautiful pieces and thought "Now those are July 4th outfits I can get down with". Turns out they are both from Urban Outfitters, so there's still time to snag em' for your weekend festivities. I don't lust after clothes often but these are so good, it's hard not to.

Happy 4th ya'll! Have fun and be safe. 



A 1970's Modern Rescue House

I've been digging the 70's modern design aesthetic more and more lately. Then lo and behold, this house I spied over on The Design Files just sealed the deal for me. I want one. The natural woods, modern lines and overall Earthiness of this place is just killin' me. The homeowners use of color, art and plants just pushes the whole package over the top- in a really good way. Pretty darn cool right?
The house, located in Australia was apparently slated for demolition and they rescued it from being torn down. Can you imagine? I'm seeing major potential in 1970's style real estate right about now. Plus, my furniture would look superb in a place like this. Just. So. Inspiring. Check out the rest of the pics and story here.

See ya' soon