the big yellow house

Hi everyone.  Before the rain hit Southern California with a vengeance, I was out and about with my camera.  I have long admired this beautiful Queen Anne Victorian and decided to take a few pictures.  I knocked on the door but no one was home.  I was acquainted with the woman who lived here so I took a chance and snapped a few pictures hoping to get her permission to post them on my blog later.  A few days later while driving by I saw that she was home and not only did she give me permission, she invited me inside to take a few more.  I did not have my tripod which I really needed because the interior is dark.  But anyway I hope you will enjoy this amazing home as much as I did.

As I mentioned above, the home is a classic Queen Anne Victorian built in 1891.  Sue and her husband have lived here for the last 15 years lovingly restoring it to its original beauty.  She said the entire interior had been painted white.  Sue works in the antique business and has amassed an amazing collection of fine antiques.  She does not do reproductions, even the garden urns are antiques.  The interior is all dressed for Christmas.  I hope you enjoy the tour...

Built in 1891 - a Perfect Queen Anne Victorian

The clipped boxwood is spectacular.  They planted the entire garden.

An antique fountain complete with moss.

Lets go inside...

Upon entering you are first struck by this beautiful chandelier and the gorgeous woodwork.

You get the feeling this isn't going to be your average home.

The hand-carved wood details are just beautiful.

This is the front parlor to the left.
Sue has an amazing collection of antique feather Christmas trees and antique ornaments.
I lost track of how many trees she has.

A beautiful rare, white peacock.

The dining room.
So much to see in here.

Another view of the dining room.

Sue's husband worked in the grocery business so they created a replica of an authentic Victorian country store.  This room really is more like a museum.  There is an Indian trading section and civil war memorabilia too.  They give tours to local elementary schools.
And yes, that is a buffalo head.

This is the path that leads to the backyard.

An antique fence post.

A little knot garden.

More antique urns.

The pool gazebo filled with antique garden furniture

A little vignette under the orange trees.

Thank you so much Sue for sharing your home with me and now with the world.  It is so obvious how much your home is loved.

Merry Christmas



    Is this yellow house Sarah's winter home?

  2. Stunningly beautiful grounds - looks like a park! Thank you so much for sharing! Karin
    p.s. haha, Steve took the words right out of my mouth!

  3. W3hat a beautiful home!! and so vice decorated !! lovely that your house.....lovely week Ria....

  4. The inside scares me a bit, stuffend animals and so dark...
    but I love the exterior! It is great to know there are people around who make enough for a living to support those old houses so they won't fall apart or get pulled down in the end. You surely live in a welcoming neighbourhood! The lady with the lawn-mower, this lady ... very nice!

  5. I go in victorian homes when ever possible. I have never seen a privately owned home so well done. Great pictures too!

  6. Wow! What a treat! The gardens are wonderful! I think your pictures turned out great!

  7. Thank you for that lovely post! I can only imagine how much love and how much work goes in to making Sue's home look the way it does.

  8. Amazing!!!! I love the true victorian style xmas trees.

  9. Wow! What a house! The feather trees are gorgeous! So cool that she let you in to tour her home.

  10. Definitely NOT your "average home"! Or gardens either! Thank you for passing on the sights. Even via photographs, it is amazing.

  11. Wow, that's a lot of house (and antiques!) Love all that gorgeous woodwork. And covet all those antique urns (like I need one more;) How generous and lovely that they give tours to the children.
    How nice of Sue to let us "all" in!!
    Merry Christmas!

  12. Wow truly amazing!
    Victorian grand home with all the right furniture and antiques even the garden is in keeping with the style and vintage.
    Thank you for sharing.

  13. What a treat!
    I admire Sue, and people like you Janet, who love taking care of and restoring old homes. Spectacular tour!

  14. Love the gardens Janet! That must have been hard for you to say hello to Mr Buffalo?!

    xo Kelley

  15. I loved the seating idea for the front parlor--very good use of space. Lovely home!

  16. Steve took the words right out of my mouth!
    ...and I could only wish this was my "other" yellow house!
    Every detail is amazing...I love when someone has their own style down pat. I wish the homes built today has that same dedication to craftsmanship. and does she have some beautiful antiques or what?!
    Everything you show us in your neighborhood, just keeps getting better and better!
    Please thank her for the tour ~

  17. Can you tell me why this house is called a Queen Ann Victorian? Who was Queen Ann Victorian?

  18. Very Victorian interior,our Queen Anne is 1700/14 but obviously would be in the UK.
    Reminds me of a house in London open to the public by the Victorian Society,same type of furnishings.

  19. This is so not a boring house. You have to love it on so many levels even if its not "your" style. I have only been in a few interesting houses... and this one counts! I really enjoyed the park like setting - boxwood and roses - how can you go wrong.

  20. Stupendous. Simply amazing. I could do without the stuffed animal heads...but otherwise...WOW!


  21. Truly is like stepping back in time. Love the gardens and would like some of Sue's antique urns!

  22. Now wonder you've been absent so long, once you disappeared inside you were prob there for a week.

    15 years well spent. And I love the gardens. Little jealous of your pre rain weather though.

    xo jane

  23. I'm cracking up @ flwrjane's comment...there is definitely a lot to see! I'm drooling over the gardens, so beautiful!


  24. Wow, beautiful house and the garden is perfect.

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  25. oh my gosh Janet, I feel as though I have been on a field trip. Truly amazing inside and out.

  26. just beautiful


  27. What great neighborhood you live in. I think it's so wonderful that you take the time to get to know your neighbors too. Amazing house. Although I did have to laugh at the general store room - It looked like they have a candy bar set up in there. It does look like a museum and I think it's so fun that they do tours. LOVED the gardens.

  28. My jaw is on my desk! Thank you for the tour - incredible! I think I would like a country store in my house...maybe sans buffalo head though. : )


  29. Janet, I really, really enjoyed this tour. There is nothing like real photos, by real people, of a real house. Perfection!

  30. What an amazing house. And beautiful photographs Janet - how nice it is to have a tour and of the garden too. A very wonderful and merry christmas to you too.... X

  31. OMG! (Is that a misnomer or what?! I mean to use "OMG" for a beautiful victorian like this is perhaps blasphemous!) How very bold and adventurous of you. I am ever-so-slightly envious! Thank you for putting your self out there for us!

  32. Lovely post. I toured a Victorian House in Cape May last weekend and also saw a feather tree and the man said it was made of goose feathers. it was a table top very interesting to read about it...Merry Merry! Jennifer aka Gigi

  33. What an absolute treat for you and us!! This home is gorgeous, but the gardens...beyond stunning - my dream!! Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season ~

  34. Hi Janet,

    What a beautiful house Sue has. I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Have a good time!

    Veel lieve groetjes, Madelief

  35. Wow--What a treat to have a tour of a very unique historical home! Thank you so much!
    Happy Holidays to you and yours--Have a blessed Christmas and a prosperous 2011! -Suzanne in Illinois

  36. wow!! I have been looking this house everytime you have posted it and now from the inside... you did a great job .. thank you for this my dear friend!!!!
    Happay, happy and joyful christmas to you and family!!!

  37. Wishing you and your family a happy Christmas Janet. Hope the day is not the least bit stressful.
    Also sending best wishes for a very happy birthday to you fellow Capricorn.
    Hugs xx

  38. Wishing you lots of happiness into your heart my dear!!!!!

  39. Dear Janet, Merry Christmas to you and yours, and a very Happy Birthday to you! Hugs, Joyce

  40. What an astonishing house. Surely it must have featured in at least one magazine before? Thank you to Sue for allowing us in, and Janet for having the chutzpah to ask!

  41. Happy CHristmas dear Janet - I have commented already but just wanted to say have a wonderful holiday and Mr SE sends special love too and thanks you for the comment! Has made his Christmas! x S

  42. wow wow wow! truly spectacular. there's so much to look at, seems like it would take awhile to really see everything in one room. what a treat to take a peek!

  43. Dear Ms Janet, What an amazing house! One can imagine the elegant ladies in their crinolines and the mustachioed gentlemen with their cigars in this house. However, being of a practical bent, I think that there must be a lot of dusting that goes on! Your lovely friend Sue must be very disciplined to keep the house so beautiful.

    I was thinking about you yesterday (our Christmas day in Australia) and hope that as your Christmas day is coming to an end, it was free from stress and full of warmth, harmony and lots of laughs. I wish you and your family a very happy holiday season. Lots of love from Linda and the girls xxx

  44. Hi Janet, You are a lucky one to be able to get the chance to blog Sue's house. Sue maintained their house very well and all your shots are great...Happy Christmas to you and your family!

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  47. Janet- You can tell when a house is dearly loved, and this one is loved in spades. What a beauty!

    The staircase had me at hello with her pretty greenery. What a holiday charmer.



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