Living for the Revel (catvalente) wrote,
Living for the Revel
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Home Is Where You Hang Your...Vintage Stockings?

I finally got around to taking pictures of our house, which is unpacked and hobbity. Not quite ready for saucydwellings , probably, but we love it. It is full of books and sometimes people, and dogs. And a cat.

Also something is afoot with our camera, so a couple of these shots are slightly blurry. My apologies. They're not too big, so I haven't used a cut. You will live to scroll another day.

To refresh the collective online memory, this is the outside:



And now the inside, a month later, at night.



Our living room, taken from the dining room doorway. Throw pillows sent to us by rosefox  and sinboy  from Singapore, awesome wall masks from Japan, Hawaii, and Uganda. We are very small and poor imperialists. Yes, that is Headless St. Francis by the window. He keeps beasties away. It's like when you hire hackers to run your security. Hire demonic statuary to keep evil at bay.



Living room from the other side. Chair rescued from the Scary Closet (tm) and restored by me. I even did upholstery repair!



Our dining room, set for Thanksgiving. Super stealth golden retriever sold separately. Grr, blurry. The camera is stuck on some weird setting.



Thanksgiving dinner at ours! Port-glazed goose, banana curried vegetables, cranberry-Chambord compote, maple drop biscuits, and many, many cookies.



Dining room, taken from the sideboard. That's our awesome built in china cabinet, and my shelf of Things Published With My Name On Them. A Mythopoeic Award makes an awesome bookend. Just sayin'.



Our bedroom is actually kind of huge, so I'm just posting two pics rather than trying for every angle, as it has a bunch of nooks and crannies and angles and New England eaves. This is our Bed of Awesome, which I bought with all my own money after the last Orphan's Tales book came out. Which makes it the Bed Built with Books. Golden Retriever likes to be photographed. This was taken approximately five minutes after the dining room shot.



Sigh. This shot is all funny looking, but it's my favorite corner of the house. Right next to our bed, the wall makes a little alcove, and it's a small additional writing space that makes me feel like Jane Eyre. I have lots of spaces I write in in our house--avoiding official writing spaces and then returning to them like an adulterous spouse is a key part of my process. I think Elizabeth Bishop said that she'd never written anything good where she was supposed to be writing it.



justbeast  and I share an office. This is his half. The collages on the wall were made by me as gifts for him over the years. That's a map of Peaks Island and a Pilot's Certificate from our sailing trip down the Mississippi. The golden retriever has the power to morph into a german shepherd.



This is my half. Almost everything on the wall is a map in this room, actually. That is indeed a Tardis on the desk, along with Ganesh, a turtle, and Mickey Mouse. My icons and fell and strange. Over the desk is a 17th c. map of the Great Lakes, Professor Nyalarthotep, a print of the Cartographer, which is, yes, a Magic Card but also makes me think of Palimpsest, and one of haikujaguar 's Balance Cards, the Paladin. In the center are Buddha's Eyes.



Our kitchen, in the midst of Omikuji assemblage. (Omikuji are awesome winter-type holiday gifts, by the way.)



Our kitchen from the other angle, with a Cat in Pajamas Who Has Just Burned Herself With Sealing Wax. Also a stripey slugcat not in pajamas who colonized the pizza box and snarled when we tried to retake it. And the last appearance of the stealth retriever, who reverted to her natural form.

And that's our little house! Not pictured: the guest room, unless yakavenger  gives us permission to post the pic of it that has a yak in. A surprise for you all when you come to visit!
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