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This is the path to our nest. It also leads to the playground if you walk in the opposite direction and turn right near the wild grape vines. The walk is lined with flower beds that are just now beginning to bloom due the timing of our move which gave me a late start planting. This is the front deck as seen from the second story guest room.
Satchel's teepee is beginning to fill in. It's a mixture of morning glories, moon flower, scarlet vine, runner beans, and gourds.
In the entrance to our home there are low pegs for Satch to hang his gear and a rag rug where we can fling our shoes.
A wall for Satch-Art and the entrance to the kitchen.
The kitchen is very small so we had to create more space on the only free wall in the kitchen by adding a pot rack and an extra cabinet. The little red cabinet holds all of Satchel's eating utensils and snacks so he can help himself "like a big boy". The little picnic basket belonged to my great-great grandmother.
On the other side of the kitchen is the art studio as you can see, but you've already been in there.
On the dining room window hangs a bird feeder so we can mangia together with our feathered friends.
The dining room is open to the living room and is elevated by one step. Satch uses it as a stage.
(the old cornice used to be in my studio)
I placed a big stump outside the dining room (and living room) window and on it set a bowl from which to feed the chipmunks. On the sill is a basket of treasures that Satch finds outside...feathers stones, sticks etc. As you can see in the photo, we created a mulch path which leads to the backyard garden.
And this is the grown-up side of the living room. Behind the sofa is the play area.
On the wall between the above window and the other beside it, is this special spot. The lamp is very old and very heavy. I found it in the trash when I lived in NYC and rewired it. I was on my way to an art exhibit when I found it so I took it with me. I told anyone that gave me a weird look that I was merely shedding some light on the subject. (true story)
Such is the case with a lot of my things...they are found objects which I group into a category that I call "obtaineum".
The other side of the living room is the play area. One of the reasons we rented this home was because of the lofty living space which is more conducive to family living.
This is the wall beside Satchel's wee kitchen in the lower right hand corner of the above photo.
And this is what you can't see in that photo...baskets on the floor in front of the book case for storing toys.
The bedrooms are upstairs. They are carpeted which I detest....and beige and I don't know that I want to paint a rental. I think I'd rather save my creative energy for our own home.
That said, here is the master bedroom. We used the rear bedroom as the master because it's smaller and cozier and doesn't get too bright too early.
Atop the chest is a photo of my late cat, Sid; a small print by Josephine Mc Cormick entitled "sleeping lovers"; and an antique Whitman's chocolate tin designed, by Alphonse Mucha, to store my treasures like a whistle ring from childhood and one of my grandpa Gully's cuff links, this necklace, and some superhero necklaces, and urchin pins. Next to the branch is a small yellow chest of drawers that contains earrings that I rarely wear. They were made by Christopher Roule in the early 90's when he sold his wares at a flea market next to tower records - before he became all cha-de-cha-cha and expensive.
*In response to the talented, Steph in NZ...the enormous bird's nest on the wall was created by me and I explained a bit of the process here. The image itself resurfaces in my work from time to time though the number of eggs vary.
We took the rails off the bed and put the mattress on the floor to get Satch used to sleeping in a regular bed. This is Satchel's side of the bed though he often takes up the entire bed when he sleeps because he somehow ends up perpendicular.
This is my side of the bed where there is always an ever changing stack of books.
My husband sleeps in another room because he snores like a bear. It's true and he'll admit to it. Satch does an amazing impersonation of him too. As soon as we are able to tame the beastly snore, our family will snuggle together again.
The old and creaky laundry basket which is missing one of it's handles remains out in the open in a constant state of ebb and flow.
Satchel's room (the one he doesn't sleep in) is funkadelic. The Tibetan Prayer Flags were blank of text so that my friends and family could write their own wishes upon them at our blessingway some 3 years ago. There is an Enlightened Firefly print from Satchel's aunt "Lola" and two Ashley G prints that I bartered for.
In a corner of the room is a small doll bed where his animals sleep and a tiny light that really works and projects stars on the wall. Like most things I own...I've had it so long that I cannot remember where I got it. I only remember that it wasn't from my childhood and it was not "obtaineum".
There are two other bedrooms. One is empty, the other is the guest room which I am still trying to "cozify".
And this is the entrance to the basement where we stow our mucking-about-shoes, but you've already heard enough about that.
The bathrooms are nothing special and not worth photographing. They're rather ugly, if you want to know the truth. There are no windows to look out over the tree tops, no magical milky light. Just a drab 1970's bathroom without a smidge of character. They are not rooms that you would want to take a soak in...conversely they make you want to take a quick shower and leave. Lets leave it at that.
Now, I would ordinarily take you to the back yard to smell the chocolate mint, but you would be eaten alive by skeeters and anyway...you've seen it. The only thing new there is that, at this very moment, the echinacea is blooming....
so is the tall verbena....
It's looks vastly different than when we moved in. It was nothing more than mud, stumps and weeds. Now there are gardens and grass and we made use of the stumps. Amazing what a little seed can do! Thanks for stopping by...
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