Tuesday, November 29, 2005

House interiors

Ok, didn’t sit at the computer last night and work on the Photoshop stuff. Wanted to get some photos up anyway, thought I would put up some of the inside of my house. Clare just ran a photo contest, where people tried to guess what house pictures belonged to what person. I was the only American to be listed, and for some reason everyone guessed my house correctly. I don’t know, was it the ceiling fans that said Vegas or what?

I was hoping to see more of what houses looked like in the UK, but most people posted close-ups rather than full room shots. I don’t know if that is because they are more artistic, or the houses are really so small that you can’t get far enough back for a full shot. Our San Diego house was all small rooms, not very photogenic but cozy. One reason we like this house is the openness and space - you don't feel closed in. And lots of windows and sunshine.

I’ve posted photos of my yard work, and a few of the new floor we put in, but here are some overall shots.

This is the guest bedroom, one of the smaller ones in the house. My favorite room, has windows on three walls, tall thin ones to the left, our front courtyard with fountain through the facing window.

And here we have the guest bath – did stripes in the curtain at least to match Ana’s bathroom stripes. Oh, can't see the stripes very well, but they are there.

Our front room, showing the nice wooden floor we put down to replace the carpet. That is a mirror at the end – our laundry room and little bath (with the nice Ikea shelves) behind. (can you see me in the mirror taking the shot?) Kitchen through the door next to the mirror, TV lounge through the archway to the right of that.

Eating area is to the right of the cooking area. Plan on redoing this section soon, tearing out the wall to the left (where the cooktop is) and pushing it out about two feet, taking down the flourescent ceiling lights and raising the ceiling. And creating a nice built in seating section. That's our smallest bath with the nice tile mirror through the door.

And our TV lounge. Off to the left is the play area we set up for our visitors. We put a lot of work into the fireplace, covered up the white brick, B did a great job on the nice glass tile work. Still want to take out the cabinet to the left (our TV behind the doors) and put in a long mantle.

As you can see, lots of open space and old furniture, and ceiling fans in almost every room. Can't see them, but there is a fan in the guest bedroom, and to the right over the seating area off the kitchen.

Tip – go over to Deni’s and take a look at her Gnome in New York video. She did a really nice job, showing the little guy around town.

He’s due to come out to Vegas soon and I’ve been trying to figure out where to take him. So far I’ve come up with Red Rock, Hoover dam, to see the Blue Man Group and the Tropicana show (last one left with feathered showgirls), playing the slots in a casino and hopefully a meet with Elvis. What places do the rest of you think of when planning a trip to Vegas?

And for Clare:

1. Knowing people that have a good sense of humor. I usually have beautifully funny responses run through my head, but only after a conversation has moved on to a different direction, or when driving home, or just after pushing the POST button for a comment.
2. Knowing people willing to share their thoughts and ideas (and sometimes photos).
3. Having a nice turkey sandwich in my lunch bag (turkey, again!). One of the best things about the holidays is having a fridge full of leftovers, why I like doing the cooking instead of going to somebody else’s house.


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