One very, VERY last guest post from Lis of Miss Moose Art. I’m so thrilled she was able to participate in our Nest-A-Thon as she’s one of my favorite people and takes some of my favorite pictures! Hooray! I finally have internet access in the new haus and will get around to regular posting and some nesting of my own starting tomorrow. Hooray!
I would like to thank Sonja for the opportunity to do a guest post on her blog! 🙂 I am an avid reader and consider her a dear friend.. and this blog subject is absolutely fascinating. I love getting to peek into other people’s spaces. Like other guest-blogger Kat, I love design and interior design in particular. We are currently in the process of totally renovating an old corner store into a house and in the meantime have been camping out in this little rental house so as to not live under a pile of cement and drywall plaster. With that in mind, all of the “decorating” I’ve done here has been to find pieces that I enjoy looking at rather than do major changes, such as paint or set up serious shelving.
I also do not spend a lot of time in my house, so when I am here, I like it to be something that I enjoy.
This is the focal point of the living room. If this were actually my house I’d never paint the bricks white (!) … I am not the guitar player in the house, by the way, but this is the room where they gather and it is not uncommon to hear the sound of music coming from the living room in the evenings or occasionally early in the morning.
The lava lamp and the gumball machine just kind of landed here. they’re totally out of place, but I don’t really mind. The dinosaurs were a gift from my PhootCamp Secret Santa, and I love them. The Buddha, the little wooden boxes and the clock are all items I have made and the painting is one of many I inherited from my grandfather when he passed away about ten years ago. I am so in love with this painting, it’s ridiculous. Every time I walk into the living room my heart warms a little because the painting just glows from its centre. (Figuratively, of course)
A close-up of the dinosaurs hanging out next to the Buddha. (You can see a close-up of that, if you are interested in woodworking or Buddhas…)
The next favourite part of my house is actually in my bedroom. As you can kind of tell, it is up in the “attic” of the house, which is an old row-house of sorts. I’m really sorry this is kind of a wonky photo- this spot, while one of my favourites, is basically impossible to photograph during the day.
You can see I have more little dinosaurs in the window. The air conditioning unit is ugly, but a vital part of this room that doesn’t share a heating system with the rest of the house…. I also keep some of my photograph equipment up here. That star, by the way, is one of my favourite pieces of artwork. I got it years ago when we purchased an old building and this was in it. It’s made out of metal that has been painted. So simple, yet so pretty!
The reason this spot is one of my favourites is because of what you see through the window.
That’s my tiny, tiny backyard which I think is fantastic. The view from this window changes every day- during the winter it is a beautiful array of tree branches covered in snow with birds peeking around and in the summer it is a tiny jungle that changes weekly with what’s blooming. Sometimes it is bright purple, sometimes red, and often a huge array of greens. I like hanging out in the yard with Omni, the best dog in the world, or by myself, or with a group of friends when we grill out some dinner on the deck. We live right downtown in a fairly big city, so having any yard is really quite fantastic. (Thankfully, New House will also have a yard- albeit approximately the same size, if not a little smaller) I actually like it- I get the bonus of a nice outdoor space without the responsibility of a huge upkeep. As I said earlier, I don’t spend a lot of time at home, so it’s a fine balance.
My last favourite thing is also in the attic. You have to go up a sort of spiral-awkward-staircase to get to the room and at some point little shelves were built into it. Here, I keep a collection of some of my favourite things. (Not surprisingly, they’re all related to woodworking) In the far back is simply a large wooden block- it’s made out of Michigan Maple and weighs quite a bit. It’s one solid piece, not a lamination, which is basically unheard of! I found it in an old papermill many years ago when I was there for work and I was absolutely delighted I was able to keep it. The little secretary is a family heirloom and I keep sentimental favourites in it. The other little chest was a fairly recent gift from a garage sale and I have no idea what it’s story is, but I like to imagine…. 🙂 Lastly, the little jewelery box is from India and the other two items are just pieces of wood that I really think are pretty. One is oak and one is tulipwood.
I hope you enjoyed my favourite things in my home! I’ve really enjoyed looking at the other guest posts.
(I do hope to make this a regular sort of feature-ette, so if you would like to share a few corners of your own home feel free to contact me at sonja dot alves at gmail dot com!)