Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday Five HGTV Edition

One of my favorite kinds of Friday Five:

1) If you could, what room in the place you are currently living would you redo first?

Oh, where to begin, where to begin? In a perfect world I would begin with the outside: tear down the garage, tear off the back porch, and build something new and creative that combines outdoor living and car storage space to make better use of our cramped outdoor quarters. There are people nearby who have made garden decks (with hot tubs!) on their garage roofs. We would need a garage that isn't falling down first.

2) What is the most hideous feature/color/decor item you have ever seen in a home?

The shag carpeting and fake paneling of the 70s, I suppose.

3) What feature do you most covet? Do you have it? If not, is it within reach?

The feature I MOST covet is the ocean outside my door. Not within reach of the great midwestern tundra.

The somewhat realistic feature I covet: A gazillion built-in slotted shelves in every room to deal with all my STUFF which, as a piler and not a filer, I must have in sight. But I need a completely different kind of house in order for that solution to blend into an organic whole rather than to jump out as a jarring add-on.

4)) Your kitchen - love it or hate it? Why? It's fine. I'm not much interested in kitchens and it meets the main requirement: big enough for lots of people to congregate in.

5) Here is $10,000 and you HAVE to spend it on the place you are living now. What do you do?

I would redecorate the living room which, with its 25-year-old wallpaper and kid-and-dog safe furniture, looks like the backdrop for a garage sale rather than the inviting home for conversation that I imagine it might be. And then I would transform what was once The Lovely Daughter's childhood bedroom into a soothing guestroom, with gentle colors rather than cats on the walls, a comfortable queensize bed instead of a hand-me-down trundle daybed, and generous storage space for guests rather than for my overflow of clothes and papers.

BONUS: Why do you think there was such a surplus of ugly bathroom tile colors showcased in all homes built from the 1950's right through the early 80's?

I reject the assumption inherent in this question. I grew up in a ranch home built in 1955 and I still love the yellow tile in the bathroom of that house. All the original bathrooms in the 19-teens and 20s houses around here have black-and-white octagon tiles -- I want to know: what was with that? (Ours has been replaced with beautiful white and cobalt tiles.)


Kathryn J said...

Those are hexagon tiles. Exactly what is the problem with those tiles? I think if I redid the bathroom, I would put in new, b&w hexagon tiles.

$10,000 would not make a dent in my house either. It needs an owner in a higher income bracket.

Sally said...

The ocean outside your door, if you figure out how to do that let me know... oh yes moving I guess that would do it!!!

Lori said...

I love white and cobalt tiles in a bathroom. That's what I would use. With lovely white and cobalt curtains on the windows that overlook the sea.......

That sounds lovely.

Rev. Dr. Laura Marie Grimes said...

Wish you could have the ocean too....but then there's a direct correlation (here at least) with the down payment for a house being equivalent to buying one some places in the midwest!

Elaine (aka...Purple) said...

I think you re-do space sounds so cool.