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30th April 2009

djtabernacle12:45pm: What's in the stimulus bill for you?

You've heard all about this stimulus package. Wondering what's in it for you? This Old House reports the many ways you can benefit from the new legislation as a homeowner:


1st April 2009

djtabernacle11:48am: Happy April Fools Day from This Old House

In the spirit of April Fools' Day, This Old House Online has put together 18 of the world's wildest houses! See them here!

28th June 2005

jennarenn9:06am: Crucial room?
The most important part of my fantasy house is my library. I have trouble giving up books, so I have a ton. Right now my dream library would be done in a medium-dark hardwood. The wooden floors would be covered with a deep red oriental rug. There would be built-in shelves along the walls, and even over the windows. On one side, there would be a large red couch facing two red leather chairs with a coffee table in the middle. On the other side of the room would be a desk for doing paperwork. When you turned the swivel chair around 180 degrees, you'd be facing the computer table. Thick curtains would hang at the window, and my enormous book collection (the only part of this fantasy that currently exists) would fill the shelves.

Thank you for starting this community! I'm excited to see what people want in a house.

30th March 2004

trypanophobic347:14pm: The most beautifulest house in the world...
I just joined, so yeah...

My house will look Victorian from the outside, but it will have been built in modern times, actually. (I wouldn't want the roof to collapse in on me or something tragic like that.) It will be blue and white and have shutters that are never really used and chimneys all that. And it will be three stories tall and a pretty, pretty house.

The doorknocker (made out of some kind of metal, obviously) will have a winged Lucifer sitting on a rock, at a kind of sideways angle, carved in it. Not a sinister, demonish, horns-and-a-tail Lucifer, just a normal, pensive, fair angel Lucifer. And the doorbanger thing itself, you know, the little part that you actually knock against the doorknocker, will have some cool Latin phrase like "MEMENTO MORI" engraved in it.

So then you go through the door, (which will have actually have THREE locks on it, though I'll probably only lock one when I go out, etc.), and into the house, and the first room on the left is a mock-Victorian parlor. All the rooms, at least on the lower level, will have particular, special, themeish names, besides the obvious "living room" and "dining room" and all that. So, as I was saying, the first room is the Victorian room, or the "Saucy Jack" room. It will have ornate, fancy furniture and all that and a bag of knobs. It will have proper draperies and carpets and probably intricate wainscoting along the walls and everything. But, as a little tricky thing, all the names of the victims of Jack the Ripper will be concealed at strategic points around the room, blended in with the wallpaper, carved cleverly into a table, etc., like a sort of fly in the ointment.

The next room on the left is the Greek or Renaissance room. It's essentially the reading room. There's an old-fashioned windowseat at the window and a black piano (you know, the kind with the top propped up, etc.), even though the piano will probably seem kind of incongruous. It gets its name from the mural of the School of Athens (Raphael, 16th century) on one wall, the widest, center wall. Then there's a large dark wooden bookcase to the left, with a mock-Greek column next to it. It will contain only classic and historical books and poetry: Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, Charlotte and Emily Bronte, Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Shakespeare and Wordsworth, etc. etc. Mayhap they'll even have more modern novels like Lord of the Flies and Anne Frank on those voluminous shelves. Who knows? Also some philosophy stuff, like "Leviathan" (Hobbes) and "The Social Contract" (Rousseau), "Communist Manifesto," etc. And then there'll be historical stuff, about Henry VIII and his Many Wives, Bloody Mary, Elizabeth I, about Jack the Ripper and Napoleon and infamous people. Some stuff on criminal psychology and sociology, and also a few things on ancient civilizations (Egypt, Rome, Greece, China), European/medieval history, on the Regency era, just a whole skiel of crap. It has ancient Greek, Latin, and Romanian language books, too. And French and German and stuff. Greek/Roman mythology, Egyptian rituals/gods/goddesses, witchcraft, everything history that you can think of. There will be wallpaper border along the walls, scrollworky, quilly, gilt, feathery gold stuff, and on all the walls not taken up by the mural will be all my favorite quotes, ranging from everyone to everyone. There will be cushy couches and such.

The first room on the right's a half-bathroom, the Black/"Black Mary" room, because it's painted all black. Or possibly the Vomitorium, like the old Romans had back in the old days.

Then there's a computer room, with double, glass-panelled doors, and it's just as you would expect of a computer room. It's nice and comfortable and there's a little wrought-iron spiral staircase at the far end, which leads up into my bedroom above if you go up it, but you only see it when I want you to (i.e. it's invisible sometimes).

The next room is big, and it is the so-called living room, but it's really called the Circle room or the Dead room. It's circular, obviously, and has a gas fireplace at the far end which kinda looks like fake wood. There are couches and armchairs and stuff, and a TV and a very large DVD collection, of all the movies I've ever even slightly liked. I won't name them right now because that would just take forever, and I'm writing enough as it is.

To the left, with no wall or partition or anything between the two, is the "kitchen," or the Marble room. It has marble counters and stuff, that's why. And a refrigerator and table and the normal expected stuff.

There's a wooden door in the Circle room, to the right side, which is wooden sometimes (most of the time) and blended into the wallpaper sometimes. Sometimes it opens into the garage and sometimes into the libary (large, stacks and stacks of books, writing desk and comfy chairs and all, with another twisted iron staircase leading up to the attic or Le Penseur room [they're different rooms but the same, and the attic is technically on the third floor, not the second, and Le Penseur is technically on the second]).

A little white door in the kitchen area takes you outside to a pebbled path and the Rasputin-Hedonist Gardens. It's like a lawn, basically, with lots of trees and flowers and stuff. I don't have a pool, or a well, definitely not a well. Nor a tennis court. Just some gardens, enclosed by a freshly-painted white fence. It's so-called Rasputin because there's a sort of patio right next to the back of house, little mosaic tiles that make up a portrait of the infamous Rasputin.

Well, that's it for now, I'll tell about the upper levels later. A few P.S. notes: the library has stone cherubic angels and gargoyles in it. And I almost forgot: the dining room. It is the Room of No Use or Worth, because I'll never eat in it. It has a dark cherry oval dining table in the center, with a bowl of fake fruits on it, including juicy purple grapes. A painting by Van Gogh watches over it (the one where the guy's mouth is open in horror, with his hands clutched to the sides of his head). You know the one. Yes, of course you know, silly. It's on the left after the Greek room. And the Dead room will have old, classic, black-and-white movies among its collection, too, ones like "Nosferatu" and "Dracula" and "Gone with the Wind" and such.

It is the greatest house in the world. I wish it were real. :/
Anyway, I can see it all clearly in my head but I don't know how it looks in writing. What does it look like to you?
Current Mood: creative

28th December 2003

robothearts4:10pm: think your room is hot? lets see at inside_my_room
since the community is new, you're going to be accepted right away!

Post lots of awesome pictures! :)

17th December 2003

conner246:57pm: Old Story...
Ooops wrong Community.
Current Mood: contemplative

9th August 2002

krakmunky691:13pm: the library
in one corner of the house is a round room that goes through each floor the room is a library the walls are covered in all kinds of books and the stairs spiral all along the walls all entrances and exits are concealed by bookshelves. the roof to this room is stained glass and its a pentagram with symbols for the elements in thier proper directions. all the shelves are that deep rich wood like in the movies. on the floor is a single oak desk with a computer on it all the wiring goes through the floor so no powercords are visible. the lights on the walls are round soft light. there are reading nooks recessed into the walls and perfectly hidden by bookshelfed doors. the nooks themselves are small rooms with couches and small windows that let a perfect amount of light through, the rooms are soundproofed and each one has a small stereo in it. there are two of these small rooms on each floor one to catch the morning light and the other for the afternoon light.
Current Mood: peaceful

8th August 2002

conner2410:08pm: Room 7-24-81
Room 7-24-81

Named as such for my birthday.

The walls are painted baby-blue, and it has one of those big flat-screen tv's mounted on one of the walls.

A hospital bed for anyone to use, a computer, a stereo with big speakers and great sound, and a desk in which for people to do whatever they want. (Eat, Draw, etc.)
Current Mood: creative
krakmunky695:52pm: welcome
welcome to the community i'm just popping in to say hi and tell you that this is a completely open minded and free community so don't let anything limit what you want to build. if you like this community feel free to spread the word. as i said in the comm info if you have any questions feel free to ask all my contact info is in my profile. if anyone has any ideas for icons or a layout for the journal just tell me i'd appreciate the help. now get building!
Current Mood: excited
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