My fantasy home…

would be something like this:

Everything on one floor. Walls between all the rooms with pocket doors. (I am no fan of the open concept.) High ceilings. Recessed lighting. Light wood floors. No rugs or carpets except for bathroom mats, and kitchen mats – for safety mostly. Lots of windows with plantation shutters in natural, light wood. Walls in the whole house painted varying shades of yellow. No moldings anywhere. Nothing, but nothing, painted white. Actually as little white as possible anywhere.

Living Room: Big, cushy leather furniture, colors TBD but not black. One or two small side tables for putting coffee cups etc. Floor lamps where needed. Console table for TV and related electronics. That’s it, that’s all. (I don’t get coffee tables – just something to trip over and take up space.)

Bedroom: Bed, 2 small side tables, bench or chaise for sitting. I would of course have a huge walk-in closet with dressers, a vanity table, all the appropriate storage.

Office: Could double as a guest room therefore a Murphy bed. A desk, desk chair maybe a small love seat and a large closet for storage of all things.

Kitchen: Huge – No stainless steel except for the sink. No granite counter tops. Something more practical, I’m still researching that one. A walk-in pantry and all cabinets would be Universal Design in a medium colored wood. Glass doors to the patio. A small round kitchen table and chairs.

Dining room: A table, chairs, maybe a sideboard for storage, nothing on top. Or perhaps, once again, a closet for storage.

Bathrooms are bathrooms. Wood floors. Double walk-in shower with all the bells and whistles. Universal design on sink and toilet. Lots of light.

A patio/garden. A shaded area with a table and chairs and a swing. I must have a swing. A nice shade tree. Lilacs; lots of hyacinths in the Spring. Any flowers that are bright and smell terrific. Hibiscus! And azaleas – I love azaleas.

I have some art pieces for the walls and I would guess, given time, I would acquire more. I also like decorative mirrors. I do not accessorize. No pillows, No tchotkes. No plants. I don’t like plants inside. I do love cut flowers but I have cats and they bring me more joy than vases and vases of flowers. I have been thinking of vase wall sconces, if such a thing exists, and why shouldn’t it. Kitties couldn’t get them.

Can you picture that? Everything pared down to the essentials. Everything put away behind closed cupboard/closet doors. As much as possible everything done in natural woods. I think all the doors should be somewhat spectacular tho. Carved perhaps. Or done in marquetry.

Light, bright, clean, serene – just the essentials. My idea of heaven. I can but dream.

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