It is obvious that people do have different expectations but it has nothing to do with being spoiled. I have three extra bedrooms now because my husband and I are empty-nesters. But we moved into this house the day we got back from honeymoon, it was a filthy 100 year old wreck of a place with rats, mice, snakes, lizards, cats, and maggots but we cleaned it and restored it, and I intend to spend the rest of my life here. Any friend of mine who needs a place to go knows where I live and is welcome to stay as long as they need or want. They can visit with me in the parlor or in the living room or they can have some time to themselves in the library. They can breakfast with Mr.P in the breakfast room, lunch at the kitchen counter, and we'll dine in the superfluous dining room. Afterward on a soft evening we can sit in the front porch swing or if the mosquitoes are bad we can move to the screened in porch. Yes, I have wasted space and room to spare but it is much less waste than the house down the road that has stood empty and falling further into ruin these 25 years. But someone who lives in LA inherited that house, and they are paying property taxes almost as high as mine, they want to sell it but don't understand or won't face up to the difference in property values. We have worked on our house every one of the 25 years we've been here and we still have plans -- what we've never had is a mortgage because the place was cheaper than our first car together. It depends on where you live and what phase pf life you are in whether you have "extra" bedrooms or not. And no matter how you are using it or how you style it a bedroom is still a bedroom, Especially when you go to sell it!
The Case Against the Guest Bedroom
from The Rammed Earth House by David Easton
|4/4/11 6:20 PM|
Marian & Sig,
Marian & Sig's Awesome Apartment
|4/4/11 11:27 AM|
You people are way spooky about these shelves! Get over it and learn to attach things as firmly to your shelves as you do to your walls. Then your head will rest easy on your pillow at night whether your favorite vase is over your bed or in your hall.
Before & After: AJ Takes His Bedroom from Drab to Fab
Handjobs (For the Home)
|4/4/11 10:46 AM|
I so agree with sandsdesign! It looks like Marlous & Pim have created a great place to live. So give praise where praise is due, and we have plenty of that here. But from a design standpoint there is room for criticism yet here we find none, nada, zilch, zero! What's up? Have all Americans suddenly started following their mother's advice? "If you can't say something nice then don't say anything at all." I really wish I could just find it refreshing that Americans are behaving well and no one is running us down. I don't want to be skeptical! But I truly believe if Marlous & Pim were American and their home was in NY they would have negative comments. I think Americans are sycophantic towards Europeans because they see them as more sophisticated.
Marlous & Pim's Sunny Dutch Home
|4/3/11 11:39 PM|