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Friday, February 03, 2006

What's Your Favorite Spot?

Reading Minor Adjustments' post the other day on the Flickr group Corners of My Home, I started thinking about my own home in terms of snapshots. The things your eye captures in one glance. What other people would infer about me if they saw just my kitchen table - half-covered with catalogs and opened Priority Mail boxes - or my little semi-circle nightstand - piled high with three unfinished books, a flashlight, my obligatory tube of lip balm, and a photo frame album full of our engagement photos.

It's so easy to get used to things; my eyes travel right past the junk on the table until I don't see it anymore. But as I searched for a pretty corner to take a photo of, I found myself looking at my house the way a stranger would, or any first-time visitor. I noticed a pile of paint cans by the back door and tried to think how long they'd been there. I noticed the dust on the music cabinet and the cat hair dustballs lurking in the corners. I noticed the Christmas tree still up in February - yes, again - and the way the vinyl in the kitchen is peeling up at the seams.

There wasn't much in the house I could show off yet. There was detritus of some kind in every frame.

And yet, looking at all the house's little flaws - many of them caused by my own laziness - I thought less about ways to improve it and more about how I love it. So I decided that instead of posting pictures of pretty corners that will make you sigh with envy, I will tell you about my favorite spot in the house.

I think it is our bedroom. There's a window right behind my nightstand, so when I open my eyes in the morning, the first thing I do is look outside. Somehow, seeing the sun shining and pretty green things and the white rails of my porch is so refreshing. It helps that right now, the bedroom is the warmest room in the house. And that I love sleeping. And other things. ;-)

The bedroom is just as much of a junk heap as the rest of the house - maybe more - but it is bright, warm, and - like all the best parts of our house - chock full of potential.

So now I want to know - what's your favorite spot?

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Greg said...

My favorite spot I think is at the end of the upstairs hallway. There is a double-hung stained glass window with one clear piece of slightly wavy glass right at eye level. It is the perfect spot to stand and survey the neighborhood or to see who just pulled up out front. I can see small sections of the bay, parts of Cooper Gulch two blocks away, and a large swath of the mountains out side the city.

As for the rest of the house, the casual visitor might think I’m an eccentric recluse who lives in the chaotic mess of a house under construction, except the kitchen, which is surprisingly nice given the state of the rest of the house.

4:18 PM  
Cherie said...

It's funny to think about this, since our house is currently nothing more than lines on paper and a shared vision. I can imagine what my favorite spots will be, but I don't know.

But I do know what my favorite spot in the yard will be. It will be the big boulder, right next to the giant old oak tree. The combination of the two just feels so ancient and so peaceful. Hard to explain the draw, really, but I'm not alone in it. The other day when I was working on the lot, I startled two teenagers hanging out by the rock, having some private, teenager-y conversation. And a friend's five-year old son, who was running while we were talking two weekends ago, came running up to me and said, "Hey, you've got a great rock!"

What can I say? It's a good spot.

The rock can be seen (in not such a great angle) here.

4:38 PM  
Patricia W said...

I try not to look too hard at any part of my house because when I do I think immediately of Fred Sanford and his beloved, comfortable, pile of junk but without the ripple (aka booze). I guess that is what I have right now, a pile of junk that I love. I hope to someday soon to change most of that.

6:47 PM  
Jordana said...

My living room is my favorite room. It's actually decorated and usually fairly tidy. It's the one room that people always come into and say, "Wow!" I love the sofa by my back door too though. In the summer, I love to sit there with my kids and look at the flowers growing in the garden when it is too hot to be outside working on the garden.

The room I like the least is my dining room. It seems like it should be a really nice room, but it also doesn't yet feel like it has any soul.

7:21 PM  
heather said...

In winter I'd have to say my favorite spot is my livingroom. It's the one room in the house that almost feels finished. (Just a bit of trim and the ceiling need to be painted). But usually my favorite spot is the bistro set on my front porch. It is the perfect place to be for coffee and a good book or even updating my blog and watching the Whohead running around with her friends.

7:54 PM  
Anonymous said...

Great post and great question! I'm enjoying others' responses. I could describe our house the same you do--junk and clutter and half-finished rooms that I take for granted until someone comes over. But I do love the corner of the living room where I can see the entire room, and look all the way through the kitchen and laundry room and out the back door. I've never been happier with a paint color the way I'm happy about our living room color. I wish I could say the same about our bedroom--it's my least favorite right now.


7:57 PM  
Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh! That last comment was mine, too. Out of habit I left the URL for my other blog! One of these days, I'll get a blogger account...


7:59 PM  
halloweenlover said...

Hmmm, I love laying on our loveseat with just enough room for one dog to lay on my legs and one pressed against my side, under a blanket, with sunlight (or moonlight) pouring in through the window over me. From here, I can survey the fire, or read, or watch my favorite shows on television. The dogs wait excitedly for me to settle down in the evenings. I think it is their favorite spot too.

9:59 PM  

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