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19 May 2010 @ 11:36 pm
 
This past weekend, I taught kickboxing, did a butt load of laundry and house work, planted all of my window boxes, rocked folked out with the Crimson Pirates until the wee hours, failed to sleep in the next day and then went to my SIL’s barn of awesomeness for brunch, pond maintenance, grill assembly and all round fantastic family hang out time.

I do live the life.

My camera stayed at home this time, in no small part because I feel a bit strange ditching my family to take pics of the home they’re still in the process of moving into, but I’ve a few pics (mostly from two weeks ago) to share nonetheless.



Bench in the main entry:

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The kitchen, full of family:

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I was too overwhelmed to get decent shots of the rest of the kitchen; forgive the lack of pics of dual stacked ovens/microwaves, the full fridge and full freezer, the enormous island with prep areas, sink, and full electric, the dishwashers, the bookshelves and the wet bar. All I’ve got is the range (I cooked asparagus on those grill panels! Actually, I OVERcooked it. I don't want to talk about it. Moving on...)


Off the the side, there are two sitting areas:

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You can’t see it in this shot, but that fireplace has custom tiles featuring Ancient Egyptian deities. Daniel Jackson would totally geek out.


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The wide windows behind the latter leads to the vast rear deck featured in my last post. The door barely visible to the left leads to the garage/basement/storage/erstwhile dairy stalls/creepiest room EVER.



Standing with my back to the kitchen/sitting rooms, front door to my right and big ass deck to my left, here’s the main room:

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Close up of the left corner:

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And off to the right:

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Detail of the back wall and found-antler chandelier:

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Stairway (well, one of them) to the second floor:

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There’s a balcony running about the second floor, some built in bookshelves and a spiral staircase to the third floor:


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The second story boasts cedar closets, a couple of bathrooms and a couple of bedrooms... one of which features this. Now, at first glance, it’s a mildly creepy fireplace. But wait!

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That mildly creepy fireplace has fragmented mirror eyes and a unicorn horn! But WAIT!

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There are also, for some reason, hand painted dinosaur tiles!

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I’m still not sure whether this is horrible or awesome.


Moving on, there’s another level, which I’m told was pretty clearly party central. (barely visible through the far door is the top of the spiral staircase)

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See that ladder? Leads to the cupola (visible in my last post on the wide shot of the barn):


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There’s also a lovely bathroom, complete with skylight:

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And here's Jasper, keeping it real.

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When Don and I were there on Sunday, Jas not only explored the pond (and by that I mean fell in), she also gallumphed about hither and yon. This aged, purebred, highly-medicated-for-her-arthritis pug was RUNNING through the grass... and she was clearly beyond pleased with herself.



This place may well have a bit of a Secret Garden vibe.

 
 
 
La Petite Souris Scientifiquemelebeth on May 20th, 2010 03:47 am (UTC)
Wow. That is an insanely beautiful house... and a remarkably ugly dog :)
Kelladyjoust on May 20th, 2010 03:56 am (UTC)
Poor old, creaky Jasper! I am not a fan of pugs, but I feel as if I ought to make an effort to find some cute in her. :P
Scoutcretey on May 20th, 2010 04:09 am (UTC)
I am not a fan of pugs either, but she actually seems relatively cute to me, for a pug.

Also, I like that this is your idea of a 'few' pictures! ;)
Kelladyjoust on May 20th, 2010 04:18 am (UTC)
Jasper is a wheezy old lady, but she's all on her own since her 'sister' was put down several months ago; that alone makes me inclined to like her better than I would otherwise. Also, when she gets excited, she barks and bounces simultaneously. It's adorable.

I was ruthless in cutting pics for this entry; there are at least a dozen that didn't make it. This house is HUGE.
Amanada (rhymes with Canada): lo the transforming powwe of lovemandasarah on May 20th, 2010 06:00 am (UTC)
My doggie bounces when she's excited too (or rather, she did. She's old and much less bouncy now. Though she bounced the last time my aunt came over, so there's still some bounce left in her), but since she's a rottweiler and GIANT, it's a whole different affect. Still adorable, but you worry about the breakables more.
Amanada (rhymes with Canada): dhd going placesmandasarah on May 20th, 2010 05:55 am (UTC)
Dude, your sister in law lives in my dream house. Seriously, so many of those things in that house are very nearly exactly the pictures I have in my head. Except for the creepy fireplace, which I can live entierly without. But other than that, add 10,000 or so books and that's it. So awesome.
Fjordhopperfjordhopper on May 20th, 2010 09:38 am (UTC)
Just when I thought that the property was amazing, you have to go and blow me away with the house! That is a freakin' awesome house!!!!

That fireplace is crazy...just wait until they get it fired up! My guess is that those "eyes" will glow with the light of the fire in the mouth.
harpiegirl4: homesharpiegirl4 on May 20th, 2010 11:25 am (UTC)
Wow. Soooooo gorgeous! ::jealous::
Kerry: Doctor Brilliantscreamingdolai on May 20th, 2010 01:39 pm (UTC)
I'm stealing their bathroom. Now off to find a big enough purse.