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I have nothing of substance to say; have some porn [Jul. 2nd, 2010|10:47 am]
Zoethe
Book shelf porn, that is.

I will confess, and Ferrett and others can attest, that residential architecture is my kink. I love going to open house showings and seeing how homes are laid out. My secret folder in my bookmarks is websites with house plans. And my sub-fetishes are kitchens and libraries. But I can't resist the appeal of a well-turned staircase, either.

This kink has been reasonably well-fed in the last year by our friends Kat and Eric, who are sort-of house hunting. I've gotten to wander through lots of interesting old homes, and to reconfirm my dislike for recently built houses, most of which feel cold and stark in comparison.

(If I really love a house, I will imagine living there, furnishing it in my mind. And of course performing all the renovations and upgrades that my heart desires. It's yet another way to casually spend a million dollars without actually costing a dime.)

So anyway, enjoy these lovely pictures of bookshelves while I try to shake myself awake and get my own house cleaned up a bit for the holiday weekend.
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[User Picture]From: blessed_oak
2010-07-02 03:00 pm (UTC)
That link doesn't like me! It calls me an "unknown journal." :/

We all have dream houses, don't we? Some old houses scare me, though - too much personality, like something might be lurking in the corners. The recently built ones, I dislike if they're obviously cheap fakes of something fancy. Like a plastic castle.
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[User Picture]From: stripedsocks
2010-07-02 03:03 pm (UTC)
It's not just you; it won't go anywhere for me, either.
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[User Picture]From: oceansedge
2010-07-02 03:26 pm (UTC)
This is the one 'calling to me right now.

But yeah I can't resist either - I'd have been an architect if my drawing skills had been better. I've been sketching floor plans, rearranging furniture, imagining how a house could work, since I was 10 or 12.

We're still keeping an eye out for 'the perfect place' - we found it once, and then found out it was structurally unsound and falling down, so we keep watching for it.

We plan to drive down to Fortune to see the Eldon house sometime before the end of the month. See if it'll hold my Allan Quatermain Library ® and Apothacary Kitchen ®

Edited at 2010-07-02 03:27 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-02 03:31 pm (UTC)
Nice house! I like it.
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[User Picture]From: bunny42
2010-07-02 03:47 pm (UTC)
Here. Have some more.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-02 04:15 pm (UTC)
Those pictures are on the porn site. I want those stairs!!
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2010-07-02 04:42 pm (UTC)
oooh (drool) I have never owned and will never be able to afford to own a house but I LOVE to look...and drool. Addicted to This Old House since it began on PBS...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-02 04:56 pm (UTC)
I used to watch that religiously. I loved the renovations that repuposed buildings into housing.
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[User Picture]From: polymorphism
2010-07-02 04:49 pm (UTC)
SPIRAL.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-02 04:50 pm (UTC)
Appropriate icon!
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[User Picture]From: jeffpalmatier
2010-07-02 05:08 pm (UTC)
This picture looks like something you'd see on Hoarders: http://bookshelfporn.com/#/post/749511499
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-02 05:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah, there are definitely a few pictures of places I could not enter without having an anxiety attack.

But isn't that always the way with porn?
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[User Picture]From: coeli
2010-07-02 07:05 pm (UTC)
I like looking at shelves designed for aesthetics, but my primary concern when I think about what I want to own is capacity. I have always defined "luxurious living" as "enough shelf space." Sometimes I dream of having compact shelving, the kind of movable units you find in academic library basements and the like. (I have kind of a love/fear relationship with those, though. They always make me start plotting a murder mystery story in my head, in which someone is crushed between two ranks.)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-02 10:17 pm (UTC)
I can see that!!
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[User Picture]From: dreagoddess
2010-07-02 10:02 pm (UTC)
So to make you happy, I should tell you that I'm painting my library this weekend? :) Once the painting's done and I get my new wood floors put in, I'll share pics!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-03 04:36 am (UTC)
Oooo, library pics!!! Yes, yes yes!!!
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[User Picture]From: delosd
2010-07-02 11:27 pm (UTC)
*pout*

What, no pictures of MY bookshelves? :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-03 12:45 am (UTC)
I don't have any pictures of your bookshelves! You should submit some.
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[User Picture]From: stagemanager
2010-07-03 07:27 am (UTC)
I love old houses. Yes, modern houses (1950s-forward) are too... cookie-cutter, I guess.

Thank you for the porn link!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-03 02:07 pm (UTC)
70s houses, with their cathedral ceilings and big windows, hold a place in my heart just because of the openness. The drawback with old houses, as far as actually living in them, is that the kitchen is often removed from the rest of the living space. But they have so much more character.
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[User Picture]From: ccr1138
2010-07-05 03:41 am (UTC)
Ooh, pretties! We were able to use one bedroom as the "library" in our new house, and cover the walls with shelves. I'll post pics when we're finally done. (Of course, several shelves have been commandeered by Star Wars action figures ...)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-05 01:29 pm (UTC)
Woo, Star Wars!!

We need more bookcases. Again.
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[User Picture]From: cosmicbandit
2010-07-05 08:18 am (UTC)
I love bookshelves. I could use more myself. It always kills me when I watch a design show and the designer says there are too many books cluttering the bookshelves.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-05 01:32 pm (UTC)
What?! I would immediately fire such a designer!
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[User Picture]From: fitfool
2010-07-08 06:28 am (UTC)
oh wow....much fun to look at those bookcases!
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[User Picture]From: uncacreamy
2010-07-08 09:49 pm (UTC)
I am exactly like this.:)
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