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Fortress of Solitude

Posted on 2009.08.05 at 07:25
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My wife has been working diligently this past week reimagining the master bedroom. Just like Brian Boytano'd do, she made a plan and followed through. Finally gone are our lilly white walls, and we moved three-quarters of our couch (yes, photogoot, the one and the same) into the bedroom to finally free us from watching television from the bed. She moved the chest-of-drawers into the cavernous closet and replaced it with my maternal grandmother's display cabinet on which we relocated the television.

Where's the hologram of Jor-El?
Its been our intention to turn the master bedroom into a 'hotel room' of sorts; completely self-sustaining from the rest of the house - a sanctuary to escape to. A noble concept, but until we actually got the commuted sofa between the bed and the wall (its a big room, but its also a very big bed) we hadn't felt like we'd been successful in the endeavor. The only thing NOT in the bedroom (yet?) is a mini-bar and coffee maker.
My parents did the same thing when I was in grade school. I never understood why and thought it odd. Now I know. All to well. The older I get, the more I understand my folks. As my children grow, I feel many more revelations are in order, and given my own youth? I just hope I live through it. Remember the naked room in Failure to Launch? Yeah, that.
When she completed the bedroom, she turned her attention to the living room, painting the entire prismatic structure a rich blue steel, then highlighted the outcroppings with a deep burnt orange. She has an eye for bold colors and they've played out nicely in the past. This is our first foray into the rest of the house since the Sun Microsystems colored office. I suspect she'll complete the entire house by 2029.
While the children were away this summer, she also completely revamped what the builder called the Children's Retreat and gave it a two-tone coat of off-world blue. The majority of the room is the lighter blue, and one multi-faceted "wall" is the darker contrast. I wish I had a wide-angle lens. For those of you unfamiliar with what they can really do, here is a picture of that SAME COUCH I just moved into the bedroom. Witness the magic.

Little Girl's Room

Boy's Room


catttitude at 2009-08-05 14:37 (UTC) (Link)
I am unsure now, do I want to continue on to the kitchen or do the laundry room next. It is hard for me to focus on one thing at a time.
ehowton at 2009-08-05 17:13 (UTC) (Link)
No matter which you choose I know one thing - its going to be bold.
glodowg at 2009-08-05 19:15 (UTC) (Link)
It is looking awesome! I love the colors around the fireplace. Very clean and tranquil.

I want more pics of the bedroom. Need to get the full image in my head :)
ehowton at 2009-08-05 20:34 (UTC) (Link)
I want more pics of the bedroom.

catttitude at 2009-08-06 03:15 (UTC) (Link)
Dork Fish, you could just come over.
glodowg at 2009-08-06 19:01 (UTC) (Link)
that is a very novel concept!!!!!!!!!! I might just have to do that :)
dawaioser at 2009-08-05 18:54 (UTC) (Link)
My *inner child* is in love with your little girls room. That is fun/happy!
ehowton at 2009-08-05 20:43 (UTC) (Link)
Her last room was bright "OMG MY EYES! MY EYES!" pink. My wife chose something a little more subtle this time around.
thesweetestnote at 2009-08-05 20:03 (UTC) (Link)
The only thing NOT in the bedroom (yet?) is a mini-bar and coffee maker.

Lest not forget ye ol' Stripper Pole!

ehowton at 2009-08-05 20:44 (UTC) (Link)
Things did not go well for me the last time I brought a stripper home. My wife had a fit.
kat_rowe at 2009-08-06 02:53 (UTC) (Link)
Not a stripper, silly, a stripper pole. Among other things, they're a great way for a woman to tone her legs and stomach...
ehowton at 2009-08-06 03:23 (UTC) (Link)
kat_rowe at 2009-08-06 03:26 (UTC) (Link)
See? Totally tones the legs and stomach...

Sorry about the icon; after all that, I needed a half-naked guy to regain my equilibrium ;p
ehowton at 2009-08-06 03:32 (UTC) (Link)
See? Totally tones the legs and stomach...

I needed a half-naked guy to regain my equilibrium ;p
kat_rowe at 2009-08-06 03:40 (UTC) (Link)
lol ... that works, too, just not as well as the nice, rich, single dude, lol

but there seriously is something to be said for learning the art of strip-tease for your partner. And that works both ways. Fun form of exercise (among other things, lol). Ballroom dance is also good but, after that, my suggestions for couples exercises just start getting goofy so I'll stop now :)
ehowton at 2009-08-06 03:48 (UTC) (Link)
Oh I waltz & swing, and though we said kids wouldn't change our lifestyle nor level of activity, we obviously didn't know what the hell we were talking about. Because it does, and there's nothing you can do to stop it. Its kinda like a plague.

We're nine years into our genetic experiments and its just getting fun again.
kat_rowe at 2009-08-06 03:49 (UTC) (Link)
lmao. this is why I've always contained biology experiments to petri dishes ;p
ehowton at 2009-08-06 03:51 (UTC) (Link)
You are wise beyond your years.
kat_rowe at 2009-08-06 03:53 (UTC) (Link)
i have my moments *smirks*
kat_rowe at 2009-08-06 02:54 (UTC) (Link)
Looks very cool :) And I'm sure having your own little lair to escape to with your wife is a wonderful bonus :)
ehowton at 2009-08-06 03:14 (UTC) (Link)
The most entertaining place on the planet is within the walls of my own home. There, in the utmost comfort imaginable I'm able to shed this corporeal body of my earthly raiment be truly free, unshackled by the textiles which cling to me; suffocate me and immerse myself wholly in numerous all-encompassing activities. With the push of a button I am transported to foreign lands, experiencing fantastic adventures, or swimming the warm waters of sins of the flesh.

A cornucopia of palatable delights is at my fingertips to sustain me and my home is filled with every convenience to challenge me physically and mentally. I sear flesh for consumption and my wife, with a wave of her magical paintbrush can transform our living quarters into something altogether different. With temperature controls at my fingertips I play God with the weather and any shortcoming I discover can be obtained with another push of button (plus shipping & handling).

My own personal paradise on Earth!
kat_rowe at 2009-08-06 03:16 (UTC) (Link)
Huh, makes my own "a good place to escape it all and be myself" seem downright vapid ;p
ehowton at 2009-08-06 03:21 (UTC) (Link)
Maybe you just have more of a social life than I do?
kat_rowe at 2009-08-06 03:24 (UTC) (Link)
*makes with the shifty eyes*

Yeah, social life. Sure. I've heard of that. Uh, I mean, I've totally got one of those!!! RL friends and everything. Seriously...

*nods and smiles with false conviction*
codekitten at 2009-08-15 12:58 (UTC) (Link)
wow this looks AMAZING! great job!
ehowton at 2009-08-15 13:56 (UTC) (Link)
I'm really impressed and am going to try to get a wider shot next time, as the colors compliment each other in ways I couldn't even imagine. It looks like a show house. She's good.
codekitten at 2009-08-19 11:58 (UTC) (Link)
i would love to see more/wider shots.
ehowton at 2009-08-19 14:25 (UTC) (Link)
Yes ma'am - those are forthcoming. The house is still in a bit of a disarray with the painting.
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