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Archive for April, 2012

Living in planes, trains and automobiles

Americans are peripatetic by nature. Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like somewhere else. We’re on the move, a trait that led to the creation of a vast mobile home and RV culture. My favorite children’s book was The Fabulous Flight of Peter and Gus. Peter has a shrinking disease and when he’s down to mere inches, his father builds a dome house that he straps to a seagull. Gus flies the boy around the world.

Airborne architecture

Photo by Yanko Design

Photo by Yanko Design

There’s no such thing as curb appeal when it comes to the Wolke 7, a flying home created by Swiss designer Timon Sager. Yes, it’s yet to rise from the drawing board, but one can dream…

Just walk away

Photo by N55

Photo by N55

The Walking House was created as a modular, solar-powered dwelling that simply picks up and moves when you’re ready. The windows are made of polycarbonate. A small greenhouse addition is optional for those who want to beat a path to self-dependence.

Hold the mail

Photo by Lovely Listing

Photo by Lovely Listing

I found this photo at Lovely Listing, but there was no accompanying text. Let’s make some up. “This home for recluse mariners was created out of whole cloth and dropped into the South Atlantic, whence the family poodle was swept overboard in a storm and paddled all the way to Galveston with a fabulous tan.”

The whole kit and caboose

Photo by Dornob

Photo by Dornob

Presidents and film stars used to have their own railroad cars chock full of sitting-room furnishings and lavish designs. How cool would it be to latch up with the Trans-Siberian railroad or hitch your home to a train across the Canadian Rockies?

Tom Joad’s ghost

Photo by Skipper Web

Photo by Skipper Web

Americans never simply began to live in cars; they just changed vehicles from covered wagons and buggies. I admire Steinbeck’s account of the destruction of farms and desperate migration in the Joad’s overstuffed 1926 Hudson flatbed. I’ve had moves that felt like this.

Be glad you have a home, wherever it may be!

George Bernard Shaw wrote that youth is wasted on the young. The older I get, the more I believe it. I would be half the cranky mature citizen I am today if I had one of those cool kids beds on the market. When I was young, my brother Ted and I shared a bunk bed. Today, I favor a huge futon on a wood frame. But oh, these new beds for kids. My joints may calcify and my vision may blur, but nothing’s old about my imagination.

Making nights bearable

Photo by Furni-Ture

Photo by Furni-Ture

Who’s that sleeping in my bed? Me, of course. Bedroom furniture for kids is all about whimsy, while beds for grownups are all about back support. The last vestiges of playfulness and imagination for grown-up boys are reserved for game rooms.

The royal treatment

Photo by Suite Life Kids

Photo by Suite Life Kids

Your little girl may be initially enthralled by this Cinderella Carriage Bed furniture from Suite Life Kids. But she may grow out of it by the time you pay off the $4,795 they want for it. There are full-size and bunk bed options, too, according the retailer. As for my life with my brother in our bunk bed, we fought royally.

Blue-collar model, black-tie price

Photo by Kids Unique Beds

Photo by Kids Unique Beds

If your boy’s room is beginning to look like a dump, try one of these truck models, a steal at $1,999 from Kid’s Unique Beds. The company also makes beds in frames resembling fire trucks, classic railroad cars and more.

Hold the mayo

Photo by Hometone

Photo by Hometone

From the world of high-cholesterol furniture comes this burger bed, suitable for kids and grown-ups alike. (I’ll resist the temptation to say something about buns.)

Recent Comments

  • Kid's stuff:Bedroom furniture for dreamers

    Hey Woodrow,

    You've put together a great post here. Hardwearing and long-lasting bedroom furniture is so important when you have young children, and choosing pieces which can handle the rough-and-tumble that comes with having little ones is key!

    Best wishes, Alex.

  • Awesomely Oddball Lawn and Garden Accessories

    I plan to do this. What was your process in painting the bottom...outside portion of the tub?

  • Poor staging can crush your home sale

    Woodrow, you have once again 'nailed' the essence of the issue of staging your home for sale with easy to understand pics and words. These are definitely rules to live by, oh wise one! I know I"m soaking up the knowledge you share--- now excuse me while I wring myself out. Can't wait for the next issue.

  • To everyone, a room of one's own

    We've recently bought a house which needs A LOT of work and I'm trying to convince my other half to let me build a "room of my own" for the house, one where I can put my games console and beer fridge. She's not gone for it yet though. The most I've managed to get is an office I can work out of ... not quite the same ... LoL.

    Mine would certainly be like the car boot room in the first image :)

    Ben

  • Home designs you haven’t seen before

    I wonder how far the folks in the Rock House are able to drive in their car? Maybe down to their boat? It's so true that home is where you are at the moment.