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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!

To everyone, a room of one’s own

When I grew up in the Los Angeles suburbs, the room was called the “den”.  The distinctions for rooms based on use and gender were as crystalline in the post-war generation as they were in Victorian England, if you ask me. My mom held sway in the kitchen. If her friends visited, that’s where they sat at the table, drinking coffee, smoking cigarettes and gossiping. The den was where the men sat, dealing out poker hands, belching without reserve and chewing on cigars.

The Encyclopedia Britannica says the den, historically, was the lair of a wild usually predatory animal”. Today, the fellows have man caves and the women have crafts rooms. Men gather in dens to get intoxicated, compete on table games, and holler. Women retreat to the peace and quietude of their crafts rooms to celebrate their creativity and connection to a greater source.

Man cave decorating

Photo by Crowley Construction

Photo by Crowley Construction

The furniture is based on reclining. Over-sized chairs and couches rule the day.  The amplification of noise by volume is a foundational privilege. Marginally acceptable word choice and poor syntax is as important as the decorating.

Women’s crafts room

Photo by Closet Factory

Photo by Closet Factory

The furniture is based on cozy comfort. Functional chairs, bookcases, tables, and fireplaces create a settled, soothing tone. When women gather here, the competition gives way to praise, an exchange of craft and mutual appreciation.

Den furniture

Photo by DIY

Photo by DIY

Remember collecting all the different beer bottles and stacking them in your dorm room? Some guys just amass protective headgear representing the official tribes. You know precisely what to do with that old barber’s chair and seats recovered from the old Shea Stadium.  You take the NFC and lay the ten points.

Craftsroom décor

Photo by Growers and Nomads

Photo by Growers and Nomads

Remember when you had your own private room, away from your loud, smelly brothers? From the treatments on the windows to the tile flooring, this crafts room expresses your concern for the Earth and God’s creatures. It’s a matter of moving in your own energy field, finding grace, bringing forth objects of great joy and wonder that you’ll share with others.

Mancave décor

Photo by iCollector

Photo by iCollector

Bang!

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.