Designers do it. Charitable groups do it. I decided I could do it, too. Welcome to the tour of my writer-decorated home!
The tour begins on the front porch, where a swing underneath a ceiling fan provides a grand spot for drinking iced tea while world-building. Just look at the possibilities.
Inside the front door, you’ll find a basket full of catalogs and magazines--the source of materials for collages that show my main characters in their favorite places, wearing their favorite styles.
Lucky for me this old dog trot has a wide central gallery, suited to bookshelf after bookshelf, much like a small library, and a reading table with a giant open dictionary on it.
The living room has the obligatory TV. But more important, there’s a chair by the fireplace, and open space beneath the end table to stack the books that have yet to be read.
Through these French doors is the banquet-sized dining room. The table can seat a dinner party of twelve, but it’s more often called into play as a fine surface to lay out scene cards. There’s plenty of space to manipulate the time line and add extra plot points, as well.
Moving on, you're welcome to pull up to a laptop on the kitchen bar. It’s a great place for research, though wireless throughout the house allows writing to go on anywhere.
The desk in the office accommodates a second computer, a few hundred books on the craft of writing, and scads of old journals and manuscripts-turned-scrap-paper.
In the sun room, there’s another cozy chair with an ottoman, just right for a change of scene
The laundry room? Let’s skip it. That’s where all the neglected housekeeping projects go. The only thing I can’t leave for later is the helper dog, who looks like he’s ready for a walk!
Can your visitors guess in an instant that they're in a writer's house?