"Who is nibbling on my house?"
September 25, 2011 1:25 PM Subscribe
Recently, I've become a die-hard fan of the comic book series Locke & Key. This, for various reasons, has made me want to design my future house full of strange wonders and mysteries...
posted by DisreputableDog to home & garden (17 answers total) 37 users marked this as a favorite
A bit of backstory: I've always been inspired by the idea of old houses with hidden things. Think the Locke & Key mansion with it's beautiful doors and strange keys, Narnia in the wardrobe, the Weasley's Burrow and Hogwarts with all of its hidden rooms and wild pictures, and even the witch's gingerbread house. At one point when I was younger, I lived in a strange old stone house that had a weird little gremlin type door in the attic which led to a small storage space; this both terrified and excited me at the time.
Obviously, I can't have a house with magic doors or creatures living in my garden, and I know that some of this comes from years of collection, but I can try to get as close as possible.
I've always wanted a library filled with many different, including old, books and things from my travels (and I definitely travel and love to read). A hidden room (of which I know there are companies that make these) and strange doors that seem to lead to nowhere.
Basically, I'm weird, I'm eccentric, and I don't plan to ever have children, so I figure: "Why not?" However, I want to design a house where adults can feel wonder and curiosity just as much as kids can, as well as this being a place where, if I were a kid or end up being Auntie Dog to the kids of people I know, children -could- explore places that adults might not care about or even get to due to their size. Note though that kids wouldn't be the primary focus of this; I'm not building a giant haunted mansion playpen.
Therefore! I'm looking for design ideas or objects to own, besides the old hollow book type thing. I'm looking for architectural, decorative, or even garden designs that would fit such a "theme".
Ignore the idea of price or difficulty of obtaining said thing, of house size or whether you think the idea might seem "childish". Just looking for all sorts of things that could be creative, strange, mysterious, even scary for a house of any size.
Also looking for any similar houses or similar buildings, real or fictional, that I could draw inspiration from. Thank you!