"Life is a bit like a game show. We spins the wheel and we takes our chances."
Remember Door Number Three from "Let’s Make a Deal?" It could reveal a sports car or a chimpanzee, but whatever was behind that door was unlike anything you could imagine.
We have an upstairs hall with EIGHT doors at our house and I guarantee there's something really special behind each door ... but NO sports cars and NO monkeys ...
The hall looks really WHITE and stark with all the doors closed. They're usually WIDE open ...
I'm taking Ina, and anyone else who's interested, on a tour of our upstairs hall, which consists mainly of doors, including a unique pull-down attic door in the ceiling. A really nice feature you should notice are the wonderful old glass and brass door knobs on every door. Our house was built in 1922 and these are all the original knobs. Oh ... and we have the same Wedgwood blue carpet throughout the entire house.
Ready? And away we go ... When you reach the top of the stairs to our second floor, Door Number One is on the immediate right. Door #1 leads to my cozy little office where I do all my writing, computing and Gathering. Door Number Two is the bath ... where we have the all-important basics: shower/tub, a wonderful old pedestal sink and commode, as well as my hair dryer and curling iron.
Door Number Three is our son's room. He moved to NYC last June to take a job with PBS. We're "temporarily" storing some of his belongings in there.
Door Number Four is the linen closet (VERY messy). I know it doesn't look like there's any linen in there, but really, there is ... it's just hiding behind "stuff!" I seem to have a lot of stuff.
Door Number Five is the "Master Suite," where the master and I hang out. Door Number Six is our daughter's room. She's been married for 4-1/2 years. Now it's where I have my dressing table (make-up central) and most of my clothes. Door Number Seven is a storage closet. I keep my out-of-season clothes and extra blankets in there.
Finally, Door Number Eight is located in the hall ceiling and has a chain dangling down. When pulled, it reveals a set of sliding steps that lead to the attic. I have some cool art work hanging on the walls on the way upstairs but there's really no room for anything in the hall ... because of all the doors! I do have framed silhouettes of both the kids hanging between Door # 2 and Door #3.
Here's our one and only hall window. It faces west and gives us lots of afternoon sun. I have a framed print of the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts hanging here done by watercolor artist, Lou Roman.
My MIL had the portrait on the landing done of my husband when he was about 8 years old. He's got freckles and a cute little bow-tie.
Next to that is a print of the famous 1976 "View of the World From 9th Avenue" New Yorker magazine cover by Saul Steinberg.
So, there you have it, my upstairs hall. Not nearly as interesting as Ina's hall. But it serves an important purpose ... it's a link to every other part of the house. Hopefully, I'll be able to take you behind all those closed doors to real their secrets ... very soon!