Happy New Year everyone! It’s 2009 already, a year of change, a year of new challenges, a year of new crisis surely, but a new year nonetheless. And I’ve decided to begin the New Year in Caledon Cay with a new home. Can I do like normal people, and stay living in the same place for a change? No, I can’t. I enjoy moving, putting up new things together, and changing everything around. Go live with it; I do… and I can, and so should you. I also have a very good reason: a splendid house by none other than Ms. Star Fairymeadow. It is a beautiful Gothic mini-castle (well it looks like one) that goes by the name of Thornfield Manor.
I have to confess: I used to love the Spooky house (another of Ms. Fairymeadow designs), but this one wins by far. Aww, don’t be that cruel. I still love the Spooky a lot, but yes, this one is also special. It has a something something, too hard to define, but easy to pick out. This is one of those buildings that simply stand out.
Access to the house is by way of a stony stairway (not pictured) reminiscent of the drawbridges of yore… Nah, I’m hallucinating, but it does gives the impression of a hard to reach mound. Once you go up the stairs, you come across the entrance: a heavy wood and stone arch that leads to the main hall. The lamp you see across the door comes with the house, but the one you see outside does not. Yet, there is a pair of charming lanterns at the foot of the stairs to light the way.
I turn that first space into a “romantic” living room (using my favorite set and carpet, so that’s why it looks as cozy as my previous home, the Cay Cottage you already met).
I wanted a lot of “air” this time, so I didn’t fill the place with a lot of furniture, just the essential, but of course, I couldn’t live without the sound of running water (despite the fact that I live right next to the sea), as well as some more green. There’s also an empty jar, but hell I do like that too.
The upper floor is just as charming as the one below, making use of the same wallpaper and Gothic windows as the rest of the house. In here, I placed the bedroom, and coupled it with a desk, for those days I need to take some administrative tasks or some reading. I couldn’t part with my rocking horse, so I brought it to the second floor. Rocking in front of that nice window overlooking Cafall is “enchanting”.
This is another view of the same room, this time pictured from the desk, where you can see the bed, and to the left a reclining chair to get comfy after some hard work. The black dot on the right is me, not a mannequin.
The Thornfield Manor is a two story building, but it also comes with an extra surprise: underneath that rocky foundation, you’ll find another solid door that leads to what, in the stoned tradition (oh sh_t!, sorry… I mean stone masonry tradition), we should call a dungeon, but in the absent of a dominatrix I’ll call it a classy cellar.
Other people could use it as a laboratory (for legal purposes, ok), a nightclub (wait, wait, wait, that’s too much), or even a secluded place of worship. But in opening the door you can see that I’m currently using it to cultivate some delicious mushrooms and other non-edible plants that will otherwise freeze outside during this cold northern winter.
The Thornfield Manor can be purchase at any Wretched Dollies store (main store at Winterfell Absynthe). Follow the link to get a fast line to it (slurl).