Empty Nester – Extraordinaire

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Welcome – Home Tour pt 1

Since our family appeared on the April 30, 2010 episide of Wife Swap, I’ve fielded many questions about our home – most focussing on “What does it REALLY look like?” It seems the perception from the general public is that we gothed it up for the show. Not the case. If anything, it lost some of it’s personality during filming. Much of the art and decorations we have didn’t get media clearance and had to be pulled down and stuck in the den or the garage until the cameras were shut off for the last time. It has been my intent since that time to offer a photo tour of the house, but I just never got around to it.

**Actually I did get around to starting, but never finished 🙁  This is the first of two posts that appeared back in January 2011.  I’m reposting them in order to revive that feature.

Naughty, Sheila.

For the next several weeks, I will invite you to explore a new area of the house. This will give me time to photograph each part adequately, but will also save you from sifting through a million photos in each sitting. That does get old and, depending on your internet connection, could become really tedious.

PART 1: Welcome to the Schroeders

Friends at the front door welcome guests. Come on in.

After entering, you wait in our entry area. It’s mostly a short hallway. On the right side of the hall are two coat closets with a shelved cubby area between. On the left is a half bath and an entry to the kitchen.

The cubby area tends to be an area of special interest for family and friends. It’s difficult to get a photo of it because of the width of the hallway.

The Cubby

Shelf by shelf.

The top shelf holds several of our Living Dead Dolls, large and small versions.

The top shelf

The second shelf holds a few gargoyles, small ‘action figures’ from some of our favorite horror movies, a basket made by a friend of ours, and a Day of the Dead style candle holder.

The second shelf

The third shelf holds some skulls [I wish I knew what they were from], candles, bottles, religious statuary [a cross and Confucius]

The third shelf

The bottom shelf is also hard to photograph. Each picture makes it look cluttered, but it’s not so much. It holds more of our Living Dead Dolls, a cauldron, two smaller cauldrons/insense burners, candles, Ganesh, and items from our family Mabon ritual.

The bottom shelf, view 1

An alternate view shows more of the Mabon items and candles.

The bottom shelf, view 2

Wall by wall.

Directly across from the cubby hangs a print by the lovely NeNe Thomas, framed by two wrought iron wall sconces we’ve had for ages.

Wall space, between the bathroom and the kitchen [angled toward the front door]

Another wall space in the entry area holds newborn photos of the four kids, a photo taken of me while expecting Ravynn, a Green Man sculputure, yet another cross, and other religious statuary [including a Buddha and a representation of Horus].

Wall space, between the kitchen and the living room [taken from the hall leading to the bedrooms

Join us next Sunday as we venture down the hall 🙂



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2 Responses to “Welcome – Home Tour pt 1”

  1. HouseCat
    9:34 am on December 28th, 2012

    I’m intrigued that they made you take stuff down for “media clearance” as I don’t know what that means – was that a move to make things more palatable for an audience, or to hide trade-marked things so they don’t get sued, or just because some stuff doesn’t film well or gets in the way?

  2. Bats! meow...
    6:41 am on January 26th, 2013

    Media clearance was a nice way of saying they wanted to hide anything trademarked. Not so they didn’t get sued, but so they weren’t providing free advertising time to anyone. I understand that, but our house looked so empty and bland by the time they were done.

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