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The Art of Being Heard But Not Seen

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:04 AM
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by Steve Rapport ( last modified Mar 11, 2011



Apologies if you've been waiting for news with bated breath, but yes, I successfully moved into The Minnie House last Saturday, with gratefully accepted help and muscular assistance from esteemed friends and colleagues Steven, Jovanny, Tony and Melissa.

The reason it's like a dream come true is because, well, it's a dream come true. The house is a veritable wonderland of modernism, with clean lines and a simple color palette, adorned with a melange of iconic mid century and more recently designed furniture that share a spare, elegant aesthetic (all IMHO, of course - your mileage may vary). My geeky side is also well represented with music in every room, courtesy of the Sonos Digital Music System, big screen TVs on the walls, and a beautifully organized media closet to keep all of the goodies functional but invisible, which should perhaps be christened The Art of Being Heard But Not Seen.

Naturally there is still much to be done, particularly on the outside. The driveway is a still a muddy mess, not helped by the poorly plumbed fire sprinkler line, which is leaking water into the backfilled trench. A solution has so far been elusive, but keen minds are working night and day (not really) to fix it so that we can, finally, at long last, pour some concrete and complete the construction phase. There are also several interior jobs that the GC has been sadly and maddeningly unable to complete in a timely manner, and it's unclear to me when, if ever, these tasks will be moved from the 'to do' list to the 'done and dusted' list.

The weather has been miserable for the most part, preventing me from shooting definitive photos of both the interior and the exterior, but fear not, architecture and design aficionados, photographic delights will be presented to satisfy your visual appetite in short order.

My Top Ten Favorite Things About The Minnie House (in no particular order):
1. The Hans Grohe Pura Vida shower head, for the best (solo) showers I have ever experienced
2. The stairwell, which I'm certain has magical powers beyond my comprehension
3. The luscious and divine African Roma walnut floors
4. The Norm 69 and Phrena pendant lights, both of which glow magnificently
5. The anorexic Samsung plasma TV hanging on the living room wall
6. The four majestic aluminum and glass doors from Sliding Door SF
7. The quietude of the glorious oceanside location
8. The welcoming friendliness of my new neighbors
9. The overall aesthetic impact of my spectacular silver shoebox on the hill
10. The view. Duh.




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