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How I would decorate my dream house

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FEBRUARY 10, 2023

When I was younger, I used to scribble pictures of my dream house on blank sheets of paper. It would have slides instead of stairs, hidden underground lairs and an extraordinary number of vending machines.

Everyone has thought of their dream houses before. But, chances are, that was a long, long time ago. Now, when we talk about our dream house, the conversation goes, “I just want to be rich enough to live in the suburbs.”

Well, yeah, me too.

However, I recently had a sudden urge to revisit my childhood dream house, albeit with some major changes. But I’d like to think my dream house is now way more practical than it used to be.

With that in mind, welcome to my dream house.

The first thing I would have is a sunken living room with a conversation pit. If you don’t know what a conversation pit is, it’s something like a well in the middle of the room where people gather and hang out. I’d furnish it with the cushiest couches and fluffiest pillows to create the coziest atmosphere — perfect for late night hang-outs with friends.

This may come as a surprise, but I love top bunks. I like how it’s inconvenient to climb up the ladder, so it creates the idea that my sleeping space is separate from the rest of my workspace. Hence, my bed would be a loft bed. If you look up loft beds on Google, there’s pictures of fancy ones with curved stairs and storage in them. Yeah, I want those ones.

Underneath my bed, I’d put a luxurious chaise lounge and mini coffee table for my workspace. And for a final-yet-essential touch, I would hang curtains down from the loft bed to shade my workspace because I hate it when the sun obscures my laptop screen (like right now).

The next thing I would like to put in my room is a dog bed, particularly the ones that are shaped like a sofa. My dog actually sleeps on the floor most of the time, but I’d like to get him a lavish bed and blanket. Just in case he gets cold in the winter, you know?

One thing that I’ve always wanted in my house but never came around to installing is a hammock. Honestly, I think they’re underrated. All you need are two strong hooks to attach the hammock to and voila — you’ve not only gotten yourself a comfortable resting area, but also one that’s fun to swing on. Plus, you can take it down once you’re done using it.

Finally, I’d furnish my house with fairy lights. They’re easy, cheap and transform a drab place into something magical. I’d definitely choose warm lighting, though.

Dream houses are an ode to our childhood — a time when we were clueless, blissful and unapologetically imaginative. As adults, we’ve come to realize that there are limitations governing the laws of physics, responsibilities to be upheld and we won’t get everything we want.

Still, that doesn’t mean we can’t dream a little.

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FEBRUARY 10, 2023