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#MicroblogMondays 71: Ideal House

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I want to live in a hobbit hole.  Mental Floss recently had an article about a manufacturer of prefabricated homes that are covered in sod and look like hobbit holes.  Though I realized looking at the houses that what I want isn’t the outside of the hobbit hole but the inside.

I like small, cozy spaces with lots of room for shelving books neatly (so they can be found quickly).  I like squashy chairs and throw blankets and wood.  I want a little bed like this for nap time.  (Actually, does anyone remember a few years ago that there was a picture of a bed like this — a frame that had books inside — that we were all covetously passing around the Internet?  I can’t find the bed of my dreams despite a lot of keyword Googling.)

What is your ideal home?


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1 Jessica { 01.04.16 at 7:00 am }

My ideal home depends on what I want it to be. My concept will change with time. My ideal home will grow with me.

2 anks { 01.04.16 at 7:06 am }

As much as I love the fantasy world, I don’t think I want to live in a house from the Shire… My books are my escape and that is what I want them to keep being!

3 Middle Girl { 01.04.16 at 7:41 am }

A friend posted that pic of the little bed you linked and my initial reaction was, no bed next to the window and no doors that close to the bed.

My ideal home is: detached from other folks. Enough of the apartment dwelling. A lot of natural light, woods, filled with modern applicances but older world charm.

4 35jupiterdrive { 01.04.16 at 7:58 am }

My favourite on housing would be 2 little houses connected by a big screened-in porch. One for living. one for a studio, Dreamy freaking sigh.

I remember that bed. i even went looking for the reader site where I think I saw it (prob via facebook) and cant remember its name. So I’m no help at all.

5 Catwoman73 { 01.04.16 at 9:09 am }

I want to live up north, in a geodesic dome home. Check them out- I think you would like the cozy, ecofriendly nature of dome homes. And they aren’t that expensive to build- we may actually buy property and build one in retirement. πŸ™‚

6 Lindsay | Solo Mama { 01.04.16 at 9:40 am }

That little bed looks sooooo cozy. It’d feel like being in a warm cocoon!

My ideal home is a tiny little thing just a stone’s throw away from the beach/ocean.

7 Charlotte { 01.04.16 at 9:54 am }

My ideal home? Something on a lot of land, kind of rural. With a professional kitchen, stainless steel appliances and kitchen counters and cabinets that go on forever. With a double wall oven. Le sigh.

8 Working mom of 2 { 01.04.16 at 9:55 am }

Something big (comes with cleaning service if course) where the kids’ rooms are mysteriously far away enough that like on tv shows, the adults can just talk in normal voices and do what they want after the kids go to bed. Instead of tiptoeing and whispering like we do. With the kids’ bedrooms on the bottom floor of our 2-story house and our living room and master bedroom upstairs. Not the best design.

9 One and Done? { 01.04.16 at 10:10 am }

Before my daughter was born, my husband and I would go house hunting in Northern VA. Coming from a small townhouse I was convinced I wanted a nice big house with lots of space. Fast forward to now: we have a much bigger house than in VA and it’s kind of a bear to keep it all clean! I think when we move back to the US and finally buy a house I want something on the smaller side and NO STAIRS. Okay, maybe a basement, but I would rather have a one level house.

10 Traci York { 01.04.16 at 10:11 am }

Mel, are either of these your dream bed? If not, narrowing your search to Pinterest might help you find it.


We lived in a 280 square food camper with our three kids a few years back (with the intention of traveling the country, but the travel part didn’t work out). It solidified my love of tiny homes – now we joke about waiting until our three have their own homes, buying a tiny home on a trailer for hubby & I, and parking in each kid’s driveway for a month at a time. Only I’m not joking. πŸ˜‰

11 Isabelle { 01.04.16 at 10:24 am }

This post has sparked some thinking for me. I realized that I don’t have an ideal home in mind. I guess something not too big so that it’s easy to upkeep, but not too small so that everyone in the household has their own private space. I will have to think a bit about this one.

12 Lori Lavender Luz { 01.04.16 at 10:35 am }

My house, but cleaner (and with a dedicated space for yoga).

13 nonsequiturchica { 01.04.16 at 11:01 am }

That bedroom looks cozy but I wouldn’t want that as a bedroom, more as a reading nook. I need windows and some more space.

I guess I don’t have an ideal home. One that is slightly bigger than our current home would be nice with a nice kitchen. I like the size of our backyard, but it could be a bit bigger so that we could put more garden beds in….

14 Jen B { 01.04.16 at 1:20 pm }

That’s a tough question. I think I would like a new house as I have never lived in one and I get tired of the “quirks” (uneven floors, walls that don’t line up) that come with an old house. Something new – it doesn’t have to be bigger (we have a small house as it is) but with a professional kitchen (double oven!) and a house keeper that comes Monday to Friday. Oh man, that would be the life.

15 Geochick { 01.04.16 at 1:37 pm }

Good grief, every time, I almost write in my old url. How long have I had my new blog???

I don’t know what my ideal house is. I mostly want more yard space than we already have. And weekly cleaning service.

That would make me happy.

16 Laurel Regan { 01.04.16 at 1:58 pm }

I think my own house has a lot of the features I’d want in an ideal home, but needs a fireplace to make it just right. πŸ™‚

17 Jenn { 01.04.16 at 3:00 pm }

I think I’d love a tiny house. I am really drawn to small living and am getting excited about RV life in my future.

18 JustHeather { 01.04.16 at 4:01 pm }

At the moment I want a warmer house. It got really cold here last night and our house is taking a bit to catch up and I’m freezing. 3 pairs of socks and 1 pair woolly socks and my feet are still frozen. I’m taking my heated “bean bag” to bed with me tonight. πŸ˜€
As for the rest of the house details, no clue!

19 Justine { 01.04.16 at 4:59 pm }

Well, I hope my ideal home is the one I’m closing on this Thursday … bright, open, newer but not too modern, lots of light, but also cozy where it needs to be. (!)

20 Mali { 01.04.16 at 5:30 pm }

I’m going to have to restrain myself in this comment, because one of my dreams is to build my own home. My ideal home is light, airy, high on a hill with amazing views – so my current home meets some of those requirements. But I want cosy corners in that home too, where I could curl up with a book (ok, my iPad) and music and feel snug. I laughed at the bed you want, because I immediately thought that it looked like First Class on Singapore Airlines, and I’d really like that!

21 Kasey { 01.04.16 at 5:38 pm }

My dream is to buy an old row house and completely renovate it with a cozy office/sewing/craft studio on the top floor.
More immediately my ideal home would have a real dining area (I HATE that our table is in the middle of our living space) and a bonus would be a separate nook for my desk.

That bed reminds me of this house we used to stay in during my church youth groups winter retreat. There was a loft bunk room for the jr. high girl and then then there was a bedroom and a bed just like this for the high school girls. Most people took their turn sharing the closet bed and then moved to the bedroom, but I loved that closet bed and took a two year stint.

22 tasivfer { 01.04.16 at 5:52 pm }

I thought I’d never get my husband out of our last house. It had many small rooms with too tall ceilings, was freezing, in a neighbourhood I didn’t like, etc. Finally our son’s toys made him realise it wouldn’t do long term. We thought we’d have to give up a house with any character because we wanted SPACE. Then I saw a house I LOVED online. My husband wasn’t convinced because the statistics didn’t look great to him; he had a minimun square metres we should look at in mind. But as soon as we walked into the house we knew we’d be putting an offer in. It’s not huge, but the floor plan just works. We have been there 3 years now and plan to never leave.

23 tasivfer { 01.04.16 at 5:53 pm }

Oh – we did make one important change: walls of built in bookcases in The Room of Requirement.

24 virignia { 01.04.16 at 5:58 pm }

When I was in my twenties I had ths fantasy f lieing in a barge, which came from a book by Anais Nin.
But my appartment qould be close to ideal. Nt too far from the sea but veyclose to the city

25 loribeth { 01.04.16 at 6:31 pm }

My ideal home would be big (but not too big) & airy, with lots of natural light. On or near water. A stone fireplace. A big open kitchen with lots of warm wood tones. And lots of storage & built-in bookshelves. And I’m with everyone who says it would come with a cleaning service. πŸ˜‰ As it stands, however, we are probably downsizing to a condo, sooner vs later. Oh well, a girl can dream, right?

26 Cristy { 01.04.16 at 8:40 pm }

That. Is. AWESOME!!! Grey and I once rented a summer cottage that reminds me of the inside of a hobbit hole. It was perfect for long weekend.

I actually walk by my dream house every day. It has one of those long, windy porches on the front of it, which beg to be occupied during summer evenings. The rest of the house is huge, with lots of space and many rooms. I’ll send you a photo tomorrow if you remind me.

27 Jess { 01.04.16 at 10:18 pm }

Oh, I totally think I know the book bed that you are thinking of but can’t find it! I have those same two pins as Traci, and then there’s this one that’s like a combo of the book bed and something from Narnia:
I don’t think I could live in a Hobbit House. I need more space. Tiny houses are not for me. Unless I’m the only one in it, I suppose, for a limited time only. Like my own tiny retreat in the backyard. Oh, that would be lovely. We have been toying with building a treehouse thing in the ravine behind our house, that would have a screen porch and a library and a woodstove and you’d be in this secluded cozy hidey hole in the woods, just steps from plumbing. Not that different from a Hobbit House, I guess, but not for all the time living, just a retreat.

28 Abbie { 01.04.16 at 11:55 pm }

Dear Mel,
I am new to #MicroblogMondays and this is one of my 2016 projects that I’m going to enjoy doing. Shall be staying in touch and visiting often.

29 Vinitha { 01.05.16 at 7:08 am }

My ideal home will have a special me spot where I can watch the stars from and cozy up with books!

30 Mary Francis { 01.05.16 at 8:23 am }

My ideal home is a tent. The weather would always have to be clement, of course, and the camping equipment top of the range… In 1978 Ray and I camped on the wild Pacific coast on the Olympic Penninsula. The tent opened to the west. We would open the flap and watch the sun go,down. I knew I would remember all my life the beauty of the sun slipping into the sea, and look! I have!

31 Stephanie (Travelcraft Journal) { 01.05.16 at 11:26 am }

I like the hobbit hole idea! You forgot to mention one very important part, though – the pantry! πŸ˜‰

I’m all for cozy little sleeping nooks too. We just visited Monticello and one of the spare bedrooms has a bed that’s tucked away in basically a closet. It inspired a whole I’d love that vs I’d hate that discussion. I was on the love side, except when it comes to the humid, unairconditioned summer months.

32 Stephanie (Travelcraft Journal) { 01.05.16 at 11:29 am }

You can see the bed I was referencing here: https://www.monticello.org/site/house-and-gardens/north-octagonal-room The curtains were partly closed when we were there, so it looked more closet-like.

33 Lavonne @ *Our Wish* { 01.05.16 at 11:30 am }

I would love to live in an old farm house, on some land, natural wood floors and big sinks and claw foot tubs.

34 Stephanie (Travelcraft Journal) { 01.05.16 at 11:47 am }

@Lavonne: there was a typo in your URL, but I found you at http://bluebookjourney.blogspot.com/ πŸ™‚ Maybe Mel can fix it-?

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