7.18.2007

Oh, Give Me A Home...

where the buffalo roam.

Sorry, I couldn't resist the gratuitous bison photo. How often will I have a shot like this on my camera? Thanks, Yellowstone.

The housing search continues. While it's a bit nerve-wracking trying to find the perfect place in less than a week's time (yes, I said perfect - packing up all of our crap once this month has sealed the deal that we're not moving again for quite a while), it has allowed me to indulge in one of my secret pleasures - scoping out other people's places. Back in New York, I love to take walks in our neighborhood at night, when interiors are illuminated and I'm hidden in the dark. I sound like quite the peeping tom, I'm sure, but really I just love to check out how other people hang their artwork, how they place their sofas, what architectural details they've got in their apartment buildings... all quite harmless. The ways in which different people choose to nest are very curious to me. So it has been fun to get into a bunch of apartments without feeling like a snoop. And we're staying at the home - the lovely Craftsman-style home - of good friends, Holly and Mike (thanks, guys!), so it's while it has been nerve-wracking, it's also been really enjoyable. I'm hoping that in a few days I'll have photos of a new apartment to share with you. Until then, I've got a few photos of our "homes" over the course of our trip last week. I just love old motels...



home sweet home, Wisconsin

there's no place like home, South Dakota



home is where you hang your heart, Montana

34 comments:

sara said...

oh i love this post, now I don´t feel sad that I have no vacationmoney, I´m happy to go on your safari!

Anonymous said...

Oh good luck! I'm sure it's fun plus stressful :) I'm like you, I just love to check out how other people live. I love open houses + checking out real estate. Sending good real estate mojo your way :)

Shona~ LALA dex press said...

OOH! It reminds me of several trips I took through Arizona + New Mexico (partially in a car +partially on a bike) taking only back roads- I looooove old motels. Although there are no buffalo in NM, at least none that I saw or took photos of.

Again universe....perfect place for the O'Conners.

pixiegenne said...

great photos!
happy hunting - you seem so calm...

Chickenbells said...

Oh excellent for the old hotels! We used to have one in Flagstaff when I was in college called "Andy Womaks Pink Flamingo Motor Inn" they tore it down for a Barnes and Noble superstore...such a shame.

Good luck with the house hunt, I love to look into people's windows at night...peeping tom or no!

shy_smiley said...

Can't wait to see how these photos manifest as Original Intent. They're just lovely.

I, too, love exploring the homes of others. That's one reason I love estate sales: even when I know I won't find anything I want there, I know I'll still get to see somebody else's home. Last year DH sold residential real estate (now he sells commercial) but what a dream to have that kind of access to homes for sale! Some Sundays we'd just go look at vacant houses. DH called it R&D and I called it R&R.

Best of luck finding your dream home.

Robyn said...

Will you look at those great pics?! So reminds me of family vacations and the trip R and I took the summer before having Mr. M. We drove up through Kansas, Nebraska, over to Wyoming, back down through colorado and New Mexico and then home, So. Much. fun. with great motels like those.
Good luck with the apartment. and the jobs.

Amanda Jean said...

love that bison photo (and title of your post, to boot)

ok, so you are an awesome photographer to make old motels look so cool. (they scare me) love that shot of the vintage swings out front...fabulous.

I like to look into illuminated windows, as well. love catching glimpses of built in bookshelves and red walls. *sigh* (I miss my house.)

happy apartment hunting! hope you find a great place to make a cozy home.

Gloria said...

I TOTALLY love peeking into people's places and seeing how they decorate. My apartment complex is set up very Rear Window style, so you can totally see into the apartments of the people in the building next to mine. It is entertaining.

Jamie Welsh Watson said...

I love these photos!

liz elayne lamoreux said...

fantastic photos! love the bison...and the colors captured in the others.

i hope you find exactly what you want as you search this week!!

(and i love walking and driving through neighborhoods to look into the lives of others...see what the houses look like and so on. discovering new neighborhoods this way is a favorite past time i must admit.)

Alison said...

these shots are AMAZING

Bobbypin Bandit said...

I too walk in the dark down my favorite neighborhood streets t catch glimpses of how others live. I once was so jealous when I realized the people a few houses down from my boyfriend's place have that tin decorative ceiling in their kitchen. I could have stood and peered through the window for hours, but the peeping Tom thing got the better of me. Glad you are safe and hope you get all settled very soon!!

shari said...

great motel shots! good luck finding just the perfect house.

beki said...

Ooo, I love looking into people's homes too! So fascinating! Good luck on the apartment search.

Anonymous said...

Hooray for Wisconsin! I love that orange door, I wonder whereever that motel must be in my state?

Unknown said...

Your photos make me feel like I need to go on a cross country road trip! Good luck on your search!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful as always, Suzy, thanks for sharing all of this!

Only hope you were wearing slippers in the motel in Montana, carpeting sort of freaked me out!

Looking forward to seeing what you and Barry finally find as your nest!

Love, Mom

Anonymous said...

I do the same thing - walk around at night and look in windows. Too bad we can't be peepers together!

Good luck with the house hunting. I love your motel shots.

Anonymous said...

Portland is a very cool town with some great old houses (by west coast standards, I suppose). I've visited a somewhat nomadic friend in all of the random places she's lived down there so I'm sure you'll luck out.

Awesome photos, especially the bison & brown shag carpet (nice parallel, btw!)

Anonymous said...

these photos rock! i want a motel tour list.

Diana Coronado said...

nice pics

Anonymous said...

Oh MY! Is that marble carpet?? hehehe. Oh, you have to come to Catalina AZ. There is this hotel in Oracle AZ, about 20 minutes away... It has those little cone chalet hotel rooms. Like 12 of them.

I would be singing, "Give me a way, to get out of here, this huge beast, is comin', OY VEY..."

Moving? Soo, that is what you were talkin' about.. .By the way, I want one of those little animal playground thingies in my room...

Erin said...

Yes that brown marble carpet is pretty scary! Those little animal swings bring back lots of fond childhood memories.

As for being a peeping tom...I can totally relate. Even better when you actually get to go inside!

Anonymous said...

good luck finding your perfect place :)
those motel pics are awesome!!

Veronica TM said...

hi! i just discovered your blog through maditi like's blog and i am really enjoying it. you have created a beautiful 'home' here.
good luck finding your real home!

Nicola said...

I'm definitely with you on the night-time peeking!

I'm looking forward to getting back into neighbourhood walks again.

maritza said...

Love those photos! Good luck with the apartment hunting. I have faith you guys will find something great and soon.

Liebling said...

oh lovely photos and the feeling is a bit sad and lonely yet warm and beautiful. and so cool! mmm...

Nicoleslaw said...

Good luck finding the home of your dreams!

Anonymous said...

the west motel wouldn't happen to be in kadoka, SD would it? we almost stayed there. we just arrived in bozeman and the drive was totally amazing, for the most part. (i could have skipped iowa, though!)

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Anonymous said...

your pictures are so summer america travel! :D wonderful. you look like you are having a great time.

amisha said...

these motel photos are wonderful.
i too love to peek in and see other people's houses... this was one of my favorite things to do in amsterdam where so few people have curtains! and such gorgeous apartments... so much inspiration!
xo