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Why we love the mummified rat in our wall

Apparently, the contractor hired to renovate our place was a little kooky, and so is the landlady. We found out just HOW kooky they are when we started talking to our landlady about pets, and mentioned that we'd had two Dumbo rats before. That's when she got so excited to show us the mummified rat on display in our wall.

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My husband's boss is coming over! Should I hide the zombies and naked ladies?

My husband just informed me that in a few weeks, his boss has so graciously picked our house to hold their monthly "briefing." Our two front rooms, where everyone would be for this little get together, are full of my husband's zombie and macabre paintings, and pin-ups. I don't want to make anyone feel uncomfortable or weirded out. I'm wondering if I should take some of the paintings out, get lots of flowers to distract from the gory goodness, or just let it be? How do you make such an offbeat space into a crowd-friendly one?

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Auction house odds and ends — emphasis on the odd!

Come in!

I've been curating my household of oddities, antiques, and collectibles — largely from my job at an auction house in San Francisco, and also fed by my love of local sales and thrifting. I think my finds add a charm to my home that was otherwise missing.

This is my house, where I keep all my Things and make my art.