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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Virtual Tour

Hello again from Cascade Bluff. The news here is good -- the ribs are healing and a bit over one month from the rear-end exclamation point (see previous post for gory details) I am much much better. Some rib rehab in the hot tub earlier in July certainly helped...  

So anyway, this posting is long long overdue! We've been asked to put a virtual tour of our house up on the blog, so here goes, for those who haven't made it up to see it in person. We will start in downtown Grand Marais, where visitors are advised to stop at the Java Moose for a little boost of caffeine -- to get you up that hill! 

 About 15 miles, mostly right hand turns and one screecher of a hill later and you will find yourself parking the vehicle in our driveway at the tippy top. Welcome! 

Here is our "front door"... Please knock, or yell, or just walk in... no doorbell...

  

As you enter the front hallway you'll notice a print from Roy Thomas, one of our favorite artists and an Anishinaabe tribal member from Thunder Bay. This one's called "Third Generation."


Turn around and be jealous of all our storage closets, built in under the stairs...
 
 We will start with the first floor. Warning: our house is upside-down, meaning that the bedroom is on the bottom and the kitchen and living areas are on top... where the view is!  
Here's the main hallway...

And here is the main bedroom, aka the "mistress bedroom" (ain't gonna find no "master" bedroom in OUR house!!)


 More built ins -- bookshelves that hide a water pipe quite beautifully...
 The bedroom opens into a second room, sort of an alcove, office space, or if necessary this can be closed off with a room divider for another spare guest room...

 Right now it is mostly an office, though the cats love the futon...


 Our Southwest in the North style bathroom, complete with a Mexican sink we bought in Santa Fe and tiles from Mexico, too!

 All right, back to the main entry hall and let's go upstairs now, 'kay?














 As you enter the upper floor you start to see why we put all the main living areas up top! Here is what it looks like as you enter through the kitchen...

 And speaking of that, don't miss the kitchen! Lots of cobalt blue tiles... You can't see it but there are some antique Mexican tiles in there and a recycled copper sink...

Looking back into the kitchen...











 Here is the view of the dining room/west end of the "great room"...


 ...and here's the east end, or the "living room"....
 

Not needing a fire much these days, but the wood stove is really great for the other nine months of the year in Minnesota! 
 

 Can hardly wait 'til its time to light another cozy fire...
 

Let's take a turn around the back side of the wood stove. There's another hallway...and more bookshelves... can't have too many bookshelves...
 

 Some really cool tin sconces...
Here is the upstairs/guest bathroom...
 
 I have to show off my hand made tiles again...
 

Come around the front of the wood stove again and let's go up to the loft! That's where you will be sleeping if you stay as our guest...
The green monster cat is the guardian of the upstairs. Harmless--really! You should see his friend upstairs with the big purple tongue, by the way...
 

 Top step up to the loft and sleeping quarters... watch your head...
 

Every loft needs its very self-assured kitty cat...
 

A few shots of outdoors... This is what we call our summer entrance, the stairs that lead directly up to the deck and the second floor... A nice option when they are not covered in ice and snow! 



 Our latest addition, the screened in east porch! Wonderful -- coffee in the morning on the deck, no bugs, birds singing all around and the sunrise show for free!

 Our south entrance that leads out of the office... Nice bench, don't you think? Chain saw art at its finest...

There is lots more to see and explore, but this is a nice tantalizing start for those who haven't made it up to our haven up north yet. Call ahead... reservations recommended! 





6 comments:

  1. How many square feet do you have? Glad you're feeling better after the exclamation point. How are you handling the retirement?

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  2. What a heavenly spot! I read your blog often - and I am so glad you are healing after that frightening exclamation point! Sounds like you are in good hands.

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  3. Hi,

    You don't know me. I stumbled upon your blog by a serendipitous accident. It's one of those 'it's a small world' observations in that I'm the husband of your neighbor Stan's 10th grade girlfriend, Laurie. A bit obscure, I know; but somewhat interesting, nonetheless.

    So this is just a shout out from over that metaphorical horizon, a shout out to say hello and that I'm glad you found your peace in the world. I'm glad you survived your recent accident with no life altering injuries. Peace to you both.

    And if you get a chance, say hello to Stan from Laurie V.

    PS Your piece of heaven looks wonderful.

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