Maybe you have and maybe you’ve been fortunate enough to have built it.
For me, I'm still dreaming and my dream home changes depending on my mood. If I won the lottery and could build my dream house, I’d probably drive the contractor crazy changing things. However, there are some things that stay constant.
First, I’d finally have a library. A place to showcase all my books instead of packing them in boxes. The elements of the room change some, but I want a bay window with a window seat, a fireplace, a big comfortable chair, and lots and lots of shelves.
Second is the kitchen. It changes from modern to rustic to Southwestern to….you get the picture. I would have lots of cabinets, windows for growing herbs, and lots of counter space. I don’t always get along with technology, but I love kitchen gadgets. The kitchen would be warm and inviting - the main place family and friends gathers.
Third would be the master bathroom. There would be lots of cabinet space, a large vanity, and a large shower. What changes is the bathtub. It goes from a sunken tub to a claw foot tub to a large standard tub and back again.
The remainder of the rooms in the house would all fall in place.
Descriptions of homes are included in many stories. Sometimes the home or rooms of the house are a major part of the story. Other times they are minor but are mentioned to give background and more information about the character.
As a reader I like to find out more about the homes of the characters as long as it doesn’t go into too much extreme detail. I don’t have to know what type of crown molding is around the door unless a piece of that wood is going to wind up in the skull of a victim or it's a element of the character's story. But reading how the protagonist's kitchen looks can sometimes give you a glimpse of their personality.
Do you include descriptions of your characters’ homes or certain rooms in your stories? Do these descriptions include bits of your dream home or do your characters determine how their homes will look?
-----Woohoo, more giveaway winners to announce. I'm running late selecting the two winners of Meredith Duran’s WICKED BECOMES YOU. Using Random.org congratulations goes to Venus D. of Hawaii and Marg (please send me an e-mail with your name and address). Thanks to everyone who commented on Meredith’s post.
Tomorrow is Sunday Salon and I hope to share a review of a new cozy murder mystery with you. Have a wonderful Saturday and enjoy some time for yourself.