The Butterfly and Cocoon Rooms
During my lifetime, where guests would sleep and where loads of the toys, games, and costumes lived. Naturally, where we spent a lot of time as kids. The Cocoon Room was coveted for its seclusion and Princess Pea bed. Before my time, this space rotated as a bedroom for my grandparents and aunts.
The Movie Room
Where we watched all the movies from Grandma's impressive VHS collection. Also, where I hung out with Grandma while she worked on her library projects. Location of Grandma's extraordinary DIY vintage children's book cover wallpaper wall and mountains of actual children's books.
The Pink Room
At one time, my mother's and aunts' bedroom. During my lifetime, a massive to-the-ceiling storage room. (Like, we never went in there. Never ever. There was a sign on the door with a skull that said "Scary Zone: do not enter".)
The Blue Room
Another rotating bedroom for the seven children of my mom's generation. In my lifetime, was used as a guest bedroom.
The Yellow Kitchen
The house was actually split into two separate homes before my grandparents purchased it. The upstairs kitchen functioned as my uncle's (the only boy out of seven kids) bedroom and later, as my grandpa's study/work room.
I don't remember using this room as a dining room in my lifetime, but it definitely had been prior to my existence.
The Map Bathroom
Site of Grandma's most amazing DIY National Geographic wallpaper - we believe she competed this sometime in the 1960's.
Where every holiday and family gathering was held. Also where I learned to perfect the art of napping.
Where grandma slept during my lifetime. But this room was also like a side living room that housed the TV, so it was often another gathering place.
Another rotating bedroom that finally settled as my Grandpa's room. It housed many of his books and computers. This was where I typed many a school paper as a kid.
The 'Junk' Room
In my mom's lifetime, called the Junk Room. To me it was always the extra food room where Grandma kept a stocked extra freezer and non-perishable food items. Where she would load me up with groceries when I was a college student. It also housed more of Grandpa's computers and workout equipment. The children's artwork on the walls had been hanging since their early years in the home during the 1960's.
The living heart of the house, as kitchens tend to be.
Was completely packed in my day, housing Grandpa's machine shop, lathes, lawn mowers, and tools. Home of the infamous Ghoulardi Club, dating back to even before my family lived there.