Ladies and Gentlemen, I've successfully secured a funky little space of my own in the city and proudly present my new lair. [Updated to include new armchair, restored antique floor lamp, bedroom audio setup and new canes.]
Arched velvet neo-Victorian claw-foot velvet gold sectional with wine red velvet accent pillows. The records pictured are Basil Rathbone’s Adventures of Sherlock Holmes broadcasts and Cyril Richards Reads Alice in Wonderland – complete with a clothbound facsimile copy of the first edition.
Above the sectional hangs a 1976 painting by a local artist of the 1960 film adaptation of HG Wells’ The Time Machine. The ornate gold frame made this an indispensible addition to the lair, found just days after I moved in.
Rosewood finish claw foot coffee table with Avon Ruby Red 1876 Cape Cod glass, each containing a scarlet tea light for ambiance. A total of seven of these candles adorn the perimeter of the studio and above the bed, and I live each evening by their light.
Found a sonic screwdriver at the first antique shop I hit after moving out. It was a sign.
A beautiful lamp I found at an antique co-op.
West window, decorated with a black-out velvet stage curtain from an outdoor theater from the 1970s. My most beloved leather-bound hardcovers are displayed on this wall shelf – the mammoth first single-volume edition of the Complete Annotated Sherlock Holmes in a mahogany bookcase, Doctor Who: The Early Years (a gift from the first bookshop I lectured in), Asimov, Douglas Adams, Poe, John Cage and others.This lamp was sitting on top of someone's trash can. A small tear in the fabric but an otherwise beautiful lamp!
Beside the wine crate of coffee table books is my very first typewriter – an Underwood series 4.
The Annotated Sherlock Holmes in the mahogany bookcase is a first-edition, purchased by a hoarder 50 years ago and never opened. I bought his copy and plan to read every page of the 10 pound mammoth book.
Below the window sits another claw foot velvet armchair, a Philco console tube radio and 78 player (found on the side of the road in perfect working order), my cane and my small snake oil collection.
My Music Workstation.
Custom oversize prints of the gravel-throated Tom Waits and Don Van Vliet aka Captain Beefheart. I have complete vinyl discographies of each as well as an extended library of Parliament Funkadelic LPs, represented by Sir Nose D’Voidoffunk at the center.
The Sesame/Muppet Pez dispensers are a hint of the 50+ Jim Henson LPs in my library and my complete Henson filmography right down to the existential film he produced in college.
My first Fisher Price turntable - only inches from my prized Denon DP-60L rosewood table.
My McIntosh Amp, pre-amp, DAC, and Denon beside my music workstation PC. These are framed symmetrically by two record wall shelves, floor crates of hot LPs, and my Focal floor speakers.
To the right of the desk is an autographed letter typewritten by Patrick McGoohan on Everyman Films letterhead alluding to the new (1967) series he was developing called The Prisoner! Also included with the letter is a signed portrait which would become the notorious shot from the opening credit sequence.
Antique velvet armchair with roses and musical instruments throughout the hand-carved gold frame Reupholstered for $750, mine for $50. 750 nearly-forgotten CDs tucked behind my books. The 1960s sci-fi paperbacks are all stored in Mylar bags and I’m closing a deal on a set of horse head antique book ends.
The oak tea table contains my antique silver set, Victorian candleholders, and my Paragon china. My tea of choice: Rishi Scarlet – a deep red infusion of blueberry, cherries, orange peel, cranberries, passion fruit, and mango.
Lane Antique Wood Record Chest found at a yard sale to house my rarest LPs, a 12-string and a classical guitar, and a large closet filled with velvet frocks, a 1960s marching band uniform, velvet suits and disco shirts.
Two canes I picked up this week. The brass cane will be used when wearing my velvet frock or my black evening coat, and the antique Victorian leg cane will be used with my suede brown trench coat.
Yes. Even my bathroom has neo-Victorian elements. (So much better than the contemporary minimal geometric patterns you’ll find at your local Target.)
The hat rack is draped with my collection of 12-foot knit scarves. And finally – the newly-purchased bed, decorated in black satin and black and wine red velvet. It may be a studio apartment… but it’s the classiest goddamn studio you’ll ever see, (even if the bed IS in the kitchen.)
Here is the latest addition - I invested in a speaker switch device so that in the evening, I can light my candles, cue up some Miles Davis or ambient music, and disable the living room speakers, re-channeling the audio into the bed nook. This pair of two-way 48" speakers fill the small space magnificently for a night wrapped in satin, velvet and full, warm sound.
The wise words of the late Mitch Hedberg were terribly fitting for my set up, so I framed the quote right above the oven in the kitchen.
Thank you, Mitch.
I did the best I could with the studio apartment. How'd I do?