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?

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Comment by Strega on July 1, 2013 at 9:52pm

Man, that is absolutely terrific!  Every shot is amazing.  I laughed like hell at the oven in the bedroom.  You did a magnificent job there.  *applause*

Comment by innerspaceboy on July 27, 2013 at 3:53pm

Ladies and gentlemen, the final piece for my Lair has arrived!

Pictured here: My gold and red velvet hand-carved armchair with lute and fiddle carved into the head of the frame, complemented by my newly custom-restored brass swing arm reading lamp with a marble base and hand-made fringed shade.

Evening reading will an absolute pleasure!

Special thanks to The Antique Lamp Co. in Buffalo, NY!

Comment by Strega on July 27, 2013 at 4:05pm

That, my friend, is so awesome in the setting you have created, I think you need to send your pictures to one of those swanky magazines to be publishes as a 'des res' (I think that's the right abbreviation for Desirable Residence).  Go you!

Comment by innerspaceboy on July 27, 2013 at 4:38pm

Thank you, Strega! 

To tell the honest truth, I left a physically and emotionally abusive woman 3 months ago, and moved out without a penny to my name.  90 days later I'm putting $500 extra a month into savings, built a magnificent lair, and have become famous in town as "The Classy Bastard."

Life has never been better!

Comment by Strega on July 27, 2013 at 4:50pm

Grins, been there, got the T-shirt - its a fantastic feeling isn't it?  One minute your creativity is all squashed flat in misery - the next thing you know, its pouring out in everything you touch, and you made your surroundings reflect it.  I love stories like this, mate.  Just great! :)

Comment by Simon Paynton on July 27, 2013 at 4:58pm

Fuckin A

Comment by innerspaceboy on September 18, 2013 at 7:55am

@Angela - My friend is convinced that I'm a Time Lord and that my TARDIS has broken down, trapping me in the early 21st century. 

Comment by innerspaceboy on September 18, 2013 at 8:06pm

@Angela -

Supercar, Space: 1999 and Fireball XL5 are each series which I have neglected getting into. My interest in late 60s to mid-70s sci-fi, (apart from The Prisoner), is focused more on classic and pulp literature.

I adore early sci-fi like the restored Berlin broadcast of Metropolis, Forbidden Planet, The Man in the White Suit, War of the Worlds, This Island Earth, etc.

Furthermore, I love to collect Old Time Radio broadcasts -
172 episodes of The Adventures of Superman
298 episodes of Dragnet
442 Ray Bradbury tales
35 episodes of The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
79 episodes of the BBC Sherlock Holmes radio dramas
60 CD box set of The Complete Sherlock Holmes Unabridged

I'm also currently reading all the dystopian future novels that skipping high school failed to provide. Brave New World, 1984, Yevgeny Zamyatin's We, Sir Thomas More's Utopia, The Time Machine, Out of the Silent Planet, Anthem, Animal Farm, Fahrenheit 451, Atlas Shrugged, A Canticle for Leibowitz, Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, A Scanner Darkly, and the like.

But 60s and 70s sci-fi cinema is an area I still need to explore. I think I'll begin with The Man Who Fell to Earth, and I welcome your recommendations!


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