Anyway, those NHR plaques make me a little green with envy--until this morning. I walked past two houses that were named. One was called "Maison Soleil" (Sun House) and the other was called, "Plum Cottage."
Now I've always felt that houses with names not only reeked with pretension, but are usually owned by people who are the movers and shakers of the world. Case in point: The White House. Buckingham Palace. Falling Water (designed and named by Frank Lloyd Wright,) Monticello (Thomas Jefferson,) Turkey Hill (Martha Stewart.)
However, after seeing these houses, I've changed my mind. Clearly these were just two little homes with loving owners who wanted to give their dwellings some character instead of a street address.
The problem is--how does one go about naming a house? Is there a tutorial? Maybe it's not much different than naming a child. However, I don't usually sound like a snob when I introduce my kids. Conversely, when you say in a clipped accent, "Oh DO come round to Maison Soleil, won't you?" All of the sudden life seems like an episode of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.
Champagne wishes/caviar dreams, anyone?
On the other hand, why not name my house? I have a name--a few of them in fact, not including the aliases I use while robbing banks--I call my car, "Stupid." My garage, "Le Shack." My bathroom sink even has a name, it's called, "This Piece Of Crap."
I think my house is feeling left out.
It's been called "345" for far too long.
Instead of "Plum Cottage" I could call it "Plum Crazy." Or "Maison de la Lune" for the mooning I always get from the small one running from the bathroom to his room after a shower. Slightly less interesting would be, "Mountain Man Camp" or, "Villa Square Tooth."
Or maybe...I'll just call it Todd.
Does your house have a name? Do you have suggestions for my house? Should I hold a house naming contest?
The winner could get taped recording of me imitating Robin Leech, the host of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. That's a cool prize, right??