Names: Jenn Wynne and Caroline Williams
Occupations: Seattle Weekly Call Girl and Lady of Leisure (besides lots of very odd jobs)
Why do you live here?
We were looking for a step up on space from a one-bedroom apartment. Small houses and two-bedroom apartments were both in our price range, and the novelty of living in a house was appealing. We liked the space and it was affordable, plus we were allowed to have all our pets (ferrets and snakes and other reptiles).
How long have you lived here?
We moved in the beginning of October.
How did you find this place?
Luck and the Little Nickel.
To what extent does this space reflect you, your personality, your tastes?
Our place is filled with a hodgepodge of other people's unwanted stuff. Most of it was free, even the pets! We foster for the Herpetological Society and have adopted our snakes through them.
Caroline did pay for a used couch and we bought a blender. So mostly it reflects that we are either cheap or poor, but we like to think that we don't need lots of new stuff to live comfortably and happily in our home.
What would you say your "style" is, as shown by how you put your place together?
By the looks of things around here . . . no style. Except for a few original pieces of art (gifts from talented friends). Our pets stylize the place a little by at least making it interesting.
What do you value the most about this space?
All the room we have; it's big for Seattle. A two-bedroom house with our entire upstairs being a bedroom.
What are the benefits to living in this neighborhood?
Ballard's cute. We're not so much in the city, but everything we need is still close by. We love Ballard!
We don't have a lawn mower yet, and our lawn looks like crap. In a neighborhood you've got to keep your lawn looking nice. Anyone have a free lawn mower or one we could borrow? Also, one of our neighbors is a house full of teenagers—TURN YOUR MUSIC DOWN!
What is your favorite feature inside your home? Favorite object?
Caroline: There is a built-in soap dispenser at the kitchen sink, that's neat. And I really like my couch.
Jenn: I like the couch too, but am partial to our bed. The snake cages we have are beautiful and well-made—giving the house a nice reptile look.
Where do you buy things for your home?
Buy? Well, the blender we got at an auction and the couch from a guy selling old things out of the parking lot behind Hattie's Hat. We do buy used CDs often enough. Oh, and all of the mice and rats (snake food) we buy from Fin & Feather.
Do you ever worry that you'll have to move?
It's not so much a worry, but being in this house is expensive and the novelty (though we still love it muchly) is wearing off. We are tentatively planning to move into a two-bedroom apartment when our contract is up to save on bills a bit. So watch out, Seattle apartments, the snakes are coming!