And looking at the kit, I like the door and windows, and the stairs are interesting so I'll try to work them both into the design.
Which to me says somebody is semi-relaxing, half asleep, probably not super dressed up, reading old books. It's obviously very dark outside, the proverbial witching hour. So Victorian lounge-wear.
Which means it's cold outside, even in the south December was chilly and damp, and there's a fireplace with a fire dying slowly. And the man is severely depressed.
I really like the style of the second fireplace, so I'll try to do something similar with bookcases built in on either side. With a set of portraits above the mantel, of Poe and Lenore hopefully, draped in black crepe as was appropriate for someone in mourning.
I'd like to point out that what my husband loves about Poe is his ability to make you doubt the...sanity of the narrator. It was one of Poe's signature traits, the unreliable narrator. So you can't know if you're hearing the truth, a fantasy/nightmare, or a combination of the two.
But from that verse I get purple silk curtains.
So just inside the doorway, likely on a shelf over the door, is bust of Pallas Athena, and on it, a Raven.
Which I've found a plastic bust of Pallas Athena on Etsy since creating one is beyond my capabilities, like way beyond.
There were desk chairs and library chairs with wheels, so I'll try to recreate something like this. With some sort of cushioned backrest.
Kinda gives the impression that this guy died staring at the bird. Which leaves the room empty except for ghosts. And the bird is still sitting on the bust staring. Nooo...not creepy at all!
So I do have a black bird which can pass as a Raven in a pinch. What I still need to procure are some...things for the exterior.
I want it to look like this:
Or something similar to this. I really like the idea of a room box, to look like books on the outside and inside, a 'chamber' with a back hall and maybe a staircase going up, half hidden, gothic wallpaper, dark floors... minimal light, just enough to cast shadows and make the place look suitably creepy.
I'm excited. I've never done anything like this.
So I need to hit up thrift stores or the library donation reject box for some battered old books. Luckily the librarian husband works at a library (go figure) and says he'll be on the lookout.
I'm also still trying to build barn doors so I can fix up my 1:1 house a bit. They're a bit heavier than 1:12 doors.
Can't wait to see what the rest of you are coming up with for this kit!