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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | The Phones

The Phones

When I posted pictures of the room we redecorated this summer for the girls, many people commented on the Red Phone on the wall.

Heather Kelly wanted to know if it was a direct line to the President, and J.E.M. wondered if it contacted Batman. That’s the look we were going for! 🙂 However, the phone is really part of the intercom system my husband installed in the house. The phones all call each other — you just dial the extension for the room you want.

Here is the phone in Gina’s room.

And there’s even another Red Phone inside the Playhouse under the basement steps. (Ooh, remind me to tell you sometime how the Playhouse became the Murder House during the reign of Maui the Rabbit Killer …)

I have a phone, too, but it’s not very fancy. Bob is on the lookout for a more stylish, steampunk model.

Anyway, that’s the story behind the phones. It’s awesome to have such a creative husband! He’s always coming up with some clever thing to make our home more interesting.

9 Responses to The Phones

  1. Linda G. says:

    That is so cool! What a clever way to communicate within the house without yelling.

  2. That’s so fun. And I love that picture of the basement playhouse. Way better than Harry’s room under the stairs. =D

    Can’t wait for the story of the rabbit killer. Maui better watch out for Killer Bunnies. Ever played that game? My daughter nuked me and killed all my bunnies. O_o

  3. How cool. My kids would love that playhouse.

  4. E. Arroyo says:

    That’s a neat idea. We had a very old intercom system that we replaced with a patch of drywall. This would’ve been much more creative.

  5. mshatch says:

    When I was a kid, we had a phone like the red one in our kitchen. It was gold and I think it was the only phone in our house. Of course, that was a very long time ago…back in the old days 🙂

  6. I want to grow up in your house. That under the stairs play house is frickin awesome.

  7. JEM says:

    THAT. Is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. And zomg, please let me live in your playhouse BUILT INTO THE STAIRS.


    (I promise I won’t really show up to live in your playhouse)

  8. Very cool intercom set-up with the phones. You need the kind of phone I have in my office. It probably dates back to the early ’30s. Black, heavy as all get-out with somewhat of an hourglass shape, a clunky handset and a big rotary dial. (Works, too!)