Too nervous to jinx our arrival to Paonia after our car frustrations the first day, we spent the 5-hour car drive from Richfield avoiding any celebratory statements about finally getting there until we actually pulled up to the green house with “Elsewhere Studios” emblazoned across the facade. The house is quite possibly the most beautiful and imaginative house we’ve had the privilege to inhabit. It has a giant drift wood banister on the stairs, a basement live-work space with a hobbit door (which Amber and I warmly refer to as Bag End), radiant wood floors to warm your feet, and a cat named Tomato who loves everyone and shows it by climbing up into your lap and giving you a hug. Amber and I will be living and working in the upstairs portion of the house which includes a small bedroom and living nook, free-standing bath tub, a concrete shower, and lots of storage space. It is a charming and unassuming space perfect for facilitating our artistic practice.