Tessier Residence

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Understated opulence claims this spacious and well-kept townhome, the decor throughout the whole of it of the highest quality and carefully chosen. The front door opens onto the entrance hall, a closet close at hand to receive coats and shoes — the pale hardwood floors gleam underfoot, unsullied by tracked-in mess from outside. The living room beyond the entrance is all dark woods and pale earth tones, comfortable couches and armchairs and a thick soft rug laid down beneath. A large and painstakingly aquascaped aquarium stands against one wall, with several brightly coloured species of fish within. Most of the rest of the wall space, notably, is taken up with shelves — shelves crammed with books of every subject and genre. Through a doorway lies the kitchen which, in contrast, is sleek and modern and well-appointed, stocked by someone who takes their cooking seriously. And takes their alcohol equally seriously — to one side of the kitchen there is a fully-stocked bar. The small dining room past the kitchen is used only rarely, the small table in the kitchen's nook favored for daily meals, but is always kept pristine and ready for company. Down a small hallway lies a storage closet and the staircase leading upstairs — there is a downstairs, as well, but the door is locked. Two doors before the staircase lead into Julien's bedroom and the bathroom, respectively.

Julien's bedroom, in contrast to the paler, earthy scheme outside, is warm and rich, decorated in deep reds. The exquisitely crafted furniture is dark, with reddish undertones to the mahogany wood. The king-sized bed is stocked with an overabundance of pillows, and more cushions rest in the windowseat. One wall holds a spacious walk-in closet. A table, low to the ground, sits on a thick rug between the bed and the entrance, the right height for kneeling rather than chairs; the checked pattern carved into its surface marks it as a chessboard, though the pieces are not in evidence. The bathroom connects both to the bedroom and to the living room; it is large, done in black marble, with an overly spacious glass-walled shower and a similarly large jacuzzi bathtub.

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Tessier Residence - Backyard Living in the heart of Manhattan means space is precious, and as such, the yard behind this house is quite small. It is as exquisitely well-kept as the rest of the place, though; all available space has been meticulously cultivated and transformed into a lush retreat from the concrete and asphalt of the city. The borders of the garden are lined in a wealth of flowers, the selection chosen to provide a panoply of color in all seasons save winter. A grassy rock-lined pathway separates these from the raised-bed vegetable garden that dominates its center. The far left corner of the garden plays host to a tiny rock-lined pond, goldfish and a pair of turtles living in its burbling water; presiding over it, a large oak tree, its branches spreading out over the tall brick wall that screens the entire area off from the city outside. bac
Tessier Residence - Basement The lowest level of this home is always kept securely locked, and from the bottom of the staircase it is clear that this floor is nothing like the ones above it. The decor is dark and severe, the room outfitted in black and steel. One wall is fairly lined with whips and paddles and crops and canes of all sorts. Against another, a large St. Andrew's Cross; to either side of it there are a pair of very sturdy cages, one taller and narrower, one shorter and squatter. The king-sized bed is constructed of black steel as well, its frame punctuated with restraint hoops, perfect for attaching chains or handcuffs to. In one corner there is another free-standing frame; most often there is a sling or swing of one sort or another attached, but with a liberal number of connection hooks its purposes are versatile. Along with some cabinets and drawers, assorted other pieces of furniture are arranged around the room: a pair of coffins, a steel bondage chair, a restraint bench, among others; but they all leave little question as to their general purpose. A few doors lead to other rooms: a smaller stark white room in back, with faux-medical decor, a sumptuously decorated room with comfortable couches and a very large wardrobe of clothing and costumes, a large bathroom, a spacious storage room stocked full of a wide assortment of toys; a plush bedroom that seems downright normal compared to the rest, and has a door leading out to the side of the house. Incongruously, a final door leads to a quite tame and well-stocked wine cellar: with many expensive, exquisite and hard-to-obtain vintages of wine and other liquors, it is perhaps the real reason Julien keeps his basement locked tight. bas
Tessier Residence - Second Floor The upper level of the Tessier home continues in its impeccable neatness and carefully-chosen decor, the whole effect giving the house more the feel of a showroom than a /home/. The two bedrooms up here, in departure from the rest of the apartments style, seem decorated more with younger occupants in mind. One to the left of the stairway, styled largely in purples and blues, has a pair of twin beds with matching butterfly-patterned bedspreads and a similar fabric for the window curtains; a wealth of stuffed toys is neatly arranged on both. The other opposite it is very green, its bedspread green-and-black striped; the walls are covered with a host of movie posters. There are bathrooms adjacent to both rooms, one in pale terra-cotta granite, the other in cheerfully sunny shades of yellow. Finishing the upstairs level is a cozy study; a quiet retreat designed, in cool blues, to provide a relaxing place to think — comfortable reading chair with its own lamp, a separate desk for working that houses a sleek black desktop computer, shelves similarly packed full of books (though, up here, they are all in French); a comfortable sofa-bed finishes the room to turn it into a guest bedroom as well. s
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