What Impressed You About Other Homes As a Kid?

The other day I was reminded of something I thought was so cool as a kid that I first saw at a friend's house: an ice dispenser in their fridge door. Wow, I thought, these folks have made it. Another friend had swinging saloon doors in the laundry room that we loved to kick open and work into our imaginary play. Finally, the envy of every kid I knew - the pinball machine in Jenny Donlon's basement.

What did you find impressive, enviable or intriguing in other people's homes when you were a kid? It could be something small and novel, big and lavish or just unfamiliar and fascinating.

(Image: Faith Durand)

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As Apartment Therapy's Managing Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.