So TwoAdults posted a fun tour of her home, and now I’m copying her because I liked seeing where she lived, and thought you might like to see my house. Also: too lazy to come up with my own blog fodder. SO.
This house! We’ve been here almost exactly two years. Xander calls it The Blue House, because, well:
I don’t know if many/any of you were following me when we were in the process of house hunting (other than Jonna, who kindly emailed me with neighborhood help and then virtually head patted me when I could not understand New England culture from thousands of miles away), BUT, this was not our first pick. We had two other houses we wanted and put offers in on. One of those houses had black mold growing in the attic and the owners wouldn’t do anything about it. The other house was owned by an insane person who wouldn’t let us complete our inspection because we were creating a culture of fear. YES, REALLY.
Anyway, we are happy with our home so no one tell it that it was our third choice, OK?
We never use the front door because the steps tricksy and steep and also we always park in the garage and so we go in via that entrance.
This is the entry right off the garage. It is dank and dark and kinda blah but whatever, we can remove muddy boots and head in. We never painted it because we were so rushed to get in and settled because John’s job had already started. The laundry room is the door on the right, on the left is the entrance to the finished part of the basement.
The laundry area. Don’t look too closely.
This is the view looking directly out of the entry. There is a guest room on the right, and a small corridor to the stairs to the left.
Guest room/storage room. We didn’t repaint it because the blue was a nice enough color that we thought “eh.” The lighting is poor in the picture, but I really like the quilt i got for the bed. It matches the blue well and brightens up the room in general.
This is the about half of the basement. Behind me are some shelves, an unused wood stove, and John’s studio set up is just to the left of the frame. Just outside of the picture to the right is the door for the guest room.
Looking the other way. John’s computes to the right, the glass doors in the other picture right behind me. We DID paint the main room (where “we” = John). It was garishly yellow. Now it’s a nice sunny orangeish color.
The wood stove. We intend to get it cleaned this year so we can use it. To the right of the stove are the stairs. Let’s go up.
At the top of the stairs is an open hallway and the kitchen. This is the eat-in part of the kitchen. We also didn’t paint in here because, again, the colors were nice enough, even if we would not have picked them out ourselves. Also, we had no interest in taking apart the cabinets to repaint them. The small frames on the right are some Instagram prints.
Some other views of the kitchen, and bonus small person
making a mess doing Serious Art Work. If we were to spend money on the house, we would replace the floor and the counters here, because they’re both pretty cheap and blah. But, you know. We’re not.
Continuing through the kitchen (behind me in that last picture) is our Main Room. Xander calls it “The Other Room.” Part of it used to be the dining room, I think, many owners before us, but was since converted to be part of the living room.
This is the view from the kitchen. This is the part that was originally a dining room.
Another (dark) angle.
Turning direction around is this:
(I’m going to stop shrinking the images, OK? You can handle the size; I believe in you). To the right of me are some book shelves, to the left and way in the front of the picture is the front door. To the left of that reddish rug is the fireplace.
The fireplace is a big reason we bought the house. It’s made from river stones and local wood and it’s lovely. To the right is the front door, and to the left is a green hallway that all the bedrooms are off of. But first, a close up:
John is really good at creating little scenes around the house.
Oh, right, and the bookshelves opposite the fireplace:
The hallway is not very big, and neither are any of the rooms, but I like the cozy feel, honestly.
This is at the far end of the hall, looking towards the living room. The open door on the left is Xander’s room. Luna’s room is on the left behind that, and the Master is just to my right.
Xander’s room, in it’s naturally messy state. We DO pick it up, I swear, but he’s three, so it never lasts. The green in it is darker that we would have picked, but we opted not to change it.
Luna’s room. It used to be my office before there was a Luna, which is why this room is a bit more done than Xander’s. Here it is looking towards the door:
This is the master, again, the original paint color. And, again, because it was close enough.
To the right and behind me is a a little alcove that holds our dressers and a whole bunch of crap. To the left is a tiny little bathroom. I tend to use the “big” bathroom in the hall, though. I didn’t take any of those pictures because I forgot. Also they tend to be cluttered because neither of them are very big. That is one of my biggest bummers about the house: I want a bigger bathroom with a real, nice tub to soak in.
BUT, I left the best for last. At least, for me. Off the kitchen is our deck, and it is lovely.
I love it. It’s so pretty. And John and I spend a ridiculous amount of money on flowers for it each spring/summer but it’s so worth it. We do have a decent amount of property, but it’s very hilly and steep and forresty, so it’s not really the most kid friendly yard for playing. But this deck is great.