Yes, yes, I am finally getting around to posting some pictures of the house. But it has just now reached barely presentable!
I won't keep you waiting any longer. Come on in!
We'll start upstairs, in the master bedroom.
I just want to say, the king bed is awesome. Really really awesome. The yellow paint, not so much. The bedside tables we have now were actually used in Isaac's sister Sarah's wedding. The cloth under the glass is a cloth napkin. These are temporary. Also temporary is the bench at the foot of the bed. The puppy can't jump from the floor to the bed, so we need some sort of step. We would like to get a longer bench at some point, so it doesn't look quite as silly.
Another view of the bedroom. The mirror in the corner was my first craigslist purchase - $25! I've seen them in stores for four times that. Sweet. The television was a bought with wedding money. The dresser is mine (I want to paint it), and the vanity was a present years and years ago from my grandparents.
Young House Love).
Downstairs now, starting at the front of the house. This is, obviously, the dining room. I am standing in front of the front door; it's to my right. The little black table actually belongs to my friend Adam, but while it has say by the front door waiting for him to pick it up, it has proven useful. It might get replaced once Adam finally picks this one up. Also, you can't really tell, but the table looks tiny in this room. We definitely want a bigger table at some point. The jute rug under the table was my second craigslist find - $50. I have seem similar ones out there for $100-$150. Woo! The chest at the back of the room is my hope chest, a gift from my grandparents. It will make its way upstairs, probably to the guest bedroom. Isaac and I have been
arguing discussing what will go in its place. He wants a china cabinet, I want a pie safe. A buffet would also be a good idea, I think. I'll let you know who wins what we decide. (Beth Crouser, I just want you to know that I have stolen borrowed your tendency to use strike-through text. It really comes in handy!)
This is the (really sparse) library. Actually, it's supposed to be a formal living room, but I don't really want a formal living room. So we're making it into a library. Eventually, there will be built-in bookshelves along at least one wall. There will be some sort of seating area (maybe club chairs? or wingbacks?) with a writing/reading table. And no litter box (that's what is in the left corner); that will be moved to the garage, as soon as Isaac puts a cat door in. (Side note: The little box thing in the bottom right-hand corner is a box of picture frames. I can't believe you can see it - I moved it four times to try to get it out of the shot. Shoot!)
This is the the view of the kitchen from the dining room. It's small, but it seems to work well. Both Isaac and I can be working and not bump into each other. The door on the right is the pantry, the oven is right beside that, and the dishwasher is right next to the fridge. Eventually, we would like to replace all of the appliances. They are all getting old. The oven is off by 75 degrees, and the microwave, which hangs above the oven, actually sits too close to the oven surface (the house inspector actually told us to avoid using the back burners as much as possible). Also, it doesn't have a turn table. The fridge is fine ... except the ice maker doesn't work. The only thing that works the way we want is really the dishwasher.
This is our laundry closet. I love love love our washer and dryer. (Please ignore the messiness of the shelves above them. There is a reason you haven't seen any closets other than our master - they are all stuffed full, and most of them with unpacked boxes. But I really wanted to show you our washer and dryer!). To the right of the end of the counter is the door to the garage. Oddly, it is a door that is half windows ... which seems strange, given that it looks out into the garage.
The first thing I want you to notice is the grass drying rack on the sink. Isaac thinks it's silly, but I love it! I also love the hanging fruit bowls, which Isaac also does not like. Now, let's go further into the living room ...
This is the view from the landing. We bought a Rowe sectional a few weeks ago; it should come in the second week of December. We haven't used the fireplace yet, but a few more of these cold nights, and I may have to start a little fire. (I had to ask someone how people got firewood - it never occurred to me that you could buy it in a store!) The door you see on the right is the half bath, and to the right of that is the hall that leads to the front of the house. The door on the left leads to the back yard.
Speaking of the back yard. I somehow managed to not get a picture of the backyard facing away from the house, but this is a picture of the back of the house itself. We believe the large hole in the deck originally held a hot tub; the previous owners used it as a tomato garden. Eventually, we will tear out the entire upper level of the deck, so that Milano will have more room to run. Other plans for the back yard: big bushes along one side of fence, so the big dogs that live there can no longer try to eat my little dog, taking out the dead tree, hiding the massive HVAC unit.
Now to the font of the house. This is the right side of the front porch.
A view of the garage. I have finally mastered backing out of our curvy driveway. For the first few weeks, I would pull a 67-point turn (the driveway isn't really wide enough for a standard three-point turn) and pull out nose first. I'm sure the neighbors think I'm nuts. Also, in front of my car are the beautiful trash and recycling bins. We plan on using the wood from the deck we tear up to build a platform on the side of the house for them.
Wow, you're still reading? Impressive. Thanks for visiting - I
promise will try to get up another post soon!