Nice, no? It looks so “house” to me. And a bit on the formal side too. This is our new home in Charlottesville. Come on in…
Here’s the entry hall. The layout of the house is a little odd, but it’s just a rental, so we’re more concerned with the overall space than perfect fluidity. Our “big furniture” fit in through the back door, so it’s all good.
To one side of the hall is the dining room. I think it’s my favorite room. Nice and light, and what I thought from hubby’s house hunting pics was a weird celery color on the walls is actually a perfect celery color for showcasing my pottery and art collection.
To the other side of the entry hall is a room we’re using for our computers, books and desks. It’s a big fat mess right now, so I’m not showing it off. Later. I’m not showing off the kitchen either, which is beyond the dining room and the hall. Nothing special there, except that there are no stainless steel appliances to clean obsessively — yay!
The other end of the kitchen space is the living room. There’s a big empty space between them, which I suppose is for a dining table, But I’ve never been fond of the whole formal plus informal dining room thing. Seems like waste of space to me. I’m on the lookout for a kitchen island since the new kitchen has twice the square footage of the old, yet half the cabinet space.
To make up for the lack of cabinet space, there’s an awesome laundry room. It has cabinets for my “fancy” china, some of my pottery collection, and all my daughter’s craft supplies, plus a little table to work on. She said she’ll do laundry in turn for use of the space. There’s also open shelves that have full on Martha Stewart potential, but I’m not even going to try to make these look color coordinated and tidy. No way.
This is the living room, which looks totally lived in already. I love the painting above the fireplace. That is our Hawai’i. Red dirt and pineapple fields. Since the TV is on the wall opposite the couch, and we tend to flop on the floor anyway, I envision a couple of pillows and bean bags that look rock-like in this space. I can’t justify spending the big bucks on the felted ones in all the magazines, but I’m thinking I could felt my own little ones and DIY an appropriate beanbag cover or two. Then I wouldn’t worry too much if the family destroyed them either. There’s a really cool sliced tree stump coffee table in a consignment shop that I’m drooling over though…..
Here’s a peek into the guest/sewing room. It’s off one side of the living room, and the home office is off the other side, so we can all be doing our thing and still be kinda together. I like that.