Since I live WAYYYYY over in California, while most of my family is in South Carolina, my relatives don’t see my house much. Now and then, I like to share some pictures that just show how our house is arranged and decorated, so that my family and friends far away can have a better picture of where we spend our days.
I also like to have a “record” of the way things are, so that I can look back and remember all of the little moments that happened within these walls. Since I’ve married my husband, we have lived in 5 different houses! And they’ve all had their own feel to them. I want to remember.
This isn’t a FULL tour. This is a “ooh my house looks pretty clean so I’ll snap some pictures before it looks like a tornado hit it” post.
The dining room
We traded our large dark wood table for this small light IKEA beauty, and spray painted our espresso chairs white. I also changed the fabrics from our previous blue/green/white scheme to sunny yellow and white.
This shelf is empty in this picture, but I have plans for it. The top two shelves are now full of cookbooks, and the bottom ones are in development. The pictures on that wall have always been “placeholder” art, and I’m planning to do something cool there in the foreseeable future.
We spend a lot of time here. Anneliese likes to sit on one of the stools at the bar, and I’ll either wear Joey or put him in the “rocker thing” (in the kitchen with us) while I cook. Anneliese colors pictures, or eats snacks, or “helps” me (stirring veggie peelings in a bowl, for example). Our kitchen is a happy place.
Obviously this picture doesn’t show the whole thing, but it’s enough for a feel of the room. Joey sleeps in the cosleeper, which I moved away from the bed because I needed to GET UP to nurse him at night, otherwise I would just “hook him on” and fall asleep again. Which sounds okay, but he needs my focus and attention to nurse, and he gets more if I sit up. (And now, sometimes I also need to get up and warm him a bottle, and/or pump at night, and I don’t want to disturb him if he is sleeping.)
Living Room — Play Area
Our living room is a long rectangle, and I’ve designated this corner as the play area. It houses Anneliese’s “living room” where she can sit and read books, and a shelf full of toys. We spend a lot of time here.
This part of the living room is where I’m usually writing, though right now I’m actually in the office! (More on this development later) I also pump milk for Joey on the couch, snuggle and nurse my kids, and read books to them here.
The middle of the floor is a great place for Joey right now, because he rolls ALL OVER the place. If I leave him to his own devices, he often tries to scoot half-under furniture (supervised, of course, and then I giggle and save him).
I love the light that comes through these windows, and how sunny our yellow paint and orange curtains make the entire room feel. For most of the summer, I had to have the curtains closed, otherwise the house would get very hot. It’s just now starting to cool down (mid-90s instead of 100+ temperatures), and I’m happy to have the curtains opened, and the windows often opened too.
Where do you spend the most time in your house?
Do you love the way that are of your house looks and feels? What are your favorite parts? What says HOME to you?