It feels like everyone and their third cousin has been asking when I’m going to post pictures of our new house. I honestly meant to do this right when we moved in but there was the whole business of unpacking. I’ve unpacked a time or two before but never, have I ever, had to do it with two toddlers underfoot. I’m telling you, moving with two toddlers is not for the faint of heart.
The first time we came to look at this house, oh lord, in my head I was putting my foot down. There was absolutely no way I was going to bring my belongings into this house and actually live here. Needless to say it’s grown on me. It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint, a little scrubbing, and all your things will do to a space. Oh, and there’s that other little thing about having all four members of our family under one roof. That’s pretty amazing too.
I really wish that I had taken before photos, especially of the upstairs. We’ve made some pretty amazing strides with it in a little over a month. This house is…well…it’s unique. There are some super wonderful features like hardwood floors throughout, plenty of closet space, lots of windows, and awesome water filtration (trust me that’s important when you have a well). There are also some weird things like different colored woodwork, one really orange bathroom, a slightly weird floor plan, and a startling lack of trim.
Before I get to the pictures there are just a few things to note:
1. I’m only showing you the upstairs today. Several reasons; this post would go on forever if not, I have a short attention span, and I still need to take more pictures of the downstairs and outside.
2. The pictures are not exactly high quality because I took them with my old point and shoot. My DSL only has a 50mm lens and I just couldn’t get a wide enough shot with it. I really miss my broke ass 18-55 kit lens this week.
3. I’m pretty sure I had a third note but I can’t remember what it was. I’m going to have to start carrying a voice recorder.
This is Kate’s room
Originally I planned on her walls being a little darker with more of a grey base. I was trying to achieve a look that was little girl feminine without being GIRLY GIRL. I think it’s getting there. I just need to work on some actual wall decor.
This is Chase’s room
Originally I intended for there to be no toys in the kids’ bedrooms. I thought it would be easier to transition them to toddler beds if their rooms weren’t a place to play. You can see how well that’s worked out for me. Maybe I’ll just make them sleep in their cribs forever. Eventually his room is going to need a full size dresser, if for no other reason than to get the TV out of reach. Katelyn loves to push the buttons.
This is our bedroom
It’s a little ridiculous right? It’s the least “finished” of all the rooms in our house besides the basement. Funny story about the furniture. The two black towers on either side of the one dresser are actually the end pieces to our entertainment center. I think they only lived as a part of the entertainment center for a few months before we impulsively bought a TV that’s a few inches wider than the TV stand. Since then they’ve basically lived as glorified bookcases/shelves. I think they look pretty nice on either side of our dresser. We also really need a bigger TV, that thing is just pathetic. I’m still trying to decide if the furniture is in the right place, then I’ll work on prettying up the walls. Promise. I guess you could say we have a walk-through closet. It’s an awkward hallway type space that has become one of my favorite parts of this crazy house. I actually kind of love that none of our closets have doors, I’m weird like that.
This is the upstairs (and only full) bathroom
It’s kind of hard to tell but this is actually two rooms. (I’m going to draw up a floor plan for the next post, everything will make so much more sense then). So, this two room bathroom is huge and has TWO closets. It’s also the only room in the house that doesn’t have hardwood floors, which is so confusing to me. I wouldn’t really mind the linoleum except for the aforementioned lack of trim. The bathroom has no trim, none, except for one window, otherwise none. It’s so bizarre, but not as bizarre as the bathtub.
I was actually a little excited about having a claw foot tub, then I realized they really weren’t meant to be showers. First of all, claw foot tubs are not particularly wide which means that the shower curtain is basically molesting me every time I shower. Wet plastic clinging to me while I try to shower is just icky. You see how the curtain is puckered weird in the back? It’s because I MacGyver’d up some magnets to keep at least half of the curtain away from me. Here’s another fun little fact, there is no spigot in the bathtub. Yeah, you read that right, there is no way to efficiently run a bath, you have to turn on the shower, plug the drain, and wait. It takes a frustrating amount of time to run just a few inches of water for my kids to bathe, I don’t have the patience to even try to run myself a bath. Also, because it’s porcelain (or ceramic, or whatever), you have to run hot water forever to preheat the tub, lest it suck all the heat from the water. I could go on for days about this bathroom.
This is the hallway
I know, it’s just a hallway, but it does boast a pretty spacious linen-type closet. I also have grand plans for the stairway. I am going to make a beautiful photo gallery wall. Someday.
So that’s the upstairs of my house. Now I think you can see why I’m breaking this up a little bit. Tune in later this week for a look at the main level.