Wow. What a month it has been. There’s nothing quite like a cross-country relocation and the subsequent settling into a new home to remind one of one’s age. Thirty-eight isn’t old but it feels that way when it wakes up after three long days of hauling boxes and furniture up and down three flights of stairs. There were a good few mornings there on which I woke up and could have sworn I’d been run over by a truck the day before. All of these tired muscles are settling back into place now, but there’s still a lot of work to be done. Nonetheless, I’m taking a break to take you on an informal first tour of the new house. Would you mind slipping your shoes off at the door on your way in? Thanks, ya’ll.
Here’s our unadorned entryway. The front doors are absolutely gorgeous and–together with the trim–make for a grand welcome, or will, at least, once we spice things up with a runner, a bench and something on the walls.
The space is fairly sterile at the moment. As we make our way further into the house I’m afraid you’ll find that to be a common theme. We’ve only been here a little over a week; I need a bit of time to warm up the space and make it my own.
This is the greatroom. I’ve got big plans for that mantel and those built-ins.
Next, we have the keeping room. It’s basically a family room located just off the kitchen. So far, it’s the most put together room we’ve got but even it has a long way to go.
The kitchen is one of my favorite rooms in the house. It’s so bright and airy and well-lit. The commercial stove is a dream to cook on. Last night I made a meal with both bacon and garlic but thanks to that outdoor venting hood, the house smelled perfectly fresh all night long.
Come on with me, we’re going to take a peek outside. What’s that you say? What spots?
Ah, yes. Those spots. It seems we have a bit of a ladybug infestation. Granted, the ladybugs aren’t nearly as problematic as, say, ants or spiders, but believe me when I tell you that I have had well over my fill of ladybugs. They’re everywhere. And they’re driving me slightly batty.
You might remember how we had some struggles with the design of our backyard. As it turns out, we love the outcome. We had the builder nestle this outdoor fireplace right into the retaining wall and then build a circular patio around it. Doing so totally maximized our space in the yard and still allowed us to have the fireplace we really didn’t want to give up.
Let’s head back inside now and take a look at some of my favorite details.
I wish I could show you the rest of the house. The trouble is that we have only a select few rooms even somewhat put together. The rest of the rooms in the house look a lot like this.
We’re working on it–one box at a time. Thanks for stopping by, friends. Come back real soon, m’kay?