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Look, here are some pictures of our new house!

(The same ones that were on Facebook, if you already saw those.)

The house has one big main room, the comfortable center of our family life. One half is set up as a sitting area. The other half is our study. I feel a little sheepish about having our desks in the living room, but we figured that we may as well be upfront about where we spend our time.

living_room

living_room2

study

(We don't normally have party goods out on the study table. That was just for the housewarming party.)

In the middle picture above, you can see the placement of the screened in porch. It runs the full length of the main room, and it's the most beautiful, comfortable, peaceful haven imaginable.

porch2

porch

By the way, here's the foyer through which you enter the house. I took this standing at the entrance to the main room. The doorway on the left side of the picture leads to the kitchen.

foyer

The kitchen never looks showroom-clean - even right before our housewarming party, which is when I took the other pictures. But it's big and bright and spacious and well laid out, a very easy place to cook in. I've never had a nice kitchen before. I'm really happy there. I particularly love having space for the table right in the kitchen.

kitchen

kitchen2

Those closed curtains in the kitchen look out on our pretty little flagstone patio:

front_patio

Moving down the hall from the main room and kitchen, you come first to Colin's room:

colins_room

And then to Alex's. Her wall color is a deeper, greener blue in real life.

alex_room

Our room is across the hall from Alex's room. It's kind of blank slate-ish still.

master_bedroom

In between her room and ours is a vintage midcentury bathroom. My grandparents had a blue tub and tiny shades-of-blue tiles on the floor just like this. Michael and I have our own bathroom off our room, same design scheme, with a stall shower and an exceedingly blue toilet.

hall_bathroom

Across the hall from Colin's room are the stairs to the lower level. Because our house is on a slope, we have a walk-out basement. The screened porch is level with the sidewalk out front, but in back it's up in the trees.

Here's an overview of the big main room of the lower level. The thing in the back left corner that looks like a wood stove is actually gas-powered.

family_room

The room is divided into a sitting/media area and a playroom area. There's also another half-bath down here. Incidentally, I'm amazed at how much easier it is to keep the playroom clean now that we have open shelf storage for toys. (I suppose the massive toy purge we did before moving also helped.)

family_room3

family_room2

This room has sliding glass doors that open onto a lower covered patio. The roof is the underside of the screened porch. On this patio we have a picnic table, some lawn chairs, and a fire pit. We hope to put a hot tub out there someday as well.

rear_patio

Not pictured: Behind the lower level main room is a very large storage room, and adjacent to the storage room there is a utility room with the laundry equipment, the furnace, and a workbench. Because we don't have a garage or a shed, we keep the outdoor equipment like the lawnmower in the utility room as well. It has its own door to the outside.

So that's our house.

I can't even express how happy it makes me. It's so... cozy and practical and comfortable and homelike.
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