Wednesday, June 30, 2010

“We’re getting there”

Probably the number one thing we said throughout the house process and we still have a few things left to finish up, but “we’re getting there”.

When Rob and Teresa were here, they made the comment that from my previous pictures, it was hard to tell how the house is laid out. So, I have taken a few shots of the more finished spaces to try to show it.

From the front entryway, you can either go up a 1/2 flight of stairs or down a 1/2 flight of stairs (think open split-level). I don’t have a picture because the entryway is still unfinished and doesn’t look so nice :)

The main level has the kitchen, living area, dining area, homeschool area, office and half-bath. It is an open floor plan with walls around the bathroom and one wall to hold the kitchen cabinets and pantry.


At the top of the stairs, looking towards the right is the living area.


Looking to the left is the kitchen and office further to the left (conveniently hidden because it is always a work in progress). The chalk drawing is a fun thing for Savannah and Daddy. She draws pictures (of horses, of course) and he likes to add to them. She loves finding his handiwork and sometimes even leaves them in.

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A couple of more shots to try to get the perspective. In the one on the right above, you can see the stairway.


Along the back wall of the house – the deck would be out the sliding doors on the right-hand side. I am standing next to the armoire (pictured in the topmost picture of this post). This is our dining room table. The last picture in this group is our homeschool area. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this piece we found at IKEA. There is a column of drawers for each kiddo and one for me. LOVE it! It is actually in IKEA’s kitchen furniture section, but John is excellent at thinking outside of the box and it is perfect. Did I mention that I love it?


Main level half bath. The color is the same as the kitchen area and pillars. It doesn’t photograph well, and it was also my least favorite color to paint. I had to do 3 coats to get it to look decent.


From the kitchen – it shows the corner of the kitchen island and is looking at the stairway. The front door (still not painted) is visible, but 1/2 steps down. I am standing next to the refrigerator. So from here, also 1/2 flight up or 1/2 flight down.


So, now up to the landing, looking down over the main level and you can see a little bit of the second level. Look closely, you can even spy Hadden playing in the living room. Oh yes, and Lilly, the spoiled one sprawled on the floor. You can also get a perspective of the back deck and dining area beyond the kitchen.

Upstairs is the bedroom level. At the top of the stairs to the left is Savannah’s room and shared bathroom. On the right is Hadden’s room and straight back a small hallway is the master bedroom and master bath.


This is Savannah’s room – we found the bunk bed set on craig’s list. Now my challenge is to try to pull the turquoise and the purple together. Note to self: furniture first, then paint. She loves it, so that is really all that matters. It is a really cute piece – has drawers and shelves on the one end and a little desk on the other end.


This little horse just makes me smile. Savannah got him at the arts and craft fair that we went to recently.  You’ve seen their bathroom, but here it is again.


This is Hadden’s room. We also found his furniture on craig’s list. (Hadden is still wondering who Craig is :) His bag is already packed for our trip. You can see a bit of his deck, also. Each of them have a little deck off of their bedrooms. I also have a challenge in this room to pull the green and blue together. Again, furniture first, then paint. I am hoping to go shopping for curtain fabric while in PA – hopefully I can find something that will work.

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Fondly known as the cockpit, aka very top landing in the tower. The far left picture shows the topmost stairs up to the roof. The middle picture is the captain’s chair :) The right picture is actually a reflection in the mirror at the bottom of the stairs, so it is in reverse, but I thought it showed all the pieces pretty well. Confused yet? :)

The master bedroom area is not finished, so no pictures yet. We did get a king-sized mattress finally, and wonder what took us so long. We are hoping to have the inmates build the bedroom suite, but am not sure of the timing.

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Finally, VERY EXCITING to me, we moved the washer and dryer to the master bath! Whoo hoo! I used to think that having the laundry room in the basement was a good idea … that was before all of the loads and trips up and down the stairs. Although it was great exercise, it also made a necessary chore extra hard and undesirable. The final picture is of our temporary little dresser. I don’t know why, but I just love this little piece. If I remember the story right, previous owners of the house that I grew up in left it behind. When I went to college, I “stole” it from the storage building and have had it ever since.

Hopefully, these pictures have helped to figure out where stuff is in the house. If not, you’ll just have to come and visit and see for yourself :)


  1. Oh, SO fun to see all of the pictures you posted, Shirley! It looks really beautiful. One of these days, I still want to come and see it in person. :)

  2. That would be great fun - Lord willing, you can! :) Just bring the little one along (and Rob) - hee!

  3. Everything looks GREAT! I used to have that sage furniture that you have in Hadden's room. I actually still have one piece - a lingerie chest - it is in one of my closets storing extra school supplies. If you ever need it, just let me know! I would be glad to let you have it!!!!

  4. Your house looks so beautiful. I love how you have it decorated. Especially that IKEA piece in the homeschool area. I love that.

    Wow, you must have some strong legs to do all of those stairs all of the time. Here I was looking for a house with no stairs and you have all of those to do!!! But your view must make it worth it. I'd love to visit just to sit in that captains chair and enjoy the view.

  5. Wow, Shirley - it looks great! I just love everything! Thanks for the pictures, it was fun to take a tour through your house :)

  6. Wow! Your home is beautiful! I love everything about it!!!

  7. It is outstanding, fantastic, beautiful. Love, love, love the open feeling and the levels. You have worked so hard and I know it is all worth it.

  8. Oh my goodness. I'm so sorry Kris and I didn't get to talk to you on Sunday. It was one of "those" days. John even said hi to me as I walked by and I literally didn't even realize it was him until after we sat down in our pew. Pregnancy brain! We are keeping you all in our prayers and hoping that we can connect sometime to visit or when you come up to visit! Take care - we love ya!

  9. Your house has come so far!! It looks awesome!! :)


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