Update! Part 2 of the tour is up now. See the upstairs, including the two bedrooms and the master bath, here!
I am still quite sleepy and mentally drained from my weekend at Haven (a blogging conference for DIY/Home bloggers). I wasn’t sure going into it whether I was going to write a full scale blog post about it, but the decision was kind of made for me when I wound up taking all of two pictures. Oops. To sum up, I had a FABULOUS (and exhausting) time: the sessions were great, I brought free candy home for the kids and a new Kreg clamp home for Dave (who did an amazing job surviving three long days alone with the kids), and, mostly, it was so wonderful to get to spend time with so many blogging friends (and make some new ones) and find out they’re all just as great in person as they are online. So thanks blogging friends for keeping me from hiding in the bathroom all weekend! If you feel somehow that my recap is leaving out some detail, and you’re interested in more, one of my aforementioned blogging friends, Katja, has a great write-up with truly fabulous photos.
But moving on! I DID take pictures of my mom’s house. A long time ago. I was thinking I’d post them while we were out of town, but then that didn’t happen, so they’re coming to you today instead.
I’d like to do at least two more posts eventually and show the whole house; for today I have the living room/dining room, the kitchen, and the den/sitting room area.
This is the same house I grew up in. My Dad and grandfather actually built it themselves when he and my mom got married, but she lives there now with my stepfather. It’s an A-frame, which is, of course, a little unusual if you don’t live in a ski resort. Here’s the outside, to orient you. They’ve done a ton of landscaping recently, and it’s looking amazing outside right now:
I tried to pin down my mom’s decorating style and give it a name. I thought maybe French country was closest. Cottage? Anyway, it’s very different than mine (I suspect my mother would rather die than sharpie squirrels anywhere in her house), but I love it even though it’s not as wacky as my house ;).
Trying to photograph multiple entire rooms at once was totally overwhelming to me, incidentally. I wish I’d gotten more fun detail shots instead of focusing so much on whole rooms. It didn’t help that (Abe was with me and) the house is surrounded by trees, doesn’t have that many windows, and so gets very little natural light, especially in summer. I did my best!
When I was little, the front of the house was a solid wall of glass, except for those stones you see on either side of the windows. The windows were toned down to something more reasonable and the cedar shake added awhile back.
When you enter through those double doors, you’re in the big dining room/living room combination. Dining area to your left:
(She made me retake this picture because there was a pillow in the wrong place the first time)
My mom and her sisters run a shop called A Classy Flea, and this enables her compulsive redecorating habit :).
There was a tile floor in here for a very long time that she recently took out to put down vinyl “wood” flooring. It looks great and is very practical since she fosters dogs (with Cockers and More rescue) and always has quite a few around. This one is permanent. His name is Sherman:
Anyway, back to the dining room!
(At Haven I learned about pulling tables and whatnot out of the way to get a better pictures. But I hadn’t been to Haven yet when I took these):
….And to your right when you come in is the living room area:
I love the big stone fireplace and the dog picture above it:
If you walk straight through the living room and up a couple of steps, you get to the kitchen. The kitchen was redone a few months ago, and it completely different now. It used to have a U-shaped counter layout, so that a there was a peninsula sticking out and dividing the kitchen in half. My mom had a big island running parallel to the counter with the stove put in instead (along with all new cabinets and granite and quartz countertops and a tile backsplash), and it feels so much more open now:
The floors have been there for a few years; they’re real antique bricks:
The refrigerator with more cabinets sits across from the island:
Across from the window (to the right if you’re coming from the front of the house) there’s this wall with a small under the stairs closet on it:
….and then a little nook with a pantry on one side, door to the office off the other, and bathroom straight ahead (those are for another post!)
And then, finally, if you keep going through the kitchen, you get to den/sitting area. This used to be a bedroom, but they had the wall opened up awhile back to create this area:
Beyond those french doors is the screened porch, which, again, is for another post.
I still have the screened porch, office, bathrooms, and bedrooms (plus maybe more of the landscaping) to show you! Maybe sometime when I don’t have to bring Abe with me I can get those pictures.