Welcome Home

After one and a half years of married life and apartment living, Zach and I decided to purchase a home. There were several reasons for this, including wanting to be more settled, but the most pressing reason was to get away from the secondhand smoke in our apartment… but that’s another story for another time.

We really liked the area our apartment was in, so we decided to look in that area. We looked at a lot of houses before we found one we wanted to call home. We did finally find one, though. We were looking for room to grow, and we ended up with four bedrooms and nearly 2,400 square feet. Looks like we won’t be outgrowing it anytime soon!

So you’re probably wondering what this house is like. Well, it’s a one-and-a-half story farmhouse with a couple of beautiful additions–a dining room and a sunroom–on the back of it. There are two bedrooms on the first floor, and two on the second. Both bathrooms are on the main floor as well. The location is great; we’re out in the country, but just a few minutes from a small town, and we’re even closer to work than we were before (although the location doesn’t make it feel close to work; Zach says it just feels like “we got a head start” on our drive). Along with being in the country comes acreage–we have over one and a half acres of half-wild yard, with wild grape vines, flowering bushes, wild grape vines, lilies, apple trees, and wild grape vines. We also have wild grape vines.

One of the things that I really like about the house is that it has (basically) everything we were looking for and has been kept up pretty well, but there is a lot that can be done to update it. My friend Liz has been working on fixing up her house, and watching her go through that process has made me excited to do the same with my own house. This beautiful giant offers lots of opportunities for that. Let’s take a tour and you can see all of the beauty and potential for yourself.

Step through the door (pardon the cleaning products) and you’ll find yourself in this beautiful dining room.

Dining room: view from the sunroom doorway

View from the sunroom doorway. You’re currently standing right about where the cleaning products are.

There is plenty of room here for my table and chairs, china cabinet, and, well, pretty much anything you could want to put in the dining room. There’s even a recess in the wall for a breakfast nook or china cabinet.

Dining room: recessed area

I think my china cabinet is going to go in this little recessed area.

The floors are Bruce Hardwood Laminate, and the wainscoting and accent wall are old barn wood.

Hardwood floors close-up

The beautiful dining room floor

Barnwood wainscoting

Barnwood wainscoting in the dining room

 

I really like the barnwood on the walls, but there’s only one window in the dining room and no overhead lights, so the room can get pretty dark. Liz thought so, too, so she suggested whitewashing the wood to brighten up the room. This would hopefully keep the barnwood effect, while tempering the darkness of the room. I really like this idea, so you might be seeing some pictures of whitewashed wood in the near future.

Now, close your eyes and imagine yourself outside. Only, this is a magical world where you can control the temperature, there aren’t any bugs or spiders, and you won’t ever get rained on. Do you have that picture in your mind? Okay then, go ahead and open your eyes.

Let’s turn to our right, pass through the dining room and enter that magical world. Is this like what you imagined?

Sunroom

The magical land of sunroom, as seen from the dining room

As you can probably tell, this is a fairly recent addition to the house. There are vaulted ceilings, six skylights, ten windows, and two ceiling fans. There’s a wall air conditioning unit–which is a great feature, since the house doesn’t have central air–and the room has insulation and heat so we can live in it all year long.

Here you can see more of the windows and skylights, as well as the placement of the a/c unit.

Here you can see more of the windows and skylights, as well as the placement of the a/c unit.

The French doors open to a large deck that spans the width of the room. You will see this on our upcoming exterior tour.

It’s time to move on to the kitchen, but you can feel free to linger as long as you like here in our sanctuary. It’s hard to leave, I know.

Ready? Okay then, let’s do an about-face and pass through the dining room again. This brings us to the kitchen.

Kitchen

The kitchen, as seen from the dining room

This is one of the places where there’s a lot of room for improvement. I do like it, though. The room is spacious, there’s plenty of storage and counter space, and there’s even a place along the wall for the drop-leaf table from Zach’s parents. You’re probably wondering, then, what we would want to improve. I’m glad you asked!

You’ll notice, if you stick around for a meal, that the only dishwasher in the kitchen is human (read: me). I’d like to change that, if possible, and I’m thinking those wooden shelves next to the fridge are just asking to be swapped out for that wonderful time-saving device.

Also, you might have noticed the cabinets are a lovely shade of plum. I like plums, and I like purple, but that’s not what I would do for cabinets. The cabinets aren’t in really great shape, so we may replace them at some point, but that won’t be for a while. I’m content with painting them and making do for now. The fruit-themed wallpaper border is going to have to go, though.

Cabinets and border

A closer view of the plum cabinets and fruit-themed wallpaper border

The window treatment above the kitchen sink also is on the black list. I have to admire the attempt to match the theme of the kitchen, though, even if the colors aren’t right.

Kitchen window treatment

Don’t you love the red and blue with the plum cabinets?

Finally, there’s the wallpaper in the kitchen. This actually isn’t as bad (in my opinion) as the border and the cabinets, but it’s kind of outdated, and I’m hoping to go with something simpler and cleaner.

Kitchen wallpaper

Fruit-themed wallpaper on the accent wall in the kitchen

There are more details I could point out, but I think it’s time for us to move along to the rest of the house. Come on through the kitchen and turn to your right–that will bring you to this hallway.

Downstairs hall

View to the hallway from the kitchen

On your right is the guest bath, and straight in front of you is the master bedroom.

Let’s take a quick second to poke our heads in the guest bath (it’s not big enough for both of us to walk in there together).

Guest bath

View to guest bath from the hallway

Basic stuff, plus more interesting wallpaper and little medicine cabinet.

Medicine cabinet

Medicine cabinet

Bathroom wallpaper

Detail of the wallpaper

Alright, moving on to the master suit. This isn’t the biggest bedroom in the house, and the room itself isn’t very impressive, but it’s bigger than the room we were sleeping in before, and it’s got some great features.

Master bedroom

Master bedroom from the door

What exactly are those features? Well, I’m glad you asked. First, it has a bathroom en suite, which I think is pretty rare for a 1920s farmhouse.

Master bath

Master bathroom from the doorway

The vanity and sink both seem pretty new and are in good shape. The vanity has lots of room for storing all of your various bathroom necessities.

Behind the door you will find a tub and a tall storage unit, which I think will be good for towels and such.

The tub in the master bath

The tub in the master bath

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Storage for towels

You might have noticed there’s no shower curtain or shower enclosure. That’s getting fixed, like, yesterday. (Okay, technically it was finished today, but you’ll have to wait until another day to hear that story.) The window in the bath looks into… oh wait, you don’t know about that yet. I guess it’s about time I told you. Let’s step back into the bedroom.

Bedroom view

View of the bedroom from the hall doorway

When you turn to your right, you’ll notice there’s another door past the bathroom. A set of doors, really. Closet doors. Welcome to magic land junior.

Walk-in closet

The magic closet-land

This magic land doesn’t have any skylights, and it only has two windows (what a pity, my closet only has two windows), but it’s got more storage space than I ever thought I would need. There are clothes racks, and clothes racks, and clothes racks some more, and when you get done with those, there’s a whole wall of shelves just waiting to hold my bed linens.

Closet clothes racks

Clothes racks, and clothes racks,…

Closet shelves

…and clothes racks some more. Plus, look at those shelves!

Did I say there were only two windows in the closet? Well, technically there are three, but the third one doesn’t really count because it looks into–you guessed it–the bathroom. The closet was added on probably around the same time as the sunroom, and since the bathroom used to be on the outside, it had a window in the shower. I think having that window from the shower to the closet is kind of quirky, but it allows for some natural light in the shower, and anyway, I’m kind of quirky, so it’s fitting.

Well, it’s time to say goodbye to magic land junior. Sorry, I’m not going to let you linger in my closet; that would be a little odd. On our way out we can take a quick peek at the wallpaper border in the bedroom.

Bedroom border

Wallflowers

Whew! How are you holding up? I told you it was a big house, but you didn’t believe me, did you?

Let’s step back into the hallway and turn right. In front of you, you will see the front door; to your left  is a coat closet; and to your right are the stairs to the upstairs.

Hallway to front entrance

Coat closet (left), front door, and stairway

Walk to the end of the hall, and on your right you will find this cozy living room. It’s actually a pretty large room, but after the sunroom it feels quite cozy.

Living room

The cozy living room

As you can see, the walls are completely covered in wallpaper (the same wallpaper as in the hall, actually).

Living room wallpaper

The lovely hall and living room wallpaper

I really like the fireplace, and I think that it makes the room feel especially cozy.

Brick fireplace

What a great way to cozy-up a room!

As you look out the front windows, you’ll notice that we have a lot of greenery in our yard.

Bushes out the front windows

The view from the living room is quite green!

I haven’t decided what I want to do as far as decorating this room yet, but it’s most likely not going to involve wallpaper. I would love it if it involved some nice art, though.

By now I’m guessing your feet are getting tired from all this walking, so before we move on, I’d like to invite you to lie down on the carpet. This is a great chance to notice the ceiling with textured plaster concentric circles that go all the way to the walls. This is definitely staying this way!

Textured plaster ceiling

Don’t you love the circle pattern?

Okay, that’s the living room. Let’s do another about-face,

Front door (right), stairs and hall (left), front bedroom (front)

Front door (right), stairs and hall (left), front bedroom (front)

and make our way to the final room on the main floor.

You’ll notice the linoleum floors. One of the pictures on the online listing had a dog in it, so we’re thinking the previous owners figured linoleum would be good for a pet room. I have to agree with that logic, but it’s kind of strange for a bedroom, nonetheless.

Linoleum floor

The pet-friendly floor

To your right is a window that looks out to the front porch.

Front bedroom window

No greenery in front of this window!

And on the wall to your left is a nice large closet.

Large bedroom closet

There’s a lot of storage room here!

Up above, you’ll see an old light fixture. There are several similar fixtures throughout the house, and I really like how they add to the farmhouse feel. I may also just like that they remind me of my childhood.

White square light fixture

Isn’t that pretty?

Well that does it for the main floor! We just have the stairway and the second floor left, and trust me, the second floor is much smaller than the first.

Let’s head back into the hall/living room area and up the stairs.

View up the stairs

Walking up the stairs

Turn left at the top of the stairs and go through the first doorway. That takes you to the sewing room.

Sewing room

The perfect room for a girl who loves to sew!

This isn’t a huge room, but you’ll notice the beautiful built-in sewing/cutting table, and the little closet. These aspects make it great for sewing.

There’s also some nice laminate on the floor, although the closet floor looks a little sketchy.

Laminate floor

Sewing room floor

Closet floor

Closet floor

Come back out in the hallway and let’s get the lay of the land a little bit. If you turn to your right (so the stairs are to your left and the sewing room is to your right), you’ll see the doorway to the last room on our tour.

The light at the end of the tunnel!

The light at the end of the tunnel!

Before we go in, though, I want you to notice a couple of hallway details–specifically the plum paint and the switchplate.

More plum paint, plus a pineapple switchplate!

More plum paint, plus a pineapple switchplate!

Okay, moving on. Welcome to the crazy floor room!

Check out the great windows!

Check out the great windows!

Do you see why I call it the crazy floor room? Let’s take a closer look.

Here you can see my feet for scale. The tiles are about 4" X 4".

Here you can see my feet for scale. I think the tiles are between 4″ and 6″ square.

The color of the tile changes as you approach the edges of the room

The color of the tile changes as you approach the edges of the room

The room has kind of a small closet, but what it lacks in closet space it more than makes up for in shelf space.

Upstairs closet

Closet (and hangers–anyone need hangers?)

There's an entire wall of shelving!

There’s an entire wall of shelving!

Also, you should take a closer look at the window frames. They are really nice!

Beautiful wood window frame

Beautiful wood window frame

Well, you’ve seen the whole house now… except for the basement. I don’t recommend going down there if you’re tall, you don’t like creepy things, you don’t like getting dirty, or… you get the idea.

Thanks for coming on my tour! I hope you come back again to look around the outside and see how we fix up the place.

 

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4 thoughts on “Welcome Home

  1. Thanks for the tour, Evamarie! Your mom had described some of it, but the photos and your description make it much clearer. It’s so nice to have so much space! And you would want a house that gave you the opportunity to personalize it…both inside and outside. So you have that house! Have fun making it your own!

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