Thought I’d take a departure from my usual lists of things to write about what I like best about my house.
Upstairs Laundry Room–First of all, after living in three different apartments, I’m still just grateful to have my own washer and dryer! And, ever since my vicarage-induced fear of basements, the idea of having to go down into one almost daily has terrified me. I love that the machines are upstairs, where most of the stuff I wash is located. I also love that it’s right next to the playroom, so I don’t have to wonder what my children are up to when I’m doing one of the at least ten loads of laundry that need to be washed every week.
Upstairs Playroom–I suppose if we had a finished playroom in the basement, that could be on the list as well (basement phobia aside). The point is, I like having a place for our toys that’s not in the main living area of the house. It helps at least contain the clutter when the bulk of the toys are upstairs.
Open Kitchen/Living Room–It’s so nice to be able to be a part of what’s going on in the main area of the house when I’m cooking, cleaning, or doing something at the table like clipping coupons.
Kitchen Faucet–Silly thing to like, I know, but it pulls out from the fixture to become the dish sprayer. Genius!
Pantry–Big enough to hold everything I want it to, and also keep the trash can and the craft bin out of the way. I applaud the person who decided that kitchens deserved closets, too!
Kitchen Island–(Can you tell I love my kitchen?!?) I love the extra work space and cabinet space. But what I really love about the island is that it allows me to work at the counter without turning my back on the rest of the kitchen/my children/the TV/the door (I’m weird about having my back to the door). I can see what’s going on, and still prepare my meals–the best of both worlds!
Blankets–We have a stack of blankets in the corner (when the children haven’t draped them all over) of our living room. They don’t match each other or anything else–we have fleece and chenille, character blankets and quilts, animal and sports themed blankets. But I love knowing that if someone is chilly when watching a movie, or just wants to snuggle in a blanky because it’s soft, they can just grab a blanket off the pile.
Game Cabinet–I love this for two reasons. One, I love the armoire itself. It’s pretty, I like the color of the wood, and it matches the rest of the furniture. Two, I love that it’s filled with all kinds of games. Games for kids and games for adults, family games, group games, and, of course, my favorite, our collection of Ticket to Ride games. The place to go if you’re looking for some fun!
TV–Just in case the fun we’re looking for is a little more passive than games, I’m happy that we have a nice TV (and a nice collections of DVDs to go with it!) where we can veg out together, watch movies, the news, the Olympics (can you tell I can’t wait?)–whatever strikes our fancy.
Living Room Picture–We bought this picture of Jesus as a toddler helping Joseph in his carpentry shop as a wedding gift to each other. It is one of the few things that has been with us on all our moves, and displayed proudly in all our homes. My favorite thing about it is the shadow cast behind toddler Jesus, not in the shape of a child, but the shape of a cross. Very cool.
Mission Theme–I didn’t even realize at first that our house had a theme, decor-wise. Then, one day it hit me–we have a lot of mission furniture, and the other decorations, especially in the living room, also kind of fit the theme. Maybe I have decorating talent I wasn’t even aware of!
Master Bathroom–Maybe it’s because my parent’s house didn’t have a master bedroom/bathroom, but it’s still a novelty to me that we have a bathroom connected our bedroom. I also love the garden style tub and separate shower–it’s as close to a spa as I’ll ever get.
Walk-in Closets–The three bedrooms we use as such all have walk-in closets. It’s so nice to have the extra space for all our stuff–we’ve even put our dressers for two of the bedrooms in the closets! It’s almost decadent!
Bookshelves–I love our bookshelves, not for themselves, because they’re the cheap, put-it-together-yourself from Target kind, but for the massive number of books we have on them. I still use the library a lot, but I love knowing that I can find a book from pretty much any genre right here in my own home if I so desire.
Bedding–I love the bedding we have. I’m specifically referring to our fall/winter bedding, because we just have a light blanket for the summer. But our heavy comforter is the prettiest shade of indigo, and has matching shams and Euro shams, which I am a total sucker for–just love them. Makes it seem like a hotel. And the high thread count sheets–I’ll never go back to cheap-o sheets again. For that matter, I also love the bedding in our guest room–also has high thread count sheets, and I think the plaid comforter is very nice.
Back Door–I like having an actual door in kitchen. Not a sliding door, but a regular old six panel door. I am grateful not to have to worry about having blinds or curtains across a sliding door.
Photo Groupings–I spent a lot of time figuring out how I wanted to arrange the special photos I had framed. I moved them around a bit, but for now, I think I have them way I want them. Two black and white and three color groupings in the den (including one of our wedding photos, and one of the children’s first birthday portraits), as well as a Christmas-themed grouping in the living room. I love having pictures of family and happy times to look at!
Christmas Decorations–They’re only out for four to six weeks of the year, but I love the decorations we’ve put together–our house definitely looks prettiest in December!
Americana Wall–My theme wall in the kitchen. If we ever finish painting (it’s looking doubtful), all the kitchen walls will be red, and the valance and one curtain we have are navy blue. Right next to the window with the blue curtain is my wall grouping of Americana “stuff.” Rustic looking flags, stars, Uncle Sam, a “liberty” sign–you get the idea. I’ve been collecting the stuff in that grouping (and it’s not that huge–less than ten things) since before we got married. I really like what I’ve accumulated and the way I’ve arranged it, although I am looking for one last piece to balance it out. I’ll know it if I ever see it–I’m waiting for something of a very specific size and shape!
Den Table–My in-laws gave us this neat table for our first Christmas in this house. It’s a skinny table (What do you call that? A cocktail table maybe? A console table?) in our mission style. What makes it special, though, is that they mod-podged pictures of our house at the various stages of the building process (and a cool picture of the first snow after we moved in!) on to the top. Such a thoughtful gift, and such special memories.
Rocking Chair–Also a gift from my in-laws, this is something of a family heirloom. They wrote on the underside of the chair who it belonged to and when they gave it to us. I enjoyed rocking Ladybug in this chair when she was tiny, and now it’s going to be the “teacher chair” in our schoolroom.
Schoolroom–I have to brag on myself a bit, here. I love the way our schoolroom (also known as the guest room) has come together. I didn’t have a lot of money to spend on it, but I really think it looks quite school-y, and is quickly becoming a favorite room in the house for everyone!
My Family–I would be remiss if I left out my family, since they are in the house most of the time. It wouldn’t be my home without my family in it, and they are the best thing I’ve got going!