Welcome, friends. In the last 2 link-ups we sat on the deck for a glass of ice tea, and we had dinner in the dining room. Now let’s move a few steps to the west and take a seat in the living room. Here’s the view when you are sitting at the dining room table.
As you can see, the furnishing are simple, durable, and well-used. We’re planning to paint again soon – probably a soft beige with a bit more body than the off-white you see now. The walls may look bare to the untrained eye, but we’re still reveling in the absence of bookcases since we moved them all into a dedicated library!
I love my leather sofas, though we’re looking for a leather sectional to replace them. Leather is very affordable if you’re willing to buy used, and anything wipes right off – not just food, though I’ll leave the rest to your imagination. Let’s just say it’s perfect for a house with small children and I find it hard to even consider anything but leather now.
Did I mention how comfortable leather sofas are? This is where Perry Boy loves to take his naps.
Speaking of wiping clean, we have done away with all carpets and area rugs. The vinyl tile makes for a louder house, but is so much easier to keep clean! Aside from surface soiling, carpets track a lot of dust, dirt, etc. beneath the surface. No more need for a noisy vacuum blowing clouds of hot air – we just sweep regularly and mop as needed with a bucket and a few rags. The tiles can be replaced individually if anything happens to them, but they’re incredibly durable so we haven’t had to do that yet. We’re not allergic people, but I’ve heard that getting rid of carpets can help if you are. My asthmatic sister found that her symptoms almost entirely disappeared when she replaced the carpet in her bedroom with tile.
Oops. Somebody left the vacuum cleaner lying right in the middle of the floor.
My rocking chair was a gift from a group of friends when 6yo Rachael was born, and I’ve rocked 4 children there now. We’ve had a few puppies teethe on it through the years and had to repair it once or twice, but it’s holding up well.
We just got the coffee table from my sister after it failed to sell at her yard sale. It’s perfect for us: solid oak and durable enough for Perry to jump up and down on it. Which Perry? In theory, either one. That’s the kind of furniture we need around here.
The fancy marble table? A vestige of our earlier days. We used to have a few very pretty, albeit cheaply made, pieces. This is the only one left, and how it survived I’ll never know.
It makes a nice contrast to the flat-screen TV and Wii, don’t you think?
Disclaimer: the TV has no reception. We use it for DVDs and Wii.
The mirror is another leftover from our stint in an enormous Victorian style home, though I plan to move it to another wall and replace with a wall of coordinated frames filled with family photos. Oh, look: there’s Becca holding Parker in the Ergo. Love that Ergo!
Someday we’d like to return to a sort of Victorian look – not the overdone ultra-feminine fancy-schmancy look, but the simpler look which is a little more subdued and masculine but still beautiful in a more sensible way.
Here is my built-in bookshelf, still unfinished like many of the details in our house. We’re considering converting it to hold the chimney for a woodstove.
In the interest of keeping it real, I did not clean or straighten those shelves. I’m just telling you so won’t wonder what it normally looks like. This is the real stuff here.
Keeping it even more real: I thought about hiding these boxes, because they’re not always there. We are in the middle of reorganizing our library, and those are the duplicates/culls. But as I contemplated moving them, I realized that we’re always in the midst of some project. It wouldn’t be very real to show you our home with nothing going on, so here is our current project in all its glory.
Oh, is it time for you to go already? I’ll show you to the new door, which we just installed last fall. It’s not white; just unpainted. Our old one was red. What color would you paint your front door if you had a light sage-green house? Please ignore the waterspots from the hose, and watch your step – the kiddie pool is just outside the doorway. Kids, do not spray our guests. Just because Mom likes to be sprayed now and then doesn’t mean everyone does.
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