I never got around to posting some pictures of my new place, but here they are. It’s a duplex, and we love the location of it (within walking distance to the beach, grocery shopping, the library, restaurants, a quaint little main street, parks, and even a movie theater!) We also love the renovations they did before we moved in, like new appliances and a brand new kitchen and bathroom, but our favorite is the washer and dryer. It took me awhile to get used to the fact that I could now start and complete a load whenever I wanted.
I really like our living room. It’s not massive, and could certainly use some design intervention, but our budget and lifestyle these days beg for simplicity and clean, clear spaces, so that’s what we try to aim for. It has a great window behind the couch that Eli and Dylan love to look out during the day, like they are in this shot below.
This probably is the smallest master bedroom we’ve ever had, and we knew it would be this way when we looked at our place. In fact, both bedrooms are kind of on the small side. But I realized when we lived in our previous place that at least for now, neither we nor our kids really spend that much time in our bedrooms except to sleep. The decor in our bedroom is also pretty simple – I want to work on it at some point, but for now, the most I do for “looks” is to keep it as uncluttered as possible and to make the bed every day.
No, it does not look this clean all the time. In fact, most of the time it has dishes either drying or waiting to be washed, because as you can see, there is not a dishwasher (but I’m okay with that – really, where would they put one anyway?).
This is part of the same room the kitchen is in. See those adorable begonias? Well, they’re gone now – I couldn’t keep them alive. Now a basil plant occupies the sunny part of that window sill.
This picture above is to the right of the kitchen table.
Even the square footage-wise this place is a little bigger than our previous one, it feels a lot bigger, largely I think because of this hallway and the layout. The living room is at the front of the house, and on the way to the kitchen are the bathroom and one bedroom and a closet, and then beyond the kitchen is the laundry area, then another bedroom. It gives us lots of space for getting our wiggles out :).
This bathroom is larger than our previous one, and while it’s not a deal breaker for me, I can say that I’ve really appreciated the bit of extra space I have, especially now that my 2 1/2 year old loves to follow me EVERYWHERE.
We’ve always been so thankful that God has provided us with everything we’ve needed, especially when it comes to furniture. It doesn’t all match, but everything but the little children’s table and the play rug and a few plastic storage bins was given to us by generous and thoughtful friends and family. I have some ideas of things I want to do to personalize the little table and chairs, but I’ll save that for another post :).