So far, we've covered almost all the rooms downstairs: living room, dining room, kitchen, powder room, and next up I'll show you the family room/TV room/back room (I'm sure you're all waiting with baited breath).
Upstairs you've only seen the nursery so far, so there's a few more rooms to follow. And then I guess I'll post photos of the basement even though it's a total wreck, housing boxes of books that are STILL WAITING on bookshelves (we've--finally--decided to order some inexpensive bookcases to put up in the basement while we wait on the gumption/time/money/brainpower to do the built-ins I want upstairs).
In the meantime, here's the basic layout of the house.
The front door is at the bottom right of the sketch--that black spot across the hallway and the stairs. The other darker spots are windows. For some reason, the powder room didn't get labeled. It's the little square tucked into the kitchen, directly across from the stairs. The stairs that lead down to the basement are directly underneath the stairs that go up to the second floor--the door to the basement is across from the powder room. And there's a side door that we never use that enters the house right next to the powder room and door to the basement stairs (the darker black line on the right side of the sketch). The door to the backyard is off the side of the family room, which was an addition to the original house.
Here's the upstairs:
Upstairs was a bit harder to sketch for some reason. There's a fairly good sized landing at the top of the stairs that has doors to the three bedrooms and the bathroom and a small closet where the vacuum lives. I didn't label the closets, except for the crazy huge one that sold me on the house. When the previous owners added the family room extension, they ran it all the way up to the second floor and created a sitting room and enormous closet off the master bedroom. Closet space is hard to come by in these old city homes, so it feels positively luxurious. I seriously think the master closet is larger than the nursery. The bathroom isn't quite as cramped as it seems in this sketch (proportions are a bit off for sure) but at least you get a sense of the layout.
And finally, the basement:
Somehow this sketch makes the basement look nicer than it really does. It could all be labeled "hot mess" and that would be a bit more accurate. Tucked into the nook beside the closet-under-the-stairs is not an eleven-year-old wizard, but is, in fact, the Harry Potter book series and all the other books I own. Boxes and boxes of them. Also some desk supplies, frames to go up on walls, and other paraphernalia. That half of the basement is "finished," which means it is covered in knotty pine wood paneling original to the house when it was built in 1943 and carpeted with shaggy carpet I can't stand. The other half, with the laundry area, is unfinished, which means concrete floors. The water heater (& stuff) is not housed in its own little room (although we might like that someday?), but I just drew a square to indicate that it's not open floor space. The coal closet originally held coal (obvy) but currently holds things like paint cans, luggage, wrapping paper, holiday decorations, and a bunch of plastic bins full of baby and maternity clothes. The guest room is carpeted. It was another part of the addition to the house, so it's sort of weirdly located: "Welcome to our home; please walk through the unfinished laundry room in order to access your guest quarters." At least the downstairs bathroom is new and nice.
Anyway, photos and further narration to follow on the rest of the rooms. Just providing the layout today, for your viewing pleasure.
Also, I'm learning that I need to have a thicker skin if I'm going to post photos of my home. Someone commented recently on the nursery and said something like, "I love what you did with the ceiling, but don't you think the walls are a bit boring for a baby's room?"
Uh, no, obviously I don't think so or I wouldn't have painted them that color! But clearly YOU think so, so maybe you should have just stated that instead of making it a passive aggressive rhetorical question. I was mad and deleted the comment, but as I reflect back on it, I wish I wouldn't have deleted it because it really wasn't mean and certainly gray nursery walls are not for everyone (although gray is becoming increasingly popular for nurseries). I personally like the color and think a simple, soothing neutral works well with the very busy ceiling, and my opinion hasn't changed. But obviously decorating is all about personal choice and not everyone has to agree with me. And if I'm going to post photos of the house on a public blog, I'm inviting feedback and commentary and I'm probably not going to like or agree with all of it (even though I do love almost all of it because you guys are all my friends and are awesome). But the point of comments isn't always validation, but is to offer new perspectives and ideas I hadn't thought of, and I love that too.
This means I am going to get over myself and be fine with people expressing their opinions, even if I don't agree with them, because that is how the internet works. And it's totally worth it to find out that people in Ireland call chair railing "skirting board" and to get amazingly helpful links toward kitchen cabinet painting that doesn't include sanding.
So I'll keep posting about the house (and whatever else I feel the urge to share,) and I welcome any and all feedback. Except for really mean stuff, which I'll just delete, because shuddup.