Last night we invited all our extended family in the area over for a little "Open House" type thing. We had some fun treats and the kids played and the adults wandered around and chatted. It was lovely. I had to work pretty dang hard the last few weeks to get the finishing touches all done on the house. My handyman (AKA Dad), Richard and my mom all deserve kudos for their help.
Here's the dessert bar from the party:
Here's the family room as I stand in the kitchen nook. What you can't quite tell from this picture is the depth of the room. It's a lovely, spacious room!
Then if you, from there, turn to your left, there's the kitchen. The kitchen with three times the storage as the Virginia house. I still have a few empty shelves in there even though there are all kind of things stored in them that were not in the kitchen in Virginia!
On your right as you walk in is one of the two staircases and a little entry way.
In front of the entry way is the living room. It's a small room, but I like it that way. I am glad to have a formal living room to entertain guests without them seeing the mess in the rest of the house, but in our Virginia house I felt like we hardly used half our house because it was all formal.
I adore the two level windows and I adore the blue curtains that are so often the same color as the sky above them.
If you follow the hallway past the living room, you get to our bedroom on the main level. It's more than twice as big as our Virginia bedroom. I am looking forward to having this room as a sanctuary on the main level when I have a new baby who sometimes needs to be protected from the chaos of the rest of the house. (And, it's not too shabby as a sanctuary now either!)
And there's a vanity for Richard and a vanity for me! Also in here is a huge walk-in closet.
One last thing on the main level - between the family room and living room is the door to the porch and pool.
If you go up the back stairs, which are next to the kitchen nook and straight in front of the door to the backyard, on the right is the playroom. (Notice that orange rug. Recognize it from the Virginia house? It use to cover the entire family room floor. That gives you some perspective to how small that house is and how big this one is!)
Over Spring Break Naomi and Asher and I cleaned and sorted all the toys in this room and all the bedrooms. We put away about half of the toys that were in there so it'll be easier to keep clean. We'll rotate toys every once in a while.
To the left of the stairs is a walk-in game/linen closet, Naomi's bathroom, and Naomi's room. Grandma A just made this gorgeous quilt for Naomi's room. With the cheery yellow curtains and the vintage furniture set that I had when I was a girl, this room is just plain adorable for our big girl.
If you walk down this long hallway you come to the boy's rooms.
If you look over the half-wall of the hall you see into the living room on the back side of the house, or the entry way on the front side of the house.
Asher and Isaiah's room is still a bit of a hodge podge of themes at this point. They wanted a "space room" in the new house so they have planets hanging from the ceiling and galaxy curtains - but their beds are still covered with cars and trucks. We'll work on that!
And that concludes our tour of the Texas house. I think I hit the major highlights. If what you caught from this post is that each room is spacious and more roomy than we could have dreamed of - well, you're right on! We feel so blessed to be living in this house!