Friday, December 7, 2012

New Home Tour: Part 2

This is probably my favorite part of our home. After living in a box for the last five years (don't get me wrong...our first home was great), this open floor plan is just what we needed. I love that I can be in the kitchen and still be a part of the family room activities.

This part of our house is hidden in the back after you walk through the formal area. In our other house, you walked in the front door and were immediately standing in our family room. It can be a little awkward when you don't really know the person ringing the doorbell.

The only two drawbacks to an open kitchen?

1. The dishwasher is loud. If you want to talk, you have to wait until bedtime to run it.
2. The kitchen must be kept clean at all times...everybody can see the mess when your kitchen isn't hidden behind a wall.

I'm not complaining about either drawback. It doesn't bother me at all. I'm just pointing out the cons.

Below is the kitchen. When we moved in the entire house was white. I don't mean a shade of white. I mean the base color white that they use to mix another white as white can get. Blinding white. So we toned everything down by painting the walls a sandy beige and the kitchen 'Chocolate Milk.' We also had the counter tops replaced. They were white Formica...we had that in the other house and so we decided we wanted to upgrade to quartz.

The view from the family room.

View from the hallway entrance. The door you see in the picture leads to the master suite.

Just another angle of the hallway entrance. I know there are a ridiculous amount of pictures of the's my favorite part of this house.

This is the family room. I haven't put up mini blinds yet. I'm still trying to figure out how to handle this situation. I love the natural light that flows in and this our backyard, so I'm tempted to leave it so I can have the light. It's not like we sit around naked watching television...

View of the family room fireplace.

Art niche which I'm clearly not using for 'art.'

This is the breakfast nook. It's huge for a 'nook' so now you see why we really have no use for the formal dining area. Don't mind the ugly linoleum. I'll put tile in someday, but I've discovered that linoleum is really easy to clean which comes in very handy with a messy toddler and mealtime.

View of the hallway that leads to the spare bedrooms and laundry room...which is next up on the home tour.


  1. I have to agree with you, your 1st house was great but this is so much better. More room to roam. And I LOVE your new counter tops.

  2. The tour I just went on was wonderful. You have picked nice colors for the house. The kitchen and dining room is very comfortable. I am very proud of the talent you have. Looking forward to the next tour and Chole leading the way. I miss you.

  3. Looks great!! I do love your kitchen and not afraid to say I am jealous as we live in a BOX LOL! For the family room windows... what about just shears, we have just shears in our living room b/c we like the light that comes in there- so we went with just shears that can be pulled back and cover the window for some privacy - and they still let in a ton of light- it took us 2 days of shopping to find the right ones that didn't look so cheesy and shiny though haha

  4. I love the colors for your kitchen! As far as the noisy dishwasher, that can easily be replaced in the future. Ours was awful and a few months ago we bought a new one, that most of the time you can't even hear that it's on, it's great! We have white counter tops and absolutely hate them, but that will be a project far in the future. We have vertical blinds on our back windows and during the day we keep them open so that the light comes in, plus Kylie loves staring out the windows at the birds and squirrels!


Thanks for reading!