Thursday, September 5, 2013

A Tour of Our New Home

"Home the spot of earth supremely blest,
A dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest."
~ Robert Montgomery

What a busy month this has been! We have been in the process of moving, so I apologize for my lapse in posting. We relocated to the Birmingham area to be closer to my job as assistant editor of Victoria magazine. We are still making our new house feel like home, but I wanted to give you a quick tour. These are the previous owner's MLS photos. The above photo shows the exterior of the house. One of my favorite features is the charming portico on the left. It is just the right size for a petite table and chair -- the perfect spot to pause for a morning devotional and cup of tea.

Inside the front door, a dining room sits to the left and a small sitting room to the right. I hope we can add some more architectural details to both spaces. Our new dining room is slightly larger than our previous one, so I am eager to entertain here. I don't have a photo of the sitting room, but will try to share that space before long.

This is the living room, which is my favorite gathering place in the house. It feels smaller than our old family room, but I am enjoying the intimacy. We have enough space for the whole family to live comfortably in the new house, so I am trying my best to train everyone to keep this room neat. Our living areas get cluttered so quickly, but my goal is to keep the main floor presentable and stash shoes, backpacks and toys in their appropriate zones. The living room opens to the kitchen.

When my mother-in-law toured this house with us, she wasn't sure about this kitchen. My first impression was that it was small, but as I am unpacking, I am finding that the cabinets are more spacious than they appear. The finishes are very nice, but a little dark for my tastes. Down the road I hope we can lighten things up, but for now I am just counting my blessings that I can cook dinner for my family and gather everyone into this cozy space. Chicken and dumplings are already simmering in the crockpot for tonight!

This low-resolution photo shows the french doors that lead to the deck. To the left of the deck, you can make out faint lines of a screened-in porch. The previous owners used this space daily. I anticipate that we will do the same. Our lot slopes sharply away from the house, and the backyard is filled with trees and foliage. We feel like we are in a tree house when we take in the view from the back porch. I don't have photos of the deck but will try to take some "before" photos of this area before we make it our own.

I don't have photos of the master bedroom, but have this photo of the master bath.

We are enjoying the spa-like feel of this spacious bathroom. Again, it is a little dark for me, so I am looking for ways to lighten it up. The space works beautifully for us, though.

With four children, we had almost given up finding a house with enough bedrooms for everyone. We were delighted to find this five-bedroom home with ample closet space. All the kids have their own bedrooms, and the boys and the girls, respectively, have a shared space, as well. The photo above shows Christian's bedroom. It is a disaster right now, so I am encouraged by the potential looking at the previous owner's photo.

This space has gone from their Carsyn's nursery to our Carson's bedroom. All the bedrooms are spacious, but this one is the largest. Both boys want blue rooms, so look for before-and-after photos soon (I hope).

The boys' bedrooms are on one side of the house, and the girls' are on the other. This is Mary Ashley's room. We still need to set up her bed, but I hope to get that accomplished tonight. There is plenty of room for her sewing machine in this airy bedroom, and the view out her windows is gorgeous.

This charming space is Emma's bedroom. It suits her so well! It is the smallest of the bedrooms, but still a nice size. Because it is a converted attic space, this room is more challenging to heat and cool, so we may ultimately switch her bedroom with the space below.

This is the playroom, which is off Emma's current bedroom. When we first started house hunting, the girls said they would be willing to share a bedroom so they could have a playroom. We feel very blessed to have space enough for separate bedrooms and a playroom. I can't wait to decorate this haven!

The children have nice bathrooms upstairs. My boys share this bath, and the girls share a Jack-and-Jill style bath. The new house has four-and-a-half bathrooms, so keeping them clean will definitely be a community effort.

The partially-finished walkout basement features this room for the boys -- a gracious space for welcoming friends. I hope teenagers will be piling in soon for youth devotionals, games and hanging out.

Well, that's the grand tour! Thank you for your patience as we get settled in. I hope to return to regular posting as soon as we get unpacked. Speaking of that, has anyone seen my camera?

"Every house where love abides
And friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home sweet home
For there the heart can rest."
~ Henry Van Dyke


Valerie said...

Oh, Melissa...I have been waiting for this post!!! Congratulations on the new home purchase and relocation to Birmingham!!! I can't wait to see the "Melissa" touch to this new-to-you home. And how precious is is that one particular bedroom goes from one Carsyn to another???!!! Cute.

Allison Hilyer said...

It looks beautiful! I can't wait to visit. At first I was like, "did she get all new furniture?" haha!! Love and miss you!

Katy said...

I will be watching for all those after photos anxiously as you make this house your family home!!

Nancy said...

Beautiful but can't wait to see what you do with it since you do have that special touch and I know it will be worth the wait.

Mrs. Cozy Home said...

Congratulations on your beautiful new home!

grand pam said...

So happy that your family has found a wonderful house, now you shall make it a lovely home. I am eagerly awaiting your results. God bless you and yours throughout your adapting.

Nancy Hood said...

Me, too, me, too!! Looking forward to seeing your style turn this into another charming home for you and yours. Take it a bit at a time, remembering the time with your babies will pass quickly :) Praying for your new move and the peace and the calmness to walk this path. Blessings, sweet friend ~ Nancy

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

How exciting to begin a new chapter of your life! I don't know how you do all that you do but I can't wait to see how you make it your own. I know that it will be beautiful!!

Rach said...

Nice! Looks great for parties!!

Lois Evensen said...

How very lovely!

Deborah said...

I agree. It's really lovely. I can't wait to see your spin on it when you "make it yours".

Jennifer Driver said...

I can't wait to see it! It's very pretty and such a great size!

Anonymous said...

You always inspire me to push and give more for my family. We too are looking for a larger home that will suit our needs as a growing family. Thank you for sharing tghe lovely photos. Blessings! "Working NW mama"

Unknown said...

Really charming abode you got there. Glad you've clinched all that architecture and room space. And it seems you've done wonders with it too. :) Looks like you've got things covered and secured, but if you haven't, then there are agencies for that. All in all, thumbs up.

Marlin @ All State

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(Nicole) Bellenza Party Suite said...

Congratulations on your new home! I can imagine the excitement despite all the stress that comes with moving into a new house. Looking forward to seeing the new photos with your 'personal touch'. We're sure you're going to do a fantastic job in transforming it into your new 'home'. :)

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