I love this house, and one of the main reasons is because we feel like we're in a tree house. It's so calming and beautiful to see green out of these windows all year long - it's the evergreen state, after all! If you're not familiar with the set-up of split levels, when you walk in the front door, you immediately go upstairs (to our living room, dining room, kitchen, 3 bedrooms + 2 bathrooms), or downstairs (to the family/playroom, guest bedroom, guest bathroom, and mudroom/laundry room). So, there's this really confined space right when you walk in, that lots of people hate about this style of home. It's not ideal but we were willing to make it work. We have plans to potentially bump out the front entry to give us a portico and more space in the entry. That's down the road, obviously because that would include putting on new siding (which is $$$), not to mention doing major structural renovations.
Anyway, the entry is what you're seeing behind the sofa. There's a half wall there and it's kind of useless, and we don't have any storage in the living area, so we put a few IKEA cubbies next to each other to make a sort of "built-in" for our books and some toys. Once we put in the baseboards, we'll make it look more deliberate by trying to build it into the wall (or maybe moving it our altogether). It's really useful though. I love having all these books in our main living area because it really encourages our kids to read a lot.from Bornholm a few years ago (take me back!!!).
|Don't hate... I'm learning Photoshop and I had to get rid of my reflection in a nightgown.|
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downstairs to the play room, once we fix it up a little. It's definitely a mess of toys and junk right now, and we have no furniture either, but someday!
Anyway, that's it for now! If you've seen anything epic lately, let me know cause I have the time to plan to perfection!