Gather around my blogfriends, for the second part of our house tour. No pushing, there's plenty of room to spread out, yes, I mean you Donyale! GeekKnitter, no nametag, no tour! Sarah W, I'm not starting the tour until you get off the rocking horse!
Settle, settle. MadMad and Bells, everyone else can't hear over your giggling. Ok, here we go!
Another big selling point for us was this open plan living/dining/kitchen area at the back of the house. This is a modern addition, done about 15 years ago - the old jumble of small rooms traditional for this type of house was knocked down and this built in place. And done really well - something we really appreciate is the continuation of the high ceilings (at least 11 foot ceilings) and using windows which match the front original part of the house.
The main "problem" with it is all the windows mean there isn't much free wall - hence this "wall" of cupboards and storage. At first I thought it would be a bit much having all these in a row, but I'm quite pleased with how it looks, particularly with how the blackwood bookcase (another item made by husby's dad) blends so well with the antique/vintage oak furniture. It will look even better when husby gets around to putting up the pictures!!
I'm not so fond of the bright-yellow-with-crappy-blue-benchtops kitchen, but it's functional, quite well-designed and has a good amount of storage space, so it will do for some years yet. And I really like being able to cook and watch tv at the same time! (and yes, those are some boxes of stuff from the move underneath the bench there...it's the rules, isn't it, to have at least 2 or 3 boxes of crap you can't find a home for just sitting around for a while after a move? Please say yes!)
Around the corner behind the bookshelf is a little nook with the spare toilet and the laundry. Convenient yet hidden away. Again, no storage in the laundry so have had to improvise. One day we'll put in a cupboard or two. Another thing for the list!
And finally, I know you've all been waiting for this:
Yes, my knitting/sewing room/library! I'm so so so pleased with this room. Let's move in a little closer:
I love the shape of this room and the windows looking out onto the backyard.
Eventually we'll put in a to-the-ceiling built in cupboard/bookshelf (with a sliding ladder - squeeeeeeeeee!) in this alcove. But I guess you probably want to see what's in the cupboards ... Be warned, I'm watching you all! NO leaving you unattended here! First up, fabrics, sewing stuff and some good yarn:
All my 8ply and worsted cottons in the basket - I figured I could set them free from the ziplocks. I hope I'm right in thinking moths don't like cotton?? (please please let that be the case!)
Jumper amounts of yarns in the cupboard in the alcove.
I know some of you might be wondering where the rest of the stash is? Hmmm, a woman has to keep some secrets, I'm sure!!
And that ends the house tour! Did I mention there was a bag search before you leave? Bags please! Thanks for coming along on the tour. Can you tell I'm just a little house-proud?!
For those interested, there'll be a garden viewing later this week!