Let me show you.
We we bought the house it looked like this:
And here's the kitchen, as seen when standing in the family room.
And here's looking into the family room from the kitchen.
Now, for awhile things looked like this:
Home office in the kitchen. The desk is against that darn dining room / kitchen wall.
The kitchen. Which isn't that bad but is pretty dated.
Yet if you peek inside you can clearly see that I'm ready to entertain. Come for cocktails or tea! I'm ready!
Where I spend soooooo much of my time:
If you look at the top half of the window, the darker, wing-shaped part is where hail or debris hit it during the tornado. We do have a replacement in now but really the whole house needs new ones.
On top of the fridge is a little filing box, appropriately labeled.
And this is what the room usually looks like. Dishes, dishes everywhere and no one remembers which cup is theirs.
Now on to the supposed-to-be-a-family-room, which looked like this:
The built-in bookshelves (swoon!) that flank the fireplace (swoon again!) were painted white and the walls were painted a bright blue color that Travis picked out. I picked out the Target curtains which seemed so bold (coral!) at the time but when you compare them to the paint Trav chose they're pretty tame.
Our custom-built, hand-made with wood from the cherry tree that stood in my parents' yard buffet was put against the wall and doubles as a liquor cabinet and a family home altar.Kendra makes. My kids and I learned the Morning Offering by reading that prayer every morning before breakfast. (Thanks, Kendra!)
So that's how things were.
But then Travis had two weeks off of work over Christmas and he decided to take down a wall.
So he did.
Holy smokes! Look at all that room!
I loved having the map, white board, and other prints in the kitchen so I just moved them. I love them there.
But please excuse the mess. Travis is obviously not done with the mudding.
The old suitcase and white basket container I use for miscellaneous storage used to sit next to the computer desk. I have them tucked in a corner of the dining room now and I really like them there.
Here's the view of the updated dining room from the living room. I kept the antique alphabet chalkboard where I had it when the room was a playroom. Underneath I put the buffet, which still doubles as a liquor bar and home altar.
Back to the other side of the kitchen. The family room now looks like this. I call it the Sitting Room and we love it.
My grandparents gave us a sofa they wanted to get rid of.
This rocking chair was salvaged and reupholstered by my mom. She did it years ago and it's been sitting in her basement just waiting for me to finally have a spot to put it. I love it. (And I loooove that fabric!)
Under the huge window, with a beautiful view of the backyard, sits this desk that my parents have had for ages. The kids, especially L, love to sit there and color.
And one more picture of the fireplace and bookshelves, this time with all the Christmas decorations cleared away and a nice fire lit.
I love our home!
You can see the bedrooms here, the living and "dining" rooms here, and the outside here.