Come on in and take a tour of our house —- albeit empty of furnishings and the like. Hahaha! I would show you our house as it is today if it weren’t for all the reconstruction projects going on currently and the subsequential mess but figured I would spare you all the gory visual.
Now…….. keep in mind, these (not-so-great-quality) pictures were taken exactly 7 years ago in April 2008. Right about the time we first moved in. And with a point-and-shoot – the Canon PowerShot SD870 IS.
So, if you’ll just excuse the grainy-ness and poor lighting of the photos, let’s take a little walk through this place we call “HOME”. This house is our first home. It sits on a 3/4 acre lot and in a cul-de-sac.
I know many of you may really like this house but truth be told, I was not sold on it from the get-go. Although out of the [many] houses we screened, this one fit the bill for our needs the best. I knew Mr. AW Exquisite Design fell in love with it pretty much immediately …. not altogether unlike with me! Heehee.
This is where you enter from the front of the house. I don’t have an original picture with a view looking into the house when you first walk in but this is the foyer or entry way. My son is standing in the living room and kitchen is directly across from him to the left.
Part of the foyer looking towards the front from the top of the stairs.
To the left coming in through the front door, is our home office or so named the “computer room” due to this room housing the desktop computer. This is where Mr. AWE Design camps out on Fridays since he has started working from home about a year or so ago.
At the right and wrapping around to the kitchen through that entrance you see is technically a dining room but we were smart and turned it into a multi-purpose space a.k.a. the Toy/Craft room.
(Actually, we are getting rid of that mirror ^ now that our half-bath has experienced somewhat of an overhaul. Not finished yet but the reveal is forthcoming, my friends!) Since the editing of this picture, we sort of unexpectedly ended up renovating that downstairs lavatory (does anyone ever refer to a bathroom in that term anymore?!?) so we are on the lookout for a new looking glass!
Okay, so now we enter into our spacious and open kitchen……
Behold! All the space! And cabinets! And more cabinets! But don’t worry. We found plenty of stuff to fill them all up with. In case you were worried we had more space than we knew what to do with. Hahaha.
Behind that purple pail is the garage to the left.
And there’s that cute little boy following me around again! How I miss those not-a-tiny-baby-but-yet-still-a-baby days!
Back to the kitchen. The garage entrance is off to the right where you see to the outside. The other back door is the one with blinds on it. You can’t really tell from the picture but the white of the cabinets were pretty dingy so we decided to paint them black. We ran through so many spray cans of paint to get good coverage and we have dealt with the spray aftermath ever since. I even find residual spray “dust” upstairs because we did not cordon off with plastic sheeting.
This is a view looking from where the refrigerator stands. Living room is straight across; the opening in the center leads to the front entry way.
We still have yet to replace that white range that has gotten pretty grungy and gross now. Everything looked so clean and new back then, even if it wasn’t (brand new, that is).
The lovely sun room with LOTS of windows…… Love this part of the house!
The laundry room………… and behind the double doors is our 1st and bigger pantry.
The living room area…… this was one of the reasons I was not 100% crazy about the house. It is rather small and limited with furniture and home decor placement. My idealist self wanted a cathedral-style ceiling. But as we can see, the house has many other redeeming qualities about it. So I accept this less-than-my-ideal part of the house.
That is all of the downstairs …………………………………………………….
So follow me upstairs now.
The first bedroom I’m showing you is the guest room. It faces the front on the right side of the house. You can’t tell from the photo very well, but this is actually the smallest bedroom. I just divided it into three different angles.
My Sugarplum Princess’ room. At the time of this picture, she was cozy at home in my belly.
Next we have the 2nd [guest] bathroom which consists of two rooms. We have since updated the lavatory space.
Now we reach my Sugarsnap Pea’s room. He gets the nice bay window and a great bird’s eye view of the landscape. He also gets lucky with a nice walk-in closet!
And last but not least …. What really sold me, lock stock and barrel? –
The Master Bedroom & Bathroom!!!
I mean, I could not get enough of the vaulted ceiling and how huge the rooms were!
The sitting room facing the front of the house and situated on the left side of the house. There are two closets flanking this sitting area.
That probably should have said, “entry to hallway” or hallway. Oh well, sometimes you don’t pick up on your own writing mistakes until too late (since this pic had already been edited). But you get the idea of what is meant. Right? Right???
This view is in the bathroom looking through the french doors into the bedroom.
In the mirror you can see where the shower stall is and the 3rd master closet which is the biggest one. [Don’t have a picture of that one]
Let’s backtrack on the way out into my son’s room where you get a birds’ eye view of the front yard. This was the first onset of Spring as evidenced by those beautiful dogwoods with the pink blooms. That island in which the trees sit has since had a serious downsizing and all that stubborn ugly foliage disappeared. Most of those trees that look barren in the right photo are also gone. But not because we wanted them removed – that’s a story for another day though, friends.
That concludes showing you the premises of the A W Exquisite Design manor.
As you can see from the pictures, our house has a pretty nice layout…. open space, plenty of room and of course —- LOTS of DIY potential!!
Hope you all enjoyed the comprehensive tour and background story of the ‘before’ and hopefully we can put some rooms together for an ‘after’ tour some time in the near future. Just wanted to make a proper introduction so you get a good idea of what we have to work with. LOOOONG and arduous road to achieve a home that showcases our design style. We are getting there though and it’s an exciting journey!
Stay tuned for more…… Lots more to come!!
So much has changed! It is hard to imagine until you get the old pictures out. Hopefully you aren’t too overwhelmed with all the ongoing projects.