Ignoring for a second that I'm over a year behind in posting on this blog, (can I blame it on riding solo for the year Dan was in Korea?) let's take a minute to take a little tour of our new place in LA. At first I was a bit worried about downsizing, but I have really fallen in love with our new space and having less square feet to clean every week doesn't hurt my feelings any!
The kitchen is easily my favorite part of the house, which is a good thing since it's the hub of every home we've made. I spend a lot of time in my kitchen cooking, baking and decorating cakes, entertaining, and even working on crafts, so the kitchen is the most important thing I look for in a house. I was a little nervous when we first started looking at LA listings, since the homes here are older and smaller than what I'd gotten used to in Washington, but the second I saw this kitchen, I wanted this house. It has a pretty similar layout to my old kitchen, which is lovely, and lots of storage space for my collection of dishes and cooking essentials. This is the one room I didn't have to do any downsizing in haha!
It's a bit of a tone reversal from my old kitchen with light floors and cabinets and the dark counters! One of the fun things about moving as frequently as we have is you get to try out different styles. By the time we land in our "forever home" I'll know exactly what I want! I like having the glass front cabinets to display my wine glasses and white service items.
I love having this little cabinet next to the bar to display some of my cake plates as a little nod to my hobby. The lower cabinet houses all of the boys' arts and craft supplies quite nicely. I'll have to do a follow up post on storage and organization in this house because it was so much fun to be creative with how we fit everything in.
One of the things I love about this home is all the windows and natural light.
Our dining room has a perfect little nook for the buffet, which was all that came with us from our old formal dining room. Glass is so much more kid friendly than wood, I think (using a razor blade to scrape Mod Podge off without causing any damage FTW!), so we sold our wood-top formal dining table and just brought the dinette. It is actually the first piece of furniture we picked out when we were newlyweds and one of the few items that has survived the evolution of my taste in decor over the last decade, so I'm kind of fond of it!
And since we got rid of our formal dining table, I decided to buy a new outside table to take its place. I plan to enjoy our two years as Californians as much as possible which includes lots of dining al fresco, even at home. I am already fantasizing about Christmas dinner on the patio in our flip flops!
On to the living room. I feel like the living room looks a little generic still, probably because I don't have any family pictures up or little personal touches yet, but it is airy and un-cluttered, which I do really like. I'll miss my big fat white fireplace mantle to decorate at Christmas, but I like the charm of this brick fireplace.
Those bay windows, though!
You can see the front door and entry in this pic. I'm debating hanging some curtains on the wall that frames the bay window, but I haven't decided for sure yet.
My entry table fits! I don't know what it is, but I just love having an entry table to welcome people in to my home and decorate for various holidays.
Powder room off the entry area.
The master bedroom has three windows (again - awesome natural light in this house), but it still feels private and secluded because of its location in the house and the greenery in the back yard that surrounds it. Lucas gives it two thumbs up!
Dan's office is cluttered with books and Army gear at the moment, so no pictures of that room for now, but I will note that we have his and hers closets... not it the master bedroom. No, I claimed the big master closet and he is using the closet in his office, which is actually quite roomy and very nicely organized by that Type-A man of mine! I thought it would be a pain for him at first, but he likes having his own separate closet quite a bit, I think! He does have a chest of drawers in the master, which I painted before we left Washington. It used to be a honey finish chest which was part of his bedroom set from growing up, but I painted it and put some knew knobs on it to make it blend a little better in our room. I still need to stop to pick up one more set of knobs for that double top drawer. I didn't count right when I made my first trip to the hardware store ha!
The master bath is nice and roomy with plenty of drawers for storage!
The boys' bathroom only has a shower, so they actually do their bath in the master, but we have a good system to clean up and put away all the bath toys and mat after they're all done, so it hasn't overwhelmed our grown up space. :)
I love the shower. If California wasn't in a severe drought I could just stand in there in the stream for half an hour.
Losing my laundry room and cabinets for craft and sewing supplies had me kind of bummed, but our laundry area has actually worked out better than I thought for storage. Bigger things like my sewing machine and crate of craft paper had to be moved to the linen closet, but pretty much everything else fit in the upper cabinets. I did have to get a little creative and store my spools of ribbon, twine and washi tape in decorative jars!
The boys' vanity with the shower to the left, which will probably only be used by guests over the next two years since Lucas refuses to have water spray in his face :)
The boys' shared room is actually the largest bedroom in the house, though the closet is smaller than the master. We went from a house that had no toys in the bedrooms (most was housed in the family room), to now having every last toy they own stored in their room. So between combining the boys from separate rooms to a shared room and moving the toys out of the living area, the extra space in their room is perfect. Before we left Washington, I purchased the 16 cube storage cabinet from Ikea, which replaced the white armoire and smaller cube storage cabinet we had for toys. We are storing the furniture from Lucas and Paul's individual rooms for now, since the plan is to put them back in their own rooms after our two years here are done. I picked up the white dresser, also from Ikea, which is quite a bit larger than their individual dressers, so it houses all their shorts, undies/diapers, and pants in one piece of furniture instead of two.
The blue bunk beds! Paul only lasted a week in the crib before he started crawling out with proficiency, but the toddler bed has been working really well. Eventually we will just convert it to a standard bunk bed with another twin on bottom, but for now I want to feel I've gotten some use out of the crib I painstakingly painted all the rails on! It's also nice to have that extra space to store a toy box. I had planned to do layered bed linens similar to what Lucas had in Washington, with the rugby striped comfortor folded back on the plaid quilt, but after sweating through just trying to get everything on that top bunk, I decided to just stick to one layer. Much easier to make the bed every day! Paul got matching toddler linens for his bed. Thank goodness for Pottery Barn keeping this print in stock for so long!
Our little corner for book time.
And that's the house! Well, except for Dan's office. I'll have to update with pictures of that later.