10.12.2010

Living Room Love

I've been away for a little unplanned break. Working to finish the house, get settled, and more importantly, take time to engage in life here with my family. We've been exploring and enjoying the city, and a few weeks' time has helped to make me feel a little less like a foreigner. The kids and I even have a few play dates set up! So we're surviving.

I thought I might show you my new family room and den. Come on in! This first photo is taken from the doorway, which is to the right of the front door as you enter the house. (Oh, and also? You better believe I am counting the days until fall temperatures arrive and that fireplace gets some action!)

Now here I am taking a photo while standing on the couch, to give you another angle. I could not be more excited about those built-in bookshelves. I swear I would live in a pup tent if someone would build me built-ins in there.

I am standing in the corner by the bookshelves for this next photo. The room beyond the living room is being used as my den. Love that.

Here's a bit closer up of the den. Don't you just love the ceilings in this house?

The den again. Ahhh...lovely sight. This is the first time this grown-up has had a desk of her own in the house. Before I just had stacks of papers on the edge of the kitchen counter. I feel rather spoiled.

It's a great house to cozy up in. My kiddos seem to agree with me!




28 comments:

Anonymous said...

You house is amazingly charming! I love how quickly you have moved in a made it a home. And yes, those ceilings are amazing!! How long will you get to rent it? I think it would be a hard house to leave!

Amber said...

Your new home is amazingly beautiful with such lovely character around every turn! I think if I was you, I might want to rent it forever! I can't believe how quickly you've settled in and made it cozy and homey. Henry has gotten so big! He's looking more little boy and less baby.

Shilo said...

It looks wonderful, Carrie. You have such classic style.
My littlest had that same shirt as Henry is wearing! I was so sad when he grew out of it! :)
I'm glad to hear that you are feeling a bit more settled. It just takes time, doesn't it?
Blessings!!
Shilo

Sarah said...

Once again, you have created a cozy home. I would want to lay on my couch all day long and look at those ceilings--so beautiful! Can't get over that view you have!

duchess said...

Your stuff looks like it was made to fit in this beautiful house. I can't get over those ceilings - so pretty. Glad you're feeling better - just remember it takes about a year to really get adjusted...be patient.

Christy said...

These rooms are AMAZING! I tell you, cozy and welcoming is written all over it. I would be spending all my days in the chair in the den with book in hand!

Have a wonderful day!

CRICKET said...

You are so talented! Beauitful. Love how you were able to pull it together with what you have. Lauri Ward would be proud.

Christi said...

What a beautiful home you're making!

Mama Sue said...

Missed you but I'm glad you took the time out to get to know your knew home and city. I have lived in the same city all of my life and I can't imagine how tough it would be to move. I'm glad prayers are being answered. The kids look so comfy there.

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Catherine said...

Carrie, You really scored a great house. You have done a great job turning it into a home! Love to hear about what you are discovering there in the Bay Area.

Amanda said...

What a charming house! You know what's killing me though? Watching you whip it together with your things and making it so cozy and homey and here I've lived in this house for 5 years and I'm not even close to that point! lol.
It really is adorable and what great archetecture as well! Your furniture looks like it was made for that house :)

The Writer Chic said...

LOVE it! I think my favorite detail (in this grouping of pics, that is) is the window in the den. AWESOME!

Keep up the good work, lady!

MegJill said...

Seriously, you could make a prison cell beautiful! You have some amazing decorating talent and I bet that house has never looked so good. It is beautiful!!!

Andrea said...

your furniture fits in so beautifully into this home. What an amazing find for a rental! Most of the rental properties I've seen are no where as nice as your home. Of course, it's your decor that makes it extra special!

Tammy said...

Your home looks so beautiful and inviting. Well done. I have been deeply in love with your buffalo check curtains. Of course, as you know, they can't really be found. So what do you think about me "patch-working" them??? Is the white shade in there actually white or a bit of light cream?? Keep posting pictures, its the only way my own little house is ever going to get finished off.

The Starr Family said...

Carrie, I am just so happy for you and the warmth you are creating in that house! Forget the gorgeous beams, built-ins, and beautiful light... your family is bringing life to this place!

Thanks for sharing your journey! Remember to soak up each new experience!

Jboo said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!! I'd still be living out of boxes! You rock! And look how big your kiddos are getting -- how do they get more adorable all the time? Have a happy day!

Janet

Angie said...

Love, love, love your living room and den! You have made your house SO homey! You found a great house. I LOVE those built ins and ceiling!

abby @ tales and trials said...

Carrie-

Your home looks so warm and cozy! You have done such a great job decorating your living room/den. That den definitely looks like a good place to curl up with a book and some coffee.

Hope the playdates go well! ;)

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

Charming and cozy! I just love it. And yes, I love the ceilings and the built-ins. Lucky you!

Life with Kaishon said...

It is so beautiful Carrie. You are doing a magnificent job...as always!

The kids are as cute as can be. totally delicious!

Heather at Happy Chippy Junk said...

I thought people had to down grade when they moved the Cali!? So Posh!!

Henna @ AboutCabinets Blog said...

what a beautifully decorated home, the living room is looking very pleasent, i really like the white cabinet standing in the corner, along with this, as well as the built in bookshelves on the corners of the room, very neatly done

Kathleen said...

Love this room. It just makes you want to come in, curl up on the sofa and visit.

Amy said...

So adorable!! Will you share your paint color?

Sassy In The South said...

Where are the window treatments from?? Love!!!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Sassy in the South,
I am so sorry I never responded to your question! I just saw your comment for the first time...months later! My window treatments are homemade, but I got the fabric from Calico Corners. It is a buffalo check, and the color name is Bisque. Hope this helps!
Carrie