I had originally referred to this post as a home tour, but it really isn’t a full blown tour as I’m just going to show you the parts of the house that are acceptable at this point. We’ve only just moved in; we’re still unpacking boxes, arranging furniture, and trying to get an overall feel of the place. As you can see from the pictures we still have lots to do but we’re happy to finally be here and beginning to feel right at home.
This is our garage, but we refer to it as the barn. I don’t know why we call it the barn, the contractor referred to it as such and the name stuck.
Yes, that is a small Japanese Maple out front, and yes, that is a cement statue. I’m aware that is an odd arrangement to have out front of a barn in rural Oklahoma, but there it is.
Here’s the front of the house with the cupola and the our rain barrels…
…here is a view of the back, and my grass~less yard that overlooks the pond.
The pond has come a long way. You can read more about it here and here and you can see that it is beginning to fill up again. We have no grass because the mud that was dug out of the pond in order to deepen it was used to create a slope from the porch to the pond. It is sad looking at the moment but grass is beginning to grow back again here and there.
We had the home situated this way with the “back” facing the “front” part of the property so that we could sit out on the porch in the evenings and watch the pond.
This is the front entry and what I am calling the “keeping room” off of the kitchen. This was originally to have been the one and only living area but once construction got underway and I saw the large formal dining room, I couldn’t see using that large of a space only on occasion.
I decided instead to use that as our living area and this space as a small sitting area for the kitchen. Whenever we have company, everyone congregates in the kitchen anyway, why not have a comfy place to sit?
My kitchen is an L shape that overlooks the keeping room.
Here’s one view:
… and here is the other. I opted for the open shelves for two reasons. 1. I love the utilitarian look for a farmhouse kitchen and 2. They helped save us some $$ by reducing the number of wall cabinets.
While my kitchen is larger than the one we had in our previous home, and quite functional it does not have a pantry so I’ve had to get creative. I did design a very wide hall off of the kitchen, large enough to hold some storage pieces such as this one holding canned goods:
Here is the formal dining area repurposed as a living room:
…and opposite the sofa is our “media console”; originally our bedroom dresser. It ended up being too large for our smallish bedroom. I didn’t want to get rid of it so I decided to put it here. The Shepherdess painting behind the rocker is waiting to be hung above the mantle clock.
Here is the said smallish bedroom.
We do have windows, and a door that leads out to the back porch but only the bed is presentable at the moment. I’m still trying to figure the layout of the room and the closet situation.
Off the bedroom is a full bath. To save room we used a pedestal sink, to save money we went with minimal cabinetry. Minimal meaning none.
For storage we use small carts:
Since this functions as the master bath, we have a half bath on the opposite end of the home for company. We also have a small office area but like the rest of the master bedroom they are still a work in progress and not really fit to be seen.
I have yet to make curtains, hang pictures, and all those little things that warm up a place and make it homey. My hope is to have things somewhat spiffed up in enough time for us to enjoy the holidays.