Our Living Space: A Photo Tour.

We have been in Seattle for three weeks now, which is sort of hard to believe.  The last of the boxes have all been unpacked, the drawers are (mostly) organized, and I am starting to finally feel settled.  I know I’ve shown you guys some rough in-progress pics of our place already, but I still owe you the finished tour I promised last week!

The setup of our townhouse is funky, since the main living area is big and open, and all on the second floor.  Other than our original couch not fitting up the staircase, the second floor living has been no big deal.  I am totally in love with having a big open floor plan!

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Here’s a view from a different angle.  My only small gripe about the openness is that when one room is messy, they ALL look messy!  Just more incentive for me to keep it clean.

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Let’s start our tour in the most fun part of all – the kitchen!

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I picked up this giant basil plant yesterday at Trader Joe’s, and it is making the kitchen smell sooo delicious and fresh.  Fresh herbs might be my favorite part of summer.

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Long time readers may recall our tiny, yet adorable kitchen in Old Town Alexandria.  We worked very hard to make a small space feel big, and I loved some of the things we did there so much that I decided to bring them with us all the way to Seattle!

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We actually left our Ikea Grundtal shelves behind in our old kitchen, but re-buying them here in Seattle was high on the list of priorities once we arrived.  We used two of the long shelves to store our grains and most-used pantry items.  Hanging below are two of the Grundtal spice racks, along with coordinating mini IKEA jars full of spice.

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Essentially being able to hang our pantry on the wall gives us so much more space in our limited cabinets!  Plus, aren’t the ball jars just so pretty?

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On the far side of the kitchen, my diploma hangs proudly to remind me that I should never feel intimidated to try something new – both in cooking and in life.

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I love having the big raised island that looks out into the rest of our space, so when I am cooking I don’t feel like I am separated from what’s happening in the house.

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In just three shorts weeks of living here I have already decided that I will never go back to an electric stove.  It will be one of my house hunting deal breakers when we look to buy something next year!

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Natural light in the kitchen makes me happy.  And while I thought I would hate those double sinks, I actually really like it.  Much better to have my pots and pans dry IN the sink, rather than on the counters.

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I don’t spend much time sitting at this counter, but it’s nice for Casey and Sarah to have a spot to keep me company while I’m getting lunch or dinner ready.  We picked up these two stools at Ikea this weekend, and they have been a really nice addition to the space.

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So that’s our kitchen!

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Moving right along – literally – into the dining room.  Our last house in Virginia was so tiny there was no dining space, so our big beautiful table was repurposed into a giant double desk that Casey and I shared in the office.  I am so happy to finally have it back for dining again!

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This dining room set is my favorite piece of furniture in the house.  Ironically, it is Casey’s most hated, mostly because it is HUGE and absurdly heavy.  Our table and bench were a very generous wedding gift from my aunt who worked at C&B, and I have loved and adored them since the day they arrived.

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The set is from Crate and Barrel, and we have the Big Sur large dining table, along with the coordinating large bench.  We currently have the super simple Stefan dining chairs from IKEA, but we’d like to upgrade these eventually to something that fits the feel of the table a bit better. 

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Next to the table we have a little alcove nook that has been begging for a buffet or console of some sort.  I have desperately needed a spot for extra serving dishes and cookbooks, and picked out the perfect piece that I love and adore from Crate and Barrel.  But then I decided that nursery furniture was more of a priority at this point, and so in the meantime we decided to use this IKEA Hemnes sofa table.

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It’s nice to have my cookbooks handy and close-by, and I’m glad we found something that fits the space so well.

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Finally – onto the living room area!

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When we moved into our place in Old Town, we had NO furniture for our living room other than the TV.  We sold all of all our old things when we left Charlotte, and eventually piece by piece built a really cute living space

One of my favorite things that we have is this refurbished trunk from the 1800’s that we picked up at the King Street farmers market.

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The only real purchase we needed to make when we got to Seattle was a new living room rug, since our original one ended up under the dining table.  I told you a few weeks ago that we went and got the Pottery Barn Malika rug, which was a perfect match to the space!  You can see how the original rug looked below…

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We initially bought the 5×8 size, and I had a feeling right from the start that it was too small.  After a week of test driving the rug, we ended up returning it and exchanging it for the monster 8×10 size, which fills the space up so much better!

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Can you see the difference?  Now the rug goes all the way to the back of the couch, which is totally unnecessary in this house, but I think a bigger rug will have more potential in our next space too. 

Last but not least is our little chair nook in the corner.  I’m the first to admit that this is kind of the leftover “I didn’t fit anywhere else” spot, but I’ve ended up sitting in this chair far more often than I had imagined.

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During last weekend’s shopping expeditions, we picked up this awesome local Seattle piece – a map of Seattle broken into neighborhoods by name.  I think it is so cool, and it’s helping us learn the areas very quickly!  Can you find Fremont?

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Just off the doors by the chair is a little balcony that overlooks our yard.  This space is predominantly occupied by the dogs’ water dish, and not much else.  I considered putting a small table and chairs out there, but with so much seating inside and only two of us living here, it seemed unnecessary. 

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Are you still with me?  If so, high five!  There you have it – the very long-winded tour of our second floor living space.  There are still a few small things to do, but for the most part it’s finally finished.

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Once the rest of our house is complete, I’ll make sure to share that as well.  Hopefully the nursery will be next!