Welcome to our family womb, as we affectionately call it. Here's a view from the front door.
This is where we spend most of our family time. It's a tight squeeze when all five of us, plus two dogs are here, hence the nickname. But it's colorful and cozy.
The color is Benjamin Moore's "old navy," and it took a year to find. I wanted something true blue.
Initially, the walls here were a beige-ish shade of yellow. Very bland. I wanted to make this place lively.
If you've browsed around here, you know we are fond of oriental rugs. They last. And they're pretty.
We have our creature comforts, of course. Pillows, blankies…
and my favorite thing…
It's an addiction. Not even kidding.
My friends brought this back from France. Oooh-la-la. That's the extent of my French.
And then there's this vignette. So hard to work around TV stuff. Love the big yellow candle holder.
The views are nice, too. I love living in the country. Later on I'll show you that patio. The hubby built it. Not the best time of year for an outside tour, however.
Moving right along to the kitchen.
I am a light-colored cabinet kinda girl. We changed out the backsplash last year. No more glass tile from the big box store. Yippee! Squint and look closely. You'll notice the handles on the right cabinet don't match. I'm thinking of changing out the hardware.
The other change we made was the lighting. The old fixtures were too bulky and not hung at the proper height. These were a splurge from my favorite lighting place—Schoolhouse. Guess it's the teacher in me.
I also want to replace some of the solid cabinets with glass doors. Seeded glass, please. There's the guard duck. He needs a coat, I think.
This room is filled with things that make us comfortable.
Okay, it's time to make stew (with butternut squash-yum) and build a fire.