The New Digs

I took all these pictures with my phone so they are what you get from a phone camera.  What makes the house so loveable to me is that it has a lot of “period features” but is modern in the important areas.  (Kitchen and bathrooms.) 

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The “reception” room, more commonly known as the living room. I love the herringbone floors.


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All the rooms have the original fireplaces. This is in the reception room. They were a major selling point for me. None of them are functional, purely decorative.


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The kitchen was what sealed the deal. It isn’t open into the reception but it has a large dining area where we can do a lot of our “living.” It also has a drop-down sink, which I’ve been pining for for years.


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The landlord is also the previous tenant, they owned and lived in the property until Saturday, and they have moved west to be closer to her mother. It was an Asian couple, she is a surgeon, and they had two little kids. He was really nice and really excited for a family to be living here. Anyway, they left behind all the curtains, the bar chairs, a lot of dishes and some golf clubs.


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The kitchen/dining room fireplace.


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The stairwell. There are lovely stain-glassed windows throughout the house.


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The front door. I think those massive drapes will be the first thing to go. The front door is marbled glass so I don’t feel like they are necessary.


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The itsy bitsy guest room. Dontcha wanna come stay here? Yes? We are crossing our fingers that a sofa bed will fit in here.


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It has this totes adorbs coal stove… Am I tempting you? Just ignore the ladder, it doesn’t go anywhere I was just too lazy to move it.


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This is Mim and SI’s room. Mim cried and cried when she found out she wasn’t getting her own room. I’m not sure where she got that idea, because it was never the plan. But she is in love with the keyholes in the doors where she can sing “It doesn’t have to be a snowman…” This room is also quite small, so we are grateful for our toddler sized bunkbeds that are coming across the ocean. The only problem is that no one told me that mattress sizes are totally different here so we will have to do some engineering. (And very unfortunate for all the sheets I brought over.) The decor was also left over from the landlord, but it’s cute enough for me.


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Cameron and Eli’s room. It’s the biggest room but that seemed fair given that I will probably send them there a lot. There is also a full-sized fireplace but I thought those pictures might be getting old.


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Our bedroom. It’s the only room with carpet, and it’s horrible carpet. But it’s not too big so by the time the bed is in there it will be tolerable. And there are built-in wardrobes. (The real reason I gave the boys the big room.) There is also a fireplace in our room too.


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The only bath and shower. Sharing a bathroom will be interesting…


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This is off the kitchen, kind of out of order but oh well. I have to catch the bus in a minute. The washer/dryer, and the refrigerator. It’s an awkward place for a refrigerator but it is worth it to have a full-size American one. And then at the back is an extra W.C. (Water closet.) At least we have a second toilet!

9 thoughts on “The New Digs

  1. Hi Jo! I am loving your blog and all of your pictures! every day I look, hoping you have posted something, lol. thanks for sharing your adventures! you are an amazing woman!

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  2. I would have to agree- the fireplaces would have been the clincher for me! . The house is so cute, and reminds me of a cottage. Older, but lived in and comfortable. Have fun and keep posting. I love reading them!

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  3. It’s so cute!!! Take really detailed pictures too. My sis just learned coming home from Spain that pictures are the only way to get your deposit back.
    But I love it!

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  4. What a great place. Gary kept saying it looks really nice. It does have a lot of character. So glad you are finally in a house. Your store sorry was awesome. Thanks for sharing. We look forward to hearing from you.

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  5. Julie Stevens pointed out to me that you might want to keep those less attractive, heavy drapes as they may be just the thing to keep out the cold wet fog come winter.

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