October 19, 2005

Home sweet home

First, the slippers turned out great, but I don’t have a picture of them yet. And thank you for all the suggestions for soles — I’ll let you know what I decide to do with this pair, but I might use some of the other suggestions for future pairs… they’re all so clever!

In the meantime, I’ve been promising pictures of our house all set up for a long time, and in fact I took some photos a week or two ago, I just haven’t got around to posting them. So now I will — but the usual disclaimers about bad photography and “it looks much better in person!” apply; it’s particularly true here because the rooms are so small that it’s very hard to find somewhere to take the photos from that allows for a view of more than a corner.

First, here’s our bedroom, one view of the dresser and closet end and the other of the bed and windows. I personally am charmed by the drawers in the wall, though they do stick a little and are rather unwieldy.



I didn’t take any pictures of the middle room, since we’re just using it to store boxes and plastic tubs right now (oh, and my dressing table is there, because there’s no room for it in the bedroom). But here’s the study, first Mark’s corner and then mine. Again, there’s more to this room than you can see in the photos, but I could find no way to take a picture of it.



Downstairs we have the kitchen (it doesn’t really look much different than when we moved in, since everything’s in cupboards)


and the dining room (now with the china cabinet — but you can’t see that from this angle)


and the living room — a reasonably large room, but very full of stuff; it doesn’t look quite this crowded in person, really. These photos are the best I could do. (Oh, and we have a real tv stand now, and the coffee table is no longer supporting the tv but is in front of the couch)




And for good measure, to help you all envision my life (since I know that’s what you’re all thinking about all the time…) here are a couple of pictures of my office at school. It may not look like much (it’s long and narrow, hence the two pictures from opposite ends) but I’m so thrilled to actually have an office OF MY OWN, with a computer and everything, that I love it. I don’t know if you can see the shelf of tea paraphenalia in the second picture — it’s accumulated even more teas and equipment since I took the picture.



It all makes me quite happy, actually — cosy and fairly functional. A big thankyou to those who helped with the unpacking and setting up, in particular my parents, who did alot of the grunt work; also my aunt and uncle from Fredericton and my grandmother (oh yes, we had everyone working!). And Mark’s parents for bringing down the final touches and giving us the impetus to get it all set up!

Posted by Aven at October 19, 2005 12:03 PM

I think your house is charning beyond belief.

Posted by: Brenda at October 19, 2005 04:30 PM

I wish I could have come help! It looks very sweet

Posted by: Dani at October 19, 2005 05:06 PM

Looks absolutely fabulous!!!!!!!

Posted by: jean at October 19, 2005 06:36 PM

You lucky duck! I adore attic rooms and their slanted ceilings. Congratulations on the office, too. My position in my company is to lowly to merit real walls. :)

Posted by: Kathleen at October 20, 2005 07:36 AM

Your kitchen has a very similar configuration (down to the little shelves next to the window) to mine!

Hey - is your email address in the sidebar (chass.utoronto.edu) up-to-date since the move?

Just wondering.

Posted by: fillyjonk at October 20, 2005 10:38 AM

Oh! That is just the kind of house I want. Lovely, charming, old timey, love it.

Posted by: Paula at October 20, 2005 12:04 PM

I see some wonderfully comfy looking chairs that must be perfect for knitting. And those shelves in the office look like they’re just begging for knitting books and well - let’s be frank - a whole lotta yarn (who needs books, right?). Enjoy!

Posted by: Jennifer at October 23, 2005 08:39 AM

I am overjoyed to find that Warf’s head is given a place of honor in your new home, too. It appears you can wake each morning with him smiling down on you! What more could anyone ask for?

Posted by: Em at October 23, 2005 04:33 PM

What a beautiful house! (Warf’s head notwithstanding ;). Glad you guys are settling in.

Posted by: Miriam at October 24, 2005 06:47 PM

Oh my. Your house is totally cute. And not only do you have your OWN OFFICE, but it has a window! And it is pretty! I like it. It has much more personality than the boxes most of us seem to have. Congratulations, on being so lucky, and on appreciating what you’ve got.

Posted by: sarai at October 24, 2005 10:38 PM

Hey - When are you coming up to visit your aunt and uncle? ;)

Posted by: canknitian at October 24, 2005 11:53 PM