September 10, 2006


Finally, some pictures of our new home. They’re not great — the place is lovely, but small, and it’s really hard to take good pictures of small rooms. Also, I forgot to take the pictures when we’d just cleaned up for a visitor — so by the time I did take them, things were creeping back to our usual anarchy, and there are dirty dishes in the kitchen, etc. But you may be able to get some idea of what the place looks like.

Starting from the front of the house, the living room:


That’s the window to the front porch, with boxes still in front of it because we still haven’t fully unpacked.

Our bedroom is off of the living room — to the left of this picture, by the front door. It’s a little oddly placed, but it’s the biggest of the bedrooms.

Now, taken from the living room, this is the dining room:


There’s another bedroom off of here — on the right of this photo — which will be the baby’s room, though it’s filled with boxes right now.

Also leading off the dining room is a little set of stairs, which leads up to a little loft — Mark’s study, studio, and Fortress of Solitude:




He really loves this space — and I think it will be a good refuge for him, and a place to get work done. The fact that he can’t actually stand up straight anywhere up there is beside the point!

Then, at the back of the house, the kitchen:



In the second photo, you can see the third bedroom opening off the kitchen — that’s my study:


Out the back door (which is the one we always use to come in and out — we seem to have picked up that habit in the Maritimes!) is the backyard we share with one set of neighbours, with our car on the parking pad. There’s not much going on in the back garden, but it’s a pleasant enough space, and it’s nice to have so much space for our car and any visitors.


The other important feature of the house is the basement. I took some pictures of it, but they were even less exciting than the photos I have posted, so I didn’t put them up. It’s not a finished basement, but it’s sealed and clean and, most importantly, huge. It has tonnes of room for us to store boxes, both unopened and flattened, and kitchen stuff that won’t fit in the kitchen (yes, we have alot of kitchen paraphenalia!), and all sorts of other things, as well as space for our washer and dryer. It makes everything much easier.

And that, my friends, is our home for the next year or so. Not completely set up yet, but getting there — and it’s already pretty comfortable and functional. I think Mark did a fantastic job house-hunting!

Posted by Aven at September 10, 2006 01:04 AM

Lovely! It is always fun to move into a new place

Posted by: dani at September 10, 2006 09:22 AM

Don’t forget this will be the home that you bring your baby too. The home that will witness a series of 1sts! ;-)

Posted by: ~Jo~ at September 10, 2006 09:49 AM

It is absolutely LOVELY! I can see that you are feeling at home there. And that is a good thing!
Hoping you are feeling rested and healthy!

Posted by: sandy at September 10, 2006 10:01 AM

Hi Aven!

Great place! I love Mark’s fortress of solitude: I would absolutely love to have a space of my own like that—sadly, it’s about the size of my entire apartment in TX. I like the kitchen too…you guys have an admirable collection of pots and pans!

All the best,

Posted by: Matt at September 12, 2006 11:46 PM

Hi Aven!

Thanks for your comment about Ivy. I wanted to say hi and say I like your blog, too! Happy knitting :)

Posted by: crazy knitting lady at September 13, 2006 08:01 PM

Your new home looks lovely and so bright with all the nice windows. Even windows in your loft! And you even have space where you & the baby can sit outside for a break—very nice. Now where are all your knitting needles/yarn? I do like the striped outfit you knit!

Posted by: Kathleen at September 15, 2006 10:21 AM

Happy belated birthday, Aven — AND belated congratulations on the coming baby! Your new little house is very sweet and cozy-looking. I can tell you that the most exciting thing about our new place in Montreal is that Bill and I have our own rooms (for working!), and while it may look like Mark has a bit more floorspace, you are much closer to the food and coffee, which I think is better. :)

Posted by: at September 16, 2006 11:45 AM

Oops! I wasn’t trying to be anonymous. That was me there…

Posted by: alison at September 16, 2006 11:47 AM

Your backyard looks a lot like my brother’s in Pennsylvania. Nice looking house! I love the Box arrangement. ;)

Posted by: Carrie K at September 20, 2006 08:24 PM