house tour: living room

Rich and I were standing in the kitchen a few nights ago. He was leaning back on the kitchen counters and I was chopping some vegetables for dinner, just a normal snapshot of any couple that have been married for years... comfortable with each other. Ordinary, calm, peaceful, maybe still very in love with each other.

"Krys, you know we've only been in this house for two months and it seems like years."

"Yeah, I know." and we were both silent for awhile letting that idea settle over us.

There really wasn't much to say. I know the saying is, 'where ever you go, you are home.' and while that's true I do have to say that this house is like your favorite pair of jeans. Comfortable, fits well, and makes you feel good. It enhances all the good parts about you, if that can be said about a house. The best way I can describe it is like this...

Do you know how when you were a child and it's cold outside, maybe a little chilly in the house and you climb into bed? How the sheets, blankets, and comforters settle on top of you not in that stifling, suffocating way but in that protective, comforting way that muffles the outside world... makes you warm instantly and relaxed because you have this shield around you? That's how this house feels to me.

I'm sure in a years time knickknacks and books will be rearranged but for now this is good enough.

And this isn't even half of my books. Wait for the next part of the tour.

One of my favorite parts of the house is the big windows and the stained glass above them. No one tells you that living in a house with wood trim is that at night it glows. It is a very 1920's gentleman clubish let's smoke cigars and have a snifter of cognac vibe.

If I were asked to name the chief benefit of the house, I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.

Gaston Bachelard

I want a house that has got over all its troubles; I don't want to spend the rest of my life bringing up a young and inexperienced house.

Jerome K. Jerome

That last quote is my home in a nut shell. A very mature house that shelters you. Nothing fazes her too much because at almost a hundred years old she's seen it all. She reminds me in a way of my grandmother, how all you want to do is take care of her because she's taken care of you for so long. It's a wonderful feeling.


Melissa said...

I know that feeling. It's like nostalgia. Very comforting.

It's so beautiful Krysta. All the wood just makes my heart happy.

Congratulations to you and Rich for finally finding your way home.

Kristin @ Going Country said...

I'm digging the unpainted wood trim. All of ours is painted white, which is definitely not as cool looking.

Your happiness in your house makes me happy. Home is the best place in the world to be.

The Cutting Edge of Ordinary said...

I'm so happy that you found a house that is "you". One of the things I love about my old house is all that beautiful wood. They just don't make 'em like that anymore. It's just gorgeous Krysta.

Jennifer said...

Perfect post. I'm happy for you and your family.

SaintTigerlily said...

Having lived in lots of houses, I truly believe that they have souls. My mom used to live in a house the first room of which was built prior to the revolutionary war. That house was so thick with personality and ghosts it was like walking through soup (and not in a good way).

I have also, however, walked through houses (though I've never lived in one) that seem to hum, as if they've hit the best and clearest pitch on a tuning fork - so perfect that you feel it rather than hear it. This seems like that kind of house.

Couldn't happen to a nicer gal.


Amy said...

Lovely. I really like the analogy of climbing into bed - I immediately understood.

I guess all those months (and months) of waiting and frustration paid off. You have a happy ending.

Mayberry Magpie said...

I'm betting you can guess how much I love your home. It's perfect!

My favorite quote of those you included is the one from Jerome. It's so true -- a mature home has gotten over all its troubles. When you move into a mature home, it's like it has been waiting for you all your life and welcomes you with a hug that says "I am a big ship and our journey will be safe and steady no matter the waters."

I must know more about the tile around your fireplace. You know we are restoring ours and its tiger eye. Please tell me more about yours. Or send me a close-up photo :-)

noble pig said...

Krysta it's beautiful. I know exactly what you mean about a house getting over its troubles. I feel the same about the house we are living in, with all the wood and custom windows.

Uncle Bo said...

Krysta, you and Rich and the kids have done a swift and terrific job on the place. I remember touring the house while you were negotiating for it. It was a nice house. Now, it's a lovely home for all of you. Great work.

Eva said...

Your house looks so settled in! I've been in mine for over a year now and I still am no where near as settled in as you are. Well, my kitchen is but that's about it.

Not Afraid to Use It said...

I can't believe you've only been there two months. It is amazing. I can't wait to show my husband. He never reads blogs, but I always make sure to show him your house tours. He practically foams at the mouth.

Anonymous said...

how wonderfully warm your home seems in these pictures. i LOVE the stained glass windows.
thanks for sharing.

tamilyn said...

It's a beautiful place Krysta. I can't wait for the tour to continue.

Cali ʚϊɞ said...

it's soooo beautiful! ha. will adopt me so i can come live with you?