Every once in awhile, I’m walking through the house on Instagram stories and I get a flood of DMs asking, “WAIT! WHAT WAS THAT ROOM?!” Or “What’s behind that door?” Truth be told, there are a handful of spaces in our house that don’t get as much camera time right now…or ever. Because we haven’t touched them yet, they aren’t in the main traffic areas of our house or it has just slipped our mind! Haha. See if you recognize these areas of our home.
1. The Mudroom.
We mostly come through this side entrance and there is a small mudroom there, did you know that? The lockers and bench were here when we moved in (and that pretty blue color!) but the space in general has always felt extremely tight. When we renovate our kitchen next year, we plan to remove the pantry separating the mudroom and kitchen and give more space to both workhorses.
Until then, this space gets A TON of use day in and day out. We love that there’s a locker for each member of our family. It has really helped us stay organized and clean up easier!
2. There’s a coat closet under the front entry stairs.
Although it looks miniature in this photo, I assure you–it’s a normal sized door and quite large closet. We have actually thought about taking some of it for our office on the other side of the wall because it’s so deep! In the future, we’d love to disguise it into some paneling so the door is still operable but not as obvious.
3. Faye and Polly’s Bathroom
“The little girls’ bathroom” is at the end of the hall next to Faye and Polly’s rooms and everything is lower–perfect for them right now. The countertops are extra short. The toilet. The tub. Even Polly, our 3 year old, can easily reach the faucet to wash her hands. Recently, the bathroom got a new window and I shared that and so many commented that they didn’t even know this bathroom existed! Oops! Here it is! (Complete with a bunch of stickers on that low toilet.
Right now Chris and I are ALSO using this bathroom (while ours is being renovated) and with the new, larger window installed, it TOO is under semi-construction. But! It doesn’t really make sense to fully renovate it until the “little girls” get a little bigger. So we’re going to do a phase 1 reno over the next couple weeks to get us by/put the bathroom back together.
4. The Basement Bathroom
Speaking of bathrooms, hi, there’s a cute bathroom in the basement with a shower even! It’s the perfect companion for our guest room down there. Our basement is not very large so we feel great about having this bathroom down there that I believe the previous owners recently renovated. All we did was hang some art. I’m pretty anti vessel sinks when there’s no countertop so I can see us swapping that out and a few other things down the road, but this bathroom is such a pleasant surprise, right?!
5. Okay, one more bathroom. The main floor powder room.
This is the bathroom that is on the main floor, in between the girls’ office and kitchen. We haven’t done a thing to it and it’s very sweet. To me it’s sweet for a girls’ bathroom, and maybe a little sweet for my taste for a main floor powder room, but there’s no denying it’s well done and far down on our list of to-dos.
6. We have a garden and a paddock and a large pasture.
We have 3.5 acres and it’s all very developed, planned and landscaped including this garden area. There are 4 fruit trees to the right of this. We recently moved the chicken coop out here to serve as a garden shed and it backs up to the paddock (and open stable basically) with a rather large pasture. One day we may get a horse or goats or ?? Who knows. I’d love to paint it to match the house and we love the extra storage and of course the garden.
7. So where’s your TV?
Oh hey! Welcome to the basement family room where our TV is! (We also have a tv in our bedroom and in the CLJ office (that’s mostly just for presentations). We do all of our family movie nights down here. We have a Virtual Reality we like to play and it’s just the chillest comfiest room in the house that’s about to get a whole lot cozier because we just painted it last week! We’ll share an update on THAT very soon. (See the original mood board and direction for this space here.)
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