Welcome to “Flow of Home” week! A small group of bloggers have joined me to show the actual layout of our homes in greater detail. One of my readers commented that she wished we’d feature wider angles of rooms in order to better show what our houses look like. That’s exactly what we’re attempting to do this week – show you the flow of home. So without further ado, welcome to my country house and its layout!
These first two photos of my house were taken in the summer so you can see what the exterior looks like at its best with all the beautiful plants and flowers. My home was built around 1875 and still has some of its original features, which I’ll point out as we take a walk through.
When you open the door, this is the view. You can see all the way through to the kitchen. And look – Felix is here to greet you!
Below is the reverse view, looking back at the front door from the sitting room, which is located between the entryway and the kitchen. You’ll notice my floors are painted and they’re quite old. They’re made of pine and the paint helps protect the soft wood. The dining room is to the right.
Since my little old country house doesn’t have a true entryway, I created one in this little nook with its double window. I used a smaller rug that matches the dining rug to define the space.
Turn around and you’ll find the dining room. This used to be a living room, but the room is narrow and the positioning of doorways made furniture layout a challenge. The table has three leaves and extends up to eleven feet – so this long room is perfect for large gatherings.
The doorway on the left is the laundry room. The open doorway on the right leads to the sitting room.
When you step through my front door and turn to the left, this is the view you see – I took this photo of the stairway from the entryway.
From this angle, you can see that the family room is adjacent to the dining room. This photo is taken while standing in the sitting room.
The family room used to be our master bedroom, but once the kids flew the coop, I moved our bed upstairs so we could have more “living” space on the first floor. I have a smaller bedroom now, but I don’t mind. I actually prefer small, cozy bedrooms.
Here’s the other corner of the family room, as seen from the staircase. You can see the television in the corner. And you’ll notice a lot of plants in my house. I told my daughter the other day that I think I’m medicating myself through the winter with houseplants!
Oh, and one thing I want to point out in this photo. Do you notice the part of the floorboards that look like they’ve been cut – next to the family room rug? If you pull the rug back, you can left that section of floor up to get to the crawl space underneath! Our basement doesn’t span the entire length of the house.
From the family room, you can see through the dining room into the sitting room. So even though we have an old home with separate rooms, it’s still pretty open. The dining room is smack dab in the middle of the house. There’s no hallway in the first floor so furniture placement is always a challenge in order to ensure good traffic patterns.
Here we are again, looking into the sitting room before making our way into the kitchen. The downstairs bathroom is through the door at left.
On the west side (to the left) of the kitchen is our built-in cupboard and breakfast nook.
When we first moved into this house about 20 years ago, I wasn’t a fan of the green tile floor. But it’s since grown on me – I don’t know of anyone else with a kitchen floor like this so I guess it’s special and unique in it’s own way. The basement door is to the left. Sometime I’ll have to share pictures of my scary basement. It was dug out by hand after the house was built.
Here’s the other end of my kitchen, as seen from the breakfast nook. You won’t find any high end cabinetry – it’s a pretty simple kitchen and typical of a home that’s almost 150 years old.
The back door leads out to the fenced backyard and my garden pond. Today was 50 degrees and the fish were swimming around a little. I can’t wait for spring so I can visit them more often.
When you step inside through the back door, this is the view you’ll see.
I don’t take many photos of my appliances – they’re pretty basic. One day I’d like to get a vintage looking stove and refrigerator from Big Chill. Hey Big Chill – if you’re listening – how about a collaboration? The doorway with the horse shoe above it leads back into the sitting room. Let’s head through there and go upstairs.
Here we are, back at my staircase that creaks a little with every step.
At the top of the steps is my son’s old bedroom. He’s since gotten married and owns his own home now. I’m in the process of re-doing this room with some new furniture, new paint, and a new rug that I still need to order.
The closet door is about 4 feet tall due to the sloping ceiling. And that little opening to the left of it leads to a bathroom. Yes, you have to duck to get in there. It’s one of the many quirky things about our old house.
This bathroom is also getting a slight makeover with paint, a new rug, and window treatments.
Down the hall is another bedroom. It was so sunny it was hard to get a decent photo. A couple of my kitties are soaking up the sun at the foot of the bed.
The painting in the upstairs hall used to be in the sitting room. You might remember it.
Here’s a view looking down the stairs at my favorite vintage mirror.
And that, my friends, is the layout of my humble country house. Be sure to check out the links below to see the flow of my friend’s homes. There will be a couple more tours through Thursday, too. I’ll post the links here the day they go live to make it easy for you to find them.