How would you describe your dream home?
Quaint, cozy, with a Hallmark-store type flair, yet uncluttered.
The long driveway is flanked with trees on both sides, their branches finger over the gravel road. The trees are in bloom. There is plenty of trees all around, the grass is a bright green. The place is tended well, with the new planted fruit trees encased with deer fencing so the moose and deer don't shred the plant to bits ("Nom nom nom" -goes the animal. "GAHHHHH!" - goes the gardener, realizing that her vision of delicious apples has become a pointed nub of a stick, protruding from the ground! O_O ...lets avoid that nightmare -with deer fencing. :P)
The scenery is beautiful, peaceful, with no sounds of the highway, but the sound of the wind rustling the leaves, and sweet birdsong. A soft windchime tunes out a melody of its own as the wind plays with it as it hangs from the front porch. Sparce buildings dot the property in an arch: House, shop, chicken coop, garden shed (inside the garden which is fenced in to make the plants nibble-proof from foraging animals). A lab puppy is the first to greet you, tongue lolling out of its mouth as it bounds joyfully toward you, happy for attention. Welcome to my dream home.
You step onto the shaded front porch and gaze around. Two rocking chairs are placed at the most spacious part of the porch. The bbq on the other side. Flower pots dot the space, adding flicks of color. A "welcome" mat with bristly fibers (lots of gravel and dirt) rests at the foot of the door along with a three-sided rubber bristle boot scrub (necessary for snow removal from boots).
When you walk into the house, you find light warm-toned wood beneath your feet and you smell the mouthwatering savor of apple pie that flows out from the kitchen oven. To your left is the double glass framed wood doorway into the library (bookshelves line the walls, save for a desk under a large open window looking at the plentiful trees and the mountains behind, to your right, a small 1/2 bath, ahead opens to the living area.
As you walk into the livingroom, following the short hallway rug (matches that of the one under the coffee table), you can see the space is open with bright with an exposed beam ceiling. The color theme of the room is soft, inviting.The kitchen is open to the room, the wood extends into the kitchen (which also goes throughout the house, save for the three bedrooms and the library which are softly carpeted in a neutral tone). The workspace is in a triangle format (my favorite and the most efficient type of layout). The cabinetry is a warm wood with light colored accents, roughly a neutral colored country-french feel with a few touches of crimson to give the kitchen some pop and provide warmth to the space (after all, a woman ought to feel warm and completely at home in her kitchen because that is where she spends a lot of her time :) At least, that's how I feel). The appliances are chrome and the oven is electric (easy clean up ;) ). The appliances like mixers, coffee maker, toaster, etc, are nicely hidden behind a sliding false wall on the far side of the kitchen. The center island with its space for storage beneath provides a nice spot to lean against while drinking coffee and gazing daydreamishly out the large picturesque windows into the clearing of the back yard. The backyard has a small patio, children's toys dot the grass, mini plastic monuments of primary colors. (heheheheee, can't wait for that. :P). My husband's John Deere lawn mower rests like a still statue off to the side, under the shade of one of the cherry trees. Trees sprinkle and grow thick near the edges of the open area, a flower bed area is just to the left, visible through the master suite bath (which you will soon be touring through). The windows that line the living room allow lots of light. (There are many windows in the house - I do not like living under electric lights - I like the pure natural light -something refreshing and just good about it. :) ).
A smooth river rock wood-burning fireplace is a corner focal point next to the picture windows, with its cozy sitting hearth nestled beneath. Two couches and a rocking chair are placed just so on the warm rug (picks up the crimson and neutral colors of the kitchen to continue the flow of one room to the next). A large hanging art rug in rich blacks and golds and browns hangs from the prominent wall in the room (most of the colors inspire from this piece...I have it waiting already to hang in my living area - a gorgeous scene of bears in nature). In the middle of that sits the coffee table, which is a heavy wood, helping to ground the space, the color blends with that of the kitchen cabinets. The dining area is just off the kitchen to its side, in a quaint space that warmly seats 8 people around its oval table. A china cabinet and silverware drawer are the only furnature in the room besides the seating and table.
Continuing on, you turn down the hallway to your left and some artistic pictures line the walls. At the end, is the master suite. The double doors open to the space, nice and airy with high ceilings, exposed beams and wood-tone fan. Bed rests at the center, its frame mimics that of the french-country feel of the living room and kitchen. Few furniture with darker more colorful accessories add pop and a homey flair to the room. The electric fireplace adds warmth and a cozy warm feel to the space. In the bay window space, half octigon (but rounded slightly with a seating bench (surprise! It acts as both a place to sit and watch wildlife in the privacy of the room, but also is a great storage area!). Walking into the master bath, a large window (with blinds for privacy) lets in natural light, a glass shower, tub, and double sinks are the focal point. The toilet is found behind a half-wall for extra privacy as well as to hide it (I don't like the look of them, a personal quark I guess :P). The walk in closet is right off the side wall of the master bath, it has built ins and contains enough space for his and her summer and winter clothing (cause you girls know how much we like enough space for our cute and many shoes, purses of all colors and sizes and goodness knows all those neat sale finds on "the most amazing, couldn't resist buying it, outfit ever" clothing. hehehhee :P)
Walking out of the master bath, out of the master suite, you journey back down the hall, through the living room walk space, past the entrance, you come to the other wing of the house. You notice something that went by unnoticed at first. Near the front door, there is a cozy closet nestled against the wall on the 1/2 bath side, just before it (something you can't see at first being the open door hides it from obvious view). A bench has a place to put on or take off shoes and a coat hook place for coats for quick take off or put on. The hall leads to a guest suite where it has its own bath and small closet. A sweetly furnished space for the weary traveling guest to relax and feel as though he/she were home although far from it. :) Stepping out of there, across the hall lies a sunroom/game room, furnished with soft sun-warming hues (so in the time of winter, it is a cheery room to take to when the outside seems so cold and nippy. It has its own fireplace, small electric sort.
Taking a hike upstairs, the hallway is lined with family photos. There are three medium-sized bedrooms that branch off from the hall, with two baths and an extra room that spreads over the garage for storing things/craft room.
Going back downstairs, you walk down the hall past the guest suite to your right, past the sun-room to your left, there is the washroom (left) and the garage door - making a little mudroom area to deposit of filthy outer garments and muddy boots (wags finger at her children with a soft smile as they burst unexpectedly through the doorway - "Take off those mud-soppy boots. Not across Mommy's wood floor!" - those who laugh, know what I'm talking about. :P) Out the door is the double garage (so snow does not have to be endlessly shoveled off Daddy or Mommy's cars (I know this already - backbreaking labor if ice freezes the tires to the ground. >_<).
This is the end of your tour. Come my friend, and lets go to the kitchen to visit over a cup of tea and a slice of homemade dutch apple cobbler. :)
.....Have I imagined this house? Oh many many times that it is truly uncountable. :) It is one of my largest dreams: To build this place. I am saving up for it and savoring the possibility of the day when I turn that key into that doorknob for the first time with shakily excited fingers, and open it to step inside for the very first time. The dream of my mind, a sweet and very rewarding reality. :)