Welcome to our home!
Another gift from Jason's grandma's estate. I keep all my teacups in here, since I only drink tea from coffee mugs!
Constant fixtures on the dining room table.
A corner of the room that's perfect for reading or watching TV. And the multi-colored squares on the wall was inspired by an article in Better Homes & Gardens. I picked the colors...Jason did the painting.
...also known as the Mean Fairy who fell on my laptop and broke two keys on my keyboard.
I used that desk all growing up, and when we moved into our house it moved with me.
To the right of the desk is the TV and fridge, and on the opposite side of the room is the microwave and computer desk.
We slept on this double-sized bed for the first eight years of our marriage. It got a bit cramped after Sydney was born!
An eight-foot square that holds a sink, shower & toilet.
Jason's ancestor carved a whole bedroom set with this airplane propeller theme, but we only have the bed, dresser and foot stool.
One of the coolest wedding presents we got...from people we didn't even know!
My mom is a genealogist, and so for our wedding gave us two beautifully framed family trees complete with pictures of our ancestors.
Pictures of my Swedish and Norsk ancestors who immigrated to America.
Harriet Catherine Rush is a descendent of Benjamin Rush who signed the Declaration of Independence. When Jason was back in Philadelphia last summer he got to visit the grave of Benjamin Rush. Pretty nifty.
When Jason and I were looking at buying a house we walked into this living room and said, "This is the house." We loved the vaulted ceilings, the exposed beams, the wood paneled wall, and the fabulous view from the windows.
The bookcase gets plenty of use; the fireplace hardly any at all. If only it were a woodstove or a gas fireplace...then it'd be the perfect corner for reading.
The mantel is unexciting...I have grand plans for it...someday.
Wondering what to get me? Red glass. Love it.
Our windows are extremely non-efficient, but give us a great view. The chairs are new...and they recline! Super comfy.
There it is, in all its leathered glory. We are loving it.
As for the pictures above the couch...Jason doesn't like them at all. But I got tired of just having them sitting in the closet waiting for a place to go. So up they went, and though they aren't amazing, they are organized.
...otherwise I'd lose them.
Because Jason's dad is an avid kite flyer and collector, I decided to decorate Sydney's room in kites. The hanging kite is the same one my in-laws have hanging at their house.
The little night light is the same one I used as a child.
The bedframe used to belong to Jason's grandma, and now Sydney has it. The butterfly pillow is one of Sydney's favorites.
Someday I'll paint that side table...eventually.
Found this growth chart in some cute little shop an hour outside Reno, Nevada. I scoured the Internet to find another growth chart by the same illustrator for Baby Sister's room. Found it!
I couldn't find the right shade of red to cover the bean-bag chair, so I used a fitted bed sheet. Perfect!
My mom made this family kite tree with childhood pictures of Sydney's parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. The caption at the top of the tree says, 'Jesus Loves the Little Children.'
My great-aunt got this little vase at the beach years ago, and gave it to me when we moved in to our house. I love the fish on it.
Right outside her window is a lilic tree. It smells wonderful in the summer!
Rather than make realistic looking trees, I wanted to draw trees out of shapes. I used acrylic paint.
The wall opposite the window is the same shade of blue as behind the bookshelf.
Her little uncaged birds to inspire her to fly.
The artist of the growth is Melissa Sweet.
The framed paper butterfly and fish are from my sister (who lives in China).
I got this 24 week activity book when Sydney was born. It's wonderful! It has all sorts of activities, information, and nursery songs that help you bond with baby. The author is Susan Ann Stelfox.
No lack of storage space in this room! The drawers pull out, just like a dresser. It's already quite full--just with clothes from when Sydney was a baby!