I am posting this on the one year anniversary of owning our home. After living in a small apartment in New York, this home truly feels like a palace and we never take any of it for granted! In just one year, we have shared our home with family and friends and made lots of memories. We are thankful to have met wonderful neighbors and enjoy being able to take a daily walk to the coast of Lake Erie.
I am going to take you on a walking tour of the first floor of our home. One of my favorite parts about the house is that the layout is very open; which is unusual for a 100 year old home!
These photos are from Halloween. Our front porch is definitely one of the best features of the home. We spend time on those rocking chairs year round!
And a view of our bay window from outside. I love the way it looks at dusk. We re-landscaped the entire front yard this summer.
And into our foyer. There is a small vestibule with two closets before you reach the french doors into the house.
And the incredible carved marble fireplace. It was probably the detail that won me and my husband over immediately!
I love to sit here and read. The view out of the window is lovely and it’s nice to sit by the fire in the winter. Going up the stairs are framed travel photos we have taken since we were married.
And looking from the stairs into the living room.
Another good view from the other chair.
A look back toward the bookshelves. We like to have dinner at this table when the fire is going.
The dining room connects beautifully to the living room.
I always keep the table set for us. A wonderful habit I picked up from my Mom and Grammy.
And looking from the kitchen into the dining room. The built in hutches are great for storage and I love the french window. We get really nice breezes off the lake.
And, the kitchen. I absolutely love how light it is. The back door heads out to our patio which is fun for summer dining!
And we also have a powder room just off the kitchen. I love having special hand soaps, lotions and candles around the house.
I have a collection of brown and white plates which I keep all together in the powder room on the wall and on the vanity. I am always looking for more brown and white plates when I go to antique shops.
Just off the powder room, by our side door and heading down the the basement, there were built in shelves. I didn’t know what the purpose was, but they work great for family photos, all framed in coordinated silver frames.
And, a photo of one of the best sunsets we watched at Lake Erie this summer.
Stay tuned for the second floor tour!