(Our dining room in March)
Janice from Canadian Cottage did a lovely post a few weeks ago about what she loves about her house. If you are anything like me then you have tons of decorating magazines and love to look at beautiful blogs. While this is fun and even useful for ideas, it can be a little discouraging when you look around at your own home and only see the short-comings. Time and money can get in the way of creating the house we envision; however, there are still things that can make our heart sing, so I'm going to follow Janice's lead and list the things I love about our house.
We live in a 13 year old suburban house, so it isn't too original or special in any way. However, these are the things I love about this house:
I love our big backyard (big for our area anyway). When we moved in 9 years ago there weren't any gardens in the backyard - I used to call it our prairie since it was a big field of grass. We have planted all the gardens and shrubs you see along the fence and I love seeing them grow and change over the spring, summer, and fall.
I love the front porch so we have a place for the wicker chair and bench - they are out of the elements, but make the front entry look welcoming.
I love the small cozy feel of our living room. It is 13 x 13 feet, which is the perfect shape and size (in my opinion, anyway) so it is easy to arrange the furniture and it feels intimate.
I love the built-in bookshelves that hubby and a friend built in the living room. The perfect place to keep some of our favourite books.
I love the big windows along the back of the house that let in the morning light. I can look through them from the kitchen and see beautiful sunrises in the winter (you can see one I posted here in February) and the garden in the summer.
I love the strange closet that is part way up the stairs that has allowed me to have an office, since there are no spare rooms in our house.
And finally I love that we have a fireplace in the family room. It is a great focal point for the room, is fun to decorate, and means Santa can visit us at Christmas.
These are just some of the reasons I love our house. I'm passing the torch on to all of you, fellow bloggers, and challenging you to do the same. What do you love about your house?