The House Tour (part 1)

After deciding to move forward with the adoption, we moved into an awesome 3-bedroom duplex.  As promised, this is the beginning of a series of posts featuring our new house.  I would love your feedback or advice on decorating or styling our house.  It is a rental, so we do have limitations, but I am excited at the prospect of the house reflecting the Keckles.  Let’s start with the main floor.

This is the view from our front door.  It opens into our living room, with an arched entryway to the dining area.  On the right side of the photo, you get a tiny glimpse of the beautiful hard wood flooring that is a part of the staircase and upper level.  Notice also that the dining area leads into the kitchen, my favorite room in the house.

Here you can see a better shot of the living room.  We love the huge windows and mantel, even if the fireplace is non-functioning.  I would love to say that there is a “theme” to this space, but unfortunately, we have to work with what we have, which includes 2 retro recliners and a lot of hand-me-down furniture.  The glass-topped coffee table will be a goner once the kiddos move in, creating more playspace, since this floor will be the main play area.

Don’t you love our dining table?  We had that passed on from my parents and it is quite possibly my favorite piece of furniture.  I have no intentions of covering up those gorgeous windows, because they brighten this space a lot.  What you can’t see in this photo is the corner on the right side, which is currently filled with stacks of books and random toys.  We would like to make this a play area as well, but have not quite figured out where to move the books.  The bookcase you see used to be 6 feet tall, but was not sturdy and could have toppled over easily in the reach of toddlers, so we cut it down to the 3 shelves you see.

The whole house is a work in progress, but do you see anything we should move to the top of our list?  Any brilliant ideas for making it kid-friendly yet beautiful?


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