A House Becomes A Home

31 Oct

Happy Saturday, y’all! I know, I know, I’m impressed, too, that I’m finding the time to write a quick post on a weekend! But since I managed to get some pictures of the house and we had a busy morning canvassing the nearby farmers markets for this week’s fresh produce and fresh pasta (what, what?!), Neve ended up ready for her nap a few minutes early, so I figured I’d fill the time with you guys 🙂

Can't get into a post before I share a cute picture of our sweet Rainbow Witch! This was yesterday, headed to her school Halloween Party :)

Can’t get into a post before I share a cute picture of our sweet Rainbow Witch! This was yesterday, headed to her school Halloween Party 🙂

I’m sure you remember the pictures I posted last month of the empty house, so hopefully you’ll be as surprised as we are with just how homey it’s looking these days now that it’s filled with our stuff. There seems to be one paint color here in Germany- WHITE- with a few slight shade variations ranging from pancake batter to an almost-healed bruise, but for all intents and purposes, it’s white. And ours is beyond white- it’s white like pure snow- which can definitely make for a sterile feel. Luckily, we’re eclectic and we have lots of funky artwork, colorful furniture and hand painted pieces that really help jazz it up! And at first, we were a bit concerned with all the hardwood floors, especially given the winters we’re expecting. But, they have radiant heat! Yep, no forced air heat here- just metal coils beneath the floor that you control how hot there are! It’s awesome and I swear that even though you can’t usually feel the actual heat, your feet are rarely ever cold and neither is your body since the whole premise of such systems is to heat the furniture itself! We love it!

OK, so just a quick recap and a little update- we’re in a three level, 4 bedroom duplex (about 2200sf) on top of a three level shopping mall in the heart of downtown Stuttgart. So yeah, we’re high up in the air! But we have a grassy, fenced-in yard, a community playground and a nice patio, so it’s truly the best of all worlds. And it’s totally quiet! As soon as the door closes behind you, there’s no sign that you’re in the city at all- step out of your door and you’re in the hustle and bustle, sometimes to the point where you have to wait for a spot to hop in the line on the sidewalk! And the update? And American couple, along with their young daughter, are moving in to the other half of our duplex! We met them a few weeks back when they first came to check it out, and have been hanging out some recently since they decided to be our neighbors. I just have a great feeling that we will grow to be great friends and we’ll have a wonderful time watching our girls grow up over the next few years.

So without further adieu…

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Home Sweet Home…You can see the playground right out of our front door.

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This is from the entryway of the house- the entry has a half bath and a few closets. On the shelves on left, you’ll see sweet Betsy and Max, in their beautiful eggs…

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Opposite corner, looking back toward the entryway. Kitchen is to the right just out of the picture.

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View from the kitchen…All the glass doors into our yard…You can see our fence and our red patio chairs if you look closely 🙂 That’s the ‘office’ along the far right wall…

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Actually a large kitchen for Germany! And we have a dishwasher! And don’t forget that we installed every single light fixture in the house :/

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What better print for a German kitchen? I actually got this for John for our anniversary this year, before we came.

There's no place for a light above the kitchen table, so we decided to showcase three of our favorite pieces of art instead...And you can see our happiest piece in the background. That's Joyce <3

There’s no place for a light above the kitchen table, so we decided to showcase three of our favorite pieces of art instead…And you can see our happiest piece in the background. That’s Joyce ❤

Far side of the yard, looking back at the patio and house...

Far side of the yard, looking back at the patio and house…The yard goes down the far side of the house to a fence just past the spiral fire escape (we have our grill over there, too, just outside of the kitchen door.)

Our little fence we installed between us and the neighbors :)

Our little fence we installed between us and the neighbors 🙂 The other side has a privacy fence because John didn’t want ‘people watching us grill.’ Heehee.

Headed up the stairs. Anyone who has been to our house in SC knows that we collect magnets from every place we spend a night (you can't get a magnet if you only pass through, that's the rule!) and usually display them on a big piece of sheet metal. Here the bannisters are metal, so John thought up this super creative display. Every time we go up the stairs, we're reminded of different places we've been <3

Headed up the stairs. Anyone who has been to our house in SC knows that we collect magnets from every place we spend a night (you can’t get a magnet if you only pass through, that’s the rule!) and usually display them on a big piece of sheet metal. Over 100 cities and 32 countries represented! Here, the bannisters are metal, so John thought up this super creative display. Every time we go up the stairs, we’re reminded of different places we’ve been ❤

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Our bedroom, second floor…

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Neve’s room, second floor…

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First guest room, third floor…

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Second guest bedroom, third floor...

Second guest bedroom, third floor…

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Best part of the whole house...the view from practically EVERY window <3

Best part of the whole house…the view from practically EVERY window ❤

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Even with the construction (set to be completed in three weeks), this sight from our bedroom doesn’t get old!

Full moon over the city, view from our patio...

Full moon over the city, view from our patio…

So there you have it! Our new little home! We’re quite pleased with how it’s coming together and can’t wait to share it with visitors! And we’re about ready for a break, too! Putting together a house is exhausting!

Hope every has a fun Halloween! We’re headed to trick or treat tonight with friends- Neve is beyond excited and has been counting down the days for weeks! We LOVE seeing holidays, big and small, through her eyes. It’s the BEST part. Trick or Treat!

View leaving Neve's school...Loving Fall.

View leaving Neve’s school…Loving Fall.

4 Responses to “A House Becomes A Home”

  1. Lori November 4, 2015 at 1:28 AM #

    LOVE it, the house and the views look amazing. Sending big big hugs ❤

  2. Eleanor October 31, 2015 at 7:04 PM #

    Love it! You two have done an amazing job of decorating! It looks wonderful. I knew it would because of your talent, and the colors are perfect! Hope Neve is having a great time trick or treating. She is a fantastic witch!

  3. Robin October 31, 2015 at 5:16 PM #

    The house is looking absolutely wonderful! It’s easy to see how hard you and John have worked to get everything in order. Larry and I are looking forward to being the first to stay in “first guest room – 3rd floor” along with Grandma and Ellie Mae in “2nd guest room – 3rd floor”. You have definitely turned a house into a warm, inviting home.

  4. Marilyn Deatley October 31, 2015 at 2:58 PM #

    Loved seeing all the pictures of your new home. It is lovely. Wishing you much happiness in your home. Neve is the prettiest witch ever. Your Dover friend, Marilyn

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