Christmas Open House {part 3, the last rooms}

I hope everyone’s holidays were lovely, our’s were some of the best we’ve ever had! They were quiet and just the 4 of us, which is my absolute ideal! I haven’t forgotten (for a change) to post the last of the house, although the pictures are terrible (which I only realized after the fact) and the house has already changed a little, so I will probably take better “detail” pictures later when I get a minute, so that I can show some of the subtle details in the kitchen and living room. There are a few things that I need to keep you posted on regarding our home too! It’s weird to think one moment we were looking at beaufort homes for sale and then the next we’re actually packing up our things and moving. I’m aware that this was going to happen eventually, but the fact that it is happening is something brand new to me. With this being said, I am excited though. We have really exciting news as we have been looking into installing some Smart Home systems with the help of Custom Controls. Hopefully, this won’t take too long to do.
To begin with, here we are at the front door again,
and we are once again taking a right in the hallway to the main living area.

The kitchen and the family room are connected to the space by 2 entry ways.

The kitchen is sort of the hardest room to put our own signature on, because it has the least wall space, and the cabinets and counter-tops sort of direct a lot of the look. (see what I mean about terrible pictures? I apparently didn’t even notice my soda on the counter, the messed up dish towels on the stove, or the garbage can insert that was waiting to be refilled.) We changed out the silver plain door pulls for some rubbed bronze ones, but other than that is’s mostly paint, and decor in here.

I have a wreath above the range-hood, and some canisters I put chalkboard stickers on. FYI our vitamix is my most favorite possession in the kitchen, I use it almost every day for smoothies, and a lot for other things too.

Because the lighting was so terrible, you can’t even see the faux painted tile backsplash, that I do have a tutorial for, so I will get out my big photography lights, and take better after pictures when I share that.

The hanging rack system is from Ikea, I love having almost everything off of the counter tops, it makes wiping the counters much easier.

From the family room side there are 2 bar stools that I refinished, and a side table that I got from the BX (base exchange, sort of like a Target if Target kind of sucked.) and refinished. We put the microwave on it, so that we freed up precious counter space, and only took up space we weren’t using anyway. The kids use the bar to eat at almost everyday since the dining table is usually covered in sewing machines. We store all the wii stuff in the drawers of the microwave stand, and the basket on top of the microwave has microwave popcorn in it for the kids to make, so it is easy for them to grab. I hang my aprons on a hook in the kitchen, otherwise I never remember to put one on, and ruin my clothes a lot.

This is the backside of the fireplace wall, it is on the kitchen side mostly, and we painted it with chalkboard paint, and use it to leave messages etc. (for some reason I only had an instagram picture of this wall.)

The Family room is usually the dining room in the housing here, but we decided to put the dining room in the living room, and set up an area for the kids to hang out in here, it is totally awesome to have them have their own space. The bookshelves are from Ikea, and were the one’s that used to be in my studio (*sob* I want to cry every time I think about not having it anymore!) and the TV stand used to be the dining room buffet in our last house too (along with the rug being the dining room rug) I keep the kids school books in the far right cupboard, and the rest is DVDs and toys (except the tall shelves, which are storage of stuff I don’t want to get rid of, but don’t use often.)

The curtain over the couch hides the back of the tapestry in the dining room (as seen in part 2 of the house tour) it hangs off of a shower curtain tension rod, and hides an opening that goes through to the dining area (if the tapestry wasn’t there.) I actually use the shelf space in between for storage of my cupcake stands etc. If you look closely you will see 2 sets of headphones hanging on a hook, they are attached to the kid’s TV, so we don’t get cross noise contamination with the living room TV, but if they have friends over we just unplug the headphones. The couch is from IKEA and is one we have had in 3 different incarnations, it started off with a cream slipcover from when we lived in DC, and then it got a red one in Richmond, and now the navy blue velvet one, we really love the Ektorp sofa’s and have beaten this poor sofa up and it is still going strong.

I’ve actually made 3 new couch pillows since these pictures were taken; I was trying to tie the rug in better color wise, so I will post the pictures/tutorials showing those soon. The coffee table is one I got at a thrift Store for $50, but this fall during our US trip we saw the EXACT same coffee table in an antique store for $1200 because it’s apparently a known brand and desirable by vintage collectors; I’ve told the kids they have to be nice to it now I know it’s fancy! 🙂 The bowl on top of the coffee table is a Korean wooden rice bowl and it has coasters, TV changers, and candles inside. The shelf above the TV is one we got in Germany years ago. The kid’s Harry Potter tree will get a post of it’s own, when I remember to post pictures of it, and Emmie’s door wreath! I keep all of the lap quilts I have made in this room too, so we can cuddle up with them when we want, the rack they are on is also from Ikea

Anyway, sorry they are terrible pictures, but at least I have finally shown the WHOLE apartment 🙂 I will try to take better pictures when I go to share the details, and the new pillows etc.

As always any questions or comments are loved, I’m having a freak out this week because both kids are at CAP winter encampment, and I don’t know what to do with myself!!! Paul has been off of work, maybe he could look into finding us a better home energy quote through a comparison website similar to Money Expert (, if he does then we will have more money for family trips! But anyway, it has been fun to spend time with just the two of us, but I am missing my babies! We are going to try to go to a New Year’s party for the first time in forever, since we won’t have the kids, and I am very excited for the New Year here in Korea; January marks our half way point to being here, and I cannot believe it has already been 18 months, I am determined to make the next 18 months count with lots of travel and visiting Korean sites before we suddenly find ourselves moving away!

  9 comments for “Christmas Open House {part 3, the last rooms}

  1. December 30, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Your apartment is HUGE! What a nice space to use, 🙂

  2. December 31, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Thank you for the tour. Maybe I missed it somewhere, but where do you do your sewing?

    • December 31, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      at the dining room table, it usually has a flannel backed plastic table cloth on it, and all of my sewing machines – we have reverted to couch and kitchen bar eaters in this apartment 🙂

  3. January 2, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Love the blackboard wall, and the super-twirly handwriting for the Merry Christmas message 🙂 xxx

  4. Jessica
    April 22, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    I love what you have done with this space. Where do you keep your computer? We always end up with two desks for computers and workspace, it is never pleasing to the eye

    • cathgrace
      April 22, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      Thanks Jessica! We keep the printers wirelessly in the hall closet (the door is louvered so the signal gets through just fine 🙂 ) and for computers we all only use laptops; Paul has one for the TV, and one for work, and one for his personal stuff, I have one, and the kids each have netbooks for school work. (so that’s 6 in the house?) We find that for our purposes we were never using our desktop for anything so we just fully converted over to laptops that live under the couch (cords and all) and they can easily be pulled up onto laps.
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  5. Nikki
    May 3, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    We are moving to Osan soon and I just love the way you have transformed your house into a home. I was wondering where you bought your paint over there and the name of the colors you used? Thanks for posting. We are excited to move there soon.

  6. Tanya Lacey
    December 3, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Your apartment is adorable!!! You have definitely shown that apartment living can be just as comfortable and look just as great as a spacious house.

  7. January 20, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    Your apartment is looking gorgeous! Everything is well organized. Thank you for revealing your home!

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