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.
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.
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.) The curtains are horrible but don’t worry guys, I’ve been looking at Window treatments to try and get some more inspiration for blinds and shutters. The curtains look so old-fashioned and it’s definitely time for something new. I think I’m going to get some new blinds put in but I guess you’ll see those in my next house tour! 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 (https://www.moneyexpert.com/gas-electricity/), 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!