I was going through the fifty-eleven-hundred* photos I have of new windows in our house, and window-themed clichés wouldn’t get out of my head – most notably the whole “eyes are the windows to the soul” one, only my brain kept twisting it up into “windows are the eyes of the soul.” Which doesn’t make sense. Unless, like, the “soul” in this botched cliché is the house. And the windows are the house’s…eyeballs?
This is what happens when you’re editing photos at 3am.
Back to window quotes – I got sidetracked thinking there had to be a better one, and found the one above which made me smile. It also felt like a much more rational (and less creepy) sentiment to settle on as I thought about life in our new house – our new house which now has windows! Here they are from the inside…
Below is our two-story entryway, looking toward the front door. This is where three of those four square windows you see on the front exterior of the house are found (the 4th is in Kate’s bathroom).
Another look at the 2nd story entryway windows:
The view of the staircase and main floor from the entryway. I love that there is so much light!
Below is G’s office which is located to the right of the entryway.
Our two-story living room and single-story dining room. (You can also see the bottom of the indoor balcony located off of my upstairs office.)
I love, love, love all these windows! Although I do have to confess…we have black exterior windows and I reeeeally wanted the windows to be black on the inside, too, but sadly it wasn’t an option for us. The only windows I could find with a black interior finish either had surrounds that were too thick and chunky (not the look I was going for) or were way out of our price range. Not being able to do black interior windows was probably the biggest disappointment for me in our building process, and definitely the biggest hit to my design plan. I think it is such a stunning look and am so disappointed that a black interior finish isn’t offered in more window lines. (Mark my words – I am positive within the next five years it WILL be!)
Below is a look at our two-story fireplace, and the windows I added up high to bring in extra light and prevent having a vast expanse of drywall up there.
Below is a closer look at our dining room and the french doors that walk out to our future screened-in porch.
Below is another shot of the dining room, with the balcony and my office pictured overhead. Behind the dining room (to the far right in the photo) you can see the window in our master bedroom.
The picture below was taken from the dining room, looking toward the kitchen. You can see the window that will be above the kitchen sink, and above that (on the second level) is the window in Kate’s bedroom. Beyond the kitchen you can see the little window in the mudroom.
A look at the kitchen from the entryway (living room to the right – see the fireplace framed out?).
Below is the laundry side of our mudroom…
…and this is the drop zone, shoes and coats side of the mudroom. The temporary door you see there is the door out to the garage. The little space in the background is the powder room (see that little white circle on the floor? That’s the hook-up for the toilet.)
Our master bedroom:
And here’s another look at our square-shaped, three story staircase. The bottom level is framed out now so this is the first look at all of the steps you can see from the upstairs of our house looking all the way down to the basement – I’m so thrilled with how it’s turning out!
A look at the two-story entryway windows from our upstairs landing/loft area:
Below is a picture of Kate’s bedroom. You can also see the up high windows flanking the living room fireplace in the background.
The photo below was taken from just outside of Kate’s bedroom and bathroom door, looking toward my office.
The view from my office, looking out toward the balcony and living room:
Below is a view of our 2nd story living room windows from the balcony.
Looking down to the living room from the balcony:
Although white windows weren’t what I was originally hoping for, the second I saw them in the house I realized it didn’t matter what color they were – they’re so gorgeous and I’m absolutely thrilled with how they look!
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*This was a number Kate said once – sometime around age three – to get her point across to me that she meant A LOT o’ stuff. It stuck and is now my new favorite number. (Trumping the number 3 which did me proud once in a situation involving a gullible babysitter, a pissed off older sister, and finally getting to sleep on the top bunk.)