If you guys have been following my blog, you’ll know that we are about to embark on a three-month long remodel of my home – a fairly large country house on ten rolling acres, located within 1/4 mile of Viroqua, Wisconsin – a Mecca of organic agriculture, “handmade,” humanly-scaled, privately-funded educational and other kinds of initiatives, and a large food cooperative with an incredible selection of non-conventional foods, pharmacy, and body products.
This is my actual house. It looks large but the space inside is far from perfect, at least downstairs, so it’s about to be made slightly bigger with the addition that would expand the kitchen and provide the space for a mudroom. We will also be removing some oppressive walls and dividing a presently-unusable, large catch-all room into a very functional office and laundry space (the upstairs, which has four bedrooms and has recently been fixed up, will remain unchanged).
Because this project includes the removal of a part of the house (the section with two windows and a door to the right of the photo above), we opted to rent a three-bedroom house around the corner, where our rural highway hits the town.
In short, I absolutely love it here. And although living in town is something I would NEVER do in the long term, the rental, which is on a double-lot, has a sizable backyard (nothing like living on ten acres, of course), three spacious bedrooms (one of which is used as my office/sewing space), huge living/play room with plenty of southern light, big kitchen, and the benefit of being within a five-minute walk from our farm, where we stop daily to feed the cattle and “walk” the dog. It is also on the same school bus route, which was another important consideration in choosing this particular spot.
Here’s a look inside:
This is my crafting corner – the sewing-machine table (as you can tell, my machine is not yet unpacked), crafting supplies, and my camera equipment live here. My computer table, from which I am typing, is to the right.
A walk-through baby gate in the living room. I haven’t had a walk-through baby gate before and it’s awesome! Just got it.
Evelyn’s upgraded pack’n'play – larger than the one she had before (thank you, Stephanie!). She’s not usually in it, though, because the living room is completely closed off and serves as a giant play pen for her.
A hilarious fake fireplace – my kids haven’t stopped playing Santa since we moved in!
Laundry room (with my own washer and dryer).
The kitchen! Totally functional, especially for someone who grew up with the extreme space limitations of a Soviet apartment and, a as a result, can tackle the most ambitious projects regardless of the available counter footage. But this here is actually pretty ample – though not as grand as my future bourgeois kitchen .
Because the water from our well on the farm tastes fresh and wonderful, and the city water tastes anything but, we had to get a filter for the kitchen faucet. The water coming out of it is really good!
My flour lives in this five-gallon pail, because I buy 25 lbs at a time.
My blender has to be out at all times! Now you might think that I am the kind of mom who makes smoothies… the greener and crunchier, the better.
This baby is for blending my daily virgin margaritas!!
How about that.
Dish rack – we do all of our dishes by hand, the fact that gives me an enormous sense of moral superiority.
Just kidding! I just can’t stand loading and unloading a dishwasher.
No way, man.
The kitchen table – I love this giant Western window!!
Living in town means… curtains!
What’s curtains? We don’t have any back at our house. Don’t need them!
“If you think I’m cute, you shouda seen my mom ten years ago!!” That’s what it really should be saying.
I love this doorless, wooden closet – perhaps it’s not good from the standpoint of dust accumulation, but I love the looks of it.
Many of our clothes are kept in these plastic tubs borrowed from a friend – they serve as makeshift drawers. I like it. The tubs are all sorted by family member, and by whether they are appropriate for town or for home.
Finally, this is what the outside look like – not really suburban, but our backyard is pretty big, as backyards go.
For a temporary town dwelling, it’s kind of nice!