September 7, 2012

Welcome Home!

Nearly 6 weeks.  

That's how long we've called Greensboro, North Carolina "home," whether we meant it or not.  But somewhere in the last three weeks, the word has actually been easier to say and believe, as we've gotten to know some fellow Greensboroans (Greensborites? Greensbortians?) and feel much more settled -- not just physically, but also emotionally, mentally and spiritually.  As for the actual apartment, well, here are the long-awaited pictures.  I took wayyyyy too many, so I'm sticking with the common areas today: the entry, living room, balcony, kitchen and dining room.  Ellie, our precocious cat, insisted on giving you the tour, so here we go:

Hello, humans.  Please don't wipe your feet; I like to smell what you bring in.  
Please come in so I can start that process...

Alright, now that the foot-smelling is over, let's get to business.  
Follow me from the foyer (pronounced "foyay") into the living area...

Fine. I see you insist on a self-guided tour.  
Well, while you're perusing Irish welcome signs and antique store finds, I'll be yawning elsewhere.

Hem... Thanks, Ellie.  Well, here's my newest find: our entrance table...

... complete with a map of Greensboro, always ready to go.  
After growing accustomed to Chicago's grid system, I have to admit: 
this city's streets are so confusing!!!

And now let's head into the living room...

I'm thrilled that I don't have to squeeze a dining table in here like our last place...

Here's the gift we gave ourselves upon leaving our favorite city:

And here are our bookshelves (and my new favorite clock!), conveniently organized by genre / authors:

Over to the left, opposite the couch, our piano has found a new home.

If you don't get the hats, buy a physical copy of this album; you will.

I see Ellie has been distracted from yawning by her new favorite pastime: bird-watching!
Time to check out our HUGE balcony, and the very green view it imparts.

Wait!  How did Eric get there?!  Well, never mind.  
Here's our awesome, forest-view balcony, ten feet from nature:

Our favorite thing about it right now -- while still too hot to fully enjoy sitting outside 
for more than 10 minutes -- is the bird feeder, and the abundance of forest friends it brings:

Chickadees are the most common:

Back to the living room -- here it is earlier in the day, with natural light:

And looking towards the kitchen, with natural light:

I'm afraid we get only a few hours of good sunlight in the living room in the morning (and I took most
of these pictures later in the day) but there is one room we can count on staying bright: the dining room!

Hello again, humans.  Are you ready to take this tour seriously yet?

Above the "fireplace" (and, in this picture, in very poor lighting) is a cross stitch of "An Irish Blessing," which my mom made years ago and recently unearthed to gave to us as a very sweet house-warming gift.  
Thanks, Mom!

Entering the kitchen from the "foyay," we find on the refrigerator 
two sweet, sweet pictures that two sweet, sweet girls back in Chicago made for us.  
Thank you, Bronagh & Ashling!!!

And now welcome to the kitchen, where I like to be extra-naughty by climbing on all the clean counters.

Oh, Ellie.

I love that our new place is so open, that I can see the dining and living rooms easily from the kitchen.

Here's my view of the TV, which has entertained us lately with lots of Doctor Who, The X-Files and 30 Rock.

The kitchen from the point of view of the dining room, above.
And here's Ellie being naughty again, below.

Below, Eric is hard at work in the dining room again, definitely the most welcoming 
and production-inspiring room in the apartment thanks to two amazing sun lights.

Did I say a forest was ten feet away?  I meant two.

What'd I tell you?  Our view is as green as it gets.

Oh Eric, working so hard...  What are you reading so devotedly, love?

Oh.  Heh.
Anyway... This is also where most of my favorite things happen:
coffee-drinking, eating, reading, studying Scripture, talking, 
bird-watching, and of course, when the mood strikes, blogging.

Thank you for joining me (and Ellie) on our little tour.  
I hope to show you our bedrooms (yes, plural!!!
and bathrooms (yes, also plural!!!) in the not-too-distant future.
Until then, may our home and yours be full of...


  1. Carrie!!! I've been waiting sooo patiently for this, and it's GREAT to see your beautiful new space! I love how you've decorated . . . I love the openness of it all . . . I love the light and the green. I can't wait to visit!

  2. SO cute. I love the windows and the green and SKYLIGHTS?? Amazing. Can't wait to see the rest!

  3. ADORABLE. All of a sudden I'm seized with a powerful yearning to run white Christmas lights all the way around the crown molding in our living room. Ambient light for the win.

    I love your greenery--and chickadees are my favorite. We have them around our little yard, too.

    Congratulations on the new place!!!

  4. Carrie, you've made a lovely home in your new, unfamiliar home. Love what ya did with the place! Grace and peace to you, too.

  5. Carrie you guys moved! Congratulations! I hope you are settling in- your home looks so cozy. Cannot believe that forest. SO different from here, right?! Glad we can still connect online!