Friday, July 28, 2006

Quick tour of our house

I don't usually join in blogging parties (as it were) but just as I was thinking it was time to post a few more photos of our new house, I spotted that Boomama is organising a grand tour of bloggers' homes, with links to dozens of them, showing a wide variety of living spaces. The idea is to show one's front door (without any identifying features), living room, blogging space, kitchen, and one other room.

By the time I got around to taking the photos it was dark (as happens around 8pm here even in summer), so here's what our house looks like at night-time. It's four weeks since we first had access to the house, three-and-a-half since we moved in. So there's still quite a long way to go.


Our 'front door' is at the side of the house, at the top of a marble staircase, since our guest flat is on the ground floor. That has a nicer and more photogenic entrance that really is at the front of the house, but this is the door where we come in. Except when we come up the spiral stairs at the other side of the house. Sophia is out enjoying the cool of the evening (and moved slightly as I took the picture).


Here's our living room, the first room we painted, and also the first one we organised and made livable. Tessie is asleep on a chair on the right of the photo. The light coloured bookcase (which originally belonged to my grandparents in the UK) contains our DVDs and a few of Tim's music books. The two darker bookcases, which we recently bought from some friends who have returned to their home country, contain about half of our non-fiction. One is Christian books, the other 'general'. The other half are still in a random muddle on shelves in the guest apartment.


Here's our kitchen. I loved this kitchen at first sight: real wood cabinets, and lots of them! Even the tiling is to our taste, and while the dark counter tops aren't quite what I would have chosen, they look good.

I was particularly happy to find that (a) there's an air conditioner (b) there was a space for a dishwasher. Neither of which we had in our kitchen at the old house. So we bought a dishwasher to fit the gap. I am extremely thankful for both.


Here's the dining room - right next to the kitchen. That might seem obvious, but in the old house it was the other side of the house. I particularly like the dining room because we've combined the best of our teenage and grown-up (I hesitate to use the word 'adult' since none of it is anywhere near X-rated) fiction in the bookcases around the walls. Most of our children's fiction is scattered randomly around the shelves in the guest flat, along with some other books we didn't want to get rid of, but don't read very often.

The door goes out onto a little balcony where the metal spiral staircase leads to the guest flat.


And lastly... my study. Where I do my blogging, much of my reading, and where I plan to do my sewing, knitting, tapestry, writing, and Greek study.

Still not painted, alas. There have been too many other calls on our time. But maybe some time soon...


The sharp-eyed may notice a cardboard box next to my desk. Yes, this is one of our moving boxes, yet to be unpacked. A week ago there were about six in the study, so it's a great improvement. But this one is a bit more difficult, since it contains all the things from the other boxes for which I couldn't find obvious places....

21 comments:

Lindsay said...

GREAT pics! your kitty looks so comfy curled up on the chair!

Jax said...

love your house, and especially your kitchen and all those cupboards :)

Autumn said...

Very pretty..Love the wooden kithen cabnits..

Sue said...

I'm loving this tour, since I probably never get to Cyprus in a million years. Thanks for the peek at your lovely home and for visiting me too!

RANDI said...

Thanks for the tour of your home! It is lovely!

Mama Duck said...

It's beautiful, thanks for sharing!

mreddie said...

Enjoyed the tour and your home looks so spacious and comfortable. ec

Sheri said...

Great pics! So glad you shared.

Susan said...

Thanks for visiting me, sorry I made you home sick. Your house looks lovley, and a dish washer is great, I would not be without mine now.
As well as the cat in the photograph we rescured two brother and sister kits 4 weeks ago from the RSPCA. And they run very fast, they escaped into the garden this morning and husband and son were chasing round after them. They have their final injections next week, so we can let them out a little after that.

PEA said...

Thanks so much for sharing your home with us!! Ooooh I love your furniture and your kitchen is gorgeous!!!

Sonia said...

Hi Sue, I love so much your home! It's so beautiful! Your kitchen is gorgeous!
I am glad I "meet" you and I will return soon to see another post on your blog. What an interesting life you have in Cyprus!!

And thank you so much for your visiting and nice comment about my home. You are welcome!

PastorMac's Ann said...

What a lovely home you have! Really like your kitchen and open spacious living room. And there is something so inviting about a sweet kitty resting outside the door.

Carol said...

Lovely home! The kitchen cabinets are beautiful! Thank you for the peek inside.

Jenny said...

Beautiful home!! Thanks so much for letting us in!!
I wish I had those cupboards for my kitchen...oh well (sigh) some day!

Paulette said...

Love your home and love Cyprus, No I have yet to visit but oh how I would so love to one day. I think it is a reasonable goal to have.
Thankyou for opening your life to us.
Blessings

sarahgrace said...

Wow! Thanks for the tour ! I'm surprised at were this tour it taking me-I've been all over the world!

I love the spice rack above your stove- very clever!

Laura said...

what a fabulous kitchen. i love the cat in the picture too. thank you for opening up your home as you are getting settled. thank you also for visiting my home too.

Barb said...

I love your kitchen cabinets. And that long, long table is wonderful. Thank you for inviting us in.

Beckie said...

Thanks for the tour -- I love the shelves and table.
Blessings!!:o)

Diane said...

Now I could do some Southern cooking in that kitchen! Love all your bookcases, and I really love your kitties. I have 2 myself, and one bears a striking resemblance to Sophia. :-)

Thanks for welcoming us into your home. :-)

smhgrace said...

You have a great home! No wonder you love your kitchen--it's wonderful! Thanks for the tour.