So, here we go. Let's start at the front door, shall we?
But there are no two ways about it--it does make for a lovely entryway.
This house is much more open than our traditional Colonial in NH, which for the most part was what would have to be considered closed-concept. Walls--the rooms had walls. But in this house all the rooms downstairs pretty much flow into each other. From the front entrance, you can see the dining room on the left, the living room on the right, and the kitchen/family room area straight ahead.
The dining room is a good bit smaller than our old one; but the fact that it has three walls instead of four makes it feel a good bit bigger than it is. We took two leaves out of our antique oak table so that it wouldn't spill too far out into the hallway, but they can be added when we need them for big family dinners.
I love that this room was painted almost exactly the same shade of green as our old living room, and that means that our old couches (and they are OLD--we bought them in 1994!) look just perfect in there. It's like we've recreated our NH "Rosary Room" here in VA.
I'll be back again with Part II of the tour. But in the meantime, have a great weekend!