Monday, October 29, 2012

Getting Settled in Part Deux

In the last post (part 1) I left off showing the after photos of Ava’s playroom and the entry way.  Here are the rest of the before and afters for downstairs. 

Kitchen Before

kitchen before kitchen 2 before

Remember, we had no counter space and hardly any storage options.  We took a trip to IKEA, bought an island and a microwave cart for storage and counter space.  We also utilized our oddly placed dishwasher to increase counter space.  We also hung some blinds and put some herbs in the windows. 


kitchen after (2) kitchen after

Living Room Before

LR Before

I am not at all a fan of the stove in this room.  It would be awesome if we didn’t have a 10 month old who is ALL over the place.  But, it is also takes up a TON of space because it sticks out so far from the wall.  We didn’t really do much in this room except hang a few things on the wall and buy some plants. 


living room after (2) 

Anyone have suggestions on how I can baby proof the stove?  I don’t even want Ava touching it.  Help!  Please.

The Bathroom

This is not a before or after picture as we did nothing with this room but throw a rug on the floor.  But, I do have an interesting fact: Any house you go in in Belgium will have a bathroom right next to the front door and this is because it is custom for strangers to knock on doors to use the bathroom.  It is next to the door so the person doesn’t have to go all the way into your house.  Interesting…not so sure I am going to let a stranger use my bathroom.  Also, check out the super duper tiny sink.  I am pretty sure this is the smallest sink I have ever seen in a house and it only has cold water; pretty awesome.  Another oddity, no mirror above the sink.  Perhaps Belgians aren’t as vain as us Americans?

bathroom before

Check out part 3 of this post for upstairs pictures.  Also, leave some comments.  I would love to hear what you all think plus some tips for baby proofing this house. 

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