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the alchymista

okay, here goes.... a few pictures of what we've been doing over here the past year and a half.  our house was built in the 1940s as a duplex - one unit upstairs and one unit down.  for the past 5 years, we've lived in the second floor of our house and worked out of the first floor.  now that we have built studios to work in, we've renovated the first floor and finally moved into our entire casa. the room below was once my studio, then marvel's birthing room.  we now call it the parlor.  we knocked down most of the wall shown at the top left for a more open feel.  it's now sort of a go-between room that connects the living room (top right) and the stairwell - a good place for koruna and mars to snack, draw, make a mess.

we gutted the old kitchen downstairs and turned the upstairs kitchen into a laundry room.  below are pics of the old downstairs kitchen and work in progress.  (we of course considered keeping the shiplap, but some of it was in pretty bad condition.)

we removed some windows to make room for french doors to the side yard. below is a picture of work in progress

and what it looks like now.

our house is filled with estate sale and garage sale finds, family pieces, hand-me-downs, gifts, and auction purchases.  we're trying to get rid of everything we don't love.  we're trying to simplify.

we need to simplify because we're determined to spread our wings while we send down our roots. we'll be leaving the country for a while this fall.  we haven't decided all of the details yet, but we do know that we'll be renting out our casa a bit while we're gone.

the pictures that the airbnb photographer took of our house are far better than mine.  check them out by clicking here.  exciting stuff....