Wednesday, April 20, 2011

House for Sale!

After a month of preparation, I think that we're finally ready to put our house on the market!  We haven't officially listed yet, so I thought I'd post some pictures and information to see if anyone would like to buy the house before any realtors (and their fees!) are factored into the price.  Please let me know if you're interested - you can feel free to leave a comment on this post, or you can email me at and we'll chat!

This is a pretty 2 story, red brick 3 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom home in the historic Tower Grove Park neighborhood.  We also have a gorgeous back yard and a large unfinished basement, which is great for storage.  Every room has either tile floors (kitchen, front hall, and bathrooms) or dark wood floors (all other rooms).  The electricity has been updated, with new light fixtures installed.  We have new appliances in the kitchen, which includes a gas range, dishwasher, refrigerator, and garbage disposal.  We also put in a completely new sewage line shortly after buying the house and a new wooden privacy fence around the back yard.

UPDATE:  I just discovered that Alive Magazine has listed our neighborhood as the BEST St. Louis neighborhood in which to live!  Look here to read the article!

Okay, now for some pictures!

The front of the house...

We have three bedrooms upstairs, and this is the first one.  Initially, we had a full-sized adult bed in here, but right now, we have a crib in it because we use it for the baby's room...

Next to it is the master bedroom.  We have a four-poster, king-sized bed in here, along with two large dressers. 

And now for the guest room.  This is actually the largest bedroom, and it has a lovely fireplace in it.  The window looks across the street into the park.  Right now, we've got a queen bed, two large bookshelves, a tall chest of drawers, and a treadmill in this room.

This is the upstairs full bathroom.  It has a gorgeous cast iron claw-footed tub, which I was original to the house. 

The final room upstairs is the office/playroom/optional fourth bedroom.  Originally, the people who built the house used this as a fourth bedroom, and we used it as an office until we had our daughter.  Now she plays in here every day, and she loves to look out the double windows at the park when she sits at the table and has her tea parties.

Okay, now for the downstairs.  The living room has a gorgeous ceiling, and a fireplace with beautiful stained glass doors at the top.  We never got around to mounting our flat-screen television on the wall, but there's a perfect spot for that, if you want to do it. 

The living room opens into the dining room, which also has a very pretty gas-log working fireplace.  The window faces north into Tower Grove Park.

The living room opens into the house's large entryway, which includes floor-to-ceiling glass doors for a great view across into the park.  

The entryway has a gorgeous carved wood staircase, with a bench seat and a tall stained glass window.

Here is the sliding pocket door between the living room and the dining room...

The original intricately-designed door handles and locks have been preserved on all of the interior doors.

And now, we move to the kitchen.  As I mentioned before, we have new applicances in the kitchen, which includes a gas range, dishwasher, refrigerator, and garbage disposal.  The kitchen has three windows, which gives it lots of light! 

We added additional shelving and a rolling butcher-block countertop to increase the space. 

The backyard has been planted with gorgeous brick-lined beds, full of lovely perennials and annuals.  Of course, early in the spring, the perennials are just starting to show their faces!  We've got 29 roses, including climbers, tree roses, shrub roses, knock-out roses, and traditional roses, as well as lilac, daisies, lobelia, 7 mature peonies, phlox, chrysanthemums, and much more.  There is a perfect spot in the back beside the garage for a vegetable garden.  We plant 8 tomato plants each summer, plus herbs, lettuce, potatoes, squash, beans, and zucchini.  Of course, our daughter just loves to play on the grass!

Here is the view of Tower Grove Park from our front porch.

We've really enjoyed living here, and we're sad to sell, but my husband's job has us moving out of state, so we must.  If you're interested, or you know anyone who might be interested in buying, please let me know!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Following Blogs?

So I recently discovered that I've got two people "following" my blog.  I think this means that when I post something, they get an email about it.  (Or a text message, or something.)  Do you follow my blog?  Would you like to?  I'd be happy to have as many people follow as would like to.

I'm curious about people who "follow" blogs.  I follow a bunch of them, but I track them on the sidebar of my blog over here --------->

It might be much more efficient to get an email when a blog I read has been updated.  That would be cool.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Flash, Mayhem, and Other Updates

So I ordered a new camera...finally.  It should come next week, and then hopefully we'll have pictures again!  Meanwhile, the old broken point and shoot has been relegated to the toy bin, where Ella uses it to futher her budding photography career.


Actually, she has been chewing on it, with the result that she's getting a new tooth in this week.  =)

The new camera is supposed to arrive on Tuesday or Wednesday...very exciting!  I decided to order a Nikon D3100 from Amazon.  It looks like I ordered it just in time, too, because the price is now a lot higher than it was last week!  Anyway...we're pretty excited! 

In other news, Ella has acquired a new nickname.  James has started calling her "Mayhem" and it is oddly fitting.  She's like a tornado...everything she touches ends up on the floor.  From where I am currently sitting, I can see every hairbow she owns scattered across her bedroom, mixed with the full contents of her pyjama drawer, which is now empty.  She has pulled all of her books off the bookshelf, and she emptied her shoes onto the floor.  Her buddy is lying underneath the crib, and she turned the trash can upside down. 

Seriously, where's a camera when you need one, huh?

Of course, the mess would be much worse if she hadn't accidentaly shut us both into her bedroom when she pulled the hairbows down.  She would probably be on top of the table in the playroom if she wasn't shut in here with me!  Yes, folks, that means that she's learned how to climb...she must be related to Jordan Patton, the notorious toddler/climber extraordinaire.  (You should hear the stories that Mom tells of Jordan's amazing climbing feats.)  We must be related to circus folk.

But I digress.

Oh, I'd better go...I need to go save the lamp that she's trying to smash on the floor.

I'll be back.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Death of the Point and Shoot

Well, you'll probably notice the lack of photos in this blog post, and there's a good reason for it...Our camera is DEAD.  Like gone.  Forever.  I now have no way of capturing Ella's hilarious moments for posterity except to use the camera on my cell phone.

And frankly, that won't cut it.


We're still trying to figure out what to do about this.  We don't have a lot of money, but pictures of the baby are a really big priority for us, so we may have to sacrifice and buy a nice new camera.  My sister Meghan has a nice camera...a really nice one.  I talked to her about getting one like hers, and we decided that it would probably be better for me to get one that wasn't quite so expensive or fancy.  However, I'd still like to get a nice one so that I can learn to shoot in manual...something beyond the point and shoot variety. all of you out there with opinions, now's the time to chime in.  What kind of camera do you use?  Do you like it?  Why or why not?

Don't be shy...