Monday, October 13, 2008

House Pictures, Updated

Ok, I know that some of you have asked me to post some pictures illustrating the oddities of life here in Doha, but, naturally, once mentioning things like lamb carcasses being wheeled through the store in shopping carts, I haven't seen anything funny again. Of course.

So in an effort to appease the masses (all 20 of you who read, LOL!!), I wanted to put up some updated pictures of the house. Nothing too dramatic has changed, but it's looking a little more put together than it was when I first posted pictures of the house. Be sure to take a look so you can compare the two.

So here's a shot of our bedroom. The fancy bedcovers from the first picture are gone and now on the guest bed. They are pretty, but not very sleep-compatible. We've swapped the curtains for ones that were also hanging in the guest room and are actually long enough to reach the floor. And you can just see the corner of the most-uncomfortable-couch-in-the-world, which was in the loft but is now being put to good use as "a-place-to-put-folded-but-not-put-away-yet-laundry."

We haven't been able to put any artwork up under the a/c unit as it's been leaking and actually spitting ice out at us, as well as just plain not working. They are supposedly replacing the unit on Thursday and hopefully I can put something up on the wall then. I took the mirror downstairs and am using it in the living room.

And here's the other side of the bedroom, crooked lampshade and all. Yep, the wood color of the bed doesn't match the wood color of the wardrobe. I'm trying to be relaxed about it, but to tell you the truth it drives me crazy.

Here's the loft - sorry its a little blurry. The loveseat is part of the set from downstairs and the rug is too small, but it's a little more homey than it used to be. Hubby is going to buy a new rug for the room while I'm in America. The store will be having a 30% off sale - just pray that he picks something I don't hate. We have, shall we say, slightly different tastes. Oh, and see my treadmill over there!!!! Hooray!!! After 6 months, Hubby finally got the special transformer I needed to make it work over here! I'm so excited! Oh, and Emily says I should point out that the stairs lead to the roof, not a whole other floor, lest you think our house is the size of the Spelling mansion. Well, that part about the Spelling mansion was mine, not hers. I don't think she knows about Aaron Spelling. Thank goodness.

Here's the loft from the other angle. If you look, well, you can't really tell, but it's like Gold's Gym up there. Besides the treadmill, we've got handweights of all sizes, a fitness ball and a medicine ball. Plus Guitar Hero. Which, we all know playing guitar to any Pat Benetar song is a major workout. Oh, and the Wii, which clearly is just as beneficial as going for a long run. Right?

My bedroom is the door at the end of the wall, Daniel's is just opposite the staircase and I'm standing near Emily's door. The extra bedroom upstairs is to your left.

Ok, again, sorry for the blurriness. I wasn't using a flash so you could have an idea of the "natural light" but it didn't work out. Anyway, this is the family room. I gave up on angling the couch - it was just a pain. And see that plant in the corner? That was my Mother's Day gift. I really wanted something living and green. Hubby is going to get a rug for here as well while we are gone.

And here's the dining room. Not much changed but some things on the wall and another plant (this was for our anniversary).

This is the living room from the front door side. You can just barely see Emily in the picture at the computer, which we ended up putting on a table behind the loveseat. I don't like it there, but we are big believers in having the computer in a public place and this seemed like it was as good a place as any.

And here's the living room from the other side. See that box in the corner, the one with the stripes? That's our "shoe box." Tradition is over here, even among expats, to take off your shoes when you enter a home. I HATE it, but must admit that with all the dust it is a good idea. But I got tired of all the shoes by the door, so I got this box to put all the shoes in. It looks so much neater than 15 pairs of shoes scattered around!

So that's a little tour of our home. Slowly but surely, it's getting to where I want it to be.


April in CT said...

Thanks for giving us a look inside your home. Looks like you're settling in nicely!

Leeann said...

LOVE the tour! Love, love, love!! It is so fun to see into other people's homes!

Does it feel like "home" to you yet? What would you still like to do? Are you guys renting it or are you owners? How long do you anticipate staying there?

Inquirings minds and all that!


Tracye said...


You must never sit down!

I could NEVER post pics of mine... any room at all. They're all drowning in clutter!

Traci said...

Can you wear house shoes? I hate being with out my shoes!

Nancy M. said...

Thanks for sharing pictures of your home. It is very pretty!

We leave our shoes at the door too because of sand. Maybe I should get a shoe box like yours.

When I take pictures without the flash my pics are blurry too. What is up with that?

Cindy said...

Thanks for the house tour. Your home is lovely and very large. That's is great. Our house is only 1200 SqFt. Very tiny.

How is your weather now? Must be getting a bit cooler. You must be preparing for your trip to the states by now. When you get to Phoenix ~ say hi!!

Devita said...

I really love your home. Once I see this picture, I share it to my boyfriend and I tell him, "I want this kind of home when we get married".. lol

Debbie said...

I loved seeing the pictures of your home. And I was glad to see your treadmill and other exercise apparatus. After all, I do blog about heart choices...and exercise is so good for your heart.


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