If you missed Part I, you should start there; here it is – Minimalism | Part I.
The Chef and I recently moved into a new, two bedroom house in Sacramento. Have I told you how nice it is to have my own kitchen again?!
Coming from a one bedroom apartment in San Francisco and then living with my future in-laws for a couple months, we find ourselves with plenty of space now. It feels refreshing and I’m not about to clutter it up with unnecessary stuff. (For the record, the drum collection we have displayed by the fireplace is definitely necessary.) Plus, we got rid of so many things during the move that we don’t even have enough furniture to fill the place if we wanted to! It’s like a blank canvas, and we can do whatever we want to paint our picture in Sacramento.
So we sat the other night, on the floor of our empty house, and talked about what is important to us and how we can create our space to accommodate that. In addition to a detached garage and spacious backyard, we have a large front room – “the family room”, two bedrooms, a nice size kitchen, laundry room, bathroom, and dining room. A dining room! What a concept! In SF we never had such a thing; don’t even own a dining table.
The Chef and I agree that we don’t want our home to center around a TV; we want to promote activity and interaction. We don’t even have or want cable, except on Sundays and Monday nights in the Fall/Winter and some Thursdays later in the season. Health, family and friends, that’s what important to us. We like to cook, play games, listen to music, and we like to spend time with people we love, learn from them, laugh with them, and have a great time. So why design the biggest room in our house around a technology that doesn’t facilitate any of that?
So we put the couch and TV in the smaller room – the former dining room – and we’re turning the large front room, basically into the dining/interacting room. I’m so excited to have you all over!
But for now we’ll all have to sit on the floor because we still don’t have a dining table. 😉