Monday, March 17, 2014

Tananger House: Part 1

We finally got a chance to take pictures of the house. Or rather, Jason was finally able to take pictures and I scurried in front of him trying to pick-up items and give him directions for close-ups, etc. :-)

I've divided the house pictures into two posts so make sure to come back Wednesday to see the rest of it!

The house was semi-furnished. Part of being an expat is dealing with what you have and utilizing your resources. We had to buy a few pieces of furniture to fill in some gaps and made the best with the rest of the furniture. I love the house and some of the pieces in it and am very happy with how it's turned out! I told Jason I'm never leaving Norway because I love this house so much!! :-)


You walk from the driveway through the picket fence to get around to the front door. It's technically located at the back of the house and our back patio is at the front. It confuses people when they first arrive! So for any visitors - go through the picket fence! ;-)


There's a ton of space for shoes and coats. There's also a huge mudroom off of the entry that is the perfect spot for parking the stroller and has additional wardrobes built in. The apartment didn't have much space for stuff like this so it's a blessing!

Living Room

There's a door separately the entryway and the rest of the house. We typically leave it open, but you walk through and enter the living room area. Most of the furniture in this room is ours, except for the big china cabinet by the fireplace, the leather movie-style seats, and the light wood cabinet and mirror/table set. Some of it we already owned in the apartment and the rest we purchased either used or from Ikea. I was a little hesitant about the red sofa, but I'm loving it and glad I went with the bold color!

We bought a coffee table, but the area works well for playing with Madi so I don't think we are going to get a table anytime soon. Plus it forces Jason and I to eat at the table rather than on the sofa for meals when Madi isn't joining us. :-)


Through the living room you enter the kitchen. You'll notice that we do not have a freezer upstairs attached to the fridge. Apparently this is common in Europe?! I was a little turned off by that until I saw the huge deep freezer downstairs. It's a bit of a hassle to go back and forth sometimes, but good exercise!

Upstairs Playroom

Right off the kitchen is a small room that's kind of awkward. It's not large enough to be a bedroom, plus it has the staircase leading downstairs off of it and you wouldn't want that in a bedroom anyway. However, for us, it was the perfect playroom. We can close the door to downstairs and plan to put up a baby gate between the kitchen and playroom. We can keep an eye on Madi while we are cooking and it's a great size for playing!

Dining Room

On the other side of the kitchen is the dining room. We have a double door leading to the actual front of the house and a huge patio and grass area.

 I think that's a good place to stop for today! Come back tomorrow to see the bedrooms, downstairs, and back patio. :-)

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