Welcome, Welcome...we are the most casual people so come right in and don't worry about your shoes. The house is the colour of the flesh-coloured crayon in your 64 pack crayon box. So I painted the front door gray to match the roof. Pretty difficult colour to do anything with. Things out front are a bit jazzier when there's a season to decorate - I'd like something fun to hang on the front door - I love my sparkly red Christmas wreath but my family won't let me keep it up all year - funny about that...
When you come up the stairs, you are right in the living room/dining room. We downsized from a large three-level home and this house is less that half the size. We are only three people after all. We sacrificed many bathrooms and closets for ease of cleaning which I love and a more safe and kid-oriented neighbourhood. When we first moved in, I would stand in the living room on one foot and be in the dining room in the other. It is great.
We all do all of our living here: tv, read, nap, eat, play, you can't see the piano, stare out the window. When we bought the house 4 years ago we reno'd the main floor and put hardwood floors everywhere except the kitchen and bathroom, which hubby tiled himself (the first and last time he informed me when finished). I still can't bear to cover them up with an area rug cause I still like to look at all that money well spent :)
As you can see, things flow easily into the dining area. Laptop on desk for easy access.