Our place in Rome

3 Oct

Our household goods and furniture arrived in July, 7 weeks after we did, but it took a little time to get all the pictures hung and acquire some new storage pieces to replace built-in shelves, cupboards, and closets that we have in our Portland condo.  So here, at last, is a peek at our furnished digs in Roma. The “before” pictures are with embassy-provided temporary IKEA furniture. I have to say, although the temporary furniture was spartan, it was great to move right into our apartment, and not have to spend 7 weeks in a hotel room.

Living Room “before.” IKEA temporary furniture: no TV, rugs, nor accoutrement. Bed pillows and a throw added for color. 🙂

Pictures hung, the new TV that is seldom used: it feels like “home.”

Another living room view, looking toward the hallway and kitchen, with the lovely Libby passing through.

Dining Room “before.” This was our multi-purpose eating space and office.

Dining Room “after.” Still partly used as a home office. My desk is in the corner to the right. Ric’s desk is in his train room, but he hangs out with his laptop at the table so we are together.

Kitchen “before.” This is really a nice space but we needed more storage. Note the long empty wall on the right which we filled with…

… a nice wood-topped cabinet. From IKEA, of course!

Our IKEA cabinet. IKEA wanted €200 to assemble, so we scheduled a do-it-ourselves day. It was a very satisfying project. No one was injured.

Forgot to take a “before” picture of the bedroom. It was quite spartan, to say the least. Libby makes another rare appearance and models one of her favorite locations.

We still have some things to do. Perhaps acquire some local artwork for the bedroom, and I plan to hang some draperies before cold weather sets in. But we are “at home” here in every way. So are the cats, who have traded our small garden in Portland for a window sill 4 stories above the street in Rome.

Dare-devil Janie on the (very wide) window sill. The metal braces are part of the shutter assembly. Libby watches from the cat tower. Window screens are a rarity.

15 Responses to “Our place in Rome”

  1. Gillian October 24, 2012 at 17:09 #

    welcome welcome! I am looking forward to following your Roman adventures.


  2. Anita October 6, 2012 at 05:01 #

    I looks just lovely. Glad you’re settled in.


  3. Kim October 5, 2012 at 05:32 #

    Your place is so beautiful and so many nice touches. I’m sure it is nice to finally have a place to call home. We look forward to seeing it.


  4. Mitzi October 4, 2012 at 02:12 #



  5. Nancy October 3, 2012 at 22:08 #

    Laurel & Ric, Your Italian home is lovely. I”m glad no one was hurt during “do-it-yourself day”…being as I am all thumbs, I see that as quite an accomplishment. Apparently Jane is not afraid of heights!



  6. Terah October 3, 2012 at 18:51 #

    We have always had a certain simpatico! We have exactly the same oriental rug in our TV area! I couldn’t believe it when I saw the picture. We bought ours in Turkey and probably paid too much but the colors spoke to me. I couldn’t help but smile when I saw yours. Your apartment looks wonderful and definitely more inviting than the embassy stuff. When we were in the Air Force we got loaners from time to time. It wasn’t near as nice as the IKEA! Glad you are settled and congratulations on putting together the cabinet from IKEA. It always works but Lloyd and I usually have headaches by the time we finish. That’s what a good Italian Chianti can cure, right?


  7. Nicholas October 3, 2012 at 16:12 #

    Looks wonderful!! Have a wonderful October! Much love from the Pacific Northwest!!


  8. Barbie Crowder October 3, 2012 at 07:17 #

    You have created a wonderful home in Rome – the window views are so, well — Italian – gads – how wonderful! All is well here. Just returned from Georgia – grandson’s 13th b-day. I will be returning in two weeks to enjoy granddaughter’s 10th b-day and then on to DC for a fun visit seeing retired and employed friends around the Beltway. My tail is thumping about being back in VA and MD. I KNOW Christmas time in Italy will be spectacular. I look forward to more tid bits. Hugs to you both and pet the kitties.


    • gooddayrome October 3, 2012 at 07:29 #

      You are gadding about, aren’t you? Good times! We spent last Christmas in Rome, so it will feel very familiar this year. Happy travels!


  9. Diana October 3, 2012 at 06:59 #

    Wow, you have really made it homey. The rugs really add warmth to the place. Thanks for sharing your comfortable abode with us.


  10. Carolyn October 3, 2012 at 06:43 #

    Hi! Just beautiful. What a difference it makes to have one’s own “stuff” to make a home a home!!! I think your cats look very well settled in! The window ledge shot was a bit scary tho! Interesting space between your stove and sink. Also, that it looks like the sink is in a raised (off the floor) cabinet. Am I seeing things?! Take care! Keep having fun. Miss you. Love ya, Carolyn


    • gooddayrome October 3, 2012 at 07:27 #

      Yes, the cabinets are all raised a bit. That’s the style here. Good hiding for cats, easy to clean under them. You have good eyes! The space between the stove and sink is for a small dishwasher, which we’d have to supply ourselves. My dishwasher is named Ric. 🙂


      • Carolyn October 3, 2012 at 15:49 #

        Without a doubt, a Ric model of a dishwasher is the top of the line!! :o)


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