Sluiter Nation Home Tour: The Room We Live In

By far the most aptly named room in our house is this one:  The Living Room.

I thought about cleaning it all up, fluffing pillows, and vacuuming before I started snapping pictures, but that would have been me lying to you.  And I don’t do that.

The only time this room is “clean” is after a day of cleaning.  It gets straightened up every  most some nights before we go to bed.

This room is hands down the most “used” room of the house.

It’s probably also our most changed room since having a wee one.

This room used to have quite a few beautiful breakable decorative touches knick-knacks. Now it is filled with loud fun toys for Eddie.

Some of the things I love and could never put away are still out though.  And Eddie has picked up this picture and pointed to his momma and daddy many, MANY times.

We are surrounded by love in this room.

Wonderful news has been shared here.

Friends from far away have gathered to catch up and share spirits in this space.

As a family we have faced hard times in this room as well.  The phone rings and this is where we sit to hear what is on the other end.

Our family spends a lot of time on the floor in this room.  The carpet here is probably the most dingy and worn down of anywhere else in our house.  But it is also the most comfortable.

This is where Eddie first rolled over.  First crawled.  First laughed.  First pulled up.  First cruised.  First walked. And tonight?  First climbed.

This is the room we hunker down in together in the cold storms of life.  We are surrounded by knowledge and love in this room.

Here is where I have spent countless hours reading and doing grad work and blogging and reading your blogs and commenting.

Here is where I sat for many hours of the wee morning, crying out with labor pains before finally going to the hospital.

Here is where I sat when I told Cort that we were going to have a baby…and that baby was Eddie.

Here is where I tearfully admitted I needed help.  That what was kicking my ass was probably PPD and I couldn’t make it go away on my own.

Here is where I cuddled a sick little boy until we both fell asleep.

I have stared at this wall while recovering from miscarriages.

That happy couple who had no idea what was ahead of them.

I have fallen asleep to those young kids smiling down on my while I cuddled a sweet newborn in my arms because I was too sore to get in my bed, and he was too snuggly to put in his.

I have cried at this couple.

I have smiled at this couple.

I have yelled at this couple.

I have pleaded with this couple.

I have prayed for this couple.

Some people say that the room with the Big TV is the room people flock to.

In our case it is true.

But this room?  Is not about the TV.

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. Now that's a great room! We have a room we call the family room where I say we spend about 90% of our time when we're home too.

  2. Love it! I can relate about the toys in the living room, what is the point of putting them away constantly when the little one is just going to drag them all back out the second you finish. Besides, the room is called a "living" room and that is exactly what you're supposed to do there. 🙂

    This room looks like the PERFECT place to hang out!!!

  3. what an awesome post!! i felt so IN your room with you guys!! fabulous story! and amazing how kids' toys can completely change the decor of your house!

  4. Sarah Partain says

    Great idea for a post! So sorry about your miscarriages and PPD. I have vague experience with both but have never lived them out fully. I might borrow your idea and do one about our most beloved room, which I think is our bedroom. The kiddos end up in there anyway and my most favorite times are when we are all together in our bed. Anyway, so sweet!

  5. What a beautifully written post Katie!!! PS our living room is never clean!

  6. Aw, what a sweet post. Isn't it amazing how a room or an object or a song can bring back so many memories. Sorry to hear about your miscarriages. I, too, have experienced this.

  7. What a great room… not for what's in it (although, I do love), but for everything that's gone ON in it.

  8. Wow, yeah I can relate as far as toys go, eek! Actually our space is shrinking, dying for a playroom! LOL

  9. Missy@Wonder, Friend says

    I got chills. I love that you see your living room as a place for living, and all that living entails.

    And yes, the decorative items have to moved, don't they? My little one discovers things daily that I've forgotten about. He picks up breakable or otherwise dangerous items and brings them to me, as if to say, "I cannot be trusted around this. You should move it."

  10. Thanks for not cleaning it for us, it's better that way. Do you fight over the cozy chair, or is it your spot? This was such a great post.

  11. You have a lovely way of inviting the reader in . . .

    Not only into your house and your rooms. But into your heart and your lives.

    Happy sighs at being invited.

    Thank you.

  12. This made me teary-eyed! I love how you are truly living in that room.

  13. This is the best room in the house! Yes, I too have one of these rooms! A room that never seems to stay clean. A room where the rug is worn and stains are hidden by the kid's toys. A room of love and priceless memories.

  14. Awww, I'm a little misty eyed!

  15. Leah @ Beyer Beware says

    I want that chair that you have spent countless hours in…it looks fabulous. Great post, we all take our living rooms for granted. It is where some of the best memories are from.