Velkommen Hjem!

That means Welcome Home in Danish 🙂

For the next 3 months, we’ll be staying at a lovely converted farmhouse on the southern edge of Billund. It’s tucked into a fairly new neighborhood and is normally a vacation rental for families who come to visit LEGOLand and Billund’s other attractions. It’s off-season in Billund now though, so LEGO was able to reserve it for us as our temporary housing until we find something more permanent – a very generous perk and the perfect way to get settled into Danish life!

Everything here is clean and minimal – the Danes prize simplicity and disapprove of clutter. As my dad always used to say (and yet somehow I never learned): “a place for everything, and everything in its place.” We are going to do our best to keep it that way!

Okay, here’s the front entrance to the property. No, this is not our entire place!

We’re in this end of the house; it used to be a barn/carriage house. Not sure how old the property is, will ask our landlord next time I see him! He is a retired airline pilot, and he and his wife restored the entire place themselves. They did a beautiful job!


Downstairs there’s a cozy living/dining room and a small but efficient kitchen.

Also a nicely tiled bathroom (E is mad there’s no bathtub – he hates showers!) and the steep stairs up to the second floor.

Upstairs, there’s a well-lit den under the roofline – the angled ceiling makes the whole space feel like a fort, plus there’s nice light coming in from the roof windows. There’s a small bed for the boys, and yes, a foosball table! I think we’ll have to have a tournament soon. Go through the door and there’s also a master bedroom for me and B with its own little workspace off to one side.

Best part of the second floor: this ladder leads up to a snug little loft – perfect size for the boys and already stocked with toys and LEGO!

Finally, there’s a large yard out back with patio table, a summery gazebo, and the boys’ favorite part, a big swing and climbing rope! The weather is already cool and breezy and autumn is here – only a bit colder than the Bay Area. Looking forward to bundling up for walks in the open countryside, and then coming back home to the cozy little farmhouse apartment – especially as the days grow shorter and we experience our first dark Danish winter.

Thanks again to LEGO and our new landlord for making our transition as easy and comfortable as possible!



  1. Krista Points Welch · October 26, 2014

    Love the place! Garrett would be seriously bent out of shape about the bathtub, too…


  2. Mal E Serure · October 26, 2014

    Amazing. I look forward to reading your blog and keeping up. Good luck and enjoy this new adventure!


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