Home, James.

Ok, for this time. Last time I really blogged we had put an offer on another house. Quick recap to now: the inspection came back horrible at that house, and we pulled the offer. I was devestated because I loved that house so, so much. Jason loved it but not as much as I. Then we put an offer on a second house. Jason loved this one more than I did, but the lady flipped flopped “I’m not coming off the price!” “fine, I”ll accept your offer,” “No I can’t accept that,” “OK I want to reconsider,” “nevermind, I”m planning a wedding in this house, and I’m too overwhelmed to sell right now, maybe in 2-3 weeks!” BYE. Lovely how it worked out, because after some extremely lucky (on our part) happeneings, we have found THE house. We love this one equally the same and 10X more than the other 2. Funny how things work out? I will spare you the many, many details of how we got here, but we are set to close on Friday! (yay!) AND the inspection came back MUCH MUCH better, this time! So without further ado (and yes I realize I’m TECHNICALLY jumping the gun), our home: PS. It’s worth noting that these pictures were taken on my phone. Before I saw the house, the seller sent me a couple of pictures – these are clearly better quality. SO, the pictures with furniture in them are hers (and will give you a better size perspective, too), and the empty house pictures are what it actually looks like today. Behold:



This will be the only shot that I can actually SHOW you the plans we have for it (well..some….landscaping still pending). So big thanks to Brittany Murray for photoshopping the two colors we were choosing between:

Traditional Red


The shutters WILL be black. We love how the trees frame the house, so it definitely needed a pop of color on the front door. I wasn’t crazy about red, but It was the only thing that seemed to fit. I thought Jason would be completely on this, but suprisingly, he was not, so he sheepishly (I say “sheepishly” because he thinks he’s not supposed to do home design, but y’all, he’s actually pretty good, and I really love everything he’s suggested so far. My man.) suggested this color:


It actually looked more mint on the swatch, but I’m digging how the photoshop job turned out. It has a more subtle pop, but is inviting and more earthy. I think this just may be “the one.” Update: Jason still isn’t sure about it. Stay tuned.

The Entryway


Not much to see here. Although that wallpaper will be removed A.S.A.P. and the light fixture will be upgraded eventually.

The Sitting Room



At least, that’s all we know to call it. We have hardly any idea what we want to do to this room. My generous parents bought us a upright piano (yes, I used to play) so it will definitely go here, and a lovely Christmas tree for the window for people to see from the road when the time is right. Otherwise, I’m sure this room will develop as we place things.

The Dining Room


This lovely room will be the formal dining room I have dreamed about! Yes, I’m soooo 90’s and still love a formal dining room. I love that growing up my family had dinner together nearly every night, free of technology, and forced to actually BE together. I want to continue that. Especially since that’s how Jason and I started dating really. He cooked for me one night and instead of going out as planned, we just ended up enjoying a glass of whisky and coke after dinner and talking the night away. So now, that is our Sunday night ritual: we cook, have a drink, and take on the world’s problems. I have to thank Jason for making this a tradition and making sure we never get away from it because it is absolutely one of my favorite things in this world. But I digress. Not shown in this picture are the french doors on the right that lead to the kitchen.

The Kitchen


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So much more life in the seller’s pictures. Did I mention that this house vomits wallpaper and it will all be stripped (if I can help it) this weekend? Because yes…that. We will paint this room gray. You may notice that the dishwasher and trash compactor are insanely outdated — nevermind, they actually look better in these pictures than they do in real life. No matter, we bought a new stainless steel dishwasher and refrigerator this weekend (more on that later…spoiler alert: we got incredible deals)!

The Kitchen – breakfast area

Sorry guys, I apparently missed this shot, but you can kind of see it in the second kitchen picture. There is a charming bay window which I LOVE and never expected to have anytime soon. Ah, and more wallpaper.

The Laundry Room/Half Bath



African Safari, anyone? Seriously…WHO MADE THIS WALLPAPER?!?!? Anyway,  I don’t’ particularly love paneling, but it doesn’t hurt my feelings either. So we will just slap a nice neutral color and paint those cabinets white. Whatever we do to the laundry room, we will do to the half bath since it’s such an awkward place (the door doesn’t open all the way because it opens into the washer and dryer…oh yeah, we bought a washer and dryer along with previous mentioned good deal).  I really doubt the bathroom gets used much, but I suppose it’s nice if we ever need to sell the home. “I’m sorry, what were you saying about you’re 2 bath home? I couldn’t hear you over my 2 1/2 bath home” **snub**

I suppose at this point it’s work mentioning that the garage is right past the laundry room. Nothing really to see there, it’s a pretty standard garage, but it does have a spacey storage room.

The Living Room



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Here we have the living room that makes me smile. I mainly smile because Eme and I had the EXACT same reaction when seeing it for the first time: “THIS IS GOING TO BE SO PERFECT AT CHRISTMAS!!” That’s right…we freakin’ love Christmas. Buddy the elf could be our BFF.  Anyway, the window open to the sunroom, and it has the fireplace I’ve always wanted. Not particularly THIS fireplace, I just want a fireplace. I am but a simple lass. We also love the vaulted ceiling, chunky beams, and the part of this room that is not shown in the pictures above…

The Bar


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That’s right, we have a bar. Which, as you can see in the first picture, is currently serving as our dumping grounds. Jason and I LOVE this space. Not so much for the bar-aspect, but for the entertaining-aspect. We love that it’s in the living room and not the kitchen. It makes it feel more like it’s a place for friends to gather for games/parties/idle Friday night rather than a watering whole. Either way, we feel so blessed to have it. It only seems like rich people who are bored with having money in their account have these.



Not much to see here. I’m mainly showing you for you guys to get and idea on the layout. This hall curves to the left and has a twin sister of that hideous, hideous light (you gotsta GO).

The Playroom


Yeah…I”m no photographer, but you get the idea. Our house is technically a 4 bedroom, but this room is much smaller than the others and has no closet. Luckily, we don’t need and immediately decided that this would be Eme’s playroom (girlfriend is loved and we are vomiting toys). This is probably the room I’m most excited about. Picture me Joker-grinning while rubbing my hands together. I can fulfill all me crazy, outside-the-box dreams in this room. We are going to paint it a marine blue (all her toys are pink it seems…we thought it would help contrast), and that wall straight ahead will be a chalkboard wall (AHH!). We will also take down the fan and add a more playful statement light fixture, but that’s down the line. I have some SERIOUS plans for this room, but I kind of want them to play out first. Stay tuned….

The Guest Bedroom/My Office




Again with the paneling! This is the second largest bedroom (Master is the largest), so I had already planned to make this my office, as well, but Jason didn’t know the desk was built-in so that was a nice surprise for me after the previous owners moved out — especially since we were going to have to buy a desk. We are fans of keeping dollars in our pockets. We plan to paint the room grey. and make an accent wall where my desk is to kind of “separate the areas.” Call me crazy but we’re going with navy (and I will eventually paint the cabinets white). My decision was finalized when I was telling Eme about it, and she said “COOL! Your wedding colors! And New York Yankee Colors!” Did I mention I love that kid? Also, The stud you see in the bottom picture I had previously, he didn’t come with the house.

Hall Bathroom


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Again, pretty standard. I like to keep bathrooms a sleek and clean as possible. So the walls will stay a light gray, and the shower curtain will more than likely be white.  The cabinet above the toilet will more than likely come down. It’s not really needed and I feel it minimizes the room, especially since there is no window.

Eme’s Room



This is the first room we will finish because we want Eme to feel right at home. So instead of me telling about the plans for it, be looking out for pictures in a week or two.

The Master Bedroom


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Yes, that is grass wallpaper. I cannot rip it down fast enough. Although from what I’ve been told and read, it is a NIGHTMARE to get down. So I suppose we will do what we can and call in a professional if needed. If you look close in the top picture, you can see two light switches mid-way down the wall. I didn’t even notice these, but Jason pointed out that they are for either side of the bed to turn off the overhead lights. Extremely unorthodox, but I like it! Because nothing is worse than being snuggled in bed, putting down a book, and realizing you have to get out to turn off the lights. Especially if you’re like me and have a beagle that gets quite upset when she’s asleep and is moved. I know… **first world problems** That light you see shining through the bottom picture is a large sliding glass door that leads our onto our sunroom. More on that later.

The Master Bathroom






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BY. FAR. the most unorthodox room of the house – but I dig it. Where to begin? Let’s start with the toilet/phone booth….WHAT? I can’t decide who to call first! I feel like this is something that Billy Bob Thornton would do. It makes me laugh so much (yes, I have the humor of a 12 year old boy) that I kind of want to keep it. Next you see what will be my closet. There are two of these, not much to see, but it does have convenient storage space. That next picture…no big deal that’s just our sauna. It seems to impress people the most and is kind of cool to talk about – “aw, you’re laying out in your pool? That’s sweet, I was just stepping into my sauna.” But I have to confess, I have never been in a sauna. Well, that’s not entirely true. One time I was working out at a swanky hotel in Kansas City and all the cool rich people kept using the sauna so I thought I’d see what it’s all about. I walked in and immediately thought, “I thought I left Arkansas…what’s going on here?” And immediately walked right back out. Plus I’m not really down with sweating with strangers. I do feel obligated to use this thing, though. Someone please teach me what to do.  The shower is pretty standard. The Jacuzzi tub is uniquely tucked away in a corner – I like that. and then we have a lovely vanity. The red room has got to go. I believe this room will look much better with a light grey on the wall.

The Sunroom



Another thing on the “Really want but didn’t expect to have list.” This is where we envision watching games and visiting with friends/family in the fall. We can’t wait to slap on a dark mocha color on the floor! Ps…thanks for the photobombs, Aspen.

The sunroom leads onto the deck which is in desperate need of repair. We have a fenced in backyard and a storage building outside (no photos…sorry, I forgot). Just for fun, here is an amateur (and not in ANY way to-scale) layout of the house so you can get a feel for the flow:


We can’t wait to post pictures after we do some damage (the good kind)! Stay tuned!


Author: Lauren

Hello and welcome! I live in a state often referenced to Deliverance, but it has some nature eye-candy, as well. This isn't a travel blog, but I do roam once in a while.

7 thoughts on “Home, James.”

  1. We are so excited for y’all and cannot wait to see this home shine with your many plans for it!

  2. I can feel your excitment and you have a great sense of humor! We should be closing on our new home within two weeks. I’m so happy for you guys and the house is gorgeous. I love the layout! Good luck and can’t wait to hear more about it.

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