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:

Front

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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

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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:

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Hallway

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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:

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

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Listin’ Like a BOSS

After yesterday’s big reveal, I’m VERY excited to bring you some better pictures and a room by room breakdown of how I see the house come together. Note I said “I,” Jason and I have not discussed this. I assure you whatever projects come our way will only happen if we’re both on board. Also, they will not happen all at once, the only promise of upgrades that Jason has agreed to thus far is to repaint the entire house before we move in (praise Jesus…it’s all I ask…at this time). So without further ado, I bring you our future home:

***The Front ***
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  • CLEARLY, we need some landscaping, first up, remove the tree blocking the right side of the house
  • add flower beds
  • paint the front door red
  • upgrade hardware
  • add some planters for pops of color (the front door is obviously hidden away and we need to bring some attention). Maybe like this?
  • add some handing plants
  • fertilize the front yard for better grass
  • maybe paint the concrete of the front porch to add some drama?

Now, most of this stuff (minus the painting) probably won’t happen until at LEAST the spring. I have no green thumb, and I would really love them to live, after all.

***The front foyer***

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You can’t see much here, but on the left is some HIDEOUS wallpaper (you can see in the hall picture later), and on the right is a coat closet.

  • remove wall paper
  • paint either a sand color or a VERY light grey (to brighten things up). I’m even toying with adding wallpaper like this, but I seriously doubt Jason goes for it.
  • Will either have a gallery wall here of in the hallway (like this)
  • coat closet will either be a coat/storage closet (who know what all we have) or I would love to turn it into something like this.
  • Upgrade the light fixture. Maybe an orb light?
  • Haven’t decided about the tile…I would probably want to see house everything else comes together and that would be a very last upgrade after everything else is done.
  • add crown molding

***The Kitchen***

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(the foyer is to the right of this picture above)

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  • Paint it a light grey, but not quite as light as the foyer
  • Repaint the cabinets white. Yes, they look white in these pictures, but they’re very chipped and scuffed up
  • Upgrade the counter tops. Maybe Corian counters like this, or butcher block counters like this?
  • Get new hardware for the cabinets
  • Take the doors off the upper cabinets by the refrigerator to make them open…maybe put glass pane doors?
  • Upgrade to stainless steel appliances (this is most certainly a wish list since it’s not imperative)
  • Add backslash
  • Chalboard paint the end of the bar
  • Add pull out drawers for pots and pans and under the sink
  • add crown molding

It’s worth mentioning that these are my “inspiration kitchens” here, here, and here (!)

***Dining Room***

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It’s worth noting that the previous owners used this as the living room, but after looking at what they used for the dining room and this, Jason and I thought we needed to switch even without discussion. Done and Done!

  • Paint fireplace white (it’s so dark in here!)
  • loose the brass
  • add a focal fixture (something dangly)
  • probably paint the room a moody grey like this?
  • add crown molding

***Laundry Room***

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  • Paint…I don’t know? Maybe be adventurous and do something dark? Or go with a nice sand color?
  • Lose the Curtain
  • Maybe loose the doors on the cupboard on the right of the sink and add baskets? Maybe not….
  • Add Dramatic “backsplash” to the back of the sink (like this)
  • Upgrade hardware
  • Upgrade counter with whatever we do for the kitchen
  • Add whimsical art where hooks are now
  • Add a washer and dryer stand like this
  • Add crown molding

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  • Paint it a like neutral color…not sure what, yet?
  • probably do something with those fans..not sure what. remove them and have canned lighting in my dreams (my brother, the future electrician, just cringed 70 miles away)
  • I would love to add some built in bookshelves around the opening from the dining room to this room.
  • Add crown molding

I don’t know…other than what is listed above, this is the one room I can’t figure out how to place things? I’m interested to see how it comes together. I can’t wait to get our furniture in there and play around!

***The Hallway***

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(see the wretched wallpaper for the foyer now?)

  • Paint this with whatever color we go with for the foyer
  • add crown molding (when I say this…note that I mean nicer, chunkier crown molding)
  • If we don’t do gallery wall in the foyer, do it here

***Hall Bathroom***

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(I know…”whoa,” right?)

  • I originally HATED this tile. But Jason liked it and suggested we paint the room a subtle mint color….I don’t hate the idea. I say we go for it and live with it for a while.
  • upgrade hardware
  • Add crown molding

***Eme’s Room***

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BY FAR the room I’m most excited about!!!!!!!
Eme is only with us every other weekend and every other major holiday. So we wanted a room that completely reflects who she is while still not throwing money into a little girls room — to get the best investment, we need something she can grow in to. Eme loves the outdoors (she requested one of her daddy’s ducks be put in her room…I love how happy it makes her), art, and reading. I tried to keep those three things in mind while coming up with this design.

  • First of all, here are all my inspiration pictures for this room are here (that’s the main one), and also here and here
  • We will probably paint the room a medium grey, but with a pallet wall like this as an accent wall (behind the headboard)
  • Jason and I got each other bedding for our wedding gift so that we could register for bedding for Eme. Here is the bedding we chose and the accessories for it are here, here, here, and here
  • We already have a mattress and box spring for her room, and my mother is giving us my old bed frame that looks like this
  • On the top picture, you will see a weird nook on the left side. I originally wanted to make Eme a reading teepee like this, but with that nook there, I think something like this would be better for the space.
  • In the bottom picture you will see two closets, the left closet will be organized like this (sort of)
  • the right closet will be way more fun! I’m thinking an art center like this (I LOVE chalkboard paint!!!)
  • Add crown molding

Of course some of this can change as we get her stuff moved in and figure out arrangements – We are all about using what we have!

***Guest Bedroom/Home Office***

Yes, I will be working from home, but we still want our guests to feel taken care of, so this space will be tricky. The good news is, the desk you see below came with the house! So you can kind of get an idea of the set up!

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  • I have no idea what color I want to paint this room, probably something like the “Manchester Tan” in this picture
  • We have a queen size bed for this room, but we will eventually make a headboard for it
  • The guest bedset we registered for is here and here, so we have lots of room to play with colorful accessories (I like my work space to be vibrant)
  • Add crown molding

***Master Bedroom***

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  • As you can see, it’s definitely on the smaller side, but I think it’s cozy and perfect for us! We will put our King Bed against the wall ahead
  • Jason already has one night stand to match his bed, I would love another for a more symmetrical look
  • I have no idea what to do with that closet (there’s a walk-in closet in the attached master bath we will use). I’m thinking that since I won’t have room for my dresser, I will use this space for ORGANIZED drawer storage (I refuse to let this become a junk space)
  • not sure on the paint color again…something neutral, I will play around with swatches
  • add crown molding

***Master Bath***

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Ahh yes…return to pink, this is funny because I had a pink bathroom, almost exactly like this, growing up

  • upgrade counters on vanity
  • upgrade hardware
  • frame mirror
  • paint (no idea what color…this room needs so much work, but will have to wait…so picking out the paint color may have to wait, too. We may just put a crisp white primer on for now)
  • upgrade sink
  • upgrade toilet
  • upgrade tub (I would LOVE a soaker tub, but I have no idea if that’s even possible in this space
  • remove wallpaper
  • paint tile or change to subway tile
  • maybe change floor tile and extend to vanity area?
  • add accessories (towel rack, etc)
  • add crown molding

***Back Yard***

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The Backyard is one of the things that REALLY sold us on this house. Jason and I (and Eme) spend a ton of time outside. Our backyard is our happy place so we knew we wanted something private. Plus we have two dogs (that we love) that need a place to be dogs!

  • upgrade fan on patio (you can see it’s droopy) for a sturdier outdoor fan
  • replace chain linked fence with wooden fence
  • add some landscaping
  • fertilize grass for a fuller-greener look
  • maybe use the chain link fence to shut off a place for the dogs when we are entertaining (the area that the swing is in)
  • BUILD A FIREPIT!!! We LOVE making S’Mores when Eme is around and this is something we’ve dreamed about since day 1
  • Eventually build a playhouse for Eme here

This is a space that I’m certain will grow over the years. I can’t wait to snuggle into our backyard (that reminds me…I want a hammock)

So that’s the tour! I hope you love our home and are excited as we are. Jason and I actually really enjoy working on projects together and I cannot WAIT to make this our home! Here are some extras you may enjoy:

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  • You can kind of see the driveway is cracked. Our Realtor suggested that this is the home being old and “settling” and it isn’t any real foundation issues, but we have our inspection Monday to find out for sure (fingers crossed!). I would like to eventually have this fixed.
  • I don’t have any pictures of the garage, but it is a two car garage. There is great place for storage, and I would love to organize Jason’s tools in a space like this (don’t worry, darlin, I will make it more manly)
  • Since most of the through-traffic will be in the garage, I would also like to make a mini “mud room” in there like this (doesn’t have to be that fancy…something simple will do)

OH MY GOSH! Can we start painting now?? I’m so excited! I will be sure to post all the details on here – the good, the bad, and the ugly. In the meantime, I can be found doing the Carlton.

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