Let me introduce you to our new house (and the most gigantic moving van which AJ was somehow allowed to drive without a special license, he credits his success not hitting anything to growing up driving farm equipment).
We’ve been living here for two days… I want to just put everything away immediately so it feels like home, even if it’s not in it’s forever spot. The kids are acting up and not like themselves so I just want to restore our life and family back to a stable spot… although I’m pretty sure that won’t happen right away. I remember this happening with Drew’s last big life change (Elle joining our family) and if it’s anything like that it’ll take a week or two to learn the new normal.
Let me introduce you to our home through the mudroom door you see down the stairs. When you come in you see a big open area, a built in desk, a huge coat closet, the door to the garage and a mini closet. There is no lack of stoarage in this home (let’s hope we don’t come close to accumulating the amount of stuff needed to fill it. :))
From the mudroom stairs you can walk down into the addition (we aren’t sure when it was put on). It is an incredibly long and somewhat skinny space that has incredible sunlight thanks to skylights and the entire back wall that is filled with sliders.
Let’s go up a step into the kitchen. I’m not sure when the kitchen was added, because it protrudes into the addition. The home is from 1966 and the kitchen feels like it could have been done sometime in the 1970s. I can’t praise the former owners enough, they took incredible care of their home. The cabinets might not be new but they are in excellent condition. They have the most incredible built in system that I’ve seen in a kitchen of this age, but I’ll share more of those details with you in another post.
We have two Jenn-Air appliances (the cooktop and oven) and a Bosch dishwasher, it will be fun working with higher end appliances (I’ll let you know if they really do work better! :)). We’ve already discovered the dishwasher is so much quieter than our former GE dishwasher. Notice all my food on the back cabinet area, we had a pantry in our first home so now I’m figuring out the best spaces for food in relation to where the utensils, dishes, etc should go. I’m on my second rearranging now. 🙂
My mom brought us over a giant vase full of hydrangeas to add a spark of beauty in an otherwise chaotic, box-filled house. Last night I had it with the kitchen looking like a dumping zone so my goal before bed was to clean everything up and make this area feel restful.
From the kitchen you walk into the entryway hallway that has the broom closet, the basement door and the half bath.
The wallpaper in the half bath is so unique, I’m not even sure how to describe it other than it’s an Asian Toile.
Also off the kitchen is the area they used as the dining room and what we will use as an office so we can comfortably have real estate clients over and shut the door.
From there let’s walk into the area the former owners used as the living room and that we are going to use as a dining room. For the past few years I’ve been dreaming of a dining room table that can seat 12. I think I’ve found the one I want on Pottery Barn but let’s just say I’ll need to use the office to do another real estate deal before that happens. 🙂 The other reason I really want to use this room as a dining room is because of the fireplace. Can’t you just picture a fire roaring while you have Thanksgiving dinner?
The former owners were so gracious and left us that couch. This room is currently a mystery to me as I figure out how to make our current six-seater table not look lost in this space.
From there you move into the family room. I think this area was also an addition. The there are four skylights so the light during the day is incredible. The walls and trim are a light pink. I hope you can see it in these photos but there are panels on the long wall, each of those offers additional storage. This has been fantastic for the kids toys!
The other side of the room has two amazing window seats with fabric that matches the wallpaper and pillows. The built-ins are currently sitting mostly empty but I’m so excited to start fooling around with different ideas I have for them. The two love seats you see below were also a gift from the former owners.
The entire downstairs of our first house was double the size of the pink room so it’s no surprise we were so thrilled when the owners wanted to leave some furniture to help us furnish what would have been bare rooms. There is one more space downstairs I haven’t show you yet. The other side of the back addition is the area we are planning on using for a kids playroom so that we can easily watch them when we are in the kitchen.
Let’s move upstairs. One of my favorite parts of this house is that as a general rule the owner used the most neutral paint colors (the only exception is the pink family room). Everything else is some form of sage or tan. While we figure out what colors go best with our furniture these colors are amazing and don’t clash with anything we have.
This is the room AJ and I are in:
Let’s walk down the hall to Drew’s room where I’m standing to take the photo below.
He chose this room primarily because there was a soccer ball in it when we looked at the house. 🙂 This bedroom is in the back of the house.
We gave Elle the bedroom in the front of the house next to Drew. She has a very small walk in closet that leads to the attic.
The bathroom is almost directly across from our bedroom door:
To get to the area we will rent out you will walk over the mudroom through a wall of closets and into the master suite:
To get to the full bath you walk down half a flight of stairs into the area that is half way in between the first and second floor.
I’ll keep you updated about the entire process of renting this out. Our goal is to make the space work for a renter now but not at all detract from us, or a potential future owner, using it as a master suite. I think we have a pretty good plan in place but it’s all tentative right now. Our reasoning behind renting it out is to make our mortgage payment be the same or less than it was in our first house and because we just don’t need this amount of space right now.
There you have it! Our complete house tour! We aren’t sure what we are planning on doing in each space but I see a dressier coastal style than we had in our first home while still feeling comfortable and inviting. Over the next few posts I’ll be sharing more of what the space looks like as we’ve gotten settled. It’s strange to have such a large space to work with after a relatively small first home. I’m excited for dinners and parties and space for the kids to just run (especially if we have an epic winter like we did in 2014 where it was miserable to go outside!).
What room are you most excited to see how we put our own spin on it?