Tuesday, March 25, 2014

This Weekend We...

bought a house! I can't believe our dream has come true. After looking for what seemed like forever and taking almost a year break from looking, we found, bid, and closed escrow on a house in less than a month. We are beyond excited and I look forward to raising our family in a place of our own. The whole process was really easy and not stressful, but the moving part is going to be tricky. We have some time before we need to be out of our apartment, but I'm out of town for almost a week and we have plans in the following weekends that we can't cancel or change. We've already bought our big kid items like appliances and a couch and have started to pack up the house. There's a few little things that we need to get together, but I'm hoping we can make a smooth transition.

Here are some pictures of the downstairs of the house. I'll definitely be doing lots of posts on home decor and inspiration. Luckily, the house is a flip home so we don't have to do anything before we move in. There are some small changes we are doing before we move, but only because we want to do some things to our taste.
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We picked out a couple of shades of paint for some of the rooms and it was mind numbing. After a while, they all seriously seemed to blend in together. Grays looked purple, blue, and green. Blues looked gray and chalky. Somehow we settled on two and I can't wait to see how they look in the room after some test spots.  photo 79EFB9F2-A859-491B-92AD-026995A1035C_zpsql6yogrv.jpg

Any advice for home decor and design? Where are your favorite places to shop? What cleaning supplies are must haves for wood floors and carpet? Share your secrets please!

19 comments:

Meg O. said...

Congratulations, Kristen! I'm so excited for y'all! Your house is SO beautiful! What a great canvas to start with to make your own. It was overwhelming for us, too, since we bought a new home with so many beige walls. Haha. I can't wait to see how you decorate it!

Kate said...

Girl, that house is beautiful -- congrats to you both for working hard and making your dreams come true! And that huge balcony in the back? I feel like that's unheard of in SoCal! It's just perfect! I know you're not going to splash it all over the internet, but where is it?

Mrs Gable said...

Loving the openness of the kitchen and living room. Can't wait to see all the final pictures. Good luck with the move!!!

Chelsea Mac said...

Congratulations!! It looks gorgeous! Can't wait to see what you do with it!

Chelsea
Haute Child in the City

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

CONGRATS hun sooooo exciting!! :-D

My favorite places to shop for the house are Lowes/Home Depot of course and I've found a lot of great decor on Wayfair and Overstock.com (both have either free or dirt cheap shipping). Also check out Home Goods and never go to Bed Bath & Beyond without a 20% off coupon ;-)

Heather said...

congrats! I love it!!

Sarah Elizabeth said...

that's so exciting!! that house is gorgeous

Crumbs and Curls said...

Congratulations! This is so exciting :)!

Kristin
Crumbs & Curls

Carolyn said...

SO EXCITING!!! :) Congratulations!!! Such a pretty house!

alison*elle said...

Congratulations!! Your new house looks lovely - can't wait to see how you decorate it.

xo, alison*elle

Allison Shorr said...

Congrats! Its beautiful! My boyfriend and I are currently on the search for a house (unfortunately we have about a month to find one) its such a hard process! Congrats with finding your new home!

WinterBenson said...

Congrats! It's a beautiful home!

Amanda Holdsworth said...

Congrats...it's gorgeous! One of the best things we did was hire a professional painter to do the great room and bedrooms before we moved in. He politely declined our selections and gave us reasons why those shades wouldn't work and then proceeded to pick out the most amazing colors that suited both of us perfectly. Then, after living in the house for a while, we had him come and do our foyer, kitchen, dining nook and dining room. Each time for only a few hundred dollars...totally worth it!

Jill @ Bluegrass Belle said...

I think your new home is beautiful! Congratulations!!!!

swankyandsparing said...

stunning! We went with Benjamin Moore grey shades, hired out our foyer and stairwell. I have house buying fever, just placed ours on the market.

swankyandsparing said...

Oh, I like Murphy's oil for hardwoods and a homemade mix of water and vinegar. Have fun cleaning and decorating!

eliz said...

Yay!!! Congrats..I know how crazy and dragging it can be to find a great home! It looks beautiful and you will have a blast and headache decorating...hahaha but yea it will be more fun than a headache ;-)

Whitney @ EHFAR said...

Congrats! How awesome!

Schnelle said...

Congrats! This is beyond exciting! I can't wait for the decor/home posts. Your home is gorgeous and so spacious. Looks like you have some great deck space too:)