I first shared our moving news a few months ago when we finished remodeling our back patio at our 1940 colonial home in the city. I can’t believe how quickly (and sometimes how slowly!) the time has flown since then…
But here we are.
You all have been so sweet (and so patient) about seeing the new house. Those of you who follow me on Instagram have seen a few sneak peeks, but here is my first reveal on the blog. And I owe you a disclaimer: we weren’t given keys to the house until 7:30 on a Friday night, and our contractors showed up at 9 Saturday morning to start ripping out the floors. And, naturally, I forgot my big camera. So these are all taken with my iPhone around 8am that morning… Forgive the quality.
I thought I’d break this up into inside and out, and for each area, I’ll share things we love (there are many!) and things we are hoping to change (because, honestly, we all need to make each home our own, right?). So without further ado, the interior.
For some reason, I only got a picture of one bedroom. You’ll just have to wait to see the rest…
Things we love:
- so many windows
- open flow downstairs
- planked ceiling in the dining room (you can’t even see it because they have it painted the same color as the walls, but it’s there!)
- beautiful, high-quality cabinetry
- high ceilings
- 5 bedrooms: though they’re not huge, we have enough for our family, a guest room, and an office
Things we’d like to change:
- light fixtures
flooring (As you can see, the entire upstairs was carpet and downstairs was tile)… Done! Reveal coming soon.
- the funny columns in the living/family room
- the bar/kitchen cabinets: not sure if I want to paint them or not, but they need something to be more “me”
- countertops: the countertops in the entire house (kitchen and all 3.5 bathrooms) are 4’x4′ travertine tiles; while it’s lovely, real stone, I really prefer slabs for countertops over tile
- fireplace: the four-sided glass is a cool idea, but I’d rather have a traditional mantel and a little more separation between the living room and family room
- built-in cabinets between the living and family rooms, next to the fireplace (i.e. something to hide the tv and toys that will inevitably be in the family room side!)
- built-in bookcases in the office (it’s a small room, and we don’t want to preclude its ever being used as a bedroom, but we loved our built-in bookcases in the last house and need something for all our books!)
Probably the greatest blessing we are discovering each day is that this house was SO well cared for. Though the previous owners’ decorative taste is not necessarily my own, everything they did was high quality and well maintained. Hooray! But the real crown jewel of this property is the outside: the pool, the view, the gardens… It’s just spectacular. You can see how much love was poured into the gardens, especially, where you find new beauty around every corner. It’s 3-dimensional loveliness (really, the pictures don’t do it justice), and I am awed and blessed each day as I step out into this beauty. Now here’s hoping I don’t kill it all!
Things we love:
- the view
- the variety in the garden
- the gorgeous lawn in the front yard
- the awesome grill by the pool (didn’t make this round of pics, sorry!)
- the vegetable gardens (SO excited about that!)
- flowers bigger than my hand (say WHAT?!)
Things we’d like to change:
- the only lawn is in the front yard… because of the age of our kids, we want to fence it in for a safe play space
- speaking of fences, we need one around the pool
- the roman columns which seem out of place on this traditional house… though they are actually growing on me a bit
- the 90’s feel of the facade – I think it’s the 2-story arched entryway, but I’m not sure; I’m still brainstorming what cost-effective direction we could go to make it more “us”
And that’s all for now! What do you think? I’m off to Haven (a conference for DIY bloggers) later this week, but I do have one more installment of my photography series for you before I go. When I return, I plan to hit the ground running with projects to make this home our own. Come back and join me!
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