We sat at a table at the title company, signing papers while the boys were occupied with games on the iPads. When we reached the end of the stack, we all stood up and shook hands.
“Boys, we just bought our house!”
We were all excited and eager to get over to the house. A lot of work was ahead of us, but that didn’t matter. The next chapter of our life was just a page turn away.
I know my readers have been eager to see our house and I’ve been eager to share it! As I mentioned in my Moving Story, we didn’t buy an old farm house. In fact, we bought a suburban home with a two story foyer, something I have declared many times would never appeal to me. But this home isn’t just for me and my business, although I will live there and work there. And it’s not just for blog material, although I will share all of my projects and makeovers. This house is for my family to live in and it has to be well suited to all four of us. And when we put together the wish list, we realized it sounded an awful lot like a newish home in a neighborhood.
At first, I was completely resistant to it. I dug in my heels. But, in my extensive online house hunt, it became clear that I needed to be more open. And I zeroed in on a home that wasn’t old, but it had so many details that satisfied my craving for character…transom windows over the doors, pretty woodwork, an arched hallway, a butler’s pantry, and even a back staircase.
One thing that’s sort of funny is that I was so looking forward to house hunting. I imagined driving all over town, looking at different properties with a realtor, weighing the pros and cons of each house… In the end, we only looked at one house. (I told Jeff I might need to go check out some open houses or something just to get it out of my system!)
Well, that one house is the house we bought this morning.
I shared a tour of the first floor on my Instagram Stories and many people commented that this house isn’t very “Miss Mustard Seedy”.
Nope, it’s not. Not yet, anyway!
The beige walls and beige carpet and modern fixtures definitely aren’t me. But, it’s a blank canvas and I really liked that. As I looked at homes that required a lot of work, I became very anxious about where I would work while the house was being ripped apart. In this house, we can work on it as time and money permit, but each space looks perfectly fine (better than fine), until we can put our stamp on it.
So, just look at the bones of the house and know that I have plans!
And this house has great bones. That’s what I fell in love with… the traditional layout, the rooms flooded with light, the finished details.
Sebastian was following me everywhere as I was taking pictures! He’s not usually a poser, but he was today.
The room I am probably most excited about is the sunroom off of the kitchen. It will be my art and photo studio!
Of course, it needs some work to make it functional year round, but it’s doable and will look amazing painted!
This house will get buckets and buckets of paint.
But, before we break out the brushes and rollers, though, we’re working on cleaning tubs & toilets and shampooing carpets.
And we’re trying to pace ourselves, knowing there’s no rush. We even took some time to hang out with our new neighbors. The boys were outside this evening, riding scooters, enjoying the thing that was highest on their wish list – living in a neighborhood with kids they can play with.
My back is sore, my hips hurt, and my hands are dried out from scrubbing and cleaning, but my heart is so full as I settle into a borrowed air mattress for the night.
And this is only day one…