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New House: A Walk Through Our Staging Photos

Have you ever been so tired that your teeth hurt? I’m there right about now. This house has taken waaaaay more time than I thought it would and I feel like I have barely scratched the surface on what needs to be done. We’re moving in this weekend and finishing up resurfacing (read:repainting) the cabinets so I’m behind on updating the blog with progress. Instead of trying to kill myself attempting to balance work, blog, and moving, I thought that I’d show you what the inside of the house looked like when we walked through it (and fell in love).

You’ve already seen the outside so I thought I’d just show you what the interior spaces looks like. Later on I’ll show you before and afters but for now, let’s just take a virtual walk through.

Entry

Entry 1

 

Love the huge coat closet in the entry but let’s be real, that tile has to go. Soon. More on that later. Let’s just stare at the built ins and pretend we can’t see it.

Dining Room 

Dining Room

 

When you walk in, the first room you enter in the formal dining room. They staged it as an office but we’ll take it back to it’s original purpose- in fact, this room was one of the big selling points for us. We love to entertain so this will be well used.

Living Room

Living Room 4

 

On the other side of the floating staircase we have the living room with some awesome huge windows and great mantle and fireplace. The moment I saw this space I thought of decorating it for Christmas. It’s going to be soo fun. It feels like it was pretty much made for Christmas.

Staged Living Room

Breakfast Nook and Bar

Living Room 3

Look at that beautiful, open flow. This shot is from the sofa and looks into the breakfast nook and slightly peers into the kitchen. While it might be handy to have a little table and chairs in that space, we’re thinking of repurposing it into a piano room. It’s a bit bigger than it seems in photos and we’ve measured it out and a baby grand piano will fit into it perfectly. Imagine having the husband tickling the ivories while we entertain guests around the hearth. Doesn’t it sound dreamy? That’s why we’re pretty much planning forgoing eating bacon and eggs there in the AM, especially since the dining room is not that far.

Kitchen

Kitchen

This room is the one that will see some of the biggest change. We’ve talked about how we’re making changes to it now, but later on next week I’ll introduce our two step plan to bring this area into 2015 and make it feel a little bit more like “us.”

Powder Room

Powder Room

Off the kitchen there’s the laundry room (too boring to photograph apparently) and the powder room. If this looks familiar, it’s because I talked about plans for it here.

Landing

Landing 1

This landing area upstairs will also need some love. Don’t you love that HUGE doorbell? Yeah, it’s not staying despite my husband’s pleadings. Too huge and too ugly, plus it’s hard to see here but it’s actually missing two chimes. Dated and broken means it’s time for it to go.

Office and Guest Room

Office 1

Guest Room 1

These two rooms are nearly identical except that the last one has a huge walk in closet which will be perfect for storing all of that Christmas decor we talked about earlier. Both rooms are decently sized and I’m sure I’ll share more about them when I get to setting them up and styling them but for now imagine them in a crisp white.

Guest Bathroom

Guest Bath 1

This is currently the least cared about room in the entire house which is surprising considering the walls are currently a light pink. We’ll care about it sometime, but for now I’m just happy that the husband is color blind and thinks it’s off white. 🙂

Master Bedroom and Bath

Master Bedroom 1

This was the other space that really sold us on the house. Most (almost) 50 years old homes have small master bedrooms but this one is pretty large and the window provides great natural light. The light plum color on the wall actually inspired us to go super dark in the room and I couldn’t be more excited! We’ll talk specific colors soon!

Master Bath

This space will also need a bit of love. It’s not bad but it’s not good. Carpet doesn’t belong anywhere near a sink and if you’re sitting on the toilet and someone opens the door, your knees are getting banged up. #reallife At some point we imagine ripping all of this up and configuring it in a way that makes it feel more open and definitely less off-white.

There are a few spaceS that weren’t photographed like the laundry and the master walk-in closet. I’ll get to photographing them soon and including updates but in the meantime, let’s talk about some things we love and don’t love so much. What’s your favorite room? Any features you love or hate? Any recommendations on updating? Leave a comment- I love and read them all! 🙂

 


Introducing Our New House!

New House

So here she is, the new house! We closed last week and couldn’t be more thrilled! Built at the end of the 60’s she’s a beaut but she absolutely needs some TLC and elbow grease and I’ll be sharing more as time goes on. I’m still compiling an extensive list of all the things that need to be done (think ripping out 50 year old intercom systems, etc) but I thought that I’d give you a glimpse of what we plan on doing with the exterior.

We just went to London last Fall and fell in love with so many of the row homes in Chelsea. Even though we’re right in the heart of Texas, we want to give it that old world, British feel. Here’s what we’re looking to somewhat emulate:

Chelsea White Row Homes

To give you (and our HOA) an idea of what we want to do with the outside, I had the listing image photoshopped to show how much better it’d look painted white.

 Austin White House

Don’t you think it looks SO much better? I feel like the brick and wood being the same color helps it feel less choppy and more like the 2,000 sq foot home that it is. While the white paint is definitely the biggest change to exterior that we hope to make, we also have a few other purchases that will help it feel little more London-y and give it that cool black and white look.

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So what do you think about our plans? We couldn’t wait any longer and already put up our door knocker (we got ours in London and it’s fab) and hopefully we’ll get the other bits done soon! Wish us luck with the HOA!


Vote: Two Bathroom Redesign Options

It’s less than a week until I get the keys to my new house and I absolutely cannot wait any longer to share some spaces with you. I actually really like most of the rooms in our new home and it could easily be considered move-in ready but I have to put my stamp on every room. So here’s a picture of our downstairs powder room from the listing:

New House Bathroom

 

It’s not terrible but it definitely is in need of an update. There are some things that will stay like the mirror and the sconces. They’re original to the house and are great quality. The towel bar is also gorgeous and has great details so it’ll probably stay as well. But everything else is subject to change. The problem is that I can’t quite make up my mind as to the overall look and feel that I want for this room. So I thought that I’d put together a couple of mood boards and and have you all give me your input.

Option 1

Bathroom Re Design 1

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Option 2

Bathroom Re Design 2

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Many of the pieces are pretty similar but the finished look would be much different. Option 1 is moody and has more of a modern feel while still incorporating the vintage pieces. It feels a little more masculine as well- which isn’t a bad thing considering my husband will live there too.

Option 2 is much more light and airy. I think that it also has more of a peaceful feel with a hint of glam as well. There’s a subtle bird theme which makes it kind of fun and I love the little ceramic love birds-they’re actually wedding cake toppers but I think they’d be beautiful in any room.

So which one do you like? My husband said that he couldn’t really decide which one he liked better which is surprising because I thought that he’d immediately pick the first. It was only after he realized that option 2 had a bird theme that he decided he wanted to go with option 1. He thinks birds are creepy, I think he’s strange.

Leave a comment letting me know which one you like best! Thanks!