Monday, February 28, 2011

Our House

We bought our house in November, and so far all I've shown you are somewhat scary construction pictures. I've been waiting until the house was clean and it was sunny out, but I settled for no sun and clean house! We are still working on so much, but we've come a long way from the super dirty and neglected house we bought a few months ago.

It's so gray and dreary looking! We've hardly done any yard work, so in 6 months, this should look totally different. The landscaping is so overgrown, we really just tried to get enough done that our house wouldn't look completely terrible all winter long.

We have a nice deep front porch, here's the view:

There's hooks for a porch swing. Oh and that bush, on the lower left? Bushes like that line the front and one side of the house. They're infested with poison ivy. Those'll be fun to work with!

You walk into the living room from the front porch. This room is pretty much done-we scraped the popcorn from the ceilings, painted the ceiling and repaired/painted the walls. I can't wait to get a comfy sectional in here, the room is so big we can fit one easily.

We hung our Christmas cards up on the door frame in between the living room and the kitchen. Hey Emily! Still need to take these down....

Another view of the living room. We spend lots of time on this couch. We got the blinds at Penney's during a day after Thanksgiving sale for a killer price. I cannot believe they fit our weird-sized windows. I wasn't super pumped about them initally-I thought they'd look kind of naked and such, but they are so easy to clean, and I think the molding at the top makes up for no curtains. That's what my sister Alli said and I'm going with it.

When I moved out of the house my sister and I shared, she let me take this console with me. We bought it in a local antique store a couple years ago for $20. I need to decorate this-that cake stand was used at our wedding! This is also where our wedding album lives.

Wedding album! I wanted to be cheap and do a MyPublisher book, but Ryan talked me into this, and I am so glad he did.

I literally sent the poor photographer over 50 edits. She probably hates me.

I love our kitchen. It's so big and bright, and the table in the middle acts as an island when needed. Ryan is painting the cabinets white for me....they are huge pains. Like 2-3 coats of oil based paint with curing times, obnoxious brush clean ups and lots of sanding. He is amazing.

Cabinet close up.

More kitchen. There are 41 doors poor Ryan has to paint. I'm happy to not have doors....saves time.

Our house was built in 1924, and some genius before us added a main floor laundry right off the kitchen. LOVE. I have always had basement laundry, and now I can't go back. This room needs lots of work-we want to tile the floors and add way more shelving. I'd like to store cleaning stuff here as well as kitchen stuff we don't use that often, like some appliances.

The master is right off the kitchen. It's kind of weird placement but I really like it. And its so close to the laundry room that putting clothes away is easy. I really like our bedding. We pretty much just need furniture/accessories in here.

The door to the master bath used to go outside, but another genius added a master bathroom. I hate the blue panes in the door, I really want to switch them out eventually. The transom over the door actually works! I just love old houses.

The genius who added the master bath unfortunately wasn't smart enough to insulate. So this bathroom is super chilly.

When you walk into the bathroom and turn right, you see this.

When you turn left, there's the closet. Very handy for getting ready in the morning, everything is right there.

The office is right off of the living room. It's our current dumping ground. Eventually this will be Ryan's spot-he has some really cool baseball memorabilia that he can showcase here. This room had carpet that we ripped up just to find holes and 3 different finishes on the wood floors. We'll get these floors refinished and add a piece of trim to the baseboards to hide the gap created when we ripped out the carpet. You solve one problem (gross carpet) just to create another one (hole in floor)!

This full bathroom is also right off the living room. We replaced the light fixture (the one you see will also go in the other 2 full bathrooms, we bought 3), the shower head, the towel bar, and we need to replace the toilet. And we ripped out the old oak medicine cabinet and Ryan installed a simple mirror with beveled edges.

The dark wood on these stairs kind of sucks to keep clean. Every speck of dust shows!

This is the future reading nook-Ryan is going to build bookshelves and he bought me this awesome chaise for Christmas!

On Sunday mornings I like to bring my coffee up here and read. It feels like a vacation.

There are 2 bedrooms and a full bath off of the foyer, here's the unfinished one:

And here's the finished one. We had our first house guest this weekend! The hotel is open for business.

That's my little sewing spot, with a new quilt draped all over the place. Eventually my sewing room will be in the unfinished bedroom, but its in here until we get the other space together.

The storage space kicks *ss.

We have a deck that looks out over the fenced in part of the yard....just ready and waiting for a puppy!

Whew. We are so, so fortunate to be able to live in such a great home. I've always wanted an old house, and thanks to my handy husband I have one!

I'll post on decorating ideas later, I have TONS.

So in our first 4 months of marriage, we both got new jobs and bought/renovated a house. We aren't good at taking things slow!

Did you take on lots of stuff right after your wedding?


  1. I am in LOVE with your house! This is so cute and it looks like it has a lot of room to grow (not to mention its on a great lot)! Congrats lady :)

  2. we definitely are taking the slow route...hopefully we'll be in the market to buy a home in the next few months. I absolutely LOVE your kitchen and and the changes you've made...what a great house!

  3. Love the house! I love seeing old homes (like ours) that have the dark woodwork/trim. Ours has it too and at first I hated it because I like the white trim on most new houses, but the moreI see other houses with it, it grows on me!

  4. I loveee your new house!!! So much character (I lovee character)! We have taken things slow after getting married. We already own a condo (which we are working on selling). Our biggest purchase was a brand new truck before we got married! Now, we are just working on saving. :)

  5. I LOVE your house! Ours was built in 1925 and has the dark trim too. Older homes have so much charm. :) I can't wait to see your decorating ideas!

  6. Your house looks awesome! I love the reading nook. :)

  7. needed a little reading nook! It's so cute, I love your house!


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