Sunday, October 14, 2012

We Bought a House!

Hello, lovely friends!

 I am beyond excited to share the news that our search for a house has finally ended after many months of searching!

This is our beautiful new home ~ 

We bought this cute little bungalow this past week. It took exactly four weeks from our initial offer to our closing. The former owners were already moved out so we were able to get the keys to the house the next day. 
God is so good!

Here is the house ~ The before pictures:

The Living Room ~

The front entryway

I love the fireplace, the hard wood floors, and the plantation shutters in this room

I really like the big window looking out on to the street. Can you see the pretty autumn colors peaking through? Fall is so beautiful!

Notice the new paint has already been purchased!

The Kitchen & Dining area ~

I love the white and black back splash and the warm color of the wood cabinets. I can't wait to finally have my yellow kitchen! I have cut out and saved pictures of yellow kitchens from catalogs and magazines since I was little. I think the yellow will really make the tile and the cabinets pop.

Another view 

The side door entryway and stairs to the basement

Isn't the vintage fan above the window cool? There's also a little door for the old milk box under the window. I love these kind of touches in an older home!

I really like this little spot in the kitchen. The refrigerator is really neat too. The freezer on the bottom reminds me of the one we had growing up. Notice the pantry on the end? I am very excited to have a little pantry spot in the kitchen.

The eating area

The open area and the size really made me fall in love with this house.

This room is large enough to have my whole family home for our New Year celebration this year, New Years Eve is Christmas to my family.

The Bedrooms ~

The master is upstairs in the 1/2 story of the house

The walk in closet is very unique, I almost have to duck to enter the area and I'm only  5'1. My poor husband! He doesn't mind at all though. There's always some character to these post World War II homes and I love that about them.

The view down to the hallway between the eating area and the living room

We'll paint the main floor bedrooms after we move in at some point. We're not in a hurry to fix them up right away even though there's a lot of bright colors going on here!

The bathrooms ~

The floor and the shower both have newer tiling. 

The beadboard look is one of my favorites so I was very happy that the house already has it and we don't have to do it ourselves.

A laundry shoot! It's the little things that get me excited...

I'll be painting this a much more neutral, lighter color.

The half bath is down in the basement. That color and the Giants border has got to go!

The Basement ~

The built in cubbies along the staircase down to the family room is another little thing that I love

This room will be my husband's "man cave" he has been waiting for one of these for years! Even though he's going to decorate the whole room in U of M decor I'm very happy he finally has the perfect space to make his own.

The laundry room needs some work, like different paint color for starters, but it's actually one of the nicer ones in all of the houses we've looked at over the last few months. It is mostly finished, has a big counter space, and a spot for hanging clothes to dry. It also has an ironing board cabinet which is really nice.

I don't have a picture but there is a large unfinished work space that I am super excited about because it will by my place for painting furniture and working on my projects. No more painting on the patio of an apartment!

The Outside ~

The unattached garage is pretty nice, the cute little fence runs along both sides of the new driveway.

The landscaping is really pretty around the entire house!

There's a nice spot for a fire pit and there's even a Koi pond in the backyard. The trees are young but the yard is very shaded by the trees from the neighbor to the right and at the back of the house. I can't wait to have my very own garden next year! We eventually want to replace the brick patio with a deck. This yard will be a wonderful place to enjoy the outdoors!

Well, as I'm sure you can already tell, We are very thrilled to finally have a home of our own. We are truly blessed!

Now for the cleaning and painting to begin. There isn't a lot else to be done which is wonderful!

I can't wait to move in and to start decorating and crafting again. The idea of making a home into a calming, peaceful, and homey place is very exciting for me. 

It feels like it took forever but it's so clear that we had to wait on God's timing for the perfect place for us. Everything went so smoothly throughout the whole process. Our constant prayer was that the right house would be obvious to us. Our prayer was answered very clearly.

We are both so thankful to my husband's parents for letting us live with them while we were looking for our house.

Have a wonderful week! I know I will. Moving day is this upcoming Friday. 

Back to blogging once again, lots of posts and pictures to come!



Tammy's in Love said...

Your home is adorable and with your special touches it will be home sweet home in no time! Our first home was over 50 years old when we moved in, it needed much more work than yours but each room we painted, carpet we installed and project we tackled made it more 'our house'. Congrats!

The Holwerda's said...

Beautiful! Can't wait to see it in person!

Whitney said...

It looks so 'Jamie' to me! I can't wait to see it in person. I look forward to painting with you soon! I am sure it will be so cute once you get everything put together. :)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Congratulations, Jamie! I know you both must be so excited to have your own home! They really added some nice updates to this older home. It's great you have a full finished basement to utilize as living space, too. I can't wait to see the colors you've chosen for paint. I also can't wait to see how you add your touch to the different areas.

Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

Your new home is beautiful! It looks like everything has been updated. Having a finished basement is a dream for any husband. Enjoy your super home.

Angie said...

Jamie, I love your new house! It has so much character. It's so charming. I love old homes and dream of owning one oneday. I'm so happy for you! Have a wonderful weekend!

Amanda said...

Congratulations, Jamie! I am so happy for you and your family! What a great home! God is SO good! I am envious of your new "painting studio!" How exciting! Enjoy getting all settled and have fun decorating!
Best Wishes and Blessings,

The Polka Dot Closet said...

YOu said it, all you need is cosmetic changes it is perfect, tons of room, we have no basements in Orlando, so I am always envious when I see them and the master BR...Fabulous!!


Shabby Sweet Tea said...

Oh my gosh Jamie! I LOVE the house. It has such charm. From what I know about you, it's a perfect fit. You picked great colors too! (other post). Bet you are sick of painting...
So happy you are in before the holidays! Enjoy!!!