Well friends, it’s time for the long awaited home tour! It only took me two months to get the house all set up, take the pictures and put this post together. #betterlatethannever And I have to say… I’m so excited to finally bring you on a little tour of my home. After living in an apartment for the past three years, being in a house is AMAZING. And it helps that our landlords are awesome, we live in a quiet little neighborhood and (best of all) there are no upstairs neighbors keeping me up at all hours of the night. It’s so nice! While being in a house comes with its struggles like lawn care, pricier utilities and having to reconfigure our budget, it’s totally worth it. Isaac and I couldn’t ask for a better first home for James, and let’s just say Lillie’s (finally) a fan of the backyard (and its resident squirrel).
I’ll be taking you room by room through the house on today’s tour. However, the one room you won’t get to see is the nursery because it gets its own special blog post reveal in an upcoming post. I put so much work into it that I thought it deserved its own spotlight. ;)
Now without further ado…
One of my favorite things about the house is how tall the ceilings are. It’s one of the first thing I noticed when Isaac and I came to check it out, and it really makes the entire place seem SO much bigger. The entry of the house leads straight to the living, dining and kitchen areas, into the nursery, and has a tiny little “hallway” into the second bedroom (aka my office). It’s so big and welcoming! Someday I’d love to put a hall table or old repurposed church pew (I saw one at a vintage market that I LOVED) along one of the walls, but for now I’m happy with the simplicity of it.
The living area isn’t huge, but it’s still a nice size. I’ll probably move the coffee table to the side when James is older so he has room to play in there, but for now it’s perfect! As you can see, baby things are slowly taking over the house (not that I mind one bit!) and thankfully everything seems to fit pretty well in there.
One of my favorite things in the living room, besides the old window panes, is the sign above the entertainment center from Smallwoods. I saw an ad on Facebook, got sucked in, and bought it before we even moved. I’m so glad I did! The verse is one my dad told me a lot during his battle with cancer, and it’s a constant reminder to me that my mind needs to be focused on the Lord.
Lillie also has her own little space in the living area that she seems to enjoy. We tried putting her crate in one of the corners, but she never went in it (she’s ornery, I know). However, with her bed by the window she’s able to look outside, and see us when we’re in the kitchen or the dining area, so she’s a happy pup!
Another thing that sold me on the house was the windows. They are HUGE, and let in so much natural light. One of the first things I do in the morning is open all the blinds to let the sunlight stream in. Our living and dining windows face the east, so I get to soak in the beautiful sunshine every morning while I eat breakfast and drink my cup(s) of coffee.
I already talked all about my epic coffee bar (I’m SO proud of it!) and I love how well it fits in the dining room without taking up too much space. And yes, that collection of tea towels is obnoxious, but I just can’t help myself! I love making my food pictures look pretty with a tea towel or two. ;) Besides, they look super cute in their basket on the wall.
I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, and this one is definitely my favorite one so far. It’s so open, and has lots of counter space for cooking and meal prepping. Also, how ’bout that storage?! Coming from an apartment that had a pathetic amount of cabinets and storage for our stuff, this kitchen is AWESOME. In fact, there are some drawers and shelves that are still empty.
One of my favorite things about the kitchen is our gas stove. While it does heat up the kitchen and dining area pretty well when the oven is on, I absolutely love it. I grew up with gas appliances, and am happy to finally get back to them. Those electric stoves and ovens are convenient and all, but nothing quite beats some good ‘ole gas.
While the house is technically 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, this second bedroom is pretty small and has become my office for now. It has an amazing tall window that looks out to the front street (so some pretty afternoon sunlight streams in every day) and I love all the natural light it gives for videos and pictures for my Senegence business. I know that once I start back up with my photography business in October, James and I will be spending lots of time hanging out in there while I edit pictures.
Also, yes… I DO have a bunch of craft stuff. And I’m totally loving having a room to store it all in. :D
I absolutely love our master bedroom. It is the perfect size, and fits our king sized bed just right. The big window lets in a lot of morning light, and Lillie loves looking out it at “The Tree” while on the hunt for the squirrel. We have been so lucky with a big bedroom in the past two places we’ve lived, and I am thankful to have all the space, because baby stuff takes up a lot of room! We currently use the top of my dresser as James’s changing table (which makes midnight diaper changes so much easier) and the bassinet by my side of the bed. It’s great having a recliner in there as well, because sometimes I just want a change of position or location when feeding James, and it’s perfect for rocking him to sleep.
Our bathroom is also fantastic. Our landlord replaced the carpet in there with the tiles that look like hard wood and I *love* it. It really brightens up the bathroom, and makes it look so much bigger.
Well there you have it! A quick little tour of our happy home. Right now it’s full of baby coos, momma tears and lots of snuggles, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I can’t wait to see all the memories we make here, because the ones we’ve made so far have been some of my favorites.