We have been in our house over two months. Two months, and it is most definitely feeling like home. I am sure it is in large part due to the fact that the place we lived for the past year was not truly our home, but it feels like we settled into this space so quickly and effortlessly. Well okay, not exactly effortlessly. But it seriously took a matter of days and it just felt like ours. Our home. Finally.
We were given the greenlight to move in on Friday, August 12th. One of the hardest things I found with building is that when you actually get to move is a bit of a moving target. We had a general idea, but really anytime from the end of July to the end of August was fair game. I cannot put into words how amazing it felt to finally be given an official date. We were so excited we really didn’t know what to do with ourselves. Every day leading up to that Friday felt like the longest day ever. So often I said that I just didn’t think we would EVER get to move. Eleven months is a long time to not have your own place, people 😉 But what do you know, the time did eventually pass, and we were both thrilled to take a day off of work and get things done!
My in-laws actually live just a few miles away, so in lieu of hiring movers, my husband and brother-in-law were up bright and early and moved all of our furniture over. All of our bedrooms were set up first thing, which was the most important thing! Literally all other furniture in the house was brand new and being delivered, which made things much easier on us. Except for our kitchen table getting delayed (and not arriving until we had been moved in for over a month!) We also had no need to unpack kitchen and household supplies while living with Mike’s parents, so I was so VERY happy that I did not have to repack and unpack all of those items. I may have done a happy dance and been on the verge of shedding a tear or two when I unpackaged my beloved plates and coffee mugs after not seeing them for an entire year!
While things are unpacked, the house is pretty bare right now. As I have mentioned, our old house was built up with essentially all hand me down items, make-shift décor, and not much else. So this new space was ground zero. We decided we did not want to bring anything in that we didn’t intend on keeping long term. So, slowly but surely we have added new pieces like nightstands, end tables, and wall décor. I am thinking I will show a home tour in a few months, and of course I cannot CANNOT go without showing off some seasonal décor for fall and CHRISTMAS. You guys, do not even ask me to try and explain my feelings about the Christmas tree we plan on buying. I wish I could put it up TODAY.
In the meantime, I decided to share some photos of the house in all of its empty glory. It is amazing how different it looks and feels now that we have filled it up with our belongings, but I am so glad I have these photos to remember the building process, and the finished product when everything was perfect and brand new. Enjoy this little sneak peak!
The kitchen. Truly one of my favorite spots in the house. I love this space so much.
The laundry room. This is actually off of the coat room in our back entryway. It is a small space, but is nicely tucked away and easy to get to!
The living room. This is the space Mike dreamed about watching his Sunday football in for so long. It is still surreal to think that we are here, and yet it already feels so normal! Also, is it weird that the room feels BIGGER with furniture in it?
The office. This room was immediately deemed the playroom. I am so thankful for this space, because it keeps the clutter out of sight and out of mind. Of course, most days I avoid looking in here because it is definitely NOT clean and tidy like it is in the photo above!
Our master suite. The rest of the house is trimmed in dark oak, but we went with white in our master. I love it so much, our room feels like a little retreat from the rest of the house!
A view over the living room from the staircase. I am so obsessed with having two story ceilings. Any guesses where we are putting the Christmas tree?? 🙂
At the top of the staircase is this loft area. This is currently Mike’s ‘man cave’. I imagine down the line this will be where the boys play when they have friends over. It really is a fun little space with character.
The upstairs bathroom. We still don’t have a shower curtain! We stumbled across some wall art in Hobby Lobby last week and that actually was what helped us decide on a color scheme for this space, so hopefully we will finally get this space pulled together soon.
Bathroom selfies 😉 I wanted to capture the awesome closet! There is so much space, even though it is in the bathroom, I am thinking it might be a good storage space for other random items for the loft down the road.
The view out of one of the upstairs bedrooms. Already looking SO different with the changing leaves!
And finally, the front entryway (you can see little touchup spots that were still on the wall). I have big plans for a console table and huge mirror, but all in due time 🙂
A lot of days I forget what a long road it was to get here, but it feels so right to be exactly where we are, and sometimes it seems like we have been here forever. I am so excited to build memories and traditions in this place. It feels so good to be home.
Linking up with Home of Malones today!