New House Tour

Good morning! It’s our 3rd beautiful sunny Sunday in a row. I was up super early, which worked out well because it’s also really warm and humid here. I went out for a run around 6AM, and it was already steamy.

So it’s been quite a week for our household! I’ve been keeping my daily email subscribers in the loop all along, but for those just catching up, we closed on our new house on Thursday. It’s officially ours! We wasted no time getting over there to start cleaning and moving things in, and we’ve got the swimming pool up and running. The girls are loving that.

Our official moving day isn’t for a couple more weeks, but we’ve been bringing boxes over and cleaning and setting up storage shelves. The bathrooms and laundry room are clean and set up already, and I’m about halfway through with the kitchen. I hate to work on a Sunday, but I’d like to finish cleaning out the kitchen and get things situated in there. We’ve been spending a large part of our days over there, and we need to be able to use the kitchen fridge and cabinets. Plus the painters we’ve hired start tomorrow (YAY!) so I don’t want to be underfoot when they’re painting the kitchen.

I’m not sure how much I’ll want to be there if they’re painting, so we’ll have to “play it by ear” this week, but my girls would be perfectly happy to be moved in already. They want to spend as much time as they can over there, and to be honest, so do I.

I did a video tour on my Insta Story earlier in the week (it’s saved in my highlight reel if you missed it) but I also promised to share some before pictures here.

I took a ton, but it’s hard to have much perspective without furniture in the space. I guess it’s a start, anyway! I’ll be sharing my room makeovers as I go along, but this way you can see what I’m starting with.

Somehow I didn’t get a picture of the front of the house or the backyard, so I will share those later. This is the front entry, what you see when you walk in the front door.

And this is the foyer when you’re coming in from the other direction. As you can see, it’s quite large, so I have plans for a big rug.

It’s a center hall colonial, so the dining room is on one side of the foyer and the living room is on the other.

The previous owners left us their china cabinet and buffet, and I’m glad to have the storage, but I definitely want to get something bigger for that buffet wall eventually.

The powder room is behind the living room, and it has a window for natural light, which I don’t have in my current powder room. I want to wallpaper this room and get a new vanity/mirror/light, etc. so stay tuned for that makeover project!

The kitchen and family room are in the back of the house. You can either walk through the dining room to get back there, or you can go straight on through the foyer and around the staircase. The French doors you see from the foyer lead to the back deck.

My kitchen is going to be great for entertaining. I love that huge island.

I prefer a traditional fireplace, but the stone facade is kind of fun for a change, and I LOVE that huge window and all the light it lets in.

There’s also a back door to the house, and that brings you into the mudroom. In our current house, everyone traipses through the front door and leaves their shoes and bags in their wake, so it will be SO nice to have this back entrance. Of course I have grand plans to put in a bench and cubbies and hooks, etc. Maybe something like this.

There’s also a 2nd staircase leading upstairs, which I love. All of that carpet is getting replaced next week.

Okay, so upstairs there are 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and a laundry room. I KNOW. It’s crazytown. I never thought I’d have a 5th bedroom, but it’s going to come in very handy for this family of 5.

My son may be be going to college, but I still want him to have a room to come home to when/if he wants it, and we often have houseguests. We’ve always stuck them on a pullout couch in the living room or given up our bedroom, so having a dedicated guest room will be such a luxury.

I didn’t take pictures of everything because empty bedrooms are pretty blah, but this is the master. That ceiling fan will be the first thing to go!

And there’s a sitting area, which I’ll probably be using for my blogging area. I’ll have a big mirror, my clothing rack where I keep clothes for the blog separate from my closet, and maybe some decorative shelving for bags and things… I really don’t know what all I’ll do with it, but that’s where I plan to do my Facebook Lives and my mirror selfies.

We have his and hers walk-in closets — another luxury I never thought I’d have, but there is no organization so that’s something I need to tackle soon. Here’s mine.

And the master bathroom is spacious with lots of natural light, although you wouldn’t know from the picture quality. We also have 2 separate vanities, which will be really nice for my husband. I’m sure he’s tired of my overflow, although he never complains.

The girls each have their own bathrooms, which was a subject of MUCH debate. I was planning to have them share the Jack & Jill bath, leaving the 3rd bathroom for guests and my son when he’s home.

But they finally wore me down with their persuasive arguments as to why they should each have their own space, and I decided that I’d be happier if I wasn’t listening to them fight over it, so here we are.

There is this little nook in the upstairs hallway that I have NO CLUE what to do with. Ideas???

I’ve never had a second floor laundry room, but I think that might work out to be really convenient. I also love that it has a window!

This space is really awkward; we might put the washer and dryer side by side when we make over this room, but for now it will stay as is.

And I guess that’s it! I didn’t take any pictures of the backyard or my office.

We have plans for just about every room in the house, but I know we can’t do it all at once, so I’m trying to figure out how to prioritize things. I’m just happy we can do the paint and carpet before we move in.

This week, while the painters are there, I’m not sure what I’ll be doing, but I do have a blog to maintain so I’ll probably spend more time here at home than I have over the past few days. And of course the Fourth of July is thrown in there! We have no plans at the moment, but we may end up going to our swim club where we can see the fireworks at a nearby park.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend!