New House Project #1

T-minus 33 days until we close on our new house! During the hunting process we were open to fixer uppers, older homes, newer homes, pretty much everything but when we found the one, I was relieved that it was move-in ready. That’s not to say that we won’t be giving up all of our weekends for months to work on the house, but for the most part, its perfect.

we bought a house

Our first big house project once we move in, painting. Lots and lots of painting. Right now, the house is very colorful. SL and I are going to dial back the wall color a few hundred notches in favor of a neutral color palette.

Paint Colors

Our new house is a rainbow:

  • Family room – Pink
  • Kitchen / Dining room – Orange
  • Living room – Maroon
  • Master Bedroom – Yellow (we might keep this…might)
  • Both Bathroom – Shades of green
  • Skylight boxes – Blue
  • Bedrooms – More green
  • Spare room / Walk in Closet – Purple

Every color of the rainbow is represented in the house. Every last one. SL and I aren’t exactly rainbow house people nor do I want the house to be all linen white. I am leaning towards a grey/tan rainbow. I love all of the colors above and just need to decide which to use and what rooms to tackle first.

My vote – the family room, kitchen and dining room. These are the rooms SL and I will be in the most, where were will spend time with family and friends when they come visit. After these room are complete it will be on to the bathrooms and master bathroom.

Once the downstairs in complete, the bedrooms and spare room upstairs will get their fresh coats. SO.MUCH.PAINTING.

More projects to come once the background is complete.

P.S. I cannot believe tomorrow is Thanksgiving!! I can’t believe its almost December. I can’t believe that 2015 is almost among us! Thanksgiving is my favorite and I can’t wait to eat all the food!


We Bought a House

OMG…we bought a house!

we bought a house

Let’s rewind a bit…

SL and I started house hunting back in January and have been to over fifty open houses, looked at hundreds of houses online and religiously checked our inboxes for more houses coming on the market. During the sprint and early summer there were tons of options but we never found that one house that felt like our house, our home.

We have lived in the condo SL bought right before we started dating but it never really felt like my home. It was his in all sense of the word. The furniture was his style, the area rug were his style, the chotchkies EVERYWHERE were his style. It was time for a change but we were necessarily in a rush.

I had kind of given up on the hunt and decided to focus my efforts on wedding things. I figured we would get married, enjoy an adventure filled honeymoon and settle back into real life and start house hunting again. Boy was I wrong!

After getting our engagement¬†pictures taken SL wanted to look at a house in the town we wanted to be in and I said I would go along but didn’t have high hopes…until I got there that is!

I loved everything about this house. It’s in a great location, has amazing curb appeal, has a huge front lawn and back lawn, 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, a kitchen to die for and so much more. As perfect as this house is, we do need to do a few things to make it our own. Mainly, we need to paint, like EVERY room.

And we want to update the kitchen counters and backsplash. Right now, the countertops are green laminate…just not my style. And the backsplash has square, white tiles. I am hoping to update them to some nice subway tiles.

All of our changes will get done in good time. First an foremost though, the paint…all the paint. I am thinking we are going to go for a gray based, neutral palette like below.

Neutral Paint Colors
(Source: My “We Bought a House” Pinterest board)

I hope SL likes these because lets be serious, I not about to back down on this. I love color but I want to keep the walls neutral and add pops of color in each room. A pop of color is much easier to changes than a whole wall if I change my mind or the times change and people start hating on my “pop” of choice.

Time to get to work…I have to pay for this new house some how!

Question: Do like bright walls or do pops of color work for you?