Well, we are in. We are moved in and getting settled into our new home and it feels completely surreal. We talked about how it would be when we woke up here every morning but you can’t really know how it will feel until you actually do it. The first morning was a bit of a haze. All the days are running together in a haze of boxes, organization and just settling in. But that first morning was just special, for those first 30 minutes when we weren’t rushing around to meet the movers and I was just drinking my coffee in our empty living room, in disbelief that our dream was now our reality.
Right now the house is not in total chaos but it’s definitely not completely put together. I got rid of a lot before we moved and most of the things that we are left with mean something to us, the decorative pieces anyway, and that’s how I want to keep it. I want to fill our house with pieces that have a story behind them, that will remind us of a place or person when we look at it. So, it may look bare around here for a little while and that’s okay with us. But I thought I’d share some photos of the house the day before we moved in and then as rooms come together I’ll share that too.
I’ll start in the entry and dining room. This is one long room with the large Canterra doors on both sides. We have shiplap on one side and the reclaimed Chicago brick on the other. The oversized pendants I found over 2 years ago at Magnolia’s very first tent sale before we even had design plans. I held on to those babies and was so happy to see them finally installed.
The dining room opens up into the family room by way of these huge 10 foot barn doors. I originally didn’t want a dining room at all but was reminded that we do entertain a lot and it would probably get more use than I thought. We decided on making it open to the family room so that when we are entertaining no one feels secluded in the dining room while other people are in the kitchen and family room. If we do want privacy we can close the doors but I have a feeling they will be open 99% of the time.
The kitchen, eating area and family room are all one room. Again, we didn’t want anything to feel closed off. We spend almost all of our time in the kitchen or the family room so we wanted plenty of space.
This layout is similar to a house we had in Florida. All one story, open floor plan with a game room right off the family room and kitchen. We always talked about that house and how we wish we could have picked it up and moved it to Texas. When we started designing this home, we kept that in mind and brought back the game room/family room layout. I think all the guys are happy about that.
The office is big enough to fit a desk and a couple of chairs, just enough space to get your work done without feeling cramped and we added a lot of built ins here for books and extra storage.
I had this vision of our master bedroom for years. Before we decided to build I was going to try and talk Graham into shiplaping our old bedroom and painting it all white but then we lost our minds and decided building a forever home sounded like a fantastic idea (which it really was), so I got my white shiplap. When designing this room it started to feel a bit too feminine for the both of us. I wanted bright, soft and relaxing but I also didn’t want Graham to feel like he couldn’t touch anything when he was in here. That’s not us. We aren’t formal. We wanted casual so we added the white brick wall and then brought in the steel fireplace surround. I LOVE this room and it’s not even halfway decorated yet. I just enjoy being in here and looking out in the backyard, seeing the cows pass by every morning.
The side of the house with the school room, laundry and mudroom and the kid’s bedrooms may be my favorite because every room is just so fun. I wanted the kid’s bedrooms to be special. They were nervous about moving and most of the time would tell us they just wanted to stay in their old house so I wanted them to be especially excited to move in because of their rooms. They were.
I found a removable wallpaper that I knew he would love. It’s just him. Animals, black and white, like nothing I had seen before.
Olivia wanted a pink room with pink walls but i just couldn’t go that far. I love my daughter and I’d do almost anything for her but I draw the line at pink walls. It’s just a personal preference, offense to anyone that loves their pink walls. We compromised and found a gorgeous floral wallpaper with pink in it and then painted her closet and the ceiling of her bathroom pink. She is happy and so am I. Win Win.
The laundry room. The laundry room of my dreams and what would later be the laundry room of my headaches (but still worth it. That’s another post). I don’t know about you but I spend way too much time in the laundry room. It’s not just where we do laundry but it stores alot of our things from around the house. Cleaning supplies, extra art supplies, light bulbs, batteries, etc. It’s the workhorse of the house so I wanted it to be a room that was enjoyable but practical to be in. It needed to take some wear and tear but still be pretty. I decided on cement tile for this reason. It’s beautiful, will last for years and only get better with time.
This school room is my absolute favorite room in the house. Bright, feels huge, natural lighting, storage, and that wallpaper. The wallpaper that I have lusted over for years and was determined to find a spot for in this house. Once the designing started it seemed natural to put it on the ceiling of the room we would spend most of our time in. It was the right choice. We have already started using this room everyday and I can’t wait to put together a post once I have it all organized.
The guest bathroom has cement tile on the floor as well and I love the unexpected punch of character it gives this room.
The outdoor living will be where we spend much of our time once spring gets here. My kids are fishes and will get in the pool any chance they get. Their cousins come over often along with friends so we designed the pool for various ages of children. This is our forever home so the pool needed to be able to grow with them.
So that’s a quick tour of the entire house without too much detail. Leave a comment or send me a message if you have any questions and I will answer them in future posts!
Builder: Drew Walling Custom Homes