Thursday, October 22, 2009

Getting excited! Finally!

Ohmigoodness. I'm finally getting excited! I'm finally *allowing* myself to get excited. LOL.

Inspection? Done!

Loan approval? DONE! (WOOHOO!)

Appraisal? Done!

Me? Breathing. :-)

And now? Photos. Hoorah!

Here's the front of the house...

Looks totally cute and quaint, right?! I wanted brick, and I got brick! It also looks small, but it's actually over 2,000 sq ft in one story! :-) I love how homey-looking the trees are. :-) We'll probably mulch the front yard to cut back on maintenance. Plus, it's better than grass in the SUPER hot weather.

Walk in the front door about 12 feet, and you see this...

I actually really like this green color, and we'll keep it this way. I'm going to do soft greens, blues, tans, and browns in the living room. This is the color pallet I'm going for in the living room (vintage, beach cottage decor: no fish or palm trees; no surfer girls... LOL). I'll probably get that striped blanket to take with me when I shop for furnishings. :-) And this fabric from Lee Industries. Oh, yummy. It's kinda pricey to upholster a few chairs, so I may just have to buy a few yards and make some accent pillows. :-D

To the right... see that window thingy? When I first saw these photos, I thought that was a wall... like a really tall bookcase or something... LOL. But it's a window to the hallway, keeping the house more open. You can hop right through that window into the hallway! Straight down that hallway to the left (on the other side of the kitchen) is the master bedroom.

And here is the master bedroom, looking from the master closet, seeing the door to the hallway on your left...

I'm not sure why the photo was not taken standing at the door, so you can get a better idea of size (just over 13x19), but this is it. It has two windows to the backyard. In the future, perhaps we'll make sliding doors to go out there. Or maybe a bay window. Perhaps. :-) I like to dream and think up neat things like that. LOL.

This room will probably be painted in Silver Sage from Restoration Hardware or Prescott Green (like the #1 room, aka "The English Trellis," that I posted earlier) by Benjamin Moore. They are very similar colors. Celing fan will probably be replaced with a chandelier or a white ceiling fan.

The master closet is HUGE! It's 6ft by 12ft, which is PLENTY big for both of us. I'm pretty sure we can even store out-of-season clothes in there as well! You know, and perhaps the state of Rhode Island. ;-) It will definitely be getting some elfa from The Container Store. :-D That's where my discount is going to come in handy. :-)

And the master bathroom... (love that it has double sinks, yay!)

The master bath will be painted cream. I'll probably paint the cabinets cream too. I LOVE that this bathroom has a double stand-alone shower (not pictured) with no tub. LOVE it! We both wanted this for our bathroom, but we didn't actually think we'd get it!

We want to re-tile the shower in the future. It certainly doesn't *need* it now, but the color does not appeal to us, and we'd like something different. I like knowing that we can change it when we want to... and when we save up to do so... ;-)

Standing at the door of the master bedroom, you look down the hall to the other rooms...

Straight ahead is the guest room. Second door to the left is the laundry room, I think. Gah... I don't remember. LOL. Pretty sure though. And then to the right... straight across from the laundry room... will be Jeremy's office. (Which currently has a ceiling fan with DAISIES on it! At least it's not as bad as the baseball-themed one in the guest room... LOL. We close on November 4th, and then go on vacation on the 5th. You can be assured that those will be placed on Craigslist... shortly after we return. LOL.)

That bit of green to the right (the 2nd opening) goes back to the living room. That first opening (is the "window" to the Great Room). And that HUGE (French doors) opening to the left? Yeah, that's my scrap room, and I don't have any pics of that, but it's AWESOME! Or, you know... it *will* be awesome!

Here's the guest bathroom, which is pretty nice, and I won't have to do anything! Yay!

Let's go back into the Great Room. This viewpoint is about 10 feet or so inside the front door. Straight ahead is the door to the backyard...

I was *stoked* when I saw this kitchen. I NEED a big kitchen. I cook... A LOT, and I NEEDED lots of space...

Walls will be painted a light, creamy yellow... that has yet to be decided, though I have a few in mind. Popcorn Kernel by Benjamin Moore, I believe is the current front-runner. All the paint swatches online look different, so we'll have to see it in real life. And we'll see what it looks like when I paint it on some posterboard... ;-) Cabinets are nice, and I don't want to replace them, so I will be painting them white... or you know, white-ish. ;-)

Our sink is the COOLEST! It's granite composite, and oh wow, I LOVE it! I *did* want a gas stove over electric, but we'll buy the flat electric stove that's easy to clean, and I know I'll be singing a different tune... ;-)

The stove and dishwasher are not too old, not too new, which is good because we can save to buy new ones to go with the fridge that we end up buying. It's nice to know we don't have to think about that now. However... I can't decide between stainless and white. I love the *look* of white better, but if we re-sell in the next five years (which is doubtful, but you know, it could happen...), buyers will want stainless. Ack. I should probably just get what *I* want. LOL. But how important is it to cater to the value of the home? Decisions. Decisions.

And I don't have a picture of the pantry, but I think it's a pretty good size!

Then you go outside...

And the backyard has a big oak tree! Totally fun and climbable! LOL. The landscaping in the backyard was pretty much the *only* thing we didn't like about this house (save the stove), but we felt that was the *easiest* fix.

So... we'll probably put 6ft hedges up along the perimeter for privacy. Not sure if they'd let us build a new fence because we're in an HOA (homeowner's association). The deck we will probably paint the green to match the trim of the house. We may paint it cream to match the siding of the house. We'll build a covered patio and put furniture, a hot tub, and weather-proof curtains out here... and it will be perfect. :-)

12 comments:

Kimber-Leigh said...

it looks great reyanna! and i vote for the silver sage...we used it in one of our bathrooms after my parents used it in their beach house and it is utterly fabulous. hope all continues to go well!

Chris and Paige Evans said...

Eeeeeeeee!!!!! Such a beautiful house! I'm so excited for you! You're gonna have so much fun making it your own.

Caroline said...

yayyyy!!! that is so exciting! it looks like a lovely house, and i can't wait to see you decorate it!

Sheila H said...

How exciting! I'll bet the fan in the master has white blades if you turn them over. Keep us updated at studio calico!

Dalon said...

oh how WONDERFUL for you!!! what a great layout - great space!!! (I can imagine some great crafty room for you!!) it may seem large now, but add a couple kids and you might feel claustrophobic :-) ha! ENJOY!!

Hillary said...

That's a great house! We're torn about appliances as well. We have white right now but want to replace them in the near future. I know most people want stainless, but I've heard stainless gets fingerprints like crazy, and that's the last thing I want to deal with! I'm going to paint my cabinets white as well, so I'm not sure if white appliances will make the kitchen TOO white or if it'll look fine.

That was long. lol. Anyway, I'm so happy for you! We just closed and moved into our house in May of this year, so I know how exciting it is!

KarenP said...

Wow - such a great house - love how open and light it is! Love, love your mature big trees you are very lucky to have them! Enjoy! (love you color palettes too - we love PB and Restoration Hardware!)

Denise said...

Reyanna, congratulations! You both have bought a beautiful home with endless opportunities!

Jody said...

What a gorgeous home, with loads of natural light!
Have a blast decorating, I'm SO envious!
Congrats!!!

Zorina said...

OMG!!!!!!!!! that is one beautiful house! I'm so happy and excited for you. If only we're closer I would volunteer to help you decorate. CONGRATS, girlie!

Bashful said...

Wow - your new house is gorgeous! And I love all your ideas! I can totally see how much fun you're going to have making it your own. Can't wait for pix of your new scrap room, once you have it all set up!

Lauren said...

Congratulations! Looks wonderful!