Sorry about the review post bombardment lately (still open for giveaways here, here, here, and here--holy cow!) They've paid for my backsplash-to-be, though! ;) The house is coming along nicely, but still has a couple more weeks to go before we can move in...and start unpacking. We sold all of our couches before moving, so if you pop on over, please feel free to bring a cushion for the floor. I thought I'd share a bit of our house buying history and the beautiful before pictures to let give you a glimpse of what we will be moving into.
Buying a house is a strange thing. Selling one is even stranger. Putting a price on a piece of land where you've created memories that have helped shape you and your loved ones. I don't consider myself an overly sentimental person, but it was hard to move out and know someone else is making breakfast on my stove and receiving birthday wishes in my mailbox. It feels so silly to be sad. But, it is necessary and a good thing. This will be our third house, but our 6th move.I remember the first house we bought in Texas. In most of my memories of house hunting, I am the one finding the house, to whittle down the possibilities to show Ryan. Our realtor and I had looked at so many houses that they all started to blend into one giant collage of a mansion.
Then, she said she had one last house to show me, not in the area we requested, but it was in our price range. We made the drive with my oldest (and only) 3 girls, and within the first three steps into the house, I knew it was the one. It just felt instantly like home. How we loved that sweet, little Texan house.
Our second home, moving across the country, even further away from family. Ryan got a new job and I flew out to find us a new house. Prices were higher, houses were smaller (because everything back in Texas is bigger! ;) I felt the pressure of just getting one and went against many of our "unwritten house buying rules". I just found one and settled. We made minor cosmetic changes to it over our years living there, and I grew to have a soft spot for it, but we also outgrew it quickly. We never planned to live there very long, but a couple of years turned into 6!
So, the time came to commit to living in this area, and we began the hunt once again with me going out with the realtor. I really liked this house and another one on the complete opposite side of the city. I took Ryan to both and we were both leaning toward this one, but tried not to get our hearts involved just yet. We didn't want to become emotionally attached to something that might never be ours.
The previous owner was an older, single man who was planning to retire closer to his sister. He taught piano lessons (with a grand and baby grand in one room!) for years to those in the community. He was well known and loved in the music world. The above and below photos were the "waiting" room for those who came for lessons.
The house itself was built in the 1957, but has had 2 additions added. My contractor has loved discovering the different layers. That little door above leads to the first, original roof. Perhaps one day we'll turn it into a little loft for the teenagers. That's where they found a whole bunch of stuff from the previous owner, including the lamp I posted on instagram (@nobigdillkaty) that will be getting a little makeover.When I brought Ryan to look at it, we just kept walking around and around, exchanging excited glances that revealed what we both felt. This was the house for us.
We overlooked the teal carpet and the kitchen that was badly in need of beautifying as well as the outdated, wallpapered bathroom, although being the seamstress I am, I can appreciate how nicely they matched the pattern on the lightswitch plate ;).
We saw all the potential. I could hear creaky wood floors under much of the carpet. Those will have a new chance at life, I thought to myself. Even when my contractor repeatedly shared doubts and concerns about keeping them, I was stubborn. When we got closer to having work done on the floors, Ryan texted me, make sure they don't fix the gaps and the creaky floors.
We finally put in an offer and waited on pins and needles to hear back. We negotiated until the day finally came to sign papers. Halloween. All the kids were dressed up in their costumes, on our way to a party, but first came "the signing". Ryan took his time and actually read what he was signing, I just wrote my name as fast as I could.
We finally got that little key in our hands.I took these photos at the estate sale that was held at the house just the weekend before it became ours. It was odd to have all these people walking through, picking over things. I wanted to tap them on the shoulder and whisper, we just bought this house! But, instead, Divine, Pearl, and I walked through together, deciding whose bedroom would be whose.
The layout is unusual, putting it mildly. We have to walk through Pearl's bedroom to get to the master bedroom. A nice time to tuck them in one last time and kiss before we retire for the night.I have already built a box garden and planted some little seedlings. I use that (watering my garden) and feeding the bunny as an excuse to check up on the work being done ;).
It's been so much fun to be able to pick out almost everything I want to go into this house.
We're not doing much to the master bed/bath, other than painting (oh, and getting rid of the floral, swoopy curtains), but one day I hope to redo the ubiquitous beige tile floor. Tile in bedrooms is a "thing" here. Keeps things cooler, maybe? All in good time, Katy.
My parents are getting ready to build their home soon, sadly not by us :(, so we've had fun exchanging ideas about fixtures, appliances, and even thermostats (I never knew I could love a thermostat so much). I might have convinced my mom to trade her dreams of gas stove for induction...
The flooring gave us the most difficulty. If you want something besides non-carpet brown, the options are limited. But, I think we'll be happy with what we chose, even if the whole world thinks we're crazy. 'Cause we kind of are.
It might be a while before we have it furnished, but we may grow to enjoy ultra-minimalism and leave it that way on purpose!
So begins The Magnolia Manor era, aptly named from the giant magnolia in the backyard that will become the new celebration backdrop for us, just as soon as I wrap it with lights.
Below is where my new sewing studio/music room will be. Minus the teal carpet and the swoopy curtains. Again with the swoopy curtains!It gives me excited butterflies in my stomach to picture me sewing away in this space while Divine practices her flute and Pearl works on her latest project, sprawled out on the floor.
Just another space to build more memories: meals, birthdays, celebrations, heartbreaks, evening duets, hopefully trios and maybe even quartets, clothes sewn, stories read, movies watched, dates greeted (gasp!), science projects completed. It will be good.
so much potential in that space, katy!! oh to have a sewing space like that... someday i won't be crammed into a teeny tiny room and won't be claustrophobic every time my kids come in the room with me. ;) so excited for you to move in!!ReplyDelete
This is so exciting! I love your documentation of the before pictures and seriously can't wait to see the after!!ReplyDelete
that sewing/music space is incredible!! So much room and so much light! I cannot CAN NOT wait to see what all you do with it. Congratulations!ReplyDelete
My Dad was an architect, who started out in construction. Every home that my parents purchased, were fixer uppers with a lot of potential, as my Dad would say. Each home was transformed into a beautiful creation in time, just as my Dad pictured it would be. Magnolia Manor looks like it will be a beautiful home, and I look forward to seeing the pictures after you are all settled.ReplyDelete
SO much potential! I love how big and airy the rooms are! can't wait to see some after pictures! xoReplyDelete
My kitchen cabinets are very similar to yours. Same style, but mine have lauqered wood doors and white cabinets. I am excited to see what you do to your space. The home seems like it has a lot of personality!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for sharing! I love getting a peek into how people transform a "new" house into their home. Magnolia Manor looks like it is a great fit for your family. Can't wait to see the after pictures!:)ReplyDelete
I see sooooo much potential in your new house! Can't wait to check out what you guys do to it. Not much room for improvement in the window treatment arena, but elsewhere, you've got lots to work with. ;)ReplyDelete
I am really happy for you and your family. The house is great! And that sewing/music room is fantastic, a dream! May God bless your new home!ReplyDelete
Beautiful! I hope we get to watch all the remodeling too. My husband is a GC here in GA and I loved watching his houses all come together. We bought a 100 year old house 15 years ago and have/are refurbished/refurbishing it. It takes a lot of patience but in the end you have a home like no other. Great pick for your family. Congratulations and the best of everything.ReplyDelete
I'm dying for the afters.ReplyDelete
Have y'all ever had a magnolia tree, Katy? 'Cause if you haven't be warned--they're messy... though usually real good climbing trees!ReplyDelete
I can't wait to see hor you make it yours !! What a great journey !!!!ReplyDelete
Oh, Katy, what a lovely home. I can't wait to see whatReplyDelete
you've done to it!
We are just about to put our house up for sale. I too, feel the tiny tinge of sadness even though we've outgrown it. It's OURS... almost 7 years! (Even though we too, thought it would be shorter!) But this post makes me excited for possibilities! So, thank you!ReplyDelete
The big picture windows are amazing. So much light!ReplyDelete
Looks huge! I hope it's the perfect fit for your family, I look forward to seeing you make it your own. Thanks for the glimpse. I like the picture you painted of future events at the house.ReplyDelete
It looks huge and light and full of potential, I'm very curious to know what you have decided on for the floors since I want neither tiles nor carpet nor orange/brown boards on my ownReplyDelete
What a cool house! Love the natural light. I'm excited to see your updates.ReplyDelete
Awwww, yay! congrats the house is awesome! I cannot wait to see what you do with it! That sewing room is to die for! The light and ceilings!!!! Wowsa! Congrats again hun! xoxoReplyDelete
How exciting!!! And what a beautiful sewing space you'll have with all that natural light :) We are in the final few weeks of moving into our first home and though it's "move in ready" I'm still plotting plenty of my own touches. Including my husband building a section in the garage for my sewing space! :)ReplyDelete
I can't wait to see what you do with it. Do you live by the ocean still? I have lived in my home for 23 years. My husband and I picked out the lot, watched as concrete was poured and then came the frame and walls and eventually our family. I married my husband who is now deceased in our living room, brought 2 babies home from the hospital here, celebrated many birthdays, anniversaries, taught our kids how to ride their bikes on these streets, and buried family pets in the backyard. I've watched neighbors come and go but I'm still here. I don't know if I'll ever leave it.ReplyDelete
I am beyond thrilled for you guys. What great lighting in there!! Also...just be glad carpet in the bathroom and kitchen isn't a thing there. Yep. it's a thing here...or was. So everything built from 1980 ish to 1995 ish has that. I'm glad our landlord had sense enough not to put it around the shower and toilet like our last place had. Blech.ReplyDelete
It's HUGE!!! Congrats!ReplyDelete
I love the details of a work in progress...more please!!!ReplyDelete
Congrats Katy, I love the list of memories to be made at the end of the post :) ps. Did the last owner leave you one of his pianos, I know how badly you want one ;) Unlikely I know, but thought I'd askReplyDelete
Your home is beautiful. I am so envious!ReplyDelete
Wow, I can see it now!! I sold real estate before I had Savannah and I LOVE when people can see the potential in a home. Ours was a hot mess when we bought it. Picture orange shag carpet (though you might like that ;), linoleum in the bedrooms, wood paneling everywhere.....it was awful. But now it's not, it's beautiful and it's all ours. And you will make that house into the best house it can be.....I'm sure of that! Congratulations!!ReplyDelete
That is a splendid house. I do love that modernist sensibility and you will do wonderful things with it.ReplyDelete
Great house, Katy! I can't wait to see it with all of your things (and orange) in it! I love looking for houses. I do it quite often, just for fun... a girl can dream, right? We have a HUGE magnolia in our front yard and I love it. It makes a wonderful backdrop, but I can't imagine what it would take to wrap lights around it! XOReplyDelete
Can't wait to see more. I am sure your touch will make it something from a magazine. We are looking at houses too and are also Floridians. Truly, what is it with tile every where? Who wants freezing toes in their bedroom? Is it a sand thing, maybe?ReplyDelete
I somehow missed this until now! So fun to see, and it is going to be SO fabulous! I love all the high ceilings and openness. Yay!!!ReplyDelete
I can't wait to see all the amazing projects you have in store for this house!!ReplyDelete
This is so fun to see! I somehow missed the initial info that you had bought but kept seeing things here and there on Instagram so I'm so happy to have the full story now! I'm really excited to see what you do with it. It's going to be amazing. We're breaking ground on Monday on our new home and feel super overwhelmed with all the items I need to pick out...worried about making wrong decisions, etc. I can wrap my head around one-room-at-a-time kind of stuff....but picking out an entire new home is hard. I love the peeks at what you're doing so far! You're giving me ideas :)ReplyDelete
What a house Katy! What a home! I cannot wait! It's going to be wonderful!ReplyDelete