Okay! I'm starting to come up for air after being absolutely SWAMPED since the beginning of November. How come nobody called me on not giving you any FUN details about our shiny new-to-us house?!
So we got approved for a mortgage, somewhat on a whim, and then we found a house on our first day looking. Since then I've been fretting about all the costs we're facing, but mainly I've been thrilled to my toes with the decision we made. I love this house so much.
It's a 1950 Cape Cod with the cutest upstairs dormer windows. It has three bedrooms and 1.5 baths, a half-finished basement and the most beautiful landscaped backyard. The living/dining room has a cove ceiling and charming onion-arched doorways. The front door is purpleish - which if you know me in real life means you know that it is no surprise I picked this house (the kitchen/backdoor will eventually get painted purple too!) (which, Peanut, if you're reading this - by the way, I want to paint that door purple. xo). We've got hardwood, tile, and carpet. The roof and siding is all brand new. It smells terrific, and the previous owners left us a sweet note on the wall in the crawl space - just below the note that was left to them when they bought it. Apparently, this house has been filled with people who want to pass on good vibes!
I'm spending all my time now looking for design ideas - most of the rooms are quite colorful and I'm okay with that but there are two rooms I REALLY want to change (master bedroom and main bathroom - both blue) and one room I'd like to change (kitchen - kind of a boring yellow). The other rooms are lovely and fine (living room - blue, guest room - gray/brown, small bathroom - dark brown, eventual nursery - green). The house needs no work at all - eventually we may decide to expand the "nursery" into the crawl space but that's a ways off. Part of what we loved about this place was that it's move-in ready - up to date appliances, floors in good shape, fresh paint, etc. It's amazing.
I'm also looking for furnishings! We'll be scouring Craigslist and thrift stores - eventually I want a second bed, some side tables, a dining table and chairs (or maybe just new chairs - mine are literally falling apart), a three piece seating set, matching desks and comfortable desk chairs, and a pool table. Wait, what? No, that last thing is something PEANUT wants, not me. I want to put a bowling alley in the basement instead.
I'll devote a separate post to the financial specifics, as right now I just want to revel in the details of my own home - a place where we'll live for the foreseeable future. That's the first time I've moved in to somewhere without a somewhat definite plan to leave. I didn't expect that putting down roots would help me feel so....grounded, but it really does.
What were you looking for or do you want to have in your first home? What else - if anything - would you like to know about ours?