I’ve been waiting 111 days to say that. The past few months have been a whirlwind, as you can probably see from my sporadic posts and sudden obsessive interest in a vegetable garden. We got word of my husband’s new job, went from mountains to desert (and moved in with my parents, eek), sold a house, bought a house, and now 3 months and 19 days later we’ve finally closed on our new home.
It was worth the wait, which is good because we can’t fully move in yet. We need to paint and deal with flooring and moving/storage companies first. But it’s still a pretty happy day!
Meet our new home…
The funny thing is that it’s nothing that we thought we wanted. We thought we wanted a big white farmhouse with a soaker tub, hardwood floors, and a wrap-around porch. But we didn’t.
We wanted a red-tile roof, and creamy white walls. We wanted wood look tile and a walk-in shower. There is an old country song about a short brunette with green eyes who is nothing like the leggy blue-eyed blonde the guy singing thought he’d end up with. But she’s perfect in every way.
This house is my short brunette.
In southern Arizona, Southwest style reigns. There are a lot of faux pueblos and stucco ranch homes with windows in the shape of cacti. And tile… so much tile. Needless to say, when we started house hunting I quickly became nervous about finding a home that we could put our stamp on. Some things are easy to change, but unless you’re on HGTV, you’re generally stuck with the style you’ve got. Hard to turn a pueblo into a cottage.
Then there was this house. It never left my mind after we saw it on our very first house hunting trip. It wasn’t the style we set out looking for, but it was a blank slate. It was a fun challenge to attack – how to meld this new style of home with our existing furniture (and of course what new things I could build or dig up). Even better – the home was a short sale. Most people don’t want to deal with the hassle of negotiating with a bank and definitely don’t want to wait months to get in their new home, but for us it was a perfect solution. We had a house to sell, parents to crash with, and an entire summer before school started for the little guy.
But back to this beauty.
I’m so excited to be pushed out of the creative box that I’ve been fixated on for the past five years. I’m going to share more about how I came up with a decorating plan for such a different style soon, but here are some basic ideas of the first things we’ll tackle.
This picture doesn’t do it much justice, but the front porch and little patio to the left of the house is amazing. The ceilings are so high and there is a fan in the “grill/eating spot”. I can’t wait to get the mister a big, shiny grill and build a little bar area. I also have a table that I’ve hanging onto for a couple years that will be perfect for that spot.
To the right, there is a spot that I’m going to put a little garden in. I have plans for a big fenced-in vegetable garden in a different area, so this will just be a pretty, flowery spot. I eventually want to put some pavers down and maybe find a cute little bistro table, but for now I’ll be happy to get it cleared out!
Come on inside…
First things first: the tile’s gonna go. Mostly because it’s damaged and irreplaceable in several spots, but its an opportunity to put in something that we will like to look at a lot better.
I love this big living area. We won’t know what to do with so much space! We’ll have room for all our lounge-y furniture and a desk, and will even have room for a pretty little seating area or something too. And you know I’ve got plans for a newly built XL dining table!
Then there’s the kitchen. That kitchen. I know “open concept” is all the rage and even a TV show (love the Shanty Sisters), but we had an open concept home and, while I understand why people love it, it really wasn’t my perfect floor plan. I never liked that I had to look at my destroyed kitchen while my family ate Thanksgiving dinner. I love that this home is a hybrid, with the living and dining rooms open but the kitchen tucked away.
Plus, I love a good nook 🙂
The counters (in the kitchen and bathrooms) will get makeovers, but the jury is still out on the cabinets. I love the white-ish walls, and don’t think painting them white would fit with the style I’m headed toward. I want to see how they look with the new counter tops and we’ll go from there. If you read my post about decorating a space that stumps you, this is part of the “letting it breathe” process.
The one thing that needs no changing, updating, or fixing whatsoever?
The view. I can’t express how excited I am to see these gorgeous mountains out of my windows every day.
The crazy thing is that I literally grew up underneath these mountains (my parents still live at the base of them), but I never really appreciated how majestic they are. I guess when you’re that close to something you can’t see the beauty in the entirety.
Alas, it’s not all sunshine, views, and big windows though. Get a load of this guy!
I see now that using a mouse trap to show scale may not have been the best move for a picture that I would eventually share. For the record, this was outside, he and any of his brethren are now very dead, and I promise that our house is not pest ridden. We were just being thorough!
I could keep going, but I’ll stop for now. We get the keys today and are going to get started on whatever we can do before the floor work starts. There are a few philosophical posts about moving, reinvention, and cacti down the pipeline because that’s what is oozing out of my ears right now, BUT, if you’ll bear with me through those musings while tile is laid and walls are painted, I’m going to have about a thousand tutorials and pretty things to share really soon too!