I can’t believe we’re finally here! We’ve moved into our new home after months of decisions and waiting. If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you’ve already seen some snapshots of the new place, but today I want to share the tour with you. I got a chance to take these the day we closed before stuff started coming in, so it’s a clean slate! Ah how I wish it was still this tidy *ha.*
There are several different elevations available for the buildings in our neighborhood. My favorite from the start was this brick style; the building as a whole sort of reminds me of a mixture between German and Craftsman style architecture. The only real downside to our new home is that we don’t have a large front porch – we gave it up for more interior space which was totally worth it. But, in this little stoop I have found the perfect place for an old wine jug I found at last year’s Country Living fair!
Walking in, we have a small foyer area. It’s not nearly as much space as we had in our last home’s entry, but it gets the job done. I’m planning on adding some shoe storage and maybe moving our homemade coat hangers in there! To the left (the right when you’re walking in) is the door into our listening room…
This may be the room I’m most excited about. It’s going to house our extensive record and book collections as well as my piano. The goal is to get wall to wall built-ins on that far wall, and to have a few comfy chairs in there. We want to be able to sit and relax after a busy day!
The rest of the downstairs is a pretty open-concept space. I took this photo from the kitchen looking into the living room. It’s a surprisingly large area – almost as large as the living room in our Indiana house. This time around, we opted to have the builder pre-wire all of the tv stuff so that we didn’t end up with cables running all over the place! *totally worth it*
And now for the kitchen! This room definitely caused me the most stress in the new home design process. I couldn’t decide between dark or white cabinets; thank goodness for my social media friends who helped me choose! As you can see, we opted for white cabinets since it is a town home which tends to be inherently dark. I would have loved some sort of marble countertops, but that wasn’t an option; so we went for a black and white speckled granite which has a few shimmery spots throughout. As you can see, the backsplash is white with dark grout … something I’ve been wanting to try for years! We did upgrade a few things throughout: the appliances (Frigidaire Gallery series with a double oven range and french door refrigerator), the large single-basin sink, and the touch faucet. So far, I feel like all of the upgrades have been totally worth it!
We don’t have a formal dining room, but this area just off the kitchen is perfect for us. The plan is to add cabinets in the open space behind the pantry (on the left) and create a butler’s pantry type storage area.
One of the things we paid quite a bit for was the wood stairs. I feel this decision is already worth it’s weight in gold! Cleaning wood stairs is so much easier than cleaning carpeted ones – plus the wear and tear won’t be as noticeable. We opted for dark treads to match our downstairs floors, and white risers to break up the dark color. The trim throughout the house was also an upgrade that has made a huge difference in the feel of the home!
Upstairs is somewhat compact but totally functional for us. we have a total of three bedrooms, plus my office, and the loft will eventually be turned into a play space for the boys.
Our master bedroom is tough to photograph (especially when there’s nothing in there). But I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to show off our new shower! We opted for a frameless shower door *hello easy to clean* and added two corner shelves and a bench. The tile is ceramic made to look like marble, and I like to think it adds an air of elegance to the space.
Well … that’s it for now! I’m thrilled that we’re finally in our new home and can share some of the progress with y’all. We’re definitely moving along quickly and I’m hoping to show off some more completed photos soon. What do you think so far?