New Home Tour!

We bought a house last week!!! We closed on the house last Thursday, and we’re moving in this week; so exciting! So before we actually get all of our stuff moved in, I thought I’d share some pictures and take you on a little new home tour! (Sorry in advance if this post takes FOREVER to load; I went a little shutter happy when taking pictures!)

I’m so in love with this house; it’s totally adorable, it has gorgeous hardwood floors, all the walls except those in the master bedroom are painted white (which makes it the perfect canvas for adding an accent wall here and there, or adding pops of color with the furniture instead!), and it’s 110 years old but was recently remodeled so it’s the perfect mix of cute old charm and modern style!

Here’s what it looks like from the street.

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Cute, right?! The outside is in pretty good condition, and I even like the grey color with white accents, so it means I can focus on getting the inside decorated and don’t have to worry about the exterior for a while!

Just inside the front door is an awesome little entryway! It isn’t heated, but it is fully enclosed and protected from the elements, so we can put a bench and a coat rack out there and it will be the perfect place to sit and put on or take off shoes. And I love the bead board accents!

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The door from the entryway leads you into the living room. The house has radiant heating, which I love! It’s a bit annoying because radiators take up usable space, especially when they’re right against a wall or something, but it’s a super efficient way to heat your house, and they give the place a kind of fun, retro look.

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It’s only a decorative fireplace, but with a built in mantel/fireplace/bookshelf thingy as gorgeous as that, I can forgive the fake fireplace!

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To the left is a giant sun room. It used to be the front porch of the house, but it was enclosed and turned into “part of the house” instead of a separate porch that is just “attached to the house”. LOOK AT ALL THE WINDOWS!!!! Three walls are completely made up of windows, and there’s a 50″ window on the fourth wall as well that looks backwards into the backyard! I’m going to spend all of my time here, sitting in a giant chair and reading; I can already tell!

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Speaking of all the windows, this house gets a TON of natural light! I took every single picture in this post without turning a single light on; I just used the natural light that was coming in through the windows. Which probably explains why there aren’t any light fixtures on the entire first floor except for a chandelier in the middle of the dining room and the recessed lighting in the kitchen. No lights anywhere else because you just don’t need them; how cool is that?!

Looking back at the front door from inside the living room you can see the stairs going up to the second level, and off to the left are the stairs down to the basement. LOVE that staircase! And I really love the cute little radiator covers you see on about half the radiators; they’re so fun!

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You can see some of the original touches that were left in place during the remodel in the staircase railing.

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Another thing I love about this house is how open the space is! Most of the houses in this neighborhood are about 100 years old and they still have their original floor plans; that means each room is its own little “island” with tiny doorways connecting one room to another. But that’s not true in this house! From the sun room at the front of the house you can look through the living room, through the dining room, all the way into the family room at the very back of the house! And the doorways are all huge, like 5 feet wide!

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From the dining room you can see both the family room and the kitchen, so it’s a great layout for entertaining because the kitchen isn’t tucked away in a corner by itself.

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The original house ended at the back of the dining room, but the family room was added on as an addition during the remodel the previous owners did. I love how open it is to the kitchen!

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Did I mention already, the kitchen is white! I know white can be a boring color, but in my opinion, when it comes to a house you just bought, white is the best color ever! It’s neutral, so if I don’t want to paint right away, I don’t have to. And you can always add color to your rooms with furniture or decor, and it’s easier to throw new pillows on the couch than it is to repaint a wall when you get tired of the color. Plus it’s always been my dream to have a white kitchen, and now I do! I may want to add a bit more contrast in there later, but that’s a project for the future; for now, the kitchen is perfect!

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It’s a little cozy, but it’s definitely big enough for the two of us to both be cooking at the same time, and right now that’s all we really need!

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Plus it has a greenhouse window right above the sink, which will be PERFECT for starting a little indoor herb garden!

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Just past the kitchen is the back door which goes out into the yard, and there’s a tiny little half bath there as well.

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The back entryway is pretty cramped; the door opens right into a tiny two square foot area and past that is a little hallway before you reach the half bath. It’s going to take a bit of organizing to make sure that space is functional, but I think we can make it work!

Upstairs is the master bedroom, a full bathroom, and two smaller rooms, all coming off a tiny hallway.

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The bathroom has a jetted tub, I’m so excited for that!!!

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The first room off the hallway to the left is going to be JM’s den/the guest room for whenever we have people come visit. He has been such a saint about my craft stuff taking over the entire apartment while he’s stuck with a desk in a corner of the living room, so I’m really thrilled we have enough space now for him to have a whole room to himself! There’s a daybed and a dresser in the room already from the previous owners, but we haven’t decided yet whether those will stay there or not.

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The next room on the left is going to be my craft room. That’s right, a whole room just for crafts and projects and blogging; I’m in heaven!!!

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Just to the right of the door is a 6 foot closet; it’s going to be awesome for storing all my craft supplies!

The master bedroom is definitely my favorite room in the entire house; it’s so big and glamorous! It’s actually two rooms separated by a giant open doorway; the back half of the bedroom is the second story of the family room addition, and the front half of the room is the original bedroom that was in this space before the addition.

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I’m really excited about the closets in this bedroom, they are both HUGE! And if you remember from the tiny apartment tour I put up on the blog earlier, we didn’t have a closet at all in the bedroom in the apartment. So these two 10 foot closets are a huge improvement!

For now we will probably use the front half of the bedroom as office space and a dressing room.

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And the house has a great backyard too! It’s not huge, but it’s really cute, and it will be perfect for us!

Just outside the back door is a tiny little porch, just big enough for a table for two. It’s not big enough for grilling, but it will be perfect for us to eat breakfast or have coffee outside when the weather warms up!

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Luckily there’s a brick patio in between the house and the detached garage, so we will still have a place for grilling! Plus the previous owners left us their patio furniture, score! And, how cute is that garage?! It’s like a tiny little house of it’s own, and I love the trellises on the front; I can’t wait to get a climbing ivy growing there!

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We haven’t ever actually seen the ground cover in the backyard because there has been a foot or two of snow on the ground for the past three or four months, but I imagine that the brick patio ends just past the patio furniture and that there is grass under that snow at some point. There’s also a great raised garden bed on the left side of the garage, so I’m excited to start gardening in this house!

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And I’m super excited about this garage; is that weird?! I think it’s because, growing up we had a garage, but it was always full of stuff so we never actually put a car in there. This garage is a two car garage plus it has about six extra feet off to one side. I’m super excited to pull out some of the stuff the previous owners left in there and build in a giant workbench! It’s going to be great to have an actual work space indoors; no more dragging the circular saw out into the alley to work on DIY projects!

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Plus, see those stairs? Yes, that’s correct, it’s a 2 story garage! That is not just a large attic space, it is actually a whole second floor up there!

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The walls aren’t finished and it’s not heated, but I’m already picturing a future craft room! It can’t be that hard to put up insulation and drywall, right?! :-p

So there you have it; that’s our brand new home before we get our furniture moved in! I’m super excited to start decorating, organizing, and actually living in this space!


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  1. Congratulations! This house is fantastic. So happy for you and looking forward to seeing what you do with your new space.

  2. I love your new house! It’s so bright and cheerful and I know you are going to have so much fun adding your own personal touches to it. The space above your garage is awesome! We don’t have a lot of storage space and I know I’d fill it with “stuff” in no time. Did I share with you that my husband is from Chicago?

    • I didn’t know that Paula, how cool! My mom is originally from Chicago too, but moved to CA after college, so that’s where I grew up, but I guess I found my way back out here a few years ago!

  3. Nancy A. says:

    Congratulations on your new home! It is beautiful! Such pretty woodwork and the love the doorways! The backyard is fantastic, too. You will love it for many, many years!!

  4. Oh my gosh. That house is AMAZING, guys! I’m so happy for you!

  5. Yaaaaaaay, I’m so glad you posted all those pictures! I’ve been dying to see your new house. That second floor on the garage is going to be a perfect craft space!

  6. Nicoleta says:

    Congratulations!I wish I had a home of my own.

  7. Jessi! It’s amazing! What a great home and I can’t wait to see what you do with it!

    I’m so excited for you guys!

  8. This is a stunning amount of space with so much potential! You are gonna have a blast with it! Congrats!

  9. love, love, LOVE your house!! It’s out of a storybook!!! I can’t wait to see what you do with your “future craft room” … that is an incredible space with the vaulted ceilings and all that room! congrats :)

  10. I love your new home! How exciting is a blank canvas to work your magic on? Insulation and drywall isn’t that difficult but mudding and sanding are time consuming. Just read up on it (a lot).

  11. CONGRATS!!! We are closing on a house this week. Squeeeeeal!!!! It’s our first home, so it is small but a good starter home. We are very excited. We have been packing like crazy all weekend. Good luck on your move! And congratulations on the new home! :D

  12. Aahhhhh, Congratulations!! It is SO beautiful, and a perfect blank slate for everything you’ll be doing in there. I’m totally a little bit jealous of how much fun it’ll be to make it your own. Gorgeous, gorgeous!!

  13. What a beautiful house! I love all the details. I’m so excited for you! Can’t wait to see what you do with all the space!! Congrats!

  14. Gorgeous! Congratulations! I would definitely keep that dresser and daybed. You just don’t know when you might need it!

    • Thanks Julia! We’re definitely going to keep it, I just don’t know if we’ll leave it in that room or move it somewhere else. But it might be useful in the guest room!

  15. I LOVE your new home! Sometimes I wish we would have bought an older home instead of building because they have so much character! And I love the hardwood flooring throughout! Congratulations!!!

  16. score for you!!1 – luv luv luv it – perfect!

  17. I love your new place!!! It’s so my style too!!

  18. What a beautiful home! I love all of the details. The garage is also swoon-worthy! I’m so jealous. :)

  19. Congratulations!!! That’s so awesome!! The house is super cute! Can’t wait to see it with all your touches :)

  20. Oh how exciting!!!!! Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!! So happy for you. Loooove the charm, the floors, the ceilings – all those lovely architectural details that make it so lovely.

    We are in the process of building- the waiting is killing me. I can’t wait to decorate my space.

  21. I’m so happy for you. It is just BEAUTIFUL! I enjoy your blog.

  22. EEEEKkkkk! It’s so awesome, Jessi! You have to be so excited! {Heck, I’M excited and I’m not even moving in! ;) } Can’t wait to see how you make it your own! Congrats, girl!

    ~Abby =)

  23. Jessi! Congrats, I’m so happy for you! This place is amazing. It has tons of character and room to grow! I love the sunroom, the staircase, your awesome master bedroom, and your garage!! Can’t wait to see it come together as you decorate it!

  24. SO cute, Jessi! I love all of the amazing little details, and I’m dying over the cuteness of that enclosed front porch!

  25. Wonderful! Congratulations! It reminds me of my first home! Same awesome color outside! Amazing woodwork inside! So exciting! New email follower so I can watch you move in! Thanks for sharing with us!

  26. I love it! So much beautiful natural light!

  27. Always so exciting to move into a first home with SPACE and a yard LOL…I remember moving from our first apartment to the first house we built. Four houses later and I still like the excitement of it all although now we are planning to downsize with both the teens heading off to college. May you have many hours of joy and happy memories in your new home!!

  28. It is so charming and lovely!! So much potential for decorating and so much more space for you! Congrats again!

  29. It’s so perfect, Jessi! How exciting! I can’t wait to see all of your awesome projects to make your house a home!!

  30. The house looks lovely! I can’t wait to see the tour of everything all unpacked and decorated! The craft room is exciting!

  31. Suzanne B says:

    Congratulations. That is a lovely house. You will find much happiness there. :)

  32. Congratulations on your new home. It is beautiful. Have a great time decorating it.

  33. Omg!!!! This is fantastic!!! Like a dream!! I love every piece!! That room above the garage… That would sell me right there as if the rest of the house didn’t. You guys totally scored. Huge congrats! I can’t wait to see it in person. One day :)

  34. looks awesome! Re moved 2 weeks ago, and I am still trying to find a place for everything.

  35. You’ll have so much fun with the house.
    I love it.

  36. Lots of great character. How very exciting!!! Congrats on the new purchase Jessi.

  37. Jessi!!!! This place is awesome! When I saw your garage it immediately made me think of on old fashioned carriage house. :) I love your master bedroom too.
    I’m sure you are loving all the space after your apartment. Not to mention the cats…. How do they do with those hard floors? ;)

    • Thanks Kendra, we are TOTALLY loving it! The kitties are doing ok, except I think they’re a bit scared of the basement, which is too bad since that’s where their litter box is. They go down there and use it, but they meow the whole time like they’re doing it under protest! I’m hoping it stops in a day or two, otherwise we’ll have to change some things up. :-)

  38. Saw this on pinterest…..Congratulations on your home. It’s adorable and it will be wonderful to add your own touches. Blessings to you.

  39. Melissa Leach says:

    How exciting! Congrats on your new home. It’s a keeper!

  40. Just gorgeous! Congrats!

  41. Love your new home!!! Can’t wait to see what you do to it!

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