The day has come, my friends, to show you our final home tour on our little cottage in the city. It is definitely bittersweet to share this post and video with you, since so much love and hard work has been poured into this home. We were definitely never intending to sell it only a year and a half after we purchased it (if we had known, we never would have bought it in the first place), but opportunities much too grand to let pass by came up that we just had to jump on for the future of our growing family.
I explain in the video a lot of what we did as well as why we finished the basement right before selling, so watch that if you would like more detail.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the video with before photos, an emotional update, and a full home tour of the house at the time of selling.
Upstairs Floor Plan Before and After
Back Bedroom Upstairs
Front “Master” Bedroom Upstairs
Stairway Down to Basement Family Room
Basement Floor Plan Before and After
Basement Family Room
Basement Full Bathroom
Back Basement Bedroom
Front Basement Bedroom
I hope you enjoyed the final home tour! We are very sad to leave this home, especially now that it is almost exactly how I envisioned it would be for us over time as our family grew, but it is just a house and now someone else can enjoy it. We would greatly appreciate prayers for a quick sale close to asking price so we can move on to a new home hopefully before little Celia arrives.
I’ve always been a decorating nut. When I was in elementary school, I dreamed of buying an A-frame house that I would decorate with boat-shaped bookcases and giant wooden bear statues. Thankfully, over the years, my style changed, but my obsession with the art of decorating has only grown stronger.
I learned early on in our relationship back in high school that San likes joint decisions when it comes to anything pertaining to our relationship. Truthfully, we knew we would get married even back in high school (which seems kind of crazy now), so we often talked about what our kids’ names would be, what dog we would get, and what our house would look like. Before Pinterest, I hoarded images of beautifully-decorated rooms in a Photobucket account. When I would see San, I would show him the newest photos I had saved and he would often utter a polite “yuck” or “ew” to every one.
I grew up in a home where my mom made the decorating decisions, my dad tried to talk her out of them because it meant work for him or change, but eventually he would come around and love whatever she did. My dad is not a guy who cares about aesthetics, so my mom got to choose the decorating style she wanted and he never complained once it was done. I was quickly learning that San would not be like this and that I would have to cater to his likes as well.
The longer we dated, the more our decorating styles started to mesh together. Then, once we were married, we decided we both had to agree on every decorating decision we made. We quickly learned what we both liked and what we didn’t and eventually we found a “style” that would work as our dual decorating style even though our individual styles are pretty different.
A few years ago, I gravitated toward pretty feminine rooms like this:
It’s pretty funny looking back at these because I wouldn’t consider them my style at all now, but I showed San rooms like this all the time while we were dating. Poor guy!
San used to, in return, show me photos of rooms he liked, such as these:
I think as we make decisions together, our style has grown closer and closer together, which is remarkable considering how far apart they were to begin with. As you will see as we get further along in the renovating and decorating process, we gravitate toward rooms that look like these:
After looking at lots of photos, pinning away on Pinterest, and shopping together a lot over the past few years, we have learned that there are certain things that we really love when it comes to decorating that define our style.
Our style includes:
- Lots of white, grays, and other neutrals mixed with bold pops of color
- A retro vibe
- Vintage elements like old signs, vintage pop cans, old fruit crates, etc.
- A few modern touches (especially geometric patterns and some crisp lines on furniture)
- A homey, cottage feel
- Some quirky touches (like a bingo card-turned-decorative-dish, a ceramic flying pig, etc.)
We like to say our style is like a bright, modern, cottage because we love lots of vintage elements, but we also like the room to feel updated and timeless. We hope that made sense! Our aim is for our home to be youthful, casual, inviting, and a little quirky (like us). We have learned to decorate using things we both absolutely love and when it all comes together, it works because we are drawn toward alike things. We can’t wait to get to decorating and will be sure to show you lots of inspiration that guides us along the way!