(Don’t worry, we also bought a leaf blower)
I know I’ve been eluding to some big news lately but I wanted to wait until we officially closed to announce that… WE BOUGHT A HOUSE! Anel and I have been saving our pennies for over five years and finally came to a point where we were ready to bite the bullet. On Friday night we signed approximately 4,000 pieces of paper and can now call ourselves homeowners. The whole process felt really scary and “grown up” but it also felt so right. Let me tell you about how it went down…
The house itself
I’m obsessed with it. Size-wise, it’s definitely not a mansion but it’s not a shoebox either. We have four bedrooms and three bathrooms but it’s cozy and the perfect size for us right now. We bought it from a developer who gutted and renovated the entire home, so everything from the floors to the kitchen appliances are brand new. It’s empty right now but I promise to share photos as we move in (next weekend!) and get settled. In the meantime, be sure to follow along on Instagram and Snapchat (lemonstripes) for more real-time photos and videos of the space.
The room I’m most excited about
My office! In our apartment, I spend weekends and nights blogging from the couch which is both uncomfortable and uninspiring. Having my own space to work without the TV blaring in front of my face makes me beyond excited. I can’t wait to make it a perfect, comfortable space where I can get my work done in peace and quiet.
(Current state of our living room)
We’re working with an amazing design firm, Decor Aid, on the living room and dining room designs. Although I’d love for the whole place to be furnished on move-in day, I know that’s not realistic, so we’re tackling it one space at a time. I put together this Pinterest board to share with my designer, Alex, for the two rooms if you want to see what direction we’re heading in.
We’re moving over our current bedroom design with a few small tweaks to simplify and my friends at Matouk are helping me out with bedding for a more elevated guest room. Over the weekend, we started painting with Farrow & Ball paint (above is the living room in Cornforth White). It takes a village!
The process of buying a house
(View from the front door)
Buying a house is no joke. Everyone always told me that it was a stressful, difficult process but I had no idea just how insane it was until I went through it myself. I’m going to write a full post on this for any of you future homeowners to reference because I wish I had known so many things going into it. We also butted heads a lot with our seller which caused even more anxiety. I literally haven’t slept through the night in over a month. Everyday we had to send another document to the bank or book another inspection. It was a seemingly never-ending nightmare that is finally over.
Now we just have to pack everything up and move! I can’t wait to share the process of moving and decorating with you. See what’s happening in real-time on Instagram and Snapchat (lemonstripes).