1.06.2021

House Update: Month 1

House Update: Month 1

Some people are going to look at these photos and think, "Wow what a mess. You've done nothing." Others are going to think "Wow, you've done so much," so whatever camp you may be in, I wanted to show you a little real-life update from the past month. What we've done, what we're doing, and what we still plan to do.

House Update: Month 1

Instagram can be deceiving sometimes so I wanted to make sure that I really show you the status of our home after one month. Some rooms look great, others ... not so much. But I think it would be fun to do monthly check-ins for every room showing you any progress made.

Be forewarned, some rooms have only boxes unpacked in them. Do I love to share these photos on the internet for the world to judge? No. But it's only fair to show the good and the bad so you know that it's OK to have a messy room. 

My Office (pictured above):


Two days ago this looked a lot different: stuff scattered all over the floor, a mirror, extra-large TV console, and two bookshelves. Needless to say, I've been working from our dining room table lol. I wasn't *quite* sure what I wanted to do with the space until about a week or two ago. I kind of do this with all our rooms: wait until I find a piece that sparks a design idea. The room is on the smaller side (compared to the others in the house) so I was a little limited with furniture and we have to work around a weird third window, but I picked this room because of all the great light it gets!

On Saturday Andrew, my FIL, and I drove down to PA to pick up a desk, a file cabinet, and some dining chairs that I've been following on eBay/Facebook Marketplace. The desk was perfect. The file cabinet was much bigger than I planned for (I didn't measure 🙈) but it actually ended up working out perfectly. The dining set came with 10 chairs, so I thought bringing two up to my office (they were that pretty) would work really well for seating. 

In all, everything worked out great. Next up will be getting a rug, figuring out a new light fixture, then moving on to paint or wallpaper, curtains, hanging decor, and long term updating the closet space to fit more of my needs and *dream plan* of adding clear French doors to help open up the space.

Needlepoint Office:


House Update: Month 1

This room was clean like a day ago!! But you can see I moved the TV console into here to make space in my office and then packed up a ton of orders while also finishing my next collection for painting. So it's a mess. Right now it's a lot of random furniture from my in-laws that I'm using as tables. So really I haven't done much in here outside of creating a warehouse for shipping and inventory. 

Long term the plan is to Elfa organize the entire room, maybe add a fun custom print wallpaper but this room will just be TBD until I'm ready to think out a full plan. It works, but it's not pretty lol.

Andrew's Office/Gym:


House Update: Month 1

Since Andrew is working from home, he got his own office space that also doubles as our "gym" (a real bachelor's pad lol). He took the desk from the apartment and works out of here. This room will likely stay this way until we have kids, and then it will become a guest bedroom with a bike and desk. But for now, this is his space to do with what he wants and he's super happy with it!

Guest Bedroom: 


House Update: Month 1

This room is the actual "throw-whatever-in-here" room in our house. It has no purpose other than to hold things and we rarely ever go in it. Right now it's holding our new mattress, old dresser and all of our extra pillows and linens. Eventually, this dresser and our whole bedroom set from the apartment will go into Andrew's office and this will one day be a kid's room. But that is way off in the future! So for now, it's storage. 

Our Bedroom:


House Update: Month 1

Another room I'm pretty much neglecting is our bedroom. We have our queen bed in here now, and we're waiting on our new bed to be made. And until we get that, I won't do much in here (except for put my clothes away?! Sheesh lol). We have a dresser that we need to get a glass top for and I have a vanity that I will eventually refinish, but I want to wait to see what colors we'll do for the room.

Long term I'd love to add crown molding and some panels to the wall to give it depth. Then we'll get new bedside tables, (maybe) an ottoman for the end of the bed, a mirror for above the dresser, new paint, rug, curtains, etc... and I'm still partially TBD on the little nook I have in the corner. I will wait until something sparks an idea!

Family Room:


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For the most part, this space is just redecorated with our apartment furniture. And while we are desperate for a new couch, we're taking our time since it's so expensive!! The tree will be coming down today as well. But the bar cart area is good, we will eventually add curtains, maybe a seating area in front of the window, a new couch, rug, table, and side tables. But that won't be for a while. If it's functional, it's staying for now.

Dining Room:


moving to a new house

This is the current room I'm working through and focusing on (outside my office) and where we have made the most progress. I wanted to focus here first because it is one of the first spaces you see in the house, and since we use the space so much! We've already had two dinners with his family here and we also eat at the table every night.

It's been a lot of fun because I've never had a dining room of my own before so I really have enjoyed setting this all up. We bought the table, got new chairs two days ago, have a sideboard, and repurposed some decor from the apartment. 

Next on the list is to get the rug (it's been ordered) and hope it works lol, then a mirror above the sideboard, a tablecloth or runner for the table and then we'll move on to paint/wallpaper and curtains. I've ordered some samples but we're at a standstill until the rug arrives. Longer-term I'd like to add paneling to the ceiling and get a new light fixture as well but those will come last.

Entryway:


moving to a new house

This *was* decorated -- and has been for a few weeks now -- but we're going to hang a mirror above the table. Once the mirror is up, this will pretty much be good as is until I can figure out a paint/wallpaper that I like. The issue is that the walls in this hallway go up the stairs and into the hallway up there. So it's going to be a big commitment trying to figure out what I want to do. 

Living Room: 


moving to a new house

This is really the storage room for the house right now!! And a room I probably won't touch for a year or two. I have big plans for the space but it's sooooo low on the list of priorities! Eventually, I'd like to turn this into an entertaining space with built-ins along the left wall, a seating area in front of the right walls and fireplace, and a bar area and card table by the doors. It will be a very moody old school room but for now, it's holding all the things we don’t have a home for currently. 



So I hope this helps to show you that you don't have to decorate your house in a day and a more realistic "I just moved" picture of our life right now. Excited to take you through the process over the next few years and look back to see where we started!

12 comments:

  1. Love this post!! I feel like so many bloggers make it seem like a house is moved into in a day- I love seeing something realistic about taking your time unpacking haha. :) It looks great so far and can't wait for more updates!

    xoxo A
    www.southernbelleintraining.com

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  2. I'm adoring any and all home content--keep it coming! The house looks great! I adore the floors.

    Brittany
    www.basicbritt.com

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  3. Bravo on taking your time and let yourself learn the house. I never understand getting everything ‘done’ before moving in. Although the first 6 months in our house we had no kitchen and cooked on a grill. My ideas changed for every room as we lived there and learned how we would use the spaces. It was a great adventure & enjoy yours

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  4. It is so unrealistic when people move and suddenly have a fully furnished house in 2 weeks. Things take time and its your forever home so no need to feel pressure to have it done yet! Love what you have done so far though and can't wait to follow along with the process.

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  5. Can't wait to see how you continue to decorate it! Loving all of the house content :)

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  6. I love the way that you’re decorating (sparks joy / idea pieces) instead of rushing through the process. I rushed to decorate our apartment and now I’ve been slowly replacing everything over the years 😂 This is definitely the way I’ll decorate our future house!

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  7. Thank you for being real and showing how the process works when budget isn’t endless and you aren’t hiring everything out to designers. That’s the reality that most of us live in ❤️

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  8. So nice to see this! Thank you for being realistic. My husband and I are planning to buy and move into our first home this spring. I feel a lot of pressure to make it perfect right away, but like you, I know it's wiser to take my time and plan. Take care!

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  9. We moved into a new house the week after thanksgiving, and our house is also no where near being done! We also use our guest room, and another random room to just throw crap in until we know where we want it lol. I totally understand the whole work in process vibe :)

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  10. It’s good to be patient and let the space and light influence your choices. Wise woman!

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  11. Thank you soooooo much for being so incredibly real and relatable. I appreciate that you are showing that your house isn't all put together and unpacked. Seriously, I appreciate how relatable you are. I look forward to your post.

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  12. The house is gorgeous - I love the details, doors, etc.! So excite to see it unfold over the next few years. For now ENJOY! :)

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