OUR HOME

May 15, 2017 |

Our Backyard Lounge Area: The Plan

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Let me preface this post with saying we got supperrrrr lucky with our backyard, especially in Arizona. It was a major selling point of the house and the previous owners did an incredible job with carving out little gathering areas and the landscape design. When we first saw the house and stepped in the backyard, we walked under a pergola with vines and flowers wrapped around it and butterflies flew around our heads. I kid you not. We really felt (and still do) like we found a little New England garden in the middle of the desert.

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May 1, 2017 |

Our Hallway Bathroom: The Reveal

Today we are sharing our guest/hallway bathroom makeover. We didn’t share a before or progress post on this space, but you may have caught a peek or two on IG stories. This little bathroom is a charmer and we were so happy to partner with Wayfair to freshen it up a bit. Our style direction for this room was vintage with a modern twist.  READ MORE

April 24, 2017 |

Our Kitchen: Reveal

We are so happy to be sharing our kitchen makeover with you guys today! We made some small changes that we feel like created a big impact and feels a lot more like us. When we originally toured this house with our real estate agent back in October, we fell in love with the space. It was charming and we immediately envisioned ourselves cooking and entertaining friends in this kitchen that has separate entries to the dining room and living room.

I feel like smaller kitchens get a bad wrap and my former “open concept” loving self, would probably be on my soap box cursing kitchens that are closed off to the dining room, but once we walked in, there was a warmth and sense of family that consumed this place. The house felt like a home and one where we could make many memories together…and of course that begins over a good meal. 😉 READ MORE

April 20, 2017 |

Our Master Bathroom: Before + Progress

We are getting ready to wrap things up on the master bathroom remodel over here and can’t wait to put the finishing touches on everything. We realized we haven’t shared any of the progress photos we’ve been snapping, and the choices we have made thus far, so why not?! Throughout this whole remodel I thought the changes we were making weren’t that different, but going back through these before photos and seeing the place transform has been really exciting and rewarding.

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March 20, 2017 |

Our Master Bathroom : The Plan

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We’ve been working on our master bathroom and are slowly starting to see some progress. As you might have seen on IG, we extended our trip in Paris due to the delays at JFK with the blizzard. We’ve been keeping in touch with our contractor while we’re away and things weren’t as far along as we had originally thought they would be for our original return date, so after getting a few alerts on our phones about the storms and flights being canceled, we got in touch with the airline and switched our flight. We’ll be in Paris for a few extra days, which is a win-win: giving us extra time to explore the city and our contractor extra time to complete things, or at least get a little further with the project. Our friend Sarah has been keeping us updated and in the loop with the progress, along with many photo updates which we’ve been loving!

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February 7, 2017 |

Our Bedroom with Parachute Home

Our master bedroom has come a long way since we first moved into our house back in November.  It is a very modest, cottage-like space that we didn’t know we were looking for when we first started our house hunt almost a year ago.  Most modern master bedrooms are MASSIVE and have tons of closet space, and seating areas and when we moved to Arizona we thought “yeah, we’ll take one of those!”, but man, when we first saw this house in the thick of our house hunt, we felt something special in the old charm of a very practical space.  This Tudor has seen a thing or two since being built in 1930 and we are letting her do the talkin’.  In our last apartment we made a conscious decision to make our bedroom a room for sleeping not an extension of our office or living room and we brought that theme over to our house.  It isn’t a room with a tv, or laptops, or anything that would distract us from feeling rested.  In our first apartment, putting a tv in our bedroom felt like a luxury.  We loved curling up in bed and watching movies until we felt tired enough to fall asleep.  It sounds great, and it probably was for a while there, but it definitely kept us from the rest we really needed.  Distractions are all around us, and we work in a field that is constantly swallowed up with technology, so we felt that if there was one room in our house that was just for us it would be the bedroom.

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January 18, 2017 |

OUR KITCHEN: THE PLAN

Lately we find ourselves browsing the web for some interior design inspiration at night, bookmarking different tile companies, vintage shops, and etsy finds. It’s something we enjoy doing when we have a little down time. We often think about who the original owners of this house were and what the street looked like. While watching Miracle on 34th Street on Christmas morning, we had a good chuckle with each other…our house was built 17 years before that movie was made. Just a little crazy. 😉 We love it though. The idea of so many families here, parties, and love…hopefully. Who knows?! There can be some crazy stories about this place too for all we know, but the idea of making this house our own, a safe haven, a comforting little place for us to retreat to after a long day, makes us so happy. READ MORE

January 11, 2017 |

The Current State of Our Home + Living Room Inspiration

We’ve been buried in home decor books, pinning to our home boards, moving furniture around daily and trying to give this sweet old lady of a house the best layout we can give her.  It’s been a month and a half since we moved in and we are slowly figuring things out.  When we moved in the night before Thanksgiving, we knew it would be full holiday mode for a while before we even got to the “normal” home style, so when we took down all the Christmas decorations a few days ago (that wreath was the last to go — it still smelled so good!), it was the first time since we moved in that we got to take a really good look at our Tudor.  Our sofa has been moved to three different places since we moved in, and we’re thinking the third time was a charm.  Our living room is a narrow rectangular shape, so we are trying to create an intimate seating area that allows for conversation without having to yell across the room.  Bigger isn’t always better, and we found out quickly that we’d rather have a functional space than a space that just holds a lot of our things.

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November 27, 2016 |

We’re Home!

New Darlings - We Bought A HouseHoney, we’re home!  After what feels like forever, we bought a house!  The night before Thanksgiving, we were handed the keys to our very own 1930’s Tudor home here in Phoenix.  We have some really big things planned for this old beauty, but it’s home, and we are beyond excited to share this experience with you guys.

Since we started our house hunt back in March, we saw more houses than we can remember.  From the modern cookie-cutter to the completely gutted, mid-century homes and even a few 1940s WWII brick bungalows and Craftsman style houses.  We knew we wanted a charmer, but didn’t know how to describe exactly what we were looking for until we found our Tudor.

New Darlings - We Bought A House!It’s hard to put into words exactly what we were feeling when we first opened the door to our house on move-in day.  Our hearts were pounding, our eyes were teary from the entire drive over, and we stood in the living room of our empty house with huge, giddy smiles on our faces.  We are overwhelmed at the wall of boxes that now line the walls over here, the work that is ahead of us, and the new routine that awaits, but we have never felt so good to be home.  Whatever ends up happening here is ours.  For better or worse, we will go through it together and create memories (good and bad) within these walls, and as we spend our first holidays here, we can’t help but feel incredibly grateful for the journey that led us here.  Here’s to new beginnings, a crazy new journey to embark on, and our first HOUSE! WHAT?! THIS IS CRAZY!!!

Thanks so much for all your support and encouraging emails throughout this whole process. We loved hearing about your personal experiences with buying a home. Also, big thanks to our realtor and friend, Michelle Renteria. We couldn’t have done this without you! You knew exactly what our vision was from the start and we couldn’t be happier. 🙂

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