Some houses are born with character and some develop it over time. Some have taken decades to become cool and some a few years. You are witnessing the beginning of a character development process. I say this builder grade house is very vanilla with all the love in my heart. In case you are new to the blog here is a quick backstory. We just moved from a town we have lived in for the past 10 years, out of a cool 1950’s ranch home that we completely renovated to a new town across Texas for my husband’s job. Our house sold in three days and there were no “instant character” beauties on the market where we were headed. There weren’t even any great fixer upper candidates.
Instead I went for bones, room count and potential. Our new house has all those things and the fun adventure of personalizing it and stamping our style all over it has now begun. Vanilla is easy to work with. Currently, I have more plans and dreams than time or money, but you can bet I will put my best foot forward on making this space cozy and our kind of stylish as quick as I can. Any day you get to own your own home is a blessing no matter the style or size and we for sure have blessings heaped all over our heads with this home.
The exciting news for my kiddos is that we moved to a more traditional neighborhood. They are already burning up the streets riding bikes and hopefully new friends will emerge from neighboring houses soon. Where we lived before they could only ride bikes in the driveway and the neighborhood kid scene was a ghost town. Kid friendly was a priority for us in this move.
The new yard resembles a postage stamp compared to the 1.5 parklike acres we forfeited. But that was another facet of our goals. Along with leaving the swimming pool way behind. Which I never loved. I know I’m weird but they just aren’t my thing for multiple reasons. Now the yard takes hardly anytime to mow and the entertaining area we have dreamed up is stellar. My young tween son has officially earned himself a new job with this yard. 🙂
The kid’s wish list was simple. They each were starry eyed for their own bedroom, separate bathrooms for the boys and girls and stairs. They love some stairs. We were able to oblige with a bedroom to spare and that lead to fulfillment of my wish list… craft room! I am so excited about this space I can hardly stand it!!!! Big plans including a Murphy bed are in the works because we have to have a place for guests too. Just check out the stair situation in this house, we have a double staircase, that’s what I call dream come true time to for the kids!
I have paint ideas for a few spaces and some rooms that haven’t quite show their personality yet. I’m on the hunt for a few pieces of furniture to make up for the built in storage we lost. You know I love the hunt.
Our new kitchen will get a mini facelift as we change out the countertops and add new hardware to the cabinets. It might sounds crazy to redo new, but we didn’t get to make any selections in the home building process because we had to buy so quickly. Instead of living with something we sort of like we are going to bite the bullet and make it something we love.
Loving your space will be the common denominator for the whole process if you stick around and watch the story unfold. Life is too short and we spend too much time at home as a family to not make the very best of what we surround our self with daily. We have had the fortune of living in a number of homes, all different shapes and sizes over the years and with 11 different abodes in 18 years of marriage you learn a thing or two about making a house your home. I hope you will follow along as we share tips, tricks and ideas that don’t cost a fortune and turn this vanilla builder grade home into a unique, cozy and personal space for our family. I promise the journey will be a lot of things, but none of them will be vanilla.
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