Introducing… the Wallace House

Hey hey hey! We closed on the new house! We did it! We were just 2 days shy of our original goal of closing in 30 days, so I consider that a win. The night of the closing, we did what any new homeowners do: We walked around and dreamed, ate pizza sitting on the kitchen countertops and just generally freaked out like, “OMG did we seriously just do that?!” We have only moved one thing from our house to the Wallace House so far: our Christmas decorations. As usual, we’ve got our priorities in check.

I have photos for you today of the whole place. This is a 113-year old, 3-story, 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath historic home. We’ve been calling it the Wallace House because it’s in a neighborhood called Wallace Woods… the name has stuck. The work on this home has been done by the kick-ass construction team MB Custom Construction. If you’re in the area and need some work done on your home, check ‘em out.

New House First Floor

New House First Floor

New House First Floor

New House First Floor

New House First Floor

New House First Floor

New House First Floor

New House First Floor

New House First Floor

New House First Floor

New House First Floor

New House First Floor

Wallace House

Wallace House

Wallace House

Wallace House

Wallace House

Wallace House

Wallace House

Wallace House

Wallace House

Wallace House

Wallace House

Wallace House

Wallace House

PHEW! I’ll share more details when we get moved in and settled. We’re moving a little bit in this weekend (mostly my monstrous basement hoard) and taking the rest slowly. We still want to keep the other house as staged for showings as possible. I think we hope to be fully in and sleeping in this house by early December. I’m already feeling the early pangs of sadness leaving our current home. I love it so much and I love the comfort we feel there. I may or may not be planning a dedication post… lol!

xo,

emily

 

Just Get It Done Already

There’s an opportunity to win $10,000 from BLACK+DECKER at the bottom of this post! This project is largely inspired by them and their new “Your Big Finish” campaign. This movement celebrates getting those little projects out of the way. It was exactly the motivation and inspiration I needed (that, plus a house on the market!) to get started. Head to the bottom of the post for more details on the prize!

I think we all have that list of house projects that just bother us until we can’t put them off any longer. It’s usually really boring stuff like painting baseboards, or fixing a light socket, or touching up some paint here and there. Or it’s bigger stuff like finally changing that wall color you’ve always been iffy about, or changing out the color of your doorknobs. I don’t know about you, but these are the things I tend to ignore for years. YEARS!

With the house on the market, there was one project I finally had to tackle. Fix the damaged laminate floors in the laundry room. I put the photo of the damage (see the puffed up laminate?) in black and white so you could see it better. I promise it’s noticeable in person and it expanded all the way to the other side of the laundry room.

The Big Finish: Laundry Room Trim

I think part of the reason it was so easy to ignore is because the water damage was behind the door frame and therefore, never in blog photos. Out of sight, out of mind! I’m terrible…

Laundry Room Revisited

But apparently a messy laundry basket is ok? Ha. Anyways, it felt so good to pull out the damaged sections.

The Big Finish: Laundry Room Trim

My parents were in town and my dad brought his saw. Have I mentioned we don’t own an electric saw? That will change in the new house. We will have room! Ok back to it… we were able to patch in new laminate boards somewhat easily.

We didn’t want to spend any money on the project so we re-used as much trim as we could. After prying and re-nailing it was very beat up but we knew that could all be fixed by caulk and wood filler.

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See? All better now.

The Big Finish: Laundry Room Trim

The funny thing about these types of projects is that they are so hard to start, but once I finally do get around to it, I suddenly become the most ambitious person on the planet. This is when I decided to paint all the trim! Paint all the windowsills! Touch up everything! It’s not exactly what I had planned to do, but it’s hard to not love the results.

The Big Finish: Laundry Room Trim

The Big Finish: Laundry Room Trim

Now it’s your turn to show off a completed project you had been putting off. Do it. I promise— marking it off the list will feel so good. As for motivation, $10,000 sounds pretty good. Heck, even a free drill would be enough to get me going!

For this “Your Big Finish” campaign, there are Weekly Prizes, at approximately $439.91 per prize, and one Grand Prize of $10,000. The Weekly Prizes include one of each of the following:

BLACK+DECKER prize package comprised of one (1) of each of the following:
• BDCDE120C 20V MAX* Lithium Drill/Driver with AutoSense™
• BDEMS600 Mouse Sander
• BDCS40BI 4V MAX* Lithium Pivot Screwdriver
• BDCDCMT120 Matrix 20V MAX* Lithium Drill/Driver
• LCS1020 20V MAX* Chainsaw
• BDCMTRS Matrix Reciprocating Saw Attachment
• BDCMTI Matrix Impact Driver Attachment

To enter, visit the Your Big Finish campaign landing page, and enter your First Name, Last Initial, Email, City, State, Phone and upload a photo of yourself and your completed project. The contest ends December 28th, 2014.

xo,

emily

p/s: Thanks to BLACK+DECKER for sponsoring this “Your Big Finish” project!

New House, New Aesthetic

Quick update on the new house (here’s a look if you’re just tuning in). We are SO CLOSE to closing. We had a last-minute hiccup with the appraisal (came in under our purchase price) but after some re-negotiations we were back on track. Rumor has it we will be closing on Tuesday, 11/18. This is the day we will also get the keys and the house becomes ours. Do you know what we’re going to do first? Put the Christmas decorations up. The tree, the garland, the lights… everything. And then maybe we’ll get around to moving. You know, priorities.

Anyways, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want the design of this house to be. It’s going to happen organically over a long period of time like our current’s house design did, but I love knowing the direction we’d like to go. This time around we know what we like and we can start there right away. The first house took a few initial years of trial and error before we really knew what worked.

The other thing that’s working to our advantage is that, from a furnishings standpoint, we are starting over from scratch. We’ve sold a lot of our basement stash over the years. We sold two sofas, chairs, lighting… you name it, we don’t have it anymore. I can’t tell you how exciting it is to be starting over. All of the cash we’ve made from those sales has been waiting in the wings. It’s not a lot (Craigslist, I need you to cooperate) but it’s enough that we at least will have a place to sit. :)

OK, enough yakking. See, this is what happens when I don’t blog as much. So much to say! Anyways, for our new house, I want it to be filled with warm tones…

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I want it to be more grown up…

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But you know, grown up without losing the quirk…

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I want it to be more masculine…

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With lots of buttery leather…

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Did I mention leather??

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I want it to be full of varying textures…

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I want to honor its 113-year heritage…

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Dear god I could go on and on and on! There’s a lot of work ahead of me and we’ll go through it slowly. But this is where my head is at.

Can’t wait to get started!!!

xo,

emily

 p/s: Our current home is still on the market! Here’s all the information on why we decided to sell.