In March of 2014, Tyler signed the dotted line and crossed the t’s on the loan to our house. There was a lot of excitement and nerves, because what was a 23 year old doing buying a house! Fun fact, I never actually saw the house. I was in Oklahoma at the time going to school, so we house shopped through pictures and plenty of calls. We live on the end of a cul-de-sac on Oak Brook Terrace and on top of a hill. We have 2,500 square feet of space to live in and grow. Make sure to take a look at all the pictures below to see where we started and have the base to the rest of this design adventure. Our driveway is at such an angle it’s a mini workout walking to get the mail. The porch has columns and enough room for some classic Southern rocking chairs. Our front door, I’ll admit, does need some work with the color and look, but hey when you buy a house it’s an incredible blank canvas. Inside, the first floor is an open floor plan with changing floor types to distinguish what room you’re in. The living room, dining room, and kitchen are all connected, which makes it a great space for our monthly dinner parities. There is also a half bath, a hall closet, a pantry, a utility closet, and a laundry room! The back door leads to a fantastic summer backyard with a stone patio and no fence. Just trees and little creatures who rustle the bushes at night. The kitchen is most certainly the room for updates. We want to spruce up the appliances, change the awful linoleum floor, and put in better counter tops. The room is large and a lot of space to move about, so that is a definite selling point for us. Our living room is cozy and has a magnificent fireplace as the focal point. The dining room has a chair railing and lovely wood floors. All in all, the downstairs is a great space that screams blank canvas!
I am such a sucker for a great set of stairs and by gosh this house has it. The stairwell has such high ceilings I am not quite sure what to do with all that space! Anyhow, upstairs we have 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a great bonus room. Our master is so beautiful, because the ceilings have a very unique architectural design and a great Jacuzzi tub. A really exciting feature to our house is the walk-in closets in every bedroom. They are what every girl wants in her home. I use 2/3 closets to full advantage with my ridiculous amount of clothing. We use the other two rooms, which are totally not finished to my liking, as guest rooms. The bonus rooms is the room where all the fun happens. It doubles as a movie room and office for Tyler. I know what I want to do with it, but I am constantly figuring out the best way to go about it. Basically, the upstairs is the work in progress floor. The way I see it, the second floor provides a constant project for me and my husband.
Our two car garage was the most important part of the house to Tyler. There are built in shelves, a staircase to the actual house, and racks of hooks for tools. He could spend hours and hours out there without ever getting bored. Tyler claimed this room as his own and has decorated as such. The garage services as a car repair shop, car wash, and basic man cave.
So, with all of this knowledge let’s get this blog rolling. I am so excited to welcome you into our home and show you around.