We did a thing! Well, we’ve done lots of things in the last few months, and one of them was buy a house! It was a crazy process. We looked at rentals. We looked in different neighborhoods. But we took a chance on this house in a community we’ve always wanted to live in — but thought it would be later in our lives — and fell in love. Isn’t that how it always goes?
Our home is located in Weston, which is basically a Missouri Stars Hollow come to life. The town is incredibly small — less than 2,000 people — but it’s got a historic downtown and a lot going on. The town is known for its tobacco barns from its history in tobacco production, and also had a lot of alcohol production for a place its size, with McCormick’s farm, Holladay distillery (obviously, this was a sell for me). There’s a 100+ year-old underground Irish bar just blocks from our house, and a wine and cheese bar just up the street from us. In short, it’s heaven.
Our home was built in 1902 by the Pennsylvania Dutch. Whoever built the property used to own huge swaths of land surrounding the property, but things have changed in the last 100+ years and we’ve got neighbors now. We sit on a hill and have two front doors — which was a Pennsylvania Dutch feature, as one of the doors would be used for a home office entrance (with giant pocket doors to close this space off) and the other as the home entrance. It’s very cool, but also confusing for people who are knocking on our door(s) and for welcome mat placement.
We’ve obviously got some plans for the house, but it’s totally move-in ready and I love so much of it. It’s hard, homeownership — you nitpick every little thing, like scratches on the floors and you’ll apologize for stupid stuff you notice, like cracking grout. But no one else notices that stuff.
It’s hard moving from a 900 sq. ft. apartment to a 2,200 sq. ft. home. We thought just having more than one bathroom was a luxury — not to mention actual storage space and countertop space. We feel totally spoiled by our home, especially all the outdoor space, the beautiful historic details, like a built-in china hutch, 10-foot ceilings, gigantic pocket doors and gorgeous walk-in pantry. It’s got all that other kind of historic charm too, in the form of lots of spiders and other quirks, but we love it enough to look past it. Here’s an initial tour! (kitchen photo by the amazing Marissa Yuhas)
- Replace rug
- Buy comfy chair
- Add window treatments
- Add storage/built ins
- Add shelving along ceiling?
- Install projector screen and projector (we currently don't have a TV set up in our home, and just watch television on our laptops. We're not that crazy. But it has cut back on our TV consumption!)
- More plants!
- Build farmhouse table
- Replace rug
- Add entryway hooks + small shelf + key hooks
- Source buffet/credenza
- Tyler wants an office nook here — we'll see
- Replace countertops with butcher block
- Replace sink with farmhouse sink
- Install coffee bar/buffet underneath pot rack (and add outlet)
- Add oven range/over-the-oven microwave OR add electricity to island to hide microwave there
- Install water line in fridge
- Find something for shelving uppers — plants + depression glass, maybe?
- Install landing strip hall tree with hooks/shelves/cubby storage
- Move recylcing to pantry? Still working on a solution for this
- Add waterfall countertop over washer and dryer
- Add shelving or cabinets above washer and dryer
So, this is currently our bedroom because Tyler and I don't want to sleep too far from Fox. I think we may re-evaluate sleeping upstairs later, but for now, it totally works for us. I've never cared much about having a huge master bedroom.
- King-sized bed?
- Source matching nightstands
- New curtains
- Add storage solution to closet
- Just add more stuff to walls!
The only room completely done — and it's my favorite!
- Paint dark, moody color
- Add shelving above toilet
- Find wall storage, like medicine cabinet
- Add small storage solution, like a tiny table or rolling cart
- More plants!
- Hang curtains
- Add office space
- Source nightstands
- Eventual kids play area? Who knows.
- Add shoe storage to corners
- Hang more hooks
- Cover shelving in something, like marbled contact paper
- Hang curtain behind clothes for clothing tote storage
- Add long, double-sink vanity and large mirror
- Replace mirrors
- Just make everything look better