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our second home!!

You guys!! We have a home!! We’re so excited, and Roxy can’t wait to chase all the squirrels (if you can’t tell by her face and tail that’s blurred from wagging).

After selling our townhouse nearly a month ago, it feels so good to finally have a home we can call our own.  For those of you that remember, we went through quite the process to get this home, and we actually didn’t think there was any chance we’d be in it as soon as we are.  On Friday, I was talking to our loan officer just to get an update, and from the way she was talking, it sounded like we’d be able to close in a week and a half or two.  Well, she’s awesome and made calls to the right people because late Friday night, we got a call asking how we’d feel about closing Monday.  How would we feel?  Um, we would be ecstatic!

 So now to the fun part…the house pictures!!

The picture above was from the MLS listing (all the pictures I have somehow managed to get Noel blocking half of the house).  As you can probably guess, we have much bigger things in store for this currently ugly colored packer home.  Noel is trying to make me wait until next spring to paint it.  I’m not sold on that idea. :)  As for what we want to do to it, I would love love loooove to have the outside look something like this (don’t mind my super janky photoshop job – I did it in the car):

But as much as I love that stunning craftsman door, stone, and cedar shingles, we can’t justify the extra couple thousand dollars it would cost (the door alone is $1000!) as it isn’t worth the investment, so we’ll probably end up with something like this..which in reality, is just fine by me.  Swoon.

Now if I could only figure out a way to get the house to paint itself…. :)

dreaming of downsizing

As some of you may know, Noel and I are looking to buy a new home.  We’ve been doing a little house hunting for a few weeks now, and while we haven’t found the home, we’ve definitely narrowed down the area we want to be in.  We currently live in a suburb of Minneapolis, but both he and I miss the urban lifestyle, and aren’t yet ready to settle down in the burbs.  So back downtown we go.  
Goodbye, sweet little townhome.
We probably won’t actually live downtown, because I can’t justify paying a $900 monthly association fee in addition to our mortgage, and because as much as I love downtown Minneapolis, I just don’t think it’s big enough/has all the amenities (i.e. a grocery store), that I would want in order to live there.  However, we want to be close to downtown, so Uptown & South Minneapolis are high on our radar.  
In hindsight, I definitely don’t regret buying our townhome in the burbs.  It was within 5 miles of where Noel worked, and at the time, Noel was “burbs or bust.” He reasoned this was because he didn’t want something old that could potentially have problems, but what he didn’t realize was how boring and cookie cutter so many of the homes in the suburbs could be.  So now that he’s itching for something old and with character, I’m ecstatic, because I have always dreamed of buying a little old home and fixing it up.  I mean, let’s be real, how adorable would something like this be?

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I’m also so excited because we’ll most likely be downsizing.  We currently have 1900 SF, and for just two people + 1 pup, it’s way more than we need.  So as you can imagine, all that extra space has allowed us to acquire a lot of extra stuff.  Since we’ll be seriously cutting back and donating all the stuff we don’t need/use, on Wednesday I thought it’d be fun to share some of my favorite tips to “clear the clutter.”  See you then :)

wedding wednesday: gray

A color that is going to be making its presence known in our wedding, and also a color I absolutely love love love in home design is gray.  The neutral color looks striking when paired with practically every color, and I just adore it in nearly any room of the house.

One of my favorite uses of gray lately is on the outside of the home.  I am obsessed with houses that have gray shingles, white trim, and a bright door.  It gives a fun and contemporary feel to an otherwise traditional approach.

Not only does it look stunning when paired with bold colors, but it also complements natural wood tones nicely.

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Inside the house, I drool whenever I see gray walls paired with black and white furnishings or black and white photos in a crisp, clean frame.

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