Hi, y’all! I’m sharing a bit about why we fell in love with our home and a few glimpses into our favorite spaces!
Why we fell in love with our home…
One of the many requests I receive via social media messages is to share our home more! I’ve never done a home tour. It’s not for any reason than life is 99 mph and taking full room shots can be daunting, especially with a 4 year old and a dog! Alas, I finally had some time to post about our home, why we love it, and WHY we moved!
We weren’t planning on moving. My husband and I were quite content in our home about 10 minutes away in Nashville. But then one day, I was browsing around at real estate for an area we always thought we might want to move to down the road. Like 5-10 years down the road. And I saw it. THE home! It was a love at first sight situation…well….almost! It was entirely painted black on the inside (a little too dark and creepy for me), but I can see through the need of a good paint job so I asked my best friend (a real estate agent) to let me in the home.
I was actually hoping I would truly hate it so this whole “omg I love this home I saw online” phase would be over. Nope. It was even better in person. I LOVED IT! It had all our “must haves” and wants. It’s in a top school district for the state which was also a huge pull. To my surprise, in a study that Homes.com completed of over 5,000 people, about 20% of people have moved for “love” whether it’s for a spouse’s job or a long distance relationship. I moved for the love of the school district and floor plan, but it was indeed, love at first sight, ha! Interestingly enough, 1/3 of the people who have moved for love have done it more than once (10% moving 3+ times). Crazy, huh?
The floor plan is what I fell in love with the most! My office was upstairs at my old house and while I loved the space, trying to keep a crawling baby and 6 month old puppy from crashing over doggy gates and down the stairs was troublesome. And I found myself going up and down the stairs every 4 seconds to get snacks for the baby, let the dog out, answer the door, get my charger, you name it. I needed an office in the “hub” of the house. And we actually preferred having the master on the same floor as our daughter’s room.
This home has the office right off the side porch and near the front door. It’s perfect! I can work and let the dog outside every 4 minutes, answer the door for packages, and help my daughter open her applesauce all within feet of my office! Hallelujah!
Next, we loved that it had a “built in” mother-in-law suite towards the back of the home. It serves as our guest room (shown two pictures above) but the extra smaller kitchen space is so nice to have for entertaining and extra storage. We painted it Navy this year and added brass hardware and a wine fridge!
The “MIL suite” space has its own garage (also attached to the main house) that we converted into my prop room! The house has a 2 car garage towards the side so it didn’t take too much convincing to let me have the “back, smaller garage” for props! At my old home, I was considering renting a studio space or storage for work props, but I’m so thankful this home had the perfect solution!
Our dining room has had a full redo (painted completely black – ceiling and all) since we moved in, but I love how it has turned out! George loves sitting in the foyer area and keeping “watch” on all the neighborhood happenings!
I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. A lot! So having a kitchen space that was roomy and open was important to me! Our floor plan is “partially open” so there is a large cut-out looking right into the living room. I love it! I plan to change out a few things in the kitchen down the road, but it is definitely one of my favorite spaces in the home.
Blakely’s room is a work in progress, but ALMOST done! She was still in a crib when we moved in so over the past year, we’ve slowly been changing it over to a “big girl” room. I love this space for her!
Have you ever moved for love? For a spouse’s job? Or just because you LOVED a floor plan or specific home? I want to know! You can leave a comment on my Instagram for a chance to win a sweet prize pack and be featured on Homes.com’s social channels!
To read more on that study I mentioned by Homes.com, click here!
I hope y’all loved getting a glimpse into our home and learning more about why we fell in love with it! I’ll try to do more specific room posts soon with sources for items like rugs, furniture, and more decor!
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