Friday, July 1, 2011

Our "house" Anniversary & Mini Tour

Exactly a year ago today, TL and I got the keys to our first home we purchased together.
It was exciting, scary, and required a ton of patience as the process took more than 7 months to go through with this house!
It was a wonderful decision and it's turned in to our perfect home.  We wanted it to be a place we could enjoy having friends over, celebrating holidays & special occasions, grow into and just feel cozy!

I am not Martha Stewart and I lack the skills many of you have in creativity and interior design {pass your skills my way, please!}.  Our home is still a big Work In Progress!!!  So please, no judging ;)

Our upstairs family room {before & after}
{we didn't paint... I think it's just the lighting that makes it look like different colors}
Our dining room {my favorite}
Our downstairs living area {before & after}
{my decor efforts}
Our Kitchen {before & after}

My goals are to make a prettier office, and make our guest rooms look better... but all of that takes time - {and maybe in the next couple years we can throw a nursery in there.}

We are so fortunate we found this house for the price we did.  It was move-in-ready, and we didn't have to do a thing!

Here are some shots from moving day last year...
TL, me & the keys!!

Picture overload, sorry about that.
I can't believe it's already been a year. 

56 comments:

Ana @My (Newly)Wed Life said...

You just made me realize we bought our house 8 months ago. Soon it's gonna be our house anniversary as well!

Your house looks awesome! I love the details, especially in the dining room!!

Have a great long weekend! :)

xoxo, Ana
My (Newly)Wed Life

Ashley said...

what a gorgeous home!! Everything is just beautiful!
I can't wait to share everything -- we just had our offer accepted so we are just waiting to get the bank approval to do the inspections and set a closing date =)

Brittany said...

You have a beautiful home!! We've been in our home 3 years this fall and I still can't believe it! Enjoy every minute!

Jennifer said...

Great pics! Love your decor!

Kimberly said...

I love your home. You have done a great job. Show us MORE!

Hanna said...

I don't know what you're talking about when you say you lack skills - you have made that house into a BEAUTIFUL home! It's gorgeous!

Is your dining room upstairs - the family room pic says upstairs & that looks like the same table behind it.

B said...

It's beautiful! Happy 1 year :)

Jamie said...

Your house is beautiful! I love the hardwood floors :)

Mrs. Stethoscope said...

Holy Moly..... Your house is so beautiful..... I really love it.. and if you notice some suitcases show up.. just put them in your spare bedroom I might possibly move in....

also I was looking at the pic of your lower level... it looks like it is not ground walk out.. since it has a balcony off of it?

Abby said...

Gosh what a gorgeous home! You are lucky ;)

K said...

Great job! Everything looks great and the dining room is my favorite too!

Jessica said...

Your home looks gorgeous!! I really like the wall colors and the ceiling in your upstairs living room!

Romance In A Glance said...

Wow that is a gorgeous home! And you are very much a Martha Stewart! I love your decor and the way you decorated. That house is beautiful. It will still be a year or so till we purchase our first home...I can't wait!

Michelle said...

Ummm can you please come and help me decorate my house!? You have beautiful taste! Everything looks great :) We just purchased our first home three months ago and are FINALLY almost done with all the painting and can finally start decorating. It def. takes time :)

Lauren said...

Ok seriously, that is incredible gorgeous! And I think you've got Martha beat!

Have a great weekend!

jess said...

Tracy your home is beautiful and I think you can decorate just great! The dining room is my favorite too! I love the little lanterns and white vase of flowers. So cute! I've definitely been eyeing lanterns lately! :)

Mindy said...

Are you kidding?? You have a great natural talent at decorating!! Seriously! You're home is absolutely gorgeous!

Have a great 4th of July weekend! :-)

Leah said...

What an absolutely gorgeous home!

Mrs. Buck said...

Your house is gorgeous!!

Shelley said...

That is a beautiful home and you did a great job of decorating!!

CMae said...

You home definately looks like a home. Love it! Great decor taste!

Kristin said...

Wow, what a beautiful home!! I don't know what you are talking about, it is decorated wonderfully!!! :)

chelsea said...

oh my gosh, are you kidding me?! Your house is gorgeous and you did a great job making it a home :)

Jessica said...

Your house is gorgeous! Love it! I love your table setting in your dining room. You are an excellent decorator! :)

Married...with a Pup said...

Aww Congrats! You have a beautiful home!

Hair Bows and Tutus said...

Loved the before and afters. Also, love your style!

Linh said...

CONGRATS!!! This post makes me so happy for you and so sad for us. We are STILL looking and I feel like I have looked at hundreds of homes...but I know our patience will pay off.

Anywho, LOVE the mirror over your chimney and LOVE LOVE LOVE your open kitchen. :) Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend!

xoxo
-linh
http://la-lalinh.blogspot.com

meghan said...

Your house is beautiful! You have great taste in color and design choice. :)

A Lost Feather said...

your house looks beautiful! so bright and homey feeling.. love it :) ahh the living area with the fireplace.. amazing. you did a really wonderful job!

Somethings Gotta Give said...

Congrats on the 1 yr Anniversary. Can I ask where you got your dining room table, and what color you used on your walls?

Michelle said...

I love all of the pictures! Your house is beautiful! I love the colors and all of the room designs!

kelley mackenzie said...

seriously a beautiful house! &&to me it looks like you did a great job decorating!

Ocean Dreams said...

How much fun to see a tour of your home - everything looks so wonderful! I love the color of your sofa and fun that you have a pool table behind it.

Also - your kitchen is fabulous! Glad you can enjoy your lovely home Tracy.

Lori said...

Congrats on your home ownership anniversary Tracy ~ it is an exciting time and your home is gorgeous. I love everything that you have done. Nice mirror ~ it caught my eye right away! Hope you have a fabulous 4th of July!

Karen, Gail, and Christine said...

Beautiful!! you did a great job with your house - loving all your decor and furniture. happy anniversary :) and wishing you a wonderful 4th of July!

Allison said...

Your house is so pretty! I really like your kitchen. I think you've done a good job decorating.

Anait said...

Congrats on your house anniversary! It looks really great, I love your style...especially the mantle! Happy long weekend! xx

Jess said...

You are quite the homemaker! I love your house and how you designed it!

MJ said...

Congrats on your one hear house-aversary! I love the decor. The bench at the dining room table is great! Can't wait to see more pictures as you continue to make it all your own :)

Jessica said...

Holy moly, your house is gorgeous!!

Jessica said...

Holy moly, your house is gorgeous!!

bananas. said...

your house is HUGE!!!! pays to live in the sac town area my GAWD! i'm JEALOUS!!!

happy house anniversary!

Kirsten said...

I love your house! You did a fabulous job decorating. I'm renting right now, but I'm excited to one day own our own place and get some more permanent fixtures :)

www.kirstenjoywilson.com

missy. said...

you did an amazing job! i love the mirror in the downstairs living area! so beautiful

Nicole Marie said...

still need to visit!!

~KS said...

Your home is stunning.... wow!!!! You two are so lucky to have each other and now a beautiful home too! You have great taste... congrats and welcome home :)

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

It looks amazing! I think you've done a great job with the decorating! I love that mirror!

Nicole-Lynn said...

A year sure does go by fast! Your house is very beautiful, spacious, and coming together very nicely! :) My husband and I just bought our first home in February and it sure is a work in progress! :)

Shannon Dew said...

Holy smokes your house is GORGEOUS!!!

Elle said...

I just wrote this and I think it disappeared!

Your home is beautiful. So clean & uncluttered! I'm a bit envious ;o) Have definitely found that with kids comes clutter. But a bunch of other great stuff too! Congrats on a year in your home. :)

Laura said...

congrats on your one year home anniversary!! that is so exciting. your home is beautiful, it looks so warm and inviting, it is fun to see the pics!

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

Oh you house is so lovely!!! I love how you decorated - you have great taste! :)

Jen said...

Your house is beautiful! It should be in a magazine :)

Love your mantle area

Megan {Honey We're Home} said...

You have a gorgeous home! You've done so much in such a short time! I think we have some of the same furniture! :)

Emily said...

I thought you said you didn't know how to decorate?! I love everything you did. The downstairs looks so cozy and well actually everything, I think, would be just as I would do it.

I'm pretty I'd love that house! Nice job!!

Mrs EyeCanSee said...

Gorgeous!! I've got some serious house envy going on over here! It all looks so clean and well kept compared to my house which rivals a toy store these days!!