Day One

We’re running about a day behind since we didn’t have internet at home until late yesterday, but here’s how things looked on Tuesday (our first full day in the house) with all of our boxes littering every room. Goodbye clean blank slate. Hello chaos. Oh and it bears mentioning that nothing is necessarily staying where we put it (we just dropped furniture and boxes around the house, and will definitely be living with things a bit before committing to final placement for anything).

But let’s rewind a bit for a moment. The last time we moved, we were going from NYC to Richmond in a minivan (well, I guess technically we moved one more time three months later from our apartment to our first house, but we borrowed a small trailer from a friend and were able to transfer everything that way). The point? We had no idea what it was like to move with more than five boxes a piece. And I’m not gonna be all rainbows and unicorns about it. It totally bites. But we’re slowly but surely making a dent in things and starting to gain some order. As in, we now know where our socks and underwear are again. And we’ve showered!

We estimate that by tomorrow we should hopefully be mostly unpacked (since we’ve been taking post-writing, picture-taking, Clara-tending, address-changing, and comment-answering breaks between box unloading spurts). Then we’ll be diving into projects like painting, hanging, removing, replacing, floor planning, window treating, etc. We don’t know what we’ll tackle first (it’ll honestly just depend on our mood and what supplies we have on hand). When it comes to big projects we like to save our pennies and plan things to death, but for small things (which we always recommend doing first so you can live with the house a moment before making any dramatic changes that you might regret) we always just dive in and learn as we go. It’s the only way we’ve been able to accomplish things instead of being paralyzed by indecision. So we’ll hang frames somewhere and if we don’t like them we’ll move them. Same deal for picking paint colors and arranging furniture. And we’ll post pics and details as they occur, not to worry! Anyway, on with the messy just-moved-in pics…

Future dining room:

Future office:


Future living room (furniture won’t necessarily stay in this configuration, it’s just where we dropped it for the moment):

Hall bath (amidst a diaper sprayer installation – more on that here):

Clara’s room (of course rebuilding the crib and getting the basics in there got priority because we wanted her to adjust as well as possible- which seemed to work so far):

Future playroom/kids room (we had to disassemble the daybed to get it down the hall):

The master bedroom (since our old bed frame conveyed with the old house, we’re sleeping on the floor until we build/buy a new one- who knows where we’ll end up on that):

The master sink/bath (we need to raise that tension rod to accommodate our extra long curtain… soon):

No idea what Burger was doing in that picture. Maybe he’s developing an interest in home related details like hardwood floors and molding. Anyway, here’s the sunroom:

And the laundry/mudroom:

Oh yeah and we have another separate entry basement (this time it’s under our bedroom instead of our sunroom) which will be awesome for storing tools, bikes, the lawnmower, seasonal decor, baby stuff, maternity clothes, etc.

So that’s our house. Can’t wait to get things unpacked and share pics as each room starts to take shape and projects start to unfold. Off to unpack more boxes…

Psst- Here’s a floor plan to help you make sense of what room’s what (although we switched Clara’s bedroom and the playroom since the smallest room makes a great nursery).

Psssst #2- We announced the winners of this week’s giveaway. Click here to see if it’s you.


  1. Pamela says

    A suggestion (in case you hadn’t thought of it): Move the changing pad to the counter in the hall bath. Before the days of baby wipes, I used soft cloths and soap and warm water to wipe little bums. So convenient to have the sink right there.

  2. says

    Congratulations on being in your new home. You have to be, without a doubt, the most organized people in the world. Even your chaos is organized! Hope the weather has improved, thought I saw where you are due to get more snow. Enjoy your new home and all of blogdom awaits your new projects.

  3. Rachel says

    It does look like the house gets great light. These pictures are painfully familiar to me since we moved in September before our wedding last month – and we just got the furniture arranged in their final spots maybe 2 weekends ago? It definitely takes time to figure out where you want things to go. :)

  4. Sarah says

    Congrats on having Monday the 13t behind you! Love the turtle sympolism. I love turtles for a quote a little different than the one you shared, but I think you’ll agree it’s just as inspiring: “Behold the turtle, for she only makes progress when she sticks her head out.”

    Congrats on your new home!

  5. Sheri says

    We moved into our house 4 days after our son Jack (now 14 months today) was born. There are still boxes to unpack and rooms to organize and decorate. Oye.
    I’m so excited to see where this new house takes yall!!

    • says

      Hey KathyG,

      Yes! We had never seen the house vacant and the previous owners had a lot of larger-scale furniture and rugs so when we got here on Monday and saw all the rooms totally empty we couldn’t believe how giant it felt! Although all the bathrooms and all the bedrooms besides the master are nearly identical in size to our modestly sized ones from the last house- which is fine with us! We’d rather have larger hangout rooms so our big family can gather- rooms for going to the bathroom and sleeping are ok if they’re small.


  6. says

    I LOVE the new house! It has so many classic and modern details and I hope you’ll keep a few of them : )
    I think you guys did great and it’s so much bigger. I cannot wait to see how it all pulls together. Until I can buy a home of my own, I will enjoy living vicariously through you guys.

    Happy Holidays!

  7. Donita says

    Love your new home. It looks much bigger then your first home. The dining room, amazing, love those built in shelves. Is the hall bath a lot like the one you had in your first home, the floor, etc? Before the redo on it, that is.
    Do you guys plan to leave all the wood in the kitchen? Just wondering, it looks dark from here, but may just be the pictures. What a great home for you kids. The outside, LOVE the brick and sun room, patio. Congrats Petersik family. Merry Christmas!!!

    • says

      Hey Donita,

      Yes! It’s freakishly identical- but actually in a lot better shape so we can keep the tile! As for the kitchen, we’re totally painting the paneling and the cabinets and the brick fireplace. You know us with the paint- can’t put it down…


  8. Sara says

    What is the condition of the basement? I am stoked to see your basement isn’t perfectly finished b/c mine looks to be in a similar condition and I really would LOVE DIY/FINISH IT ON THE CHEAPER SIDE ideas from you guys as you go!What plans do you have this early on for it and is it waterproofed at all?

    So excited to learn more from you!

    • says

      Hey Sara,

      The basement is actually in a lot better shape than our last one (no bug or water issues) so although it looks rough and definitely isn’t “finished” it’s a great space for storage. We do plan sometime down the line to tackle making it a bit easier on the eyes and adding some storage/organization ideas someday…


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