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:

Kitchen:

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.

Comments

  1. Martha says

    Good luck with the unpacking! One quick question…I noticed your dining room table is in the kitchen, will you be keeping it there and getting something new for the dining room?

    • says

      Hey Martha,

      We’re thinking we’ll keep the table in the kitchen until we get around to opening up the doorways and adding the island, at which point we’ll craigslist it and trade up to a larger seats-more-people dining table for the living room that we’ll be converting over into a dining room. Up until then we’re thinking the front living room will just remain totally empty. But who knows how things will actually happen, that’s just our first thought…

      xo,
      s

  2. says

    It’s amazing how just adding your furniture makes the house look so much more cozy (even with all the boxes)! I’m so excited to see everything come together :)

  3. says

    A piece of advice. Feng shui recommends placing your bed in a position where you can see people coming into the room. I’d recommend somehow placing it on that wall with the window.

  4. RM says

    Just wondering – since I’m assuming a kitchen reno isn’t going to happen, you know, next week or anything…do you think you’ll keep the table in the kitchen and make meals easier since it’s not that convenient to the living room/new dining room, but then have to have an empty dining room for a while? Or vice versa? I’d say of all the organizing/chaos/layout deciding/figuring out next projects/whatnot, this problem would have me the most stumped!

    • says

      RM,

      We’re thinking we’ll keep the table in the kitchen until we get around to opening up the doorways and adding the island, at which point we’ll craigslist it and trade up to a larger seats-more-people dining table for the living room that we’ll be converting over into a dining room. Up until then we’re thinking the front living room will just remain totally empty. But who knows how things will actually happen, that’s just our first thought…

      xo,
      s

  5. says

    My husbands grandmothers house is layed out almost exaclty like yalls and hers is located in S.C. must be because they were built in the same era. Her style is totally orginal to the house so it will be nice to see how you update yours!
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  6. Amy says

    I’m very anxious to see how you arrange that living room furniture. It seems to have similar placement of doors and windows to my own. I have been rearranging it since we bought our first home in August. Poor Hubby can’t wall- mount the TV until I figure it out.

  7. Lisa says

    Looks great so far!

    Any thoughts yet on the nook in the corner of the master bedroom? I was just picturing some long shelves like you had in the dining room at your first house with lots of pictures and ceramic animals on them. Will be so fun to see how it looks once you have everything unpacked.

  8. Rachael says

    Your new home is so beautiful! The natural light is just amazing! Love all that space you now have. You must be so happy! : )

    • says

      We’ve been debating that idea already! We LOVE Ana White! We’re just not sure if our suuuuper heavy organic mattress (literally, it weighs as much as thirty dead people) will be fully supported if we DIY the whole thing from scratch…

      xo,
      s

  9. says

    Amazing how similar your new home is to your first home! haha. Great to know what you love! :) I’m soo exciting to watch the transformation!!!

  10. Lee says

    I’ve been meaning to ask this for a while…it seems that you envision that your front door is going to open into your dining room? Even for you guys, I’m having a hard time figuring out this decision. Care to share more info?

    • says

      Hey Lee,

      We’re going to create a little entryway so it doesn’t feel like you’re stepping into the table or anything like that. We actually had the front door open into our living/dining room in our last house and by defining the entryway it worked really well. We just love open living!

      xo,
      s

  11. says

    Ooooh…btw….now would be a fun time to pull out that old Gawker software and do a time-lapse video of you guys unpacking. I did it for my bedroom when we first moved in and it’s a hoot to look at – especially watching the dog!