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This past weekend we finally moved into our new home! With the help of our amazing family + friends we were able to get everything into the new house on Saturday, as well as pick up our new couch (I'm obsessed with it). Built in the 1920's, the house is a Victorian and with over 1750sqft, we have our work cut out for us in terms of filling up all the newfound space, but I know it will come together, slowly but surely. I thought it'd be fun to share some "before" photos to see how much has changed since the start while we turn our new house into a home.

L I V I N G  A R E A

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The living area downstairs is the biggest space in the entire house and is presumably, where most of our time will be spent. Like I mentioned earlier, we upgraded our couch to this West Elm beauty. Besides the fact that it's perfectly squishy + comfortable, it also folds out into a sleeper and the chaise pops up to reveal storage--perfect for storing the blankets + sheets for the sleeper bed. We often have guests and since we don't have a guest bedroom this works out perfectly. Now that there is a lot more floor space our current rug looks pretty puny so we will be getting a larger one--we were at Home Depot the other day and found a SUPER soft plush charcoal one that we are considering. The dark color would be good for all the foot traffic this area gets. I'm also on the hunt for throw pillows and another throw/blanket for the couch since it gets kinda chilly downstairs. Curtains are high on the priority list since it's the part of the house you can see directly into from the street outside. The tricky part is finding some inexpensive ones since thanks to our high ceilings, the the windows measure over 100" tall and we need 8 panels all together. I'm thinking Amazon for some basic white black-outs should be the most cost effective.

Couch / Armchair / Coffee table (similar) / RugThrow

This area is to the right of where the couch is, under the stairs. The door on the right leads into the downstairs bathroom and the smaller door on the left is a miniature closet (insert Harry Potter joke here). We're not really what what we want to do with this space because the support beam in the center makes it a little difficult. Initially I was thinking of maybe adding a little bench under the window and making it a little reader corner of sorts but it's kind of too cramped for that. So, for now it's a home for one of our plants and a chair, until we figure something out. Who knows, we might just leave it like that.


K I T C H E N  +  D I N I N G  A R E A

The first photo is taken directly behind the couch and is where the dining room that leads into the kitchen begins. We are struggling with what we want to do here. We set up Joel's bar on the right wall which looks great, but thanks once again to the support beams in the center and the positioning of overhead lighting, it leaves an awkward area to put a dining table which is originally what we wanted to do. We definitely want to put another large area rug there but we're going to have to wait and see what we come up with for much else there. Will report back.

The main kitchen area features an island with stove built in. The day of the walkthrough it was discovered the oven/stove no longer works and so lucky for us they are replacing it with a whole, new unit. Thank god because that one was over 35 years old and I couldn't even read what the dials had on them anymore! It will most likely be another electric stovetop (not a huge fan of those) unless by some miracle they discover a gas line under there but regardless, I will take a brand new more modern unit over the existing one, any day.

We also have TONSSS of cupboard/storage space along the walls, a double sink with gorgeous backsplash that matches the island, a shadowbox window and a dishwasher(!) I'm sure that will come in handy once baby is here and I'm washing a bunch of bottles and whatnot. As someone who loves to cook, I'm over the moon about having such a large kitchen to work in. Once our new stove gets put in I'm cookin' all the things. I'm thinking of choosing an accent color (Yellow? Red?) for the kitchen and replacing the hanging chandelier with a different fixture and bar stools for under the island to match.

The door to the left in the first photo leads to the laundry room (not pictured) with additional storage and washer/dryer hook-ups. We are getting the washer/dryer delivered tonight and I cannot even begin to tell you how stoked I am to be able to do laundry at home again. No more taking it to work or laundromats, yay! 


M A S T E R  B A T H

I'm not kidding when I say the master bathroom is my favorite room in the house so far. The day we moved in Joel nonchalantly proclaimed, "You can have the upstairs bathroom and I'll take over the downstairs." BLESS HIM. Now I have ample counter space for my daily use face products, a bathtub(!) and cupboard storage for all of our first aid + toiletries. I decided to go for a Bohemian vibe and so far I'm loving the way it's turning out. It's simple but definitely has a certain charm to it. I'm taking bets on how long I can keep that hanging plant alive.

Shower curtain (similar) / bath mat / rug / bath towel / hand towel
waste basketmacrame plant hanger (similar) / basket (similar)


M A S T E R  B E D R O O M

Since all that's upstairs is the master bath + both bedrooms, the rooms are pretty huge, ours in particular. I love that we have lots of windows + natural light plus--there's a door that leads out onto our own private balcony. How neat is that?! I can picture Joel and I enjoying an evening glass of wine or a morning cup of coffee out there. 

The whole upstairs is carpeted (boo) with some grayish-blue carpet but that's nothing I can't fix with some area rugs I suppose. Since our only bedroom furniture so far is black I'm going to stick with that theme and do black/white/charcoal accents. I'm sort of at a loss as to what to do with that large area to the left by the door. Joel suggested maybe some exercise equipment but in terms of aesthetics, the thought makes me cringe haha.

bed frame (similar) / duvet cover / dresser (similar)


N U R S E R Y

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The baby's room/nursery is the other bedroom upstairs and is what needs the most work. We had held off on really getting much prior to moving because we had no idea the kind of space we'd be working with. I'm excited to finally be able to nest, nest, nest!

Right now we've just stashed all the bags of clothes + things that he's accumulated so far, in there. The antique rocking chair in the corner I thrifted from Offer Up and with the help of Joel's mom, I'm going to DIY a new cushion for it.

I'm still trying to figure out where to place his crib. The wall in the second photo gets closed in by both doors on either side (the one on the left goes out to the balcony which we will obviously keep locked for quite some time!) so I'm thinking it will probably go against the wall opposite the closet and I'll put his dresser/changing station there instead. The white hutch in the corner is built-in so that will be useful for added storage space.

Now that we're settling in I can start ordering the rest of his things. Everyone keeps telling me not to stress too much since when he's born he won't need all that much initiatlly. But the OCD in me just wants his room all set up beforehand anyway, haha.


T H E  P O R C H

One of the major selling points of the house for us was the wrap-around front porch. The perimeter of our house is gated, so we can relax out there and people-watch the going-on's of our busy street. We live smack-dab in the heart of midtown near popular bars + restaurants so there's always something crazy going on.

After a trip to Home Depot, Joel strung up some cafe lights overhead and we added some plants to spruce things up a bit. Eventually we want to snag some cool vintage rocking chairs or a porch swing to replace the stools. We're also thinking of adding a grill around the corner where the porch extends to the other side of the house for some fun BBQ nights. I foresee us spending a lot of time out there this summer entertaining friends.

Cafe string lights (similar) / patio table / planter box (similar)


Like I said, we've definitely got our work cut out for us but I'm just happy to finally be in the home where we'll raise our family. It's crazy and awesome to think this is the house we'll bring our newborn son home to--where he'll take his first steps and play. It melts my heart just thinking about it. I'm so grateful and excited for this next chapter!

The Week of Good News

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t-shirt / necklace (similar)

The past few weeks, my anxiety has been through the roof waiting to hear back on some pretty big deal pieces of news that have a significant effect on our family.  Well, last week we finally heard back from everything and the time has come where I can finally share!

For those of you who don't know, I currently work as the Marketing Director for a cluster of popular bar-restaurants in midtown, all owned by the same three guys (my bosses are pretty wonderful). The thing is, as much as I love my job, my position is only Tuesday through Friday and with baby on the way, I decided to look for another part-time job to supplement my income. Bonus points for something I could do from home/my laptop. Enter: Stitch Fix. A looooong time ago I had applied for one of their Stylist positions and never heard back and then recently, after chatting with a friend of mine about my plans to look for another job, she mentioned how she's a Stylist for them and knew they were hiring again in Sacramento. I jumped on the opportunity and applied, scored an interview and finally after about three months of going through the whole hiring process, am excited to announce I've been officially offered a Stylist position with their team! For those not familiar, Stitch Fix is a subscription-based personal styling service (kind of like Ipsy and Birch Box, but with clothing + accessories). As a Stylist I get to choose the items that go into the customer's monthly Fix. Neat, huh? Training is next month which means I'll most likely start some time in July but I'm so excited--the job seems right up my alley and I really like the women I've met from the company so far. I'm so grateful I found something I'm genuinely interested in which I can also do from the comfort of home, even with a baby on my hip.

Next, and probably the thing I'm most excited about is WE FINALLY FOUND A HOUSE! Right now we live in a teeny one bedroom apartment and with our lease up next month, we knew we would be needing to move to make more room for our soon-to-be family of three. We're holding off on buying a house for a couple years until it's more of a buyer's market (not that the rental market is any better). It's SO competitive in our city right now, even just to rent. Searching for a two-bedroom house (not apartment) within our budget seemed impossible. I downloaded all the housing apps, made viewing appointments and we spent our days off looking at places. Nothing was panning out and I was beginning to feel desperate. My maternal instinct to nest and not be able to was killing me. I'm almost six months pregnant with no nursery to put together--I was getting pretty sad, guys. Then one day, Joel sent me a link to a house he found just four blocks from where we are now. A 2bd/2bath Victorian. With a porch. And an upstairs balcony. And a laundry room. And a bathtub(!) And and and...just, everything we had been looking for. Just under our max budget. It was the unicorn of houses in midtown. I immediately contacted the realty company advertising it and submitted our application. Even though it had been listed just one day, I was told there were already two other applications! I knew I had to do something to set us apart. It had already crossed my mind, but with the extra push from my best friend who had just purchased a house, decided to include a cover letter with our application, complete with a cheesy photo of us and all. I busted out the label maker and made a professional file to hold all of our forms. I gave all of our references a heads-up that they would most likely be contacted and hounded everyone to reply ASAP. I checked my credit report and paid down debts. I swear it worked because after a grueling two-weeks of countless phone calls and verifications we finally got the call that we beat everyone out and the house was ours. My hormones leaked out of my eyes and only stopped long enough to call Joel and tell him the good news. We are so happy! We signed the lease yesterday and we get the keys June 9th. The current tenants are still in there so I didn't take any pictures myself when we went and saw it but here's a couple from the ad when it was listed.

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We plan to do a few updates but I am absolutely in love with the huge, open floor-plan downstairs. Look at all that natural light! Both bedrooms and the full bath are upstairs--the house totals around 1750sqft so everything is nice and roomy--complete opposite of what we have now. For whatever reason I seem to have relatively good luck when it comes to finding places to move and for that, I am super grateful. I'm excited to make the house where we'll raise our son, a home. Together. The three of us. 


Of course, not everything can be good news all the time, so unfortunately there is one thing that didn't go our way and that's the insurance claim we filed to try and get a refund for our Tulum trip. Back before we got pregnant, Joel had booked us a trip to Tulum as part of my Christmas present for a week in May. We found out we had Walker on the way and then it dawned on us that the Zika virus is extremely prevalent in most parts of Mexico, including Tulum. My midwife recommended that we not go, it was too risky. We agreed of course and as sad as we were to have to cancel our trip, knew it was the best decision for us. We thought with the travel insurance we purchased and a doctor's note we could get our money back but they said no :( So, as of now we have a credit and so we will either postpone our Tulum trip until Walker is older and I can fathom the thought of leaving him for a few days or, we'll go somewhere else. Kind of a bummer but I guess there are worse things haha #firstworldproblems