Friday, October 2, 2009

The Hopkins House

A new, charcoal-colored roof was put on since this picture was taken. Cute!

Yesterday was the day! Our new house keys are jingling from my key chain and I can't help grinning from ear to ear.

WE BOUGHT OUR HOUSE!

I have some photos to show you all. I took them on the day we first went to see it, so the family before us was still moving out... don't mind the mess! Also, I'm missing photos of the bathrooms (one finished, and one unfinished - needs a toilet and sink), the laundry room, the dining area, and one of the bedrooms, but I'll show those as I decorate them.

We've set our official move in date as the 14th, and will be spending the next two weeks painting the walls (I want a light and fresh palette, rather than brown, orange and lime green...) and setting up house.

So come on in for the grand tour!

I need to take a picture of the living room ceiling... it is awesome. Its an ornate, white textured tile - looks like a tin ceiling, but I think it is plastic (the house is from the '40's, after all). Will and I love older houses with tons of character, and this house definitely has character!


See the silver Texas stars going around the ceiling? Our realtor (a Texan) loved them and was happy to tell us that they come with the house. The stars at night, are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas!

Haha, don't worry California and British peeps, Will and I are not Texas converts. I'll be removing them, but seriously... they crack me up.

My studio... the best room in the house. It is actually supposed to be the master bedroom as it is the biggest room, but we figured since this will be the most used room, where all the drawing, crafting, and computer working will be, the large space is necessary as a studio! The window looks out over the backyard, so I can work while the kids play. Also, the doors going into the room have clear glass windows, so I'll be able to see into the family room and the hall, even with the doors shut.

The walls are wainscoting... I love wainscoting! I'll be changing the brown to a light robin's egg blue. I can not wait to decorate this room!

Gracie wanted the room with the window seat, so this one is hers. She also fell in love with the clouds on the ceiling, so I'll be keeping that up. But those shiny wood walls... I'll be painting those a soft pink (her request) next week!

Annelie wanted the room with the chalk board walls. YAY, she can finally have a room she is allowed to scribble all over!

The half-finished train table is staying, so I'm pretty excited to turn that into a double sided play surface for their train set and fairy dolls.

The previous homeowners were very happy we have kids... they left a whole bunch of things behind, including this little playhouse, which Gracie decided to call Strawberry Cottage. We plan on giving Strawberry Cottage a couple coats of paint, moving the big shed next to it over to the corner of the yard, and planting a children's butterfly garden in its place. Gracie can't wait to have her own garden of flowers.

Big backyard! This picture doesn't even show how great it is. The previous family left us all sorts of stuff. In addition to Strawberry Cottage, we have a pirate ship swing set and slide, a metal arbor, a garden swing, a tricycle (Annelie's favorite) and a soccer/football goal (Wills favorite). Can I just tell you how much I love the previous homeowners?

I love them. Very much.

And here is our street! Will and I were so excited to find a house we loved, at a price we could afford, in such a great neighborhood! The girls will be going to an award-winning elementary school, and there is a huge neighborhood park and skate park just two blocks away.

So what do you think of our new house? I can hardly believe it is ours!

xoxo,

23 comments:

Alisa Nordholt-Dean said...

It's just perfect! Congratulations!!!!

Marie said...

Marisa!!! I love it so much! Our house is only 7 years old and doesn't have nearly as much charm as your new house. I love the window seat and shelf in Gracie's room and the chalkboard wall in Annelie's room...what a perfect idea for kids! And the kitchen is super cute! I can't wait to see what you do with it! SOOO happy for you and Will and Congrats again!

Cut Copy Create said...

Oh congrats! you're gonna have fun making it all your own :)

Diane Duda said...

wow! it is so charming, Marisa!!!
Congratulations. I can't wait to see it after you've added your touch. :)

(my verification word is cramp. :( that's unpleasant.)

AlyGatr said...

WOW, what a find! Most of the old houses around here are just broke up and broken down. I'd trade you for my 1 year old home any day. I have a feeling Annelie will have too much fun with the chalkboard wall :)

Congrats!!! There really is no place like a home of your very own.

Momma J said...

I am so happy for y'all! It is fabulous!!!

New England Quilter said...

Congrats!! Have fun setting up your new house!!
Amy

The Momma said...

I'm so happy for you!!! It really is so exciting. We're hoping to be able to do it again in the next couple years.

Janna said...

Congrats!! How awesome to have your own house!!! And what charming features it has! I love the chalkboard wall, the window seat, built in shelves, and Strawberry Cottage! Your girls are gonna LOVE growing up there! I found a new blog that may give you some inspiration...it has given me a bunch...go here: http://thriftydecorchick.blogspot.com/

Betty Chiang said...

Oh. My. GOODNESS!!!! This is the CUTEST house I've ever seen. From the pictures I've seen of your family, your blogs and your personality, there could not be a more perfect home. That is so exciting. Congratulations to all of you. xoxo

threemoonbabies said...

Beyond cute! It has so much character! Congratulations!

Cathy said...

It's gorgeous Marisa! I love it! The rooms are all great - love the fact you decided to take the largest one as your studio!! And the backyard is a dream! Not to mention the pic of your street...totally awesome! Congratulations - have fun decorating!

TMCPhoto said...

I am green with envy, your new home is fabulous! I want it I want it I want it. But I'm OK with you keeping it.

I love those old homes too, they have the personality and presence new cookie cutter homes just can't boast.

Klymyshyn Design said...

Ah, how FUN!

Nikki said...

The new house is adorable! I can't wait to see all of your style come out. You are going to have so much fun.

Karen Faulkner said...

Sweet!!!!!!

Steph at Problem Solvin' Mom said...

How absolutely fabulous!! :) Can't wait to see everything once you've decorated.

Leah said...

Wow, what a great house! Congratulations, you are officially homeowners now :)

DancingMooney ♥ said...

Oh my gosh, it's darling! I love all the character, and that little cottage out back is just too cute!!

Can't wait to see it after you're all settled in, yay!!!!

Nicole R.J. said...

Congrats on the new house! It's adorable - I love your kitchen! Looking foward to some decorating photos!

The Double Dipped Life said...

What a great house! The kids rooms with the shelving and chalkboard are so perfect! Can't wait to see what you do with it!

Nicomi "Nix" Turner said...

Wow! How neat! Congrats!

Whimsical Creations said...

Congrats again! Your new house looks wonderful! So excited for you!

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