We purchased our first home in July of 2012 after renting a home for the first 1.5 years of our marriage. It was one of the first homes we looked at and I knew it was THE ONE the moment I walked inside. Love at first sight. It was a tiny bit above our budget, but adding $50/month to our mortgage seemed doable for this absolutely adorable little home. It was brand new and the perfect size for us – 3 bed/2 bath and 1,234 square feet (what a nice, sequential set of numbers). The small, manicured lawn was ideal. It gave us enough space but required little maintenance. The spring after we moved in Daniel built me a 4×10 raised bed for gardening. I would not consider myself a green thumb, but with some good soil and a little care, we have grown some delicious vegetables each year!
Because our home was brand new, it was (and still is) mostly neutral. The walls (and ceilings – why???) are a warm tan color and the cabinets are a dark, oak stain throughout. The carpet, tile, and linoleum are also neutral. It has been nice in some ways, because I have been able to add various colors through decor without changing the paint. But I’m also really looking forward to choosing paint colors for our next home. The only room we painted in this house was Kya’s nursery. We used a light, cool gray on her walls and painted the ceiling a bright, flat white. You can see her nursery here.
Our current place is definitely not my dream home, but it’s been a fantastic first home for us. Our dream home would be a craftsman bungalow with four bedrooms, two baths, hardwood floors, a fireplace, chunky white moldings, a custom kitchen (built by my husband, of course), adequate garden space, and a charming front porch. Oh and a bonus would be a basement playroom. I grew up with one and it was AH-MAZING! I have never wanted a huge home because we like to live on the minimalistic side. Something around 2,000 square feet sounds perfect to us. We’ll see what the future holds, but for now we dream.
When we move, we will be temporarily renting and hopefully buying again in the spring. We’re thankful to be making a good amount of equity off our current home (thanks to the amazing seller’s market) but we’re scared at the prospect of a more expensive housing market in SLC. Our goal is to buy a fixer upper. It’s always been a dream of ours to personalize a space through renovation. My husband is a master woodworker and I love design (I actually studied it in college). Having such a neutral pallet in our current home and knowing we would be moving forced me to not put too much time, effort, and money into it. We can’t wait to put our own stamp on our next home! For now, I’m keeping those Pinterest boards full of fresh inspiration.
Over the last month, I’ve been slowing taking things off my plate to allow myself time to pack and prepare to move. It has been a really good thing because I haven’t yet felt stressed about packing! My goal has been to pack a few boxes each day during the week. With a toddler in the house, sometimes all I have is 15 minutes here and there. But it all adds up! We have made LOTS of headway and I feel ahead of the game. This past weekend, Daniel and I worked together and got a lot more done. We took everything off the walls, removed screws and nails, cleaned out the attic, and arranged the garage. I am NOT looking forward to patching all the holes in the walls. Anyone want to volunteer??? I am the kind of person who regularly cleans things out. That practice has definitely paid off because I don’t feel overwhelmed with the amount of stuff we’re having to pack. I do still have a giant pile of items to get rid of or sell. Moving really makes you double-think-through what’s vital and what’s not.
I haven’t been as faithful as I should have been about pulling out my big girl camera this summer. I actually got a new camera (Canon 6D) and a new lens (Tamron AF 28-75 mm f/2.8)! I have done quite a few photoshoots for other families and in turn haven’t always had my camera out for day-to-day happenings at home. But here are a few photos I took over the last few months. They are reminders of precious moments spent at home during our last summer in Oregon.