Update: You can also tour our Home Office + Guest Bedroom here. Our new home tour is finally here! It feels like just yesterday we gave you the full tour of our cute historic bungalow. Literally a month after we shared those photos, we suddenly had a new home under contract. The last four months have been an absolute whirlwind. The very best kind of whirlwind.
HOW WE GOT HERE
We were NOT looking for a house. It was on our five year plan, but had completely settled into our affordable rental. In the four years we’ve lived in Austin, property values have climbed rapidly. We were saving money and figuring out what we wanted to do long term.
Full disclosure – we did NOT buy this house on our own. My wonderful, kind, brilliant Grandmother passed away two years ago. She had set aside money for my down payment years ago. My parents surprised Quinn and I for our 2nd wedding anniversary and sent us the inheritance money.
The next day, an email appeared in an old email account with this house. It was a price we could afford, was beautifully maintained, centrally located, and perfect for us. I toured it that day. The next day, I went back and the agent informed the price had dropped $20k overnight. We made an offer that day.
We hit a few road bumps with financing. I haven’t had a full year of taxes with my business, so I was disqualified from getting a mortgage. Through some fancy footwork, an extraordinary agent, and a local credit union, we were able to qualify on Quinn’s income alone.
30 days later, we owned our first house. It was the most stressful, scary, exciting time of our lives. I don’t think either of us slept more than an hour a night that month. But now we’re home, and we couldn’t be more in love.
Today, I’m taking you through the house with the New Home Tour Part I. For those asking for links on Instagram – we’ve included those, too. I’ve linked everything I could. We even found affordable duplicates for vintage or sold out items.
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Our ceilings are 14 feet tall on the first floor, allowing for amazing light. When we bought the house, there were heavy draperies covering the windows, Frappuccino colored walls, and super traditional fixtures. Before moving in, we had the entire house painted Benjamin Moore Super White and swapped for matte black ceiling fans (currently on sale!). We also replaced the chandelier with an oversized mid-century version and it transformed the space. We have many fixtures in the new home to change, but it already feels much more current, open and airy.
My favorite space in the entire new home is this gallery wall my sweet mama helped me install. We used our existing credenza and turned it into the focal point of the room. By adding two floating shelves above it, I layered original artwork from my travels, my grandmothers collection, and prints I loved.
This lamp is my favorite in the house and looks way more expensive than it is. It was a little shorter than I wanted on that giant wall, so I stacked it on top of my favorite coffee table books and love the added dimension. You can grab my favorite books here, here, here and here. The white lotus dish is vintage from my Grandmother’s travels to Paris, the glass beads are from the Alameda Flea Market, but you can get them here. The art is a collection of free photography prints I sourced here + had printed at Walgreens. The abstract painting was again from my Grandmother’s collection she sourced in Paris in the 30’s + 40’s. I know, I know. So good.
The ocean photo was taken on Quinn + I’s honeymoon to South Africa. The landscape painting was thrifted for $3. The mixed media nude was purchased in Granada, and the artist was Photographer of the Year in Spain! The thin gold frames were wedding gifts off our registry but you can shop them here, while the white and black ones were super cheap from Amazon. The marble tray corrals the greenery and helps to break up the wood. The hand sculpture, glass beads + thrifted candle sticks keep it three dimensional. You can get the Marina Green print here + the 007 print here.
Our coffee table is from CB2 and has transitioned to the new house perfectly. The incredibly rug is from our friends at The Southern Loom. The ebony catchall is from McGee + Co. and moves around the house. (speaking of – don’t miss my interview with Shea McGee here)
Our sofa (which we couldn’t recommend more highly), is 100% down, and the prettiest linen color. It’s oversized and fills the room perfectly. We can easily seat six guests at once. It’s just over $2,000 and by far the best value I found anywhere. Do not hesitate on this one! The mid-century folding chairs are vintage and my favorite thing I own (these are very similar). Pillows are available here, here, here and here. Other sources: console table, geometric lamp, display box, planter, mantis lamp, window treatments and black end table.
If you caught my stories, you’ll know these pics were taken a few days before I painted the kitchen backsplash white. I’ll be doing a full reveal of that makeover later this month, but until then, we can focus on our bright and airy dining room! It’s easily our favorite room on the new home tour since we spend the majority of our time here.
We knew the farm table was going to be a big investment, because I wanted it to extend. We finally have a house large enough to entertain, so our table was gonna put in work. We ended up scoring this beautiful Restoration Hardware table at the outlet, for almost 40% off. While still a big investment, we balanced it out with these dining chairs that are less than $30 each. ISN’T THAT INSANE? They are super sturdy, super comfy, and look sleek and modern in contrast to the French farm table.
Originally when we bought the house, there was a very small, very traditional chandelier hanging in this room and the proportions were way off. I knew I wanted something large and dramatic, and a stark contrast to the traditional bones of the house. We went with this one, which is a cheaper dupe of this one (which is on major sale). The dining room rug is our old living room one, and we got the larger version for the adjacent living room.
The floor plan at our new home is just so good – there is a bright, long hallway that leads the the front door. It feels inviting, but prevents people from looking into the living area. One of the first weekends after we moved in, I painted the inside of the front door Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron. It’s a deep charcoal gray with a blue undertone. It instantly modernized the previous dark stained wood. Soon, I’ll update the door hardware to something more square. Any suggestions? Paired with this vintage Turkish runner from The Southern Loom, the entryway is cozy and welcoming.
You probably recognize this console table from the old house, but it worked perfectly under this little nook. Eventually, I plan to sheetrock over the awkward alcove, but for now, this makes a perfect drop spot. The print was a digital download from Etsy, printed at Walgreens and framed with an old frame I had. The Moroccan tote was purchased from Drift Home Collection, but is now sold out. Here’s a similar one!
These are the same black hooks I used at the old house, and I used them everywhere this time! They are less than $4 and come in three colors. Similar white box to the one pictured, green vase, + tall black vase.
This room is a particularly fun reveal because it’s become our cozy TV room. You’ll recognize this sectional (on major sale right now!) from the old living room – it fit perfectly in this large bonus room upstairs. These and these are stand-in pillows, but I’ll post photos when the new ones arrive. The real focal point in this room are these pretty prints from our amazingly talented friend, Hannah Robinson.
Most of the coffee table details are thrifted, but Harlowe James turned me on to Diptyque candles (they burn for so so long), and now I can’t get enough. I also love this match striker from McGee & Co.
Opposite of the sofa is this cool geometric, mango wood console. We store all our board games + electronics in it. The artwork and accessories are all vintage + family heirlooms. This amazing mobile sculpture is such a steal at under $30.
Our old bedroom was so small, we had to squeeze by the sides of the bed to get in every night. This bedroom is approximately the size of our entire hold house… and it felt empty and uncomfortable. Our king size bed finally fit! While this version is sold out at West Elm, I found very similar options here and here. The side tables are actually dressers (I prefer a bedside table taller than my mattress, so my pillow doesn’t knock anything over) and are beautifully hand crafted in India. The white marble lamps are old, but I love these and they’re a better height for the space, too.
On the bed, we keep our white linen duvet, three simple Euro shams in a pretty chambray colored linen with these down inserts, and a single lumbar pillow. The pom pom blanket is from Drift Home Collection and it is the softest, heaviest, most luxe blanket I’ve ever had. The bench was a random Homegoods find and cost about $120. Yup, that’s the same textured jute rug (this is the 9×12 for reference).
The artwork above my side of the bed is from my favorite artist Allison James. It’s the first original piece I’ve ever commissioned + I plan on picking up a few of her bouquet series this week, too. Other sources: basket tray, sea glass vase, black vase + glass beads.
Artwork above Quinn’s bedside table: here + a print from Table Mountain during our honeymoon. The baskets were from Homegoods, but the large is actually a laundry hamper. To make my little fiddle leaf stand taller, I stuffed the laundry hamper with styrofoam until he grows bigger. The woven leather chairs are linked here.
So this is the bookcase they messed up during shipments (not once, but twice). I’ve linked the product I ordered, but you’ll see the one that was sent is quite a bit taller. Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful!
This sitting room was a weird, empty, large but not-large-enough void off the master bedroom. When we first bought the house, we loved the flexibility the space had. We talked about making it a large walk-in closet. Using it as my office (giving us two guest bedrooms), or using it as a man cave. We ended up going with a sitting room, until we can save up for another TV. We bought this beautiful leather sofa I’ve been wanting for two years, used an old sideboard we had at the old house, and purchased a woven leather bench to use as a coffee table + flex seating.
Quinn swapped the tiny crystal chandelier that hung in this space for this gorgeous shell version, and I added the black wall sconces for reading light. The prints come as a set from Target and are nicely float mounted! The pale blue vases used to be in my office, and love the light and bright windows in this room. Finally, the rug is from The Southern Loom (no surprise there).
I currently have custom drapes being made because the walls still feel empty and the ceilings are still 10 feet upstairs. As soon as they arrive, I’ll post more photos!
One of the biggest changes we had to adjust to when we moved in was the size of the yard. Even though we don’t share any walls, and have completely private outdoor spaces, our house is zoned a condo. So we really have a large courtyard, with small grass area, not an actual backyard. Our little gated street has a few dozen houses, a community pool and a large, fenced in dog run, so Kennedy has actually adjusted just fine.
We took one of our two picnic tables from the old yard, as well as our lounge furniture and they both fit perfectly. We opted for two of the love seats and the coffee table (with built-in storage). I’ve had them for three years now and they still look great. The wicker side tables aren’t available any longer, but I love these instead! Sweet Quinn hung these industrial lights for us and the patio always feels like a party now.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
We’ve made a LOT of progress in the house since moving in, but to be honest – it was just as much exhausting and expensive as it was exhilarating and inspiring. Every room now has the appropriate furniture, it’s just a matter of styling and filling in the blank spaces. The guest bedroom needs the most work, my office is nearly finished, and all three bathrooms have some changes coming.
The house feels so authentic to us – treasures from both our families, art from our travels, and furnishings we selected together. Not pictured – the hockey rink Quinn built in the garage 🙂
Coming soon, I’ll reveal Part II of the home tour. There are a few changes that have happened since we shot the house two weeks ago. The kitchen had a mini-makeover, some artwork has been rearranged, and some new pillows arrived.
If I missed linking anything – just let me know in the comments! I tried very hard to source anything I could, but some items on the home tour were sold out, thrifted, or heirlooms. I thoroughly hope you enjoyed the inside peek into our home. It’s been an incredible adventure, and we count our blessings many times a day. If you read this far… I love you. That was a LOT of information. And it took me 12 hours to write.
Photo credits: Madeline Harper
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